This week Gavin Kaysen shocked fans with a surprise announcement of his third restaurant in a small building directly behind his nationally lauded Spoon and Stable. The world- renowned chef Kaysen is the owner of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour. He expects to open Demi in late January of 2019 at 212 North 2nd Street in Minneapolis.
Kaysen is a two-time James Beard award winning chef who made his name while working in New York for legendary chef Daniel Boulud. A Bloomington native, he returned to Minneapolis to open Spoon and Stable in mid-November 2014 to instant success and rave reviews.
Today the chef gives a preview of the under-construction 1,200-square-foot room in the North Loop that will eventually have just 20 seats available.
The building will be transformed by the same design team that have created the French serenity at Wayzata’s Bellecour and the Nordic elegance inside North Loop’s Spoon and Stable, Shea Design and Kaysen’s and Linda Kaysen.
Like Spoon and Stable, which used to house a horse stable, the historic building that will house Demi was once utilitarian warehouse space. This used to be the Barrington Hall coffee company. As the walls have come down, relics of the old business have been unearthed - something Kaysen loves geeking out about.
Demi is expected to open in late January, traditionally a no-man’s-land of restaurant opening, when Minnesota winter’s are at their bitterest cold and most people are hungover from the holiday season glut.
Demi’s set tasting menu will likely cost over $100 per person with optional wine pairings. Spoon and Stable’s chef de cuisine Adam Ritter will oversee the kitchen’s day to day operation.