Sopranos Italian Kitchen to replace Ringo's with JP Samuelson at the helm

Kaskaid Hospitality, parent company of the CRAVE restaurant chain, is having a busy winter. After recently taking over Palomino's space downtown, the Talebi brothers are planning to launch Sopranos Italian Kitchen with chef J.P. Samuelson, most recently of Solera, in the kitchen.

Sopranos will take over the old Ringo space in the West End in St. Louis Park, right by an existing--and hugely popular--CRAVE. Here's what's in store:

Kaskaid is promising house-made pasta, wood-fired steaks, a daily-changing antipasta bar, and, following the trend started by Scusi in St. Paul, wine in kegs. Samuelson, who established credibility with Italian fare during his time with D'Amico and fresh, seasonal cooking at his JP American Bistro, should put a contemporary spin on classic dishes.

Shea Architecture Inc. and interior design firm Kamarron Design are redoing the space, which is scheduled to open in March.

Sopranos Italian Kitchen The Shops at West End 5331 West 16th St., St. Louis Park

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