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Continued: Restaurant news: Chef Shack and more

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 31, 2013 - 4:02 PM

The 110-seat restaurant will feature a dozen or so lavishly topped burgers, made with beef from Peterson Limousin Farms, the go-to beef purveyor in Osceola, Wis. Mackenthun’s Meats in St. Bonifacius will be making hot dogs exclusively for the restaurant, including a brat made using beer from neighboring Excelsior Brewing Co. The full bar will showcase locally brewed beers.

Why Excelsior? It’s where the family has its roots; all four Bersets are graduates of nearby Minnetonka High School.

“We don’t leave, so we figure we might as well invest in where we live,” said Kelsey with a laugh.

The restaurant is going into the historic former Lyman Lumber building, and the design aims to capture and preserve some of its warehouse aura, including tables and other furnishings built using reclaimed wood from the building. The Bersets are projecting an early January opening.

Nicollet Avenue newcomer

The Japanese word for “catch” is about to become the name of the Twin Cities’ latest Japanese restaurant.

When it opens in early December, Kyatchi (3758 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.) will focus on sushi prepared with seasonal, sustainably sourced seafood, as well as robata, rice bowls and Japanese-style hot dogs.

Between them, the principal players have what appears to be a century of restaurant and bar experience. Chef Hide Tozawa lists Origami, Nami, Fuji Ya and Restaurant Alma on his résumé. Co-owner Sarah Peterson hails from Gigi’s Cafe, Bar Abilene and Stella’s Fish Cafe and the former Azia, and brother and co-owner Sam Peterson is a longtime veteran of First Avenue. Consultant Kim Bartmann is the creative force behind Bryant-Lake Bowl, Barbette, Red Stag Supperclub and Pat’s Tap, among others.

The late-night (open to 1 a.m.) 40-plus-seat restaurant will also serve sake and a number of locally brewed tap beers.

Noteworthy names

Speaking of sustainably sourced seafood: Jamie Malone of Sea Change (806 2nd St. S., Mpls., is the recipient of one of Cooking Light magazine’s 2013 Trailblazing Chef awards, which recognizes chefs who are “contributing to the culinary arts in interesting ways.” The magazine singled Malone out for its Sustainability Award, describing her cooking as “a startling mix of traditional and forward-leaning.”

On Nov. 7, Paul Berglund of the Bachelor Farmer (50 2nd Av. N., Mpls., is stepping into the chef-in-residence series at Gather (1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., Drop in from 5 to 9 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, free samples and low-priced drinks and snacks.

An artful Dia de los Muertos

For a different kind of Day of the Dead celebration, book a table at the Modern Cafe (337 13th Av. NE., Mpls.) on Nov. 6 for its Lucky Dougie Modern Muertos dinner. The multicourse meal ($32, with $6 wine pairings) will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of northeast Minneapolis painter Dougie Padilla’s work. Reservations at

Moving date

Fans of the Sunshine Factory (7600 42nd Av. N., New Hope,, take note: The 38-year-old restaurant and bar will be turning out the lights for good on Nov. 17, and then inaugurating its new Plymouth home (4100 Vinewood Lane) on Nov. 21.

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