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Andrew Zimmern to develop food hall at Dayton's Project on Nicollet Mall

With its refreshed look complete, Nicollet Mall will soon be getting a major new culinary landmark driven by a major local name.

Andrew Zimmern – the producer, creator and host of Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods," and a self-described adopted Minnesotan for more than 25 years – is teaming with the Dayton's Project to debut a new food experience inside the historic site that formerly housed Macy's.

Dayton’s Food Hall & Market is expected to debut in mid-2019.

A market will be split between two floors at 700 Nicollet Mall, which was Dayton's department store for more than a century prior to Macy's. Food vendors, purveyors of goods like meats and seafood, baked items and artisanal cheese will be sprinkled throughout the 40,000-square-foot space.

Robert Montwaid, creator and co-founder of Gansevoort Market in New York City, is also a partner.

"There is so much energy around this project and this building that it's a thrill to continue Dayton's legacy by contributing innovative ideas around food," said Zimmern, who is also a chef, writer and teacher. "The Twin Cities food scene is constantly evolving, always exceeding the country's expectations of a Midwestern city, and is a marvelous amalgam of many diverse culinary cultures. This project is a great example of what I think will bring a fresh perspective and authentic cultural influences to a beloved local landmark building."



Read more about the overall Dayton's Project here.

(Top photo by Gary Manrique; rendering courtesy Gensler)

Duluth to lose one of its top-performing restaurants

Another superior Lake Superior dining destination is calling it quits.

Following on the heels of the October demise of Wild Rice in Bayfield, Wis., Duluth restaurateurs Eric and Lynn Goerdt have announced that they’re closing their Northern Waters Restaurant. (That’s Eric in the restaurant, pictured above, in a Star Tribune file photo).

Located in the city’s Mount Royal neighborhood, the restaurant opened in March 2016 as a more ambitious sibling to the couple’s wildly popular Northern Waters Smokehaus, a deli and sandwich shop in the city’s Canal Park district. Not to worry: Northern Waters Smokehaus, located in the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, isn't going anywhere.

The restaurant’s last day will be December 31st. Although it was open for less than two years, the restaurant's impending demise represents a huge loss to Duluth’s expanding culinary scene (that's the dining room's communal table, pictured above; it's surely the state's longest). From the day it opened, Northern Waters’ eclectic menu, skilled cooking and charming, vaguely Nordic Modern setting made it a must-visit experience.

“This has been such a rewarding and creative process,” said Eric Goerdt in a statement. “We’re continuing to grow at the Smokehaus with our expanding delivery service, catering and mail order. Last December, we sent to every state in the country — it’s clear this needs our full attention to represent the region well.”

The space will not remain dark for long. Another unnamed, locally operated restaurant will take over shortly after the new year. (That's the kitchen's crisped pork belly with polenta, a soft-cooked egg and a green chile sauce, pictured above in a Star Tribune file photo). 

Anyone holding gift certificates to the restaurant can also redeem them at Northern Waters Smokehaus.

The restaurant's staff was informed of the decision on Sunday night, and Goerdt said that the news was greeted with both sadness and as a challenge.

“They want to go out with a bang, making the next few weeks absolutely the best for customers in terms of food and service,” he said in a statement. “I am incredibly touched by this.“

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