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Fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant opens to big crowds in IDS Center

One of downtown Minneapolis’ most prominent buildings has another fast-casual lunch option.

Roti Modern Mediterranean, a Chicago-based chain, opened its first Minnesota location on Wednesday, with the line flowing out into the IDS Center’s Crystal Court.

The Chipotle-style setup touts customizable meals – salads, rice plates, sandwiches or wraps – that feature proteins such as spicy lamb meatballs, falafel, steak, chicken and salmon kabobs topped with various pickled vegetables, salads and sauces.

Gluten-free options, including pita bread, served warm, abound.

Roti, which has 30 outlets in all (in six states plus the District of Columbia), replaces Cosi in the IDS ground floor space.

Chef of Upton 43 and Victory 44 opening new restaurant in 2018

Erick Harcey is adding to his portfolio. 

The chef behind the three Minneapolis restaurants -- the critically lauded Upton 43 (it was the Star Tribune's 2016 Restaurant of the Year) in Linden Hills, northside neighborhood favorite Victory 44 and the Dirty Bird, his takeout roast chicken counter in the back of Upton 43 -- announced that he's opening a fourth, also in Minneapolis, in 2018.

The details are slim, but one that's nailed down is the location: a new development at 46th and Hiawatha, near Minnehaha Park. The proposed project, by the property development firm Oppidan Investment Co., is set to include 146 market-rate apartments, a supermarket and Harcey's restaurant. The site is located near the Blue Line light rail's 46th Street station

The restaurant's overall concept is still in the works. 

"I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a restaurant in the Longfellow neighborhood,” said Harcey in a statement. “My team and I are looking forward to bringing an approachable space to the area and a destination for all.”

It's the second restaurant project announced for the neighborhood. Earlier this year, former Piccolo chef Doug Flicker announced his plans to remake the Sunrise Inn into the Bull's Horn Food & Drink

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