It's not much of a surprise that Grain Stack, the second project behind the Stock and Badge team that put together south Minneapolis's now defunct Parka, is out at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. But what's taking its place is somewhat unexpected: Agra Culture, the socially health-conscious restaurant chain by the same folks who brought us Yogurt Lab, will open its third location in just six months in the museum's restaurant space.
Agra Culture already has an Uptown location in the Walkway Apartment complex on the 2900 block of Girard Avenue, and another right at 50th and France. The new MIA outpost will mark the third opening for the fledgling company, whose initial Uptown location opened earlier this summer.
Grain Stack, the product of the Stock and Badge collaboration between Dogwood Coffee and Rustica Bakery, closed its doors earlier this summer with the promise to return come fall. After a long lull, a lot of radio silence, and the closing of Stock and Badge's flagship restaurant, Parka, rumors began to swirl about whether those doors would ever re-open. Earlier this week, the Star Tribune confirmed that Grain Stack was no more.
Agra Culture is strongly rooted in healthy food that features organic, GMO-free, and sustainably sourced ingredients and a variety of options for eaters from all walks of life, including vegan and gluten-free diners. For those who were fans of Dogwood coffee at the MIA, fear not: The company will continue to be the primary coffee provider for the MIA Agra Culture location.
The menu at Agra Culture, as noted by our own Emily Weiss, is heavily rooted in salads but includes a fairly clever mix-and-match menu that allows you to pick a protein, sauce, and set of side dishes for your own health-forward dream plate.
Look for the new location to open up sometime mid-October, and for more information, you can check out Agra Culture's website.
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