It has been a wild ride for 4 Bells, the Southern-leaning eatery at the edge of Loring Park that first officially opened in 2015. The restaurant replaced the former occupant of the address, Joe’s Garage after undergoing a massive renovation. The construction took long enough that the opening chef and business partner departed between announcing the plan (and an original name of “The Triton”) before finally opening with three dining levels, front and rear patio space, two kitchens, and a gorgeous year-round rooftop space.
Begun as a partnership between the ownership of Butcher and the Boar, Tim Rooney and Doug Van Winkle along with Joe’s Garage owner Joe Kaplan, the restaurant was described as, “a seemingly endless series of welcoming spaces.” The menu was Southern styled with plenty of Lowcountry nodes, seafood, and a much beloved fried chicken.
Sadly, Rooney passed away in 2017.
More recently, chef Scott Pampuch had taken over the kitchen in 2019 and revived life into the menu with hearty brunches, a chef’s counter, and the return of the fried chicken - that had inexplicably been taken off the menu.
Today Mpls/St. Paul Magazine made note that all of the restaurant’s social media pages have been deleted, and that the restaurant will not return to business after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The restaurant’s website says it has closed indefinitely and that any outstanding private events should contact management.