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The Union Gospel Mission-backed restaurant provides job training to program graduates.
St. Paul, MN – The Daily Diner Frogtown will open in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood on Monday, April 15th, 2013. It is an urban American Diner located at 615 University Avenue (cross street Dale) and is open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday 7am to 9pm and Sunday 10am to 3pm. The Daily Diner serves traditional American favorites incorporating local ingredients with ethnic flavors. The Diner serves a dual purpose – providing a comfortable neighborhood meeting location serving quality food and coffee while meeting the goal of the Union Gospel Mission – changing lives and providing self-sufficiency for those in need.
“We’ll see if we can get fellow Minnesotans close to each other,” joked Jeff Bornmann, owner of the New Bohemia (pictured above, at left), a restaurant that opened last month in Northeast Minneapolis, taking over the space once occupied by a Panera Bread.
It’s like that chain restaurant never existed. The space was gutted out, and in its place, something completely different from the now ubiquitous paninis and salads. “It’s a modern beer hall,” said Noel Bowman, the restaurants managing partner (pictured above, at right).
That it is.
Sure, Kaskaid Hospitality’s growth strategy hinges on great real estate. But its lasting success rests on major investment in kitchen leadership.
When the Eden Prairie-based Kaskaid Hospitality announced in July that it was launching its Union restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, it revealed its intent to become the leading culinary name in Minnesota—and among the top in the country. It’s an ambitious, multi (multi)-million dollar concept—three levels, two kitchens and rooftop dining beneath a four-seasons retractable glass roof, with a major talent leading the kitchen.
Kaskaid also announced in that month it was resurrecting one of the Twin Cities most iconic restaurant names: Figlio. Kaskaid founder and CEO Kam Talebi (pictured above) secured what outwardly appears to be a coup of sorts, contracting the brand via a licensing arrangement from its owner, Parasole Restaurant Holdings.
Redstone American Grill is in growth mode. The Eden Prairie-based company purchased the former Boston’s Pizza property in Maple Grove adjacent to the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes (artist’s rendering above). The restaurant is now under construction and slated to open later this year.
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