The Good Earth (Galleria, Edina, 952-925-1001, and 1901 W. Hwy. 36, Roseville, 651-636-0956, goodearthmn.com), part of Parasole Restaurant Holdings, is adding a third location. Well, sort of.
“It’s not a Good Earth twin,” said Parasole co-founder and CEO Phil Roberts. “It’s more like a first cousin.”
The counter-service setup at Ridgedale mall in Minnetonka — a departure from its table-service counterparts — will be called Field Day by Good Earth and will feature salads, sandwiches/wraps and grain bowls, all in the $8 to $10 range.
“In fast-casual, it’s hard to find healthful alternatives,” said Tim McKee, Parasole’s vice president of culinary development. “Everyone wishes they could eat a little better, and that becomes difficult when you’re in a hurry.”
Some Good Earth classics will find their way to the menu, including a lightened-up version of the restaurant’s top-selling cashew chicken salad sandwich.
Other superfoods-filled dishes will include a bowl with ginger quinoa, grilled chicken, kimchi and a three-minute poached egg; a kale Caesar salad with miso-glazed chicken, quinoa crumbles and a miso-kefir dressing, and five-spice turkey meatballs with tahini-yogurt dressing in a flax/whole-grain pita.
“It’s not meant to be preachy,” McKee said. “It’s good food that happens to be good for you, and can be served quickly.”
The 72-seat restaurant also will have a significant grab-and-go component, and will serve beer, wine and popular Good Earth beverages, including its signature teas and apple-sweetened kale/ginger lemonade.
The kitchen will have a dedicated zone for catering and takeout, ordered through Bite Squad or another similar delivery service; the company is also developing a smartphone app.
Why Ridgedale? Roberts cited its third-place rank (after Mall of America and Rosedale) in shopping mall sales per square foot, along with the recent addition of Nordstrom and other major retailers.
“The Apple store is moving directly across from us, and we’ll be next door to Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn,” Roberts said. “In a lot of ways, it’s kind of like the corner of State and Main.”
The Good Earth remains a popular brand for Parasole, which also operates Chino Latino, Manny’s Steakhouse, Burger Jones and others.
The Good Earth at Galleria averages 863 diners a day, and that’s not counting the busy traffic at the deli/takeout counter.
Will other Field Day outlets follow? “The first one has to be successful,” Roberts said.
A mid-October opening is planned.
Wayzata salad spot
Meanwhile, a few miles to the west, restaurateur Ryan Burnet (Barrio, Bar La Grassa, Burch, Eastside) is opening a made-to-order-salad restaurant, the first of what could become a chain.
No name yet, but the quick-service, health-minded restaurant will land in downtown Wayzata (755 E. Lake St.) this fall.
After a 36-year run, Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar (1333 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-0540) is calling it quits.
“Thirty-six years is a long time to do anything,” owner Keith Levit said in a prepared statement. Levit is son of founder Jack Levit. “We’ve been a staple in the community for much of that time, and that’s something we’re very grateful for. It’s sad that it’s coming to an end here, but we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”
The teppanyaki restaurant was once part of a five-unit chain that originated in Winnipeg in 1973. That location remains open, but the others — in Reno, Fargo and Palm Springs, Calif. — no longer exist.
For those who want to relive a happy memory, act fast: The restaurant’s last day is July 30.
Here’s a great idea for a three-course dinner: breakfast. On July 28, Campus Club (300 Washington Av. SE., Mpls., campusclubumn.org), chef Annette Colón will offer savory takes on granola and waffles — plus an egg-topped gnocchi hash with coffee-rubbed pork belly. Beer pairings, too. Cost is $45 for nonmembers, $35 members. Dinner will be served 5 to 7 p.m. on the club’s fantastic terrace (weather-permitting). Reservations at 612-624-6626.
A new event for the Aquatennial is the Mess Hall, featuring fare from a dozen local restaurants and food trucks (Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, My Burger, Get Sauced, Potter’s Pasties, Wyn 65, Rainbow Chinese Restaurant & Bar, Rebel Donut Bar and more), along with local beer, cider and coffee.
Check it out on Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. at Boom Island Park (724 NE. Sibley St., Mpls.), mplsmesshall.com. No admission fee.