In the Kitchen in downtown Wayzata
The latest example of the does-anyone-still-cook? phenomenon: Lunds & Byerly’s Kitchen (250 Superior Blvd., Wayzata), located in the Promenade of Wayzata, a mixed-use senior living complex on the site of the former Wayzata Bay Center shopping complex.
Set to open March 6, the supermarket chain’s store/restaurant hybrid will feature a number of prepared-food options, including made-to-order sandwiches, soups, sushi, a salad bar and a charcuterie counter, all packaged for dining in or taking out.
In the 140-seat restaurant, chef Gabe Stockinger (formerly of Pazzaluna) is promising a diverse, seasonal menu inspired by the store’s inventory, including seafood and meat options served flight-style, plus casual items such as pizzas and burgers.
The restaurant is borrowing an idea from the Concourse G restaurants in Terminal 1 of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and installing an ordering system that utilizes tableside iPads.
An adjacent bar will feature beers and wines, and a Caribou Coffee outlet that will roast beans on the premises. A limited selection of groceries, produce, dairy products and meat will also be available.
The project is roughly half the size of the Lunds store in the nearby Colonial Square shopping center, which will remain open.
The company is on a major expansion kick. Last fall, Lunds moved into Prior Lake, rebranding an existing supermarket. A Lunds store is opening in downtown St. Paul on May 15, and Byerly’s Edina store will be moving across its parking lot to a building now under construction.
Also on the big lake
Wayzata’s restaurant scene has suddenly become the suburban equivalent of the North Loop. In other words, white-hot.
First comes news of 6 Smith, going into the former NorthCoast and opening in May. Then the aforementioned Lunds & Byerly’s Kitchen. Now the venerable Sunsets (700 Lake St. E., www.sunsets restaurant.com) is in play.
The 25-year-old restaurant is closing Sunday (staying open at least through brunch), and then restaurateur Dean Vlahos — he of Champp’s, Redstone American Grill and Blvd. fame — is overhauling the lakeside building. Details to follow.
Note to those holding Sunsets gift cards: they can be redeemed at the restaurant’s east metro location (700 Commons Dr., Woodbury).
A Duluth first, from Dinkytown
The most punishing winter in decades might not be the most opportune moment to launch Duluth’s first frozen yogurt shop, but Bill Marker isn’t letting snow and subzero temperatures get in the way of debuting the second outlet of his Chilly Billy’s (314 15th Av. SE., Mpls., www.chillybillysfrozenyogurt.com). The store is located in the Shops at BlueStone (1010 Woodland Av., Duluth, 1-218-481-7521), and like Chilly Billy’s Minneapolis outlet, it’s near the campus of the University of Minnesota. Marker is a UMD graduate.
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and customers of Mie Winters, co-owner of Obento-Ya Japanese Bistro (1510 Como Av. SE., Mpls., www.obento-ya.com), who died this month.