Huge news breaks in Minneapolis today as celebrity chef Gavin Kaysen announces his third restaurant, Demi, which is expected to open in late January of 2019 at 212 North 2nd Street in Minneapolis. The new tasting-menu-only establishment will be in a 1,200-square-foot room in the North Loop, with 20 seats available. Kaysen, owner of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, said “I feel like Beyoncé” about the surprising announcement. “I should have a fan blowing my hair back.” While he has been working on the plans for a few weeks, the secret has been well kept until today. The new restaurant will be open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday.
The menu is an extension of a chef’s tasting style of serving that Kaysen used to do at the counter at Spoon and Stable, his first restaurant, which will mark its four-year anniversary mid-November. “That kind of dining was hard to do when we have a room full of other people who deserve our attention, too,” he said. Spoon’s chef de cuisine, Adam Ritter, will oversee the menu, and Tristan Petre, a fixture in the dining room, will oversee hospitality and wine.
Because of the small space, diners will enter and be treated to a welcome cocktail that is curated to their taste, then dinner will be coursed out, with the optional addition of a wine pairing. There will be no bar menu and limited wine on hand. Luckily, the back door faces Spoon’s back door. “We have a good amount of wine storage in the basement,” said Kaysen.
The room is under construction and will be transformed by Shea Design and Linda Kaysen, who have created the distinctive looks of Kaysen’s other two restaurants.
“Demi is all about elevating the creativity of the people around us and thinking, how can we continue to create and inspire?” Kaysen said. “Their excitement is mine, and I just can’t wait to see what they do next.”