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Former La Belle Vie space will become snacking lounge under Kenwood chef

Chef Don Saunders of The Kenwood will take over the La Belle Vie space next summer and call it 510 Lounge.

Chef Don Saunders of The Kenwood will take over the La Belle Vie space next summer and call it 510 Lounge. Jules Ameel for the Star Tribune

It’s too gorgeous to remain unoccupied for long, and luckily it won’t.

The resaturant space at 510 Groveland, left vacant by the shuttering of the illustrious La Belle Vie, has a new tenant.

Don Saunders, of the nearby Kenwood restaurant, will make it his own. But don’t expect fine dining, reports Rick Nelson. The grand dining rooms will be used for private events, and the more accessible lounge will be used for serving “snacks.” 

But the way Saunders sees it, "snacks" don’t mean “small plates,” and they also don’t mean junk food. He tossed out ceviche, oysters, tartare, cheese and charcuterie, and mussels as sneak peeks. And yes, of course, a burger. 

The space will remain mostly as-is visually, with a few minor tweaks to let it come into its own. And the kitchen will stay open fairly late, so hurray for that.

510 Lounge will open next summer.