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Surly hires Solera chef for $30 million brewery

Posted by: Rick Nelson under Chefs, Restaurant news Updated: June 6, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Jorge Guzman, chef at Solera in downtown Minneapolis, has been tapped to oversee the restaurant, beer garden and event center at Surly Brewing Co.'s news-making facility now under construction in Minneapolis' Prospect Park neighborhood.

“A big part of the Destination Brewery experience will be our craft beer-inspired food, so we knew we needed to put just as much focus on our kitchen and staff," said Surly president Omar Ansari in a statement. "Our executive chef will be the ‘head brewer’ of our beer hall, restaurant and event space. We are excited to add Jorge to the Surly team and immerse him in our world of beer.”

Guzman has been running the Solera kitchen for three years. He's also a veteran of Corner Table and the former Tejas.

Eight-year-old Surly expects to relocate from its Brooklyn Center home to its new Minneapolis digs later this year, opening the $30 million facility in stages. First up will be a casual beer hall with a 300-person capacity, scheduled for early 2015. The 175-person event center, 100-seat restaurant and two-acre beer garden will follow.

"We’re going to push the envelope with our beer-inspired foods using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients," said Guzman in a statement. "We’re not going to sit back.”

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