Dayton sons reveal plans for new Warehouse District restaurant

Bright purple panels are coming off the boarded windows at an old warehouse in downtown Minneapolis.

A project to build a new restaurant and bar is now two months into construction. The venture has become a family affair--Eric Dayton and his brother Andrew, both sons of Gov. Mark Dayton, are now partners in the business.

"Now, finally, the windows are going in," says Eric, who had replaced the old, broken windows with green and purple paneling.

Staff will use a rooftop garden to grow produce for the restaurant.
Staff will use a rooftop garden to grow produce for the restaurant.
Michelle Bruch

"It's almost to the point where the exterior of the building is complete."

A new restaurant and retailer will occupy the entire first floor, with a cocktail bar in the basement. The Daytons will convert the rooftop into an urban garden, and they will grow vegetables upstairs that the chefs can cook in the kitchen. Because of zoning rules, the rooftop won't be open to the general public.

The Daytons are mum about most of the restaurant details for the moment, but they expect to open the restaurant sometime this summer and open the new retailer later in the fall.

Eric Dayton bought the building a few years ago, while he was working toward an MBA at Stanford University. Andrew is finishing up his final semester at University of Michigan Law School. The brothers helped their dad on the campaign trail, but Eric said the restaurant business has dominated his focus since he graduated in 2009.

"This keeps both of us very busy," he said.

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