Brace for a major shift in Minneapolis dining on Lyndale as chef Jim Christiansen will close his revolutionary Heyday restaurant and split the space into two entirely new eateries. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Mpls/St. Paul Magazine reports that the revered restaurant that has occupied 2700 Lyndale Avenue S since April 2014 will cease operations on June 9. At that time, the team which includes Christiansen, co-owner Mike Prickett, and manager Dani Megears Spa will begin a major renovation and add a second kitchen to create not one, but two restaurants that will open some time in the fall.
The first restaurant will continue the groundbreaking cuisine that garnered Christiansen the mantle of Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. It will be opened over the weekend and allow the chef and his staff the creative play space to continue to push boundaries and delight hardcore food fans.
The second space, where the bar is now and part of what is currently the dining room, will become a chill bar space with rotating cuisine. According to Moskowitz Grumdahl, the first round will have it function as a Basque-style Spanish cider house, what follows might be a jerk-chicken place, but options will remain open.
In its time, Heyday has become an Essential Minneapolis restaurant with food, wine and cocktails that have drawn a national audience. Until the final closure, the restaurant will make use of its social media feed to remember the good times and say farewell.
Update: Heyday’s plans for revival didn’t pan out and the restaurant will not return.