Mason's Restaurant & Barre now open in the Cowles Center
What's old is new again at Mason's, now open in the Cowles Center
Courtesy Mason's Facebook page, photo by Tamara Obscura
In the old Masonic Building at Sixth and Hennepin, now part of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, a new restaurant serving sophisticated American bar food and takeaway deli sandwiches (from their M To-Go area) quietly opened earlier this month. They're doing everything from morning coffee and breakfast sandwiches to box lunches to happy hour (including excellent-sounding booze-n-beer/cider cocktails like one made with rum, Strongbow, maple syrup, and cherry bitters) and hearty dinner specials like Osso Buco and breadcrumb-topped mac 'n' cheese.
Mason's owner, Lucas Miller, took the opportunity to salvage the 30-foot redwood-topped bar from the 400 Bar when it held a fire sale and got rid of everything from posters and memorabilia to neon signs and ATMs. Just like Mason's building, the bar is a piece of local history that Miller wanted to help keep intact.
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