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Sneak Peek: City Works opens in Mayo Clinic Square on Wednesday

Beer here — the kegs get their own room at City Works.

Beer here — the kegs get their own room at City Works.

The downtown Minneapolis disaster formerly known as Block E continues its transformation into the new Mayo Clinic Square. City Works, a restaurant that will attract beer geeks with one of the most extensive draft beer selections in the city, will open Wednesday.

The restaurant is from Chicago’s Bottleneck Management, the company's first foray into the Twin Cities. The menu is “contemporary American,” with upscale versions of bar favorites, like duck confit nachos and a pork belly burger. There’s also a build-your-own salad option alongside entrees like a chipotle maple-glazed pork chop and a filet mignon.

City Works occupies the old GameWorks spot on the street level of the building at Seventh Street and Hennepin Avenue. The 10,000-square-foot space is anchored on one side by the imposing bar with a mind-boggling array of taps. In addition to plenty of room at the bar, there are high-top tables and seating along the bank of windows facing Seventh Street to accommodate the happy hour crowd.

The dining area has commodious leather booths for business lunches or after-work socializing. A second wall of windows on the Hennepin side brings in welcome natural light, and lets you know you're in the city. Once the weather warms up, there will be sidewalk seating (then you'll really know you're in the city).

But back to those beers. The restaurant offers over 90 beers on tap, with 20 percent dedicated to local breweries, and the rest featuring regional, national, and global craft beers. There are also 14 taps for rare, limited, and seasonal brews. Wine lovers have their own taps, so customers can order by the glass or by the carafe, served in a lab beaker. And as at any self-respecting restaurant these days, there are craft cocktails.

Opens March 9

The wall of windows brings the energy of Hennepin Avenue inside

The wall of windows brings the energy of Hennepin Avenue inside

City Works

600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

612-361-2900

cityworksrestaurant.com/minneapolis