Mill City Cafe to return as the Mill NE

A Northeast neighborhood restaurant is resurrected
A Northeast neighborhood restaurant is resurrected
Bre McGee

Wild rice pancake fans have cause for rejoicing! Last May the Mill City Cafe closed its doors but promised fans it would not be forever. The Northeast restaurant has finally found a new home and will be going by a new name. We spoke with owner Mandy Zechmeister about the new location.

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They are resurrecting their neighborhood joint inside the one-time Porky's location at 1851 Central Ave. NE. While they won't be offering drive-thru, they will have Jim Smart's Smart Associates freshening up the old restaurant space. Smart's other restaurant designs include hip spots like Heidi's 2.0, Hazel's NE, and Moto-i among others.

With the new space comes a new name. Zechmeister explained, "We don't want to re-create ourselves necessarily but hope to refresh and renew." The Mill NE will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is planning for a full bar and patio. For those of us who adored the last incarnation's outdoor space, we can't wait to see this new little corner of the world.

Fingers are crossed for an early summer opening.

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