A few weeks after the Walker Art Center ended its partnership with D’Amico & Partners, the dining/catering operation announced that it is expanding its relationship with the Minnesota Historical Society.
D’Amico has been operating a small cafe inside the historical society’s Mill City Museum in Minneapolis for more than a decade. Now the Minneapolis-based company (which operates Cafe Lurcat and Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis, Campiello in Eden Prairie, Parma 8200 in Bloomington and the D’Amico & Sons chain, as well as a large catering business) will become the exclusive caterer for MNHS venues, including the Mill City Museum, as well as the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
In addition, D’Amico will create, design and operate new restaurants at MNHS sites, including a remake of the cafeteria-style restaurant at the Minnesota History Center, which had been operated by Bon Appetit.
Other plans include a revision of the cafe at the Mill City Museum, along with the creation of a seasonal, D’Amico-operated food truck. Details and launch dates will be announced later this year.
“The D’Amico name is respected as one of the best in catering and fine dining,” said John Crippen, MNHS director of historic sites and museums, in a statement. “D’Amico Catering brings a reputation for creative culinary offerings and a track record of impeccable client service. They have been a key component in our opening and growing Mill City Museum over the past twelve years, and we’re excited about the prospects of working with them to reposition the cafe and catering programs at the Minnesota History Center. We believe their team will attract more visitors to our many exhibits and events, as well as bring more weddings and all types of events to our distinctive properties.”