The owner of Crave restaurants said Wednesday it will convert the former Shinder’s building in downtown Minneapolis into an eatery that features a four-season rooftop that can be enclosed by an all-glass retractable roof.
The multilevel restaurant, which will be at the corner of Eighth Street and Hennepin Avenue, will be called Union. It is expected to open in November.
“We started working on this concept over a year ago,” Kam Talebi, owner and CEO of Kaskaid Hospitality, said in a news release. “Union will be upscale without being fussy or pretentious.”
Union will take the first floor and the rooftop of the old Shinders building, while design firm Shea Inc. will take the second floor. Shea said last fall that it was moving its headquarters to the building, which has been vacant since 2007, and a restaurant was rumored to be in the works for the space.
The rooftop will be 6,000 square feet and will be temperature controlled when the roof is not retracted. That includes air conditioning during hot and humid days in the summer.
The Union will be led by executive chef Jim Christiansen, who worked at La Belle Vie and opened Sea Change. Johnny Michaels, one of the founders of the North Star Bartenders Guild and author of the book Northstar Cocktails, also will be joining the team, according to the news release.
Stephanie March, who writes the Foodie File for Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, previews the menu focus and suggests that the restaurant’s aim is to create “a chef-driven space that isn’t Crave” — which, after all, has its own flagship restaurant just a block or so away, at LaSalle Plaza. (Source: Minneapolis / St. Paul Bsuiness Journal)