These days, when you read about the best restaurants in America, Minneapolis is a locale that comes up often. Gone are the days when the city was known solely for the Mall of America and its bitterly cold weather. Minneapolis is a veritable food destination—as vibrant as New York or Los Angeles, but often a lot more affordable. It’s never been a better time to open a restaurant in the Twin Cities.
Minneapolis has recently experienced an explosion in its food scene: with the growing diversity of the population as well as an influx of Fortune 500 companies, the city is teeming with eager, open-minded diners, and chefs looking to push the envelope. Minneapolis is already home to some of the largest concert halls, convention centers, and sports venues in the country, and now that its dining culture is on the rise, “It’s just one of those cities that continues to be on everyone’s radar,” says Gavin Kaysen, chef of Spoon and Stable.
Next to its midwestern counterparts, Minneapolis is, according to restaurateur Brent Frederick, a unique melting pot of restaurants. “You can pick any kind of concept, and as long as you do it well, you have the opportunity to succeed.” This is largely due to the community, which Corner Table owner Nick Rancone says is the most supportive he has ever seen of restaurants. “For anyone who wants to come in and do something that they really believe in, it’s a great place to do it because you’re going to connect with an excited group of people.”
As a bonus, Kaysen says that Minneapolis does not have the kind of permitting and licensing roadblocks that many other places face, as the city is actively supporting the growth of the restaurant scene (though Rancone adds that a couple of very residential areas do not give out liquor licenses at all). “There’s just this energetic potential” in Minneapolis, Rancone says. “We’re in a really exciting phase fueled by lots of people coming in from the outside.” [Read more…]