Crave coming downtown, replacing Palomino
The old workhorse, Palomino, is finally being put out to pasture. The Star Tribune reports that the ever-expanding local chain, Crave, plans to take over the prime downtown Minneapolis space by next spring.
After 19 years in business, the dated feeling, Seattle-based chain restaurant (Palomino's parent group also owns Kincaid's in St. Paul and Bloomington) was given 60-days notice by its landlord, executing the termination clause in their lease, and management says the restaurant will close about Dec. 12, but will look for a new downtown location. BTW, did Cameron Diaz really schlep all the way to Minneapolis to watch her b-ball bf on TV at, of all places, Palomino?
The new restaurant will mark the suburban mini-chain's first entry into the urban core-- they already have eateries in Galleria in Edina, Mall of America, and West End in St. Louis Park, plus Orlando and Omaha. Crave's food has always taken a backseat to a chic ambiance, so the switch may not be much of an upgrade, culinarily, but the planned roofdeck expansion will certainly be white-hot real estate.
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