Kings Wine Bar has a new chef--and a famous face on staff
Kings Wine Bar 's chef Chad Reilander and his crew have been on the job a little over a month, and the menu shows their presence. With a slew of new lunch and dinner items, the restaurant is focusing more on main dishes but still offering small-plate and late-night options. Whereas the old bill of fare listed just a few true entrees, Reilander has at least seven each night. And not to worry, the beloved tater tots remain part of the staff's repertoire, along with customer faves like the pulled pork sandwich, grilled cheese, French fries, and fritters.
Reilander and his guys have taken over the small kitchen at Kings and seem to be having a great time. After owning the Old Ways and being a sous chef at Nosh, he's settling into Kings and enjoying the bar's built-in crowd. He and his group of dudes are smoking bacon, roasting ham, making catsup, and cutting and grinding meats in house, as well as sourcing goods that are, as the chef says, "local first and organic second." The beef is from Stonebridge Farm, the pigs from Hidden Stream Farm, the duck from Au Bon Canard, and the bread from Patisserie 46 across the street. They've added a grass-fed-beef burger with Mahon cheese, bacon, and aioli, plus entrees like a pot roast with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies and a grilled pork loin with smoked ham hock and dry-cured chorizo baked beans in a broccoli and shallot demi-glace, to the menu. In the future, Reilander says, foie gras may make an appearance. For now, you can drive by and see what special he's cooking up each day.
As Kings moves toward finer dining under Reilander's direction, sisters/owners Molly Barnes and Samantha Loesch are still keeping the spot's cool multi-use vibe alive. Upcoming events include story hour (modeled on the Moth's), book club, and a Halloween Hootenanny with chili and live music.
And to liven things up even more, Greg Norton, formerly of Norton's Downtown and Lucky Cat Lounge in Red Wing--yes, and Husker Dü--has come on board. He'll be working the front of the house and consulting on the wine list. That, along with Reilander's fresh take on the menu, should keep the King's faithful sated and all newcomers intrigued.
Kings Wine Bar
4555 Grand Ave. S, Minneapolis
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