Nighthawks, popular south Minneapolis diner, is adding lunch service (and trivia!)

Your modern diner favorites, now available for lunch.

Your modern diner favorites, now available for lunch.

Commence your celebratory lunch dance: Nighthawks, the modern diner bringing hefty portions of soul-stirring comfort foods to south Minneapolis, will soon be serving a midday meal.

Starting April 4, get matzoh ball soup, fat pastrami sammies, and a killer cobb salad right smack dab in the middle of the day. Will it feel devilish to take a break from work to slurp down a malt and eat french fries? We're just selfless enough to find out and report back.

Not much on the menu will change. There will be a few lunchtime specials, like a soup of the day and two new sandwiches currently in the works. (Chef Landon Schoenefeld hinted at a California turkey sandwich with avocado and sprouts, plus we're sure there will be some twist to keep diners on their toes.) Of course, a daily soup and a menu of sandwiches would make for a swell half-sandwich/cup of soup deal, wouldn't it? It would indeed, and so it shall be, says Schoenefeld.

Price points will stay the same, as will the generous portion sizes. And if you're the kind of adult who can wait until late afternoon to have your lunch (tell us your secret, you Jedi, you), Nighthawks will cater to that. They're staying open from 11 a.m., straight through dinner and on to midnight, Monday through Friday. 

Saturday and Sunday brunch are still on as well, though the kitchen will close between the Saturday brunch and dinner services. Schoenefeld says Sunday evenings, currently an off night for Nighthawks, might soon become a time for special events, like an Italian-American themed dinner, or a "whole beast feast."

Other things in the works: a new Trivia Mafia trivia night, every Monday at 8:30 p.m. And also starting April 4, a service industry special on drinks. Bring in your paycheck stub and get a special card you can use anytime you come in. 

Steak tartare and a beer for lunch? Don't mind if we do.

Steak tartare and a beer for lunch? Don't mind if we do.

Are there also murmurings of a new Nighthawks patio in the distant future? There are, but it will be the distant future, says Schoenefeld. He's been in the game long enough to know how to balance ambition with pragmatism. One thing at a time — starting with lunch.


3753 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis