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
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. 

The space includes a dining room, outdoor seating, and a central bar, or "barre" as Mason's is referring to it, a nod to the many ballet studios that make their home in the Cowles Center. For those who frequented a certain now-shuttered live music venue on the West Bank, Mason's bar might look a little familiar. 

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.

Head chef Andrew Ernst is a veteran of Kim Bartmann's restaurants Bryant Lake Bowl and Red Stag Supper Club, so expect high-quality, locally sourced ingredients atop your fancy burger or Coney Island sausage. You can see Mason's full menu on their website and see photos of the space on their Facebook page.

Mason's Restaurant and Barre
528 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
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528 Hennepin Ave.
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