After a year full of change, a south Minneapolis diner is getting new management.

Nighthawks, a modern diner conceived by former chef/owner Landon Schoenefeld, will now be run by the Bartmann Group – a collection of restaurants owned and operated by longtime Twin Cities restaurateur Kim Bartmann.

“With Landon’s blessing, we’ve taken on the management of Nighthawks,” Bartmann said in a statement. “Our intention is, as always, to bring quality food to the neighborhood.”

Bartmann owns restaurants such as Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl and Red Stag Supper Club, among many others, and helps to manage more, including Japanese eatery Kyatchi, which sits across the street from Nighthawks.

The Kingsfield neighborhood restaurant debuted in May of 2015, but hit an abrupt crossroads last November when Schoenefeld announced his departure.

Then, in May of this year, Birdie – the small space abutting Nighthawks’ kitchen that offered ticketed, multi-coursed dinners – served its last customers.

Bartmann plans to keep the restaurant’s name, look and feel in tact with a “few fun additions to the space” and a “refreshed” menu. A lunch service (Monday through Friday, starting at 11 a.m.) will be added as well.

The Birdie space, which can accommodate up to 25 people, will benefit from reinvigorated events programming, and can also be rented for private parties.

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