Gavin Kaysen's Merchant Is Now Called... Spoon and Stable?

Gavin Kaysen in the kitchen of <a href="" target="_blank">Spoon and Stable</a>

Gavin Kaysen in the kitchen of Spoon and Stable

In a bold move for the team behind this year's most hotly anticipated restaurant, chef Gavin Kaysen and crew have renamed their North Loop venture -- just a month before opening.

Formerly Merchant, the new restaurant will be called Spoon and Stable, a reference to its building's history and Kaysen's propensity for stealing spoons. Yes, you read that last part right. Check out Kaysen's video announcement after the jump.

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This morning, Kaysen released a video announcing the last minute change. In it, Kaysen says the number of other restaurants named Merchant compelled him to rechristen his concept.

"We decided to do maybe the unthinkable and a month before opening change the name," says Kaysen.

How did he land on the new alliterative title?

The restaurant is located in a turn-of-the-century horse stable in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis and retains many of the architectural features of its original purpose. But the spoon part of the name has a more personal significance, based on Kaysen's spoon kleptomania.

"Everybody now knows that I have an issue with taking spoons, and collecting spoons," he says in the video. "But it's also a tool. People ask me in interviews all the time what's the one tool you can't live without? It's a spoon."

"This is a stable, and I steal spoons," Kaysen says. "It's as simple as that."

Well then. Nice to meet you, Spoon and Stable. We can't wait to visit in a few short weeks.

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