The lines stretched for blocks, with people spending as much as two and a half hours waiting, but it was all in summery fun at Milk Bar’s two day pop-up in Minneapolis’ North Loop. Internationally renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi brought a crew and plenty of sugar to visit her friend Gavin Kaysen’s original Minneapolis restaurant, Spoon and Stable. On Friday afternoon, the truck was open serving up soft serve garnished with cornflake crust. Additionally, there were compost cookies, Milk Bar (formerly crack) pie, birthday cake truffles, t-shirts, sunglasses, countless Instagram opportunities.
According to staff at Spoon and Stable, people had begun lining up at 8 am for the 11 am opening on the first day. By the second, Kaysen decided to open the usually closed bar for a little midday meal. Behind the bar was his company’s beverage director, Robb Jones, making Milk Bar-inspired cocktails, including a clarified milk punch and a Froot Loops garnished milk shake-type deal.
People dining inside the restaurant for dinner Friday and Saturday also had a chance to try something special. Local pastry legend Diane Moua collaborated with Tosi on a stunning cake creation garnished with crunchy little cereal bits and just a teeny bit salty meringues.
Despite a line that nearly wrapped around the block to Demi’s entrance, Kaysen’s other North Loop entrance, most faces were smiling in the 90 degree temperatures.
Milk Bar employees said they served over 8,000 treats to the approximately 1,000 attendees that stopped by the pop-up over its two day residency.