Residents of the Lyn-Lake/Uptown area and fans of chef Ian Gray's forward-thinking fare received sad news yesterday, when the Gray House announced on their Facebook page that they'd be closing at the end of July. The restaurant opened toward the end of summer in 2012 and has since been pleasing diners with a unique take on the farm-to-table-style gastropub.
The Gray House features a small variety of carefully selected, locally brewed taps, along with a variety of local and national craft-brewed bottles and cans. The menu changes frequently depending on seasonal availability, but they're probably best known for featuring a variety of goat-centric dishes including goat ribs, goat meatballs, and goat ragu.
The Gray House opened to much praise from virtually all of the Twin Cities' top critics, earning a three-star review from the Star Tribune, a spot on MSP Magazine's Top 75 best restaurants list, and a spot on our own 2013 Best Dishes list with the cabbage and cava salad.
In addition to a focus on seasonally appropriate, locally procured ingredients, the Gray House also offers a $20, three-course prix-fixe menu on Tuesday through Thursday nights, which is arguably one of the best deals in town.
Chef Ian Gray is no stranger to the Twin Cities fine-dining community, having spent time working at places like Cafe Levain, Trattoria Tosca, Bar Lurcat, and at St. Paul's W.A. Frost.
According to the restaurant's Facebook posting, Gray remains optimistic about his future in the Twin Cities. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here and will take the knowledge gathered to a new and exciting concept," he writes. "I hope when the time comes, you will be as excited as I am."
While we'll be sad to see the Gray House close its doors for good, we'll definitely be keeping our eye out for what the talented young chef has planned next.