The folks over at the Bachelor Farmer have more big plans for Minneapolis's bustling North Loop neighborhood. Over six years into their successful restaurant venture, the Dayton brothers have decided it's time for an expansion.
Andrew and Eric Dayton will move their clothing store, Askov Finlayson, into its own location -- directly next door in the historic Hennepin Hotel building, which the brothers purchased in 2012. The former clothing store space will become a brand new cafe, serving breakfast, lunch, and a variety of exquisite pastries courtesy of the Bachelor Farmer's pastry chef, Khanh Tran. Bachelor Farmer and its downstairs speakeasy-style bar, Marvel Bar, will stay put.
"Having all three of our small businesses under one roof was very valuable in the beginning, but with the momentum of the store and our own label, the time is right to give Askov Finlayson a proper home of its own," Eric Dayton said in a statement released yesterday.
While the new cafe has yet to be christened, the menu will be a joint effort of Bachelor Farmer executive chef Paul Berglund, pastry chef Tran, and Marvel Bar's Pip Hanson, who will develop the cafe's coffee and tea program.
"We have such remarkable teams in the Bachelor Farmer's kitchen and down in Marvel Bar," said Andrew Dayton. "We already have all the talent we need to execute this project. It was just a matter of giving them an opportunity and a space to create new ideas for morning and daytime hours, and to hopefully contribute more to a neighborhood that has been amazing to us since we first opened."
In addition to the new cafe, all of the offices currently directly above the Bachelor Farmer will be relocated to the new building, allowing for the construction of additional kitchen space, which will increase private and event dining capabilities. The alley that separates the Daytons' two buildings will be converted into a small "pocket park," which will provide additional seating for the new cafe.
Currently the cafe is set to open sometime in the fall of 2015.
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