It’s been about twenty years of free birthday drinks and bloody Mary’s at 788 Grand Avenue, but as of March 31, the Wild Onion will close. The popular restaurant and bar is known for it’s birthday week special, bring in friends and celebrants would get a free t-shirt, drink for free, and dance the night away and also bloody Marys on the weekend.
It was jointly announced yesterday via a post on the Wild Onion’s Facebook page and a statement from Luke Shimp’s Red Cow/Red Rabbit company that the restaurant’s end would mean a new beginning for the burgeoning chain.
Luke Shimp is the owner of the Red Cow restaurants, a burger-serving spot that began near 50th and France and has since expanded to St. Pau’s Cathedral Hill neighborhood and Minneapolis’ North Loop and Uptown neighborhoods. Shimp partnered with chef Todd Macdonald to open Red Rabbit in December of 2016. Macdonald and his team serve pizzas, fresh pastas, charcuterie and more for lunch, dinner and brunch.
Shimp is a wine connoisseur which means that in addition to a huge selection of beer and cocktails by master bartender Ian Lowther, his restaurants also feature cutting edge wine pour technology and tons of affordable glasses.
After the Wild Onion throws it’s last party, the Red Rabbit team will get in to make some changes to the room and kitchen, including the addition of a wood-fired oven for the pizzas and vegetables.