In early May, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation issued a request for proposals from potential food vendors who wanted to put in a bid to operate a new concession business on Lake Nokomis. After reviewing all the submissions, last week the Community Advisory Committee decided (by a 4 to 1 vote) to recommend that new vendor be Sandcastle, a beachside restaurant proposed by Doug Flicker, the visionary chef behind Piccolo, and his wife, Amy Greeley.
Before you beachgoers and Nokomis residents do a little dance of joy, the CAC still has to present their recommendation to the board, then a public hearing will be held, and the decision has to get final approval from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. But with all of Flicker's national awards and loyal local following, we find it hard to imagine a better man for the job.
So what was on Flicker's proposal menu and when might Sandcastle open for business? Here are more details:[jump] Flicker's proposed menu (see the whole thing for yourself on the Friends of Nokomis Facebook page) consists of interesting, seasonal, fancy picnic-type fare. There are some typical to-go items like popcorn, pickles, fruit, and beverages of the alcoholic variety (yay!); lighter options like watermelon salad with arugula and pickled radishes and a tomato-cucumber gazpacho; and several tasty-sounding sandwiches, including one made with Indian fry bread and ground bison. Not to be outdone by Tin Fish or Sea Salt, Flicker's menu also includes waterfront-appropriate offerings like ceviche and fish tacos.
Rounding out the sweeter side of the menu is olive oil soft-serve with sea salt and a chocolate-covered organic banana with pinenut brittle that sounds like an ideal summertime treat.
If all goes according to plan (fingers crossed, because we really want that frozen banana when this Arrested Development movie finally happens), Sandcastle will be open next spring on Nokomis's main beach.