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New culinary project featuring restaurant dream team to debut in Uptown this summer

A new cafe and culinary project featuring a dream team of chefs, baristas and cocktail masters is set to open in Minneapolis this June.

Lynhall, in the 11,500-square-foot space that formerly housed the Soo Visual Arts Center at 2640 Lyndale Avenue S., will house a “market-inspired” cafe as well as an incubator kitchen for startups, a kitchen television studio and a private dining area.

In the cafe, pastry chef Katie Elsing, formerly of Icehouse, will be baking sweet and savory pastries and artisan breads to go along with a craft coffee menu featuring Equator Coffee, which will be designed by Tyler Lanzi, formerly of Dogwood Coffee.

Chef Shane Oporto, the former Chef de Cuisine at La Belle Vie, meanwhile, will handle the regular cafe menu, which will include a mix of roasted meats and vegetables in a fast-casual environment.

The Bittercube team – which has created cocktail programs at restaurants such as Cafe Alma, the Hewing Hotel and Can Can Wonderland – will design the drinks at Lynhall.

On the television side, former KSTP reporter Eric Gislason will oversee a project targeting startups who are seeking professional-grade equipment ready for production and packaging. The high-end television equipment will be available for incubators to promote their products, and any packaged goods may be sold in Lynhall’s marketplace.

“There is such a strong community of talented makers,” founder Anne Spaeth said in a release. “Our goal with the incubator kitchen is to foster entrepreneurship, good food and community in an effort to keep it strong.”

Lynhall is expected to debut on June 14.

Eat out at Twin Cities restaurants to support the fight against AIDS on Thursday

More than 150 restaurants, bars and coffee shops around the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota are partnering to donate portions of their sales to the fight against AIDS on Thursday.

Dining Out for Life is a national fundraising event in more than 50 cities around the country. In Minnesota, the proceeds donated will go to The Aliveness Project, a local non-profit organization and community center providing on-site meals, food shelf options, integrative therapies and more for individuals living with AIDS or HIV.

EagleBoltBar, Finnish Bistro, Lush Food Bar, The Saloon, Twin Cities Leather and Latte and Bayport’s L’Etoile Du Nord Cafe (pictured above) are all donating 100 percent of their sales for the one-day drive. Stewart’s and Summit Beer Hall have pledged 50 percent. Other restaurants – a lineup that includes Brewer’s Table, Rainbow Chinese, Hola Arepa, Pizzeria Lola, Ngon Bistro, Hi-Lo Diner and many, many more – are giving anywhere from 20 to 35 percent.

Diners can find a full list of Minnesota's participating restaurants – as well as their pledged percentage of contributions – here.

Last year, the project raised more than $270,000 from 38,000 individual diners.

Over 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV infection, which over time progresses to AIDS and a life-threatening failure of the immune system. The Aliveness Project serves about 1,700 adults and children living with HIV and AIDS, about 75 percent of which live in poverty.

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