The wisdom of our local restaurateurs is showing through in more ways than menus and beverage programs, but also the wisdom to restore our historic architectural gems in places like Il Foro, The Lexington, and now St. Paul's The Comomodore. Rumors have been swirling about art deco gem reopening since the '80s, and the day has finally come — October 27 marks the day to enjoy the grandeur and a cocktail, mobster, F. Scott Fitzgerald, jazz-era style.
The space is owned and operated by Commonwealth Properties, developer and owner of among other St. Paul landmarks properties W.A. Frost, the University Club, the Saint Paul Athletic Club, and the soon-to-open Watson’s Manor, a boutique hotel located at 344 Summit Avenue.
They're promising an unparalleled commitment to locally and regionally distilled spirits, including "any distillery whose products are shippable within an easy overnight’s drive of the Twin Cities.... While the Commodore will feature mostly Minnesota craft spirits, a handful of distilleries from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa also made the final cut."
Chef Christopher Gerster, formerly of Restaurant Alma, Zander Café, Levain, and Five, is writing a menu to "update a legend of the 20th century St. Paul hospitality scene for contemporary tastes." How, exactly?
Menu sneak peeks include braised rabbit, blanchette de veau – braised veal cooked in a white wine sauce, a “really, really simple but classic chicken dish,” and deviled eggs stuffed with lobster salad.
Opens October 27
79 Western Ave. N., St. Paul
Tuesdays through Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight