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Now Open: Lyndale Tap House

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A couple of CP informants (i.e. my friends) stumbled into the soft opening of the Lyndale Tap House--the former jP space is back!--last Saturday night and reported their impressions. (The place is owned by Barrio's co-owners Ryan Burnet, Tim Rooney, and Josh Thoma and a new partner, Gene Suh, and was initially slated to be called Anchor Bar.)

Shea did the design work and opened things up between the former bar and dining room spaces, and the photogropher who shot the above image was hired to do artwork. On opening night, my pals described the spot as having a young, neighborhoody, Bulldog-esque vibe. But they refered to the tap beer selection as "so 2006"--a little more mainstream and less regional than what's found at some of our best craft brew-focused bars, such as Acadia and Muddy Pig. Review forthcoming in a few weeks...

**UPDATE** The restaurant won't actually be open to the public until tomorrow. Click to the jump for more details from Shea...

I'm excited to see what Patrick Weber (formlery of the now-defunct Mojito) is doing with the menu...

This Tuesday, September 29, owner Gene Suh is opening the doors to his new Lyn-Lake establishment, The Lyndale Tap House. Suh pulled together a band of local restaurant experts, including managing partners Ryan Burnet, Tim Rooney and Josh Thoma, and Minneapolis design firm, Shea, Inc., to develop the Lyn-Lake gastropub concept, which occupies 2937 Lyndale Avenue S. (formerly jP American Bistro).

The management team and designers from Shea recently collaborated on the development of the wildly popular Barrio Tequila Bar, which has one location on Nicollet Mall and a second location that opened in St. Paul's Lowertown in June. Suh selected the team in part because he wanted The Lyndale Tap House to echo much of the same spirit as Barrio: casual, comfortable, and slightly irreverent, with a chef-driven menu that takes pub food to a new level. Chef Patrick Weber was brought on as menu consultant and worked with executive chef Phil Dvorak on a menu centered around Baltimore pit beef, which is a rare cut of top round that is rubbed with a special spice blend and slow-cooked over a 6-foot oak-fired pit grill. Other meats from the pit include pork, ham and sausage, and the menu also includes a wide range of starters, sandwiches, salads, burgers and dinners that are unfussy yet upscale and clearly chef-driven, from the garlic sausage bites to the roasted beet salad with maple-glazed pecans to the Newcastle fish and chips with charred jalepeno tartar sauce. The tap house moniker refers to the eighteen available tap beers but a full bar is offered and an interesting list of specialty drinks gives lots of options.

Dark wood flooring, an enormous rich dark wood bar, dark green booths and antique mirrors evoke a traditional European pub while modern lighting fixtures and custom artwork give it an Uptown edge. After placing a call for original local art on craiglist, Suh commissioned artist Jason Dorweiler for a handful of custom paintings. He selected Dorweiler for his urban, neo-expressionist multi-media art which is featured throughout the space. Another commission involved New Jersey-based pin-up photographer Viva Van Story who provided large framed photos of Swedish pin-up models who were flown in to pose for a shoot that was set at a Clearwater Angus farm. With seating for 125 in the 2800 square foot space, the energy in the room is palpable, and with a dart board, video games, a juke box and photo booth, people are encouraged to stay a while and have fun.

2937 Lyndale Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-825-6150

www.thelyndale.com (coming soon)

Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am Sat-Sun 11am-2am