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New restaurants coming to Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Posted by: Rick Nelson under Restaurant news Updated: November 8, 2013 - 1:17 PM

Visitors to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will notice some major changes at the museum, and not just the soon-to-open African art galleries.

Not many details are available, but diners looking to lunch at Mezzanine, the museum's second-floor restaurant, are currently out of luck. The restaurant is closed, and a sign on the door says, "Coming soon: A new museum-worthy dining experience by Stock & Badge."

That's the not-so-familiar name of the collaboration between Rustica, Dogwood Coffee and Victory 44.

Stock & Badge is replacing a far more recognizable moniker -- D'Amico and Partners -- which has been running the MIA's restaurants since 2000. D'Amico isn't leaving the building entirely. A museum spokesperson said that the company will continue to run the MIA's events catering operations (D'Amico, which operates Masa and Cafe Lurcat and Bar Lurcat in downtown Minneapolis, Campiello in Eden Prairie, Parma 8200 in Bloomington and the D'Amico & Sons chain, continues to manage the restaurants at the Walker Art Center and the Mill City Museum).

Tapping food-forward Stock & Badge -- they're the team behind Parka in south Minneapolis -- is an exciting prospect for MIA-goers (a record 679,000 people walked through the doors during the musuem's last fiscal year, which ended June 30). Perhaps the food-and-drink upgrade has something to do with the runaway success of Fika, the wildly popular restaurant at the nearby American Swedish Institute since it opened in June 2012.

Until Mezzanine's replacement materializes, MIA visitors won't go hungry. The first-floor snack bar remains open for business, hawking cookies, scones, croissants and other top-notch Rustica baked goods, along with Dogwood's meticulously brewed coffee beverages and a handful of inventive, beautifully composed grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, which appear to be the work of Victory 44 chef Erick Harcey and his crew.

The museum's first-floor Family Center is also closed and undergoing a remake. A sign says, "Coming soon: A new and improved Family Center, along with Half Pint, a restaurant both you and your kids will love. Yay!"

No specific opening dates have been announced, but the museum's website said that the timing will occur "before the snow flies."

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