Union opens tonight: Here's a sneak preview
Union, the newly open bar/restaurant at the intersection of Hennepin Ave & Eighth Street
Today marks the opening of one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year. Tonight, Union Bar & Restaurant, in downtown Minneapolis at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Eighth Street (in the old Shinders spot), will host its first public dinner service.
A recent preview party allowed us a sneak peek at the new spot.
The menu at Union was crafted by Minneapolis veteran chef Jim Christiansen, who has worked in such notable places as Il Gatto, Sea Change, and La Belle Vie. At the preview we sampled a butternut squash pasta that superbly balanced the sweet-savory squash filling and came wrapped in a tender, perfectly cooked pasta tossed in a rich sauce of butter and fried sage. For those of you rolling your eyes at the thought of another butternut-squash-filled pasta, this one is certainly worthy of praise. The hosts also provided a heap of house-made charcuterie and a spectacular raw bar.
The space was designed by Minneapolis's top-dog restaurant design firm Shea Inc. It features a slick, sophisticated main level dining room and swanky nightclub in the depths of the basement. The upstairs is easily the main hook of Union, as it serves as a four-season dining patio. Not only do we look forward to many spring/summers sitting up there sipping on cocktails, but also to winters as we gaze on the falling snow while dining on succulent, rich, and comforting pasta dishes.
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