Russell and Desta Klein's Brasserie Zentral has an opening date and is now taking reservations

Chef Klein (right) and Chef Unruh (far right) working on the Brasserie Zentral menu

Chef Klein (right) and Chef Unruh (far right) working on the Brasserie Zentral menu

UPDATE: Brasserie Zentral is now open in downtown Minneapolis, serving a tasty new spin on Old Word cuisine. The restaurant in the Soo Line Building has quite the knack for refined continental dishes with Austrian flair.

Downtown Minneapolis will soon be home to a new concept from Russell and Desta Klein, the team behind Meritage in St. Paul. Inside the historic Soo Line building, the couple is working on a restaurant complex -- complete with a brasserie, skyway-level cafe, wine bar, and wine and cheese shop -- and the brasserie, the first piece of the building's mega makeover, is getting ready to open. 

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The couple has yet to post a menu, but the cuisine will pull inspiration from brasseries across Europe. In addition to the culinary expertise of chef Russell Klein, Brasserie Zentral will draw on the experience of chef de cuisine Troy Unruh, who has spent time working in such famous New York kitchens as David Bouley's Danube and Mario Batali/Lidia and Joe Bastianich's Del Posto.

The main dining room is swanky and sophisticated, with an open kitchen affording diners a full view of the chefs at work. There will be seating at a bar in front of the kitchen in addition to plenty of seating in the restaurant's plush crimson booths.

Brasserie Zentral's first day of official business will be April 21, and the highly anticipated eatery is now accepting reservations online. The restaurant will be open Monday through Friday for lunch at 11 a.m., for dinner service at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and will be closed Sundays. 

The rest of the couple's plans for the building will roll out gradually through the year.

505 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis

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