First things first…
FIGLIO IS COMING BACK. This time, to St. Louis Park, and not by Parasole but Kaskaid Hospitality, known best for Crave. Parasole has sold the rights to figlio and the new old restaurant will open in September in the Sopranos location at West End. Phil Roberts of Parasole was quoted as saying that “Closing Figlio was the biggest [expletive deleted] mistake I’ve ever made in my life.” I would tend agree that closing the restaurant was a terrible idea. My wife and I had our first date there and would often go back. Their pepperoni was probably the best I ever ate. Hopefully that will make a return, though I’m not terribly excited to go to St. Louis Park for it. But hey, if it fails in St. Louis Park, we’ll never know if it was because of the location, a new management company, or what. Smart move by Roberts at this point.
Primebar opens in old
figlio Il Gatto space
After Parasole shuttered Il Gatto, it sat vacant for a few months until Calhoun Square announced that the prime Hennepin-Lake space would house Primebar, an American “ale house” restaurant with a handful of locations in the US run by Restaurants-America.
Origami to relocate from Minnetonka to Minneapolis
Award-winning Japanese restaurant, Origami, said it will move from Ridgedale to the MoZaic project in Uptown, locating at 1352 Lagoon Avenue. They plan to open by December 1 and will occupy approximately 3,600 square feet. The restaurant will have a patio as well.
H & M announces Calhoun Square location
The Swedish clothing company will open a 23,000 square foot store in Calhoun Square that will feature men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. The store, sources indicate, will be on the Hennepin side of the shopping center that is currently vacant and will be two stories. The Pioneer Press reported that H & M hopes to open in the fall.
Bar Louie to open in September
Also moving into MoZaic is the Chicago-based Bar Louie. Their American restaurant will open in September and will feature a large outdoor patio in the project’s Art Park.
The Gray House to open in Lyn-Lake
Ian Gray, formerly of Tosca in Linden Hills, will open up The Gray House in the former Rosotto space at Lyn-Lake. It will be a gastropub. More details are expected soon.