Friday, May 24, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.
Ideal Diner returns after a former employee buys the building
When news broke in April that Ideal Diner, a Northeast Minneapolis landmark and breakfast institution, had closed, the most common response from local diners was a regretful, "I always meant to stop in there." Well folks, in a few months time you may just have your chance to intend to go there once again.
Just a few days after Mpls./St. Paul Magazine's
Stephanie March mentioned seeing "Cooks wanted" and "We're remodeling" signs in the diner's window, the Downtown Journal
has confirmed that Kim Robinson, a former Ideal Diner employee, purchased the restaurant from owner Kevin Kelzenberg and is intending to re-open it, though an exact date has not yet been set.
Robinson tells the Journal that the remodel includes updating the kitchen but that the 13-seat counter area will remain the same, just a little fresher and "cleaned up." Her plan is to be open seven days a week with those early breakfasts and crispy hashbrowns, and keep serving until 4:00 p.m. Dinner hours may be added after everything gets up and running again.
Ideal Diner opened in 1949 and has only had three owners since. Kevin Kelzenberg ran the restaurant for 32 years before deciding to close and subsequently sell the space in early April.