Here's the news of the day, from Stewart and Heidi Woodman, co-owners of Heidi's: The restaurant is closing on Dec. 31st.
The couple opened the original Heidi's Minneapolis in 2007 in a slip of a spot at 50th Street and Bryant Av. S. in Minneapolis, and it was an instant hit. The restaurant was destroyed by fire in February 2010, and less than a year later the Woodmans took their vision to Lyn-Lake, creating a singular four-star experience. The closing is a major loss for the Twin Cities dining scene.
The Woodmans arrived in Minneapolis (Heidi's hometown) in 2003 and Stewart was the first of the two of them to make an impact, opening four-star Levain.
Two and a half-years later, husband and wife (she's an accomplished pastry chef) teamed up to launch the ambitious but short-lived Five Restaurant & Street Lounge. Their comeback was the extraordinary Heidi's, versions 1 and 2.
Here's the content of their announcement:
Part of our Heidi's Minneapolis heritage is that we want to create extraordinary food that has a lasting impression, and we're driven by an artistic vision that is constantly evolving. After six years of bringing an exquisite fine dining experience to the Twin Cities, we're excited to shift gears to work on our new culinary vision for the next six years and beyond. In an effort to focus on the next page in our story, Heidi's 2.0 will close its doors for regular service on December 31, 2013.
But no tears please! We invite you to join us for one of Minneapolis's most superb dining experiences before the end of the year. We're proud of what the Heidi's 2.0 team has brought to diners, and, we promise to share more details on Heidi's 3.0 in the coming months. In the meantime, you can look forward to the following from now through December 31, 2013:
Dinner: Our menu features our greatest hits -- the all-star dishes that have won rave reviews, awards and even stolen hearts, including our classic lamb, lobster pappardelle, mussel soup, and tongue ravioli, among other deliciousness.
Pre-theater menu: 3 courses for $28 if your party is seated by 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
Brunch: Heidi's brunch is a treat if you haven't yet indulged. If you have, you know what we're talking about. Join us Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Chef's Table: Reserve your special night around the chef's table, which seats up to 10 people. Whether with friends, family or business colleagues, join Stewart and team behind the scenes for 11 fabulous courses, and an evening you'll never forget.
Happy Hour: Nibble, sip and be happy with us every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Spectacular drinks by Trish Gavin and heavenly apps from Stew & crew for $3 or less.
Restaurant Week: We're participating in Mpls.St. Paul Magazine's annual Restaurant Week. From October 20-25, we'll prepare a special "restaurant week" 3-course menu for $30/pp. Make your reservation to join us for restaurant week today.
Cooking Classes: Join our very own chef Stewart "Shefzilla" Woodman as he offers behind the scenes cooking series at Heidi's. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for Spring Rolls & Sauces (Shefzilla Style) on October 26 from 1-3 p.m. and/or Dazzling Dinner Party (Shefzilla Style) on November 9 from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $50 pp. Space is limited.
Movember: Join Stewart's "Stew's Stache Stable" Movember team at https://www.movember.com/us/register/ and grow a moustache during the month of November to help raise awareness and funds to fight prostate and testicular cancer. Movember supporters and participants will be invited to join Heidi's Minneapolis for a special Movember event that you won't want to miss. More details to come soon.
Thank you for continuing to follow us on our journey! We look forward to seeing you here in the next three months to celebrate. Book your reservations at www.heidismpls.com, or call 612.354.3512. Of course walk-ins are always welcome, so come grab a seat at the bar. We'd love to see you.
Love, The entire Heidi's Minneapolis staff