Phil Roberts

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Chino Latino's ad for new menu: Is it racist?

    Following the recent rollout of a new menu featuring Indian-inspired cuisine, Parasole-owned Chino Latino is getting some backlash.To introduce its "New India Street Sheet" menu items like cauliflower pakora, vindaloo pork, and paneer omelette, the Uptown fusion restaurant released an ad containing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Figlio makes a comeback

    See also:Primebar opens in Il Gatto spaceIl Gatto ClosedIl Gatto replaces FiglioJust a week after the old space was reopened as PrimeBar, the phoenix of Figlio rises from its original Uptown location and heads for the suburbs. Yesterday it was announced that Parasole sold the brand to the owners of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Muffuletta celebrates 35 years

    Last night marked a big anniversary for Muffuletta, Parasole Group's very first restaurant, as it celebrated an impressive 35 years in operation. Founders Phil Roberts and Peter Mihajlov, still regulars at the cafe, dropped by to eat, mingle, and reminisce about their first year in business, when di ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 9, 2011

    Mozza Mia Pizzeria gets fresh

    Gourmet pizza for mozzarella lovers

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Manny's named one of Zagat's Top 25 hotel restaurants in the U.S.

    Zagat's declares them manly and tasty.​Manny's Steakhouse, housed in the W Minneapolis Hotel, proves that hotel fare in the Twin Cities need not be boring or bland. Zagat listed the Best Hotel Restaurants in 25 Big Cites (in the U.S.) and Manny's came out on top in Minneapolis. USA Today picked up ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 27, 2010

    Tim McKee revamps Il Gatto's menu

    It's a restaurant intervention

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Parasole's Top 10 most offensive billboards

    Funny or Die: Parasole billboards​While working on this week's Dish column on Uptown Cafeteria, the Hot Dish was admittedly a little disappointed not to see an edgy ad campaign associated with Parasole's newest eatery. Talking to CEO Phil Roberts and VP Kip Clayton recently, we learned that th ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 18, 2010

    Uptown Cafeteria is tray chic, but can it keep up the pace?

    Hennepin and Lake gets another Parasole joint

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Parasole "passport" offers free cocktails at Uptown eateries

    Parasole Passport to Uptown from Cities 97 Radio on Vimeo. Parasole really has its promo-mojo going in this video--you might want to hit the mute button--but it is worth watching if you've ever wanted to catch a glimpse of Parasole CEO Phil Roberts or B.T. from Cities 97 (uh, B.T. are those pinup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Mozza Mia will be 'dorky' pizza joint in Edina, says Parasole CEO

    ​ You heard about Parasole's newest venture, Mozza Mia, in the works at 50th and France in Edina, right? Hot Dish talked to Parasole CEO Phil Roberts to get a few more details on their new pizza concept. They've signed a lease for the former Tejas space and are planning for a November opening, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Uptown Cafeteria & Support Group gets ready to open

    ​ The new Parasole (Il Gatto, Chino, Manny's, Salut, etc.) concept at Lake Street and Girard, Uptown Cafeteria & Support Group--strangely named, as it's not actually a cafeteria--is getting ready to launch with a rooftop sky bar to compete with Stella's across the street. I drove past the othe ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    November 25, 2009

    Anonymous online reviews affecting Twin Cities eateries

    Heartland's Lenny Russo says some of it "borders on libel"

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Top 5: Comments that irk local restaurateurs

    The anonymous online reviews that restaurateurs wish would go away...

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Now Open: Il Gatto

    Cat's outta the bag: Parasole replaces Figlio with Il Gatto tonight!

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Coming Soon: Support Group

    With Burger Jones already bursting at the seams, Parasole plans to unveil yet another restaurant concept...

  • News

    March 29, 2000