The $45 million Mozaic project in Uptown has a new tenant. Origami, one of the Twin Cities' top sushi restaurants, will open a new location on the first floor of the commercial building in November. Kiminobu Ichikawa (Ichi-san) currently has locations in downtown Minneapolis and at the Ridgedale mall in Minnetonka. Co-owner Emiko Grant said they plan to close the mall location in October.

Origami’s Uptown outpost will have a full bar and similar menu. Grant says they were lured to the location with hopes of opening a large patio. They plan to have seating for at least 40 people on the Mozaic property (which sits right off Lagoon).

Origami will join Bar Louie at the Mozaic complex. Developer Stuart Ackerberg told me he’s “thrilled” with the comibnation of the two restaurants. “These are the types of tenants we really wanted for Mozaic,” he said. The Dallas-based Bar Louie is known for its polished neighborhood-bar menu and chic design. This will be a franchised location operated by Fortney Hospitality Group, which also owns the downtown college bar, Brothers. Ackerberg said Bar Louie is shooting for a late-August or early September opening.

Stay tuned for more updates.

(Photo by Tom Wallace)