After pausing the project last year due to COVID-19, Farmers Kitchen + Bar is set to open in Minneapolis early this summer.
The new restaurant will be the first and only restaurant wholly owned and operated by Minnesota Farmers Union.
The farmer-to-table restaurant will include a marketplace and will be located at 750 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, in the historic Mill District neighborhood. The site was once home to another restaurant, Spoonriver.
The restaurant will be open daily, serving breakfast, lunch and supper. It will feature a selection of fresh grab-and-go items, products from local makers, and farm-fresh produce, eggs, meats and more.
Entirely owned and operated by the MFU and its members, Farmers Kitchen + Bar plans to connect its guests to local family farmers by bringing the food produced and grown throughout Minnesota to their guests’ plates.
“We believe every farm has a story and we are excited to have our guests be part of that story,” says Gary Wertish, MFU president. “We have cultivated close relationships with all of our farmers over the years, and are excited to further our support of our farmers by bringing their fresh food directly to guests dining at the restaurant and shopping our market.”
Originally slated to open last year, the project was put on hold due to COVID-19. Now, construction has resumed, and MFU is moving forward with the project. Designed by Shea Design, the restaurant will have a light and airy atmosphere and plenty of sidewalk patio seating, perfect for enjoying locally grown farm-fresh food.
Joining the Farmers team is executive chef Kris Koch. The Minnesota native has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. His past positions include executive sous chef for Wolfgang Puck, executive chef at the Grand Hotel and director of savory at Patisserie 46.
“Being a part of this project is a dream come true,” Koch says. “Farmers Kitchen + Bar’s mission aligns with my passion and cooking philosophy, which will allow me to continue to work with independent farmers and using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.”
For more information on Farmers Kitchen + Bar, visit farmerskitchenandbar.com. Follow it on Facebook and Instagram @farmerskitchenandbar and Twitter @farmersktchn.