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Continued: Restaurant news: Openings and closings

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2014 - 2:26 PM

In the meantime, get down to Lyn-Lake and enjoy Gray’s $20 three-course dinner, an exercise in creativity and value that’s served Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Museum restaurant on summer break

What is it with Minneapolis museum restaurants?

First the Walker Art Center’s Gather drops its lunch service. Now Grain Stack (2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls., www.artsmia.org), the newly remade restaurant at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts — and a significant improvement from its predecessor —is on a summer vacation.

“Our new food service model is based on being financially sustainable, so when our traffic is slower (such as this summer), we won’t operate the mezzanine-level restaurant, as it would require us to subsidize the operation and that is not the best use of our contributed resources,” reads a memorandum to museum staff and volunteers.

The restaurant is managed by Stock and Badge, the partnership between Dogwood Coffee Co. and Rustica.

Fear not, hungry art lovers. During the warm-weather hiatus, Stock and Badge’s other MIA food-and-drink operations will remain open, including the Dogwood Coffee bar (and its great two-for-one craft beer happy hour) and the family-friendly, grab-and-go Half Pint, both in the museum’s lobby.

 

RICK NELSON

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