Saguaro will serve Southwestern-inspired fare in south Minneapolis

The Abdo family, the group behind My Burger, Nicollet Island Inn, and Minnesota State Fair contributors Gopher State Ice and Big Fat Bacon, is bringing a bit of Southwestern flair to south Minneapolis.

Saguaro, inspired by Southwestern and northern Mexican cuisine, will be a distinct departure from the Abdos' previous ventures. The new restaurant is slated to open at the end of August, serving a dinner-only menu before venturing into the wide world of brunch.

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"Arizona cuisine by definition is influenced by Native American themes, as well as Mexican and Spanish traditions, flavors, and ingredients," Amanda Abdo Sheahan says. "We are looking forward to carving out a new niche, [Az-Mex], that stays closer to the Arizona influences of rich, balanced flavors and simple, high-quality ingredients."

The family's grandmother, who went by the nickname "Sito," was the inspiration for the menu, which is composed of house-made salsas and guacamoles, tacos, and a la carte items. Saguaro will be a full-service, sit-down restaurant with beer and wine, and an open kitchen flanking the dining area.

The restaurant will be located in Tangletown, in the old Caribou Coffee at 53rd and Lyndale.

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