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St. Paul’s Feel Good Breakfast Restaurant Expands to St. Louis Park

Hope Breakfast Bar’s second location will open in the Shops at West End

The imposing gray brick exterior of Hope Breakfast Bar, a former firehouse. Outside there are patio tables with umbrellas and people seated at them.
Purpose Driven Restaurants, which owns Hope Breakfast Bar, has been expanding, but largely in Saint Paul.
Hope Breakfast Bar/Facebook

Hope Breakfast Bar will open its second location in St. Louis Park, according to owners Brian and Sarah Ingram. The all-day breakfast eatery with coffee and cocktails will open inside The Shops at West End mall complex, right next to The Local Irish pub some time later this fall.

In addition to over-the-top twists on breakfast classics, like red velvet pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting, the restaurant is known for its charitable giving. When it opened, the organization pledged that a small portion of all proceeds would go to charity. When the. St. Paul Teacher’s Union strike took place in February 2020, leaving food-insecure kids at home, the Ingram’s offered free meals to those in need. When the pandemic descended the following month, the operation continued putting out free meals, collecting and distributing groceries, and serving frontline workers.

While so many restaurants struggled, Purpose Driven Restaurants has found a way to thrive, opening The Gnome in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood, Woodfire Cantina and Purple Ice Cream inside Keg & Case. Up until now, all of its businesses have been inside the St. Paul city limits.

A black and white photo of the couple
Brian and Sarah Ingram
Photo courtesy of the Ingrams

The second Hope Breakfast Bar will feature giant, glass garage doors on the front that can roll up during the warmer months. A full bar will be built out, serving both an array of coffee drinks and cocktails. Walls will be removed to create a large, open space and, in the Ingram’s words, “bring all of the Hope colors and love,” to the room. If all goes smoothly, the restaurant should open before the first snowfall.