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Mr. Paul’s Supper Club Brings Cajun Classics to Edina This Fall

Louisiana native Tommy Begnaud will dish out jambalaya, po’boys, and crawfish etouffee in a color-soaked setting

Mr. Paul’s Supper Club [official]

A New Orleans-obsessed restaurant grounded in Midwestern supper club roots is en route to Edina in October, reports Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Mr. Paul’s Supper Club comes from Louisiana native and local chef Tommy Begnaud, whose extensive cooking experience includes stints at Butcher and the Boar, Coup d’etat, Cafe Maude, Town Talk Diner. The new 7,000-square-foot project to call his own will land at the Nolan Mains development at 50th and France, adding to an already-bustling corner packed with wine bars, cafes, and options for French, Thai, and Tuscan fare.

At Mr. Paul’s, Creole and Cajun influences will be weaved across a menu full of steaks, chops, pastas, and plenty of seafood dishes. Look for jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, stews, and soups, with weekly specials like fish fry Fridays. Other dish ideas include carrots punched up with pesto and smoked pork chop with sweet potato butter and cabbage slaw.

A daytime sandwich shop next door dubbed Mr. Paul’s Po’Boys and Jams will serve po’boy sandwiches, sodas, and slushies, notes its website.

Minneapolis mixologist vet Nick Kosevich (Bittercube, Earl Giles, Town Talk Diner) will lead a bar program featuring “hypercolor” cocktails and playful twists on New Orleans favorites like a Hurricane topped off with a glittery cherry garnish and a billowing Sazerac spritzed with his bottled “miracle” cocktail enhancer.

Along with a spacious bar and lounge area, the setup includes an intimate back bar suited for private events, and large patio. The supper club is named after Begnaud’s grandfather, Mr. Paul, “who was known all over Louisiana and beyond for his inviting warmth, hospitality and eclectic style,” per a release.

Begnaud was more recently helming the kitchen at Butcher and the Boar, a downtown destination for bourbon and ample meat portions that closed during the pandemic after an eight-year run.

The color-soaked look comes from Wittkamper Studio Tattersall (La Dona Cerveceria, Heather’s).
Mr. Paul’s [rendering]