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Loring Park's Third Bird restaurant closing, will swiftly reopen as Bearcat



Loring Park's The Third Bird will say goodbye after Monday (Jan. 16) night's service and reopen three days later with a new concept and a new name.

Bearcat, a casual, bar-oriented eatery, will debut at 11 a.m. on Thursday after Kim Bartmann and company quickly transition the space this week. Patrons can still expect wood-fired noshes and the direction of culinary director Nick O'Leary – who took over all of Kim Bartmann's restaurants last fall after TJ Rawitzer left for Esker Grove – but in a different setting.

The beverage menu will focus on becoming more approachable, faster and cheaper. The collection of craft bitters are out and lower drink prices are in. The menu is getting a remake, too. Expect some of the Third Bird's staples (steak frites, roasted chicken) to be supplemented by all-day eggs, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and other laid-back fare such as French fries with bolognese and kimchi rice. 

What else can you expect at the 1612 Harmon Place remix? Big screen TVs and arcade games. Hours will extend slightly from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bad Waitress diner opening second location with full bar in northeast Mpls.

The folks behind Bad Waitress are gearing up to open their second location. The new northeast Minneapolis spot will arrive next month – an addition they promise will deliver the beloved facets of the original while also changing things up.

The new cafe in the 700 Central Av. building will still boast Bad Waitress’s staples such as all-day breakfast and local-organic takes on American diner fare. But unlike its counterpart on Eat Street, which debuted in 2005, this new iteration will have a full bar and aim for nighttime allure.

Josie Franske – the marketing coordinator for Shea Inc, which designed the restaurant – called the space in the 120-year-old building “a little higher end,” with large windows and historic architecture. In a statement, Franske also hinted that the bar and cocktail program would be managed by a “well-known cocktail master” to be announced soon. There will be a separate bar snacks menu as well.

The grand opening is projected for February, with a series of soft openings coming first. 

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