The once-upon-a-time Joe's Garage on Loring Park, reliable outpost for decent burgers, loaded bakers, mac and cheese, and strong drinks, has been through a lot of changes. First, it was set to become seafood-heavy Triton, with owner Joe Kaplan partnering with the powers that be at Butcher and the Boar, including then chef Jack Riebel. But of course Riebel in the meantime went off to join the dream team resurrecting Il Foro and the Lexington. But things are still a go, albeit as 4 Bells, without Riebel, but with Brendan McDonald, who's been well trained under Reibel and Peter Botcher, who also briefly helmed the Butcher. Whew. You got all that?
Good. The new 4 Bells will serve a Southern-influenced menu — "South Carolina lowcountry" fare, to be exact, with champagne, oysters, and you know you can't open a restaurant in this town theses days without one: a raw bar. We also spotted boiled peanut hummus, smoked grouper pate, a fishing boat load of seafood preparations, and look out Revival, Southern fried chicken with choice of gravy.
The place takes its namesake from the four churches that are in close proximity, and the much beloved Joe's Garage rooftop will remain, with swoon-worthy views of those churches. Adam Turman is doing the mural art, just as he has at the Butcher. We'll check in soon to see how that chicken, and the views, hold up to scrutiny.
Now open, dinner only,
1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
Friday- Saturday: 5p.m.-11p.m.