Photo by Eric Best

Photo by Eric Best

Spitz opens expansion into Northeast

Updated: May 17, 2016 - 3:56 pm

The concept is bringing Mediterranean street food to the former Wilde Roast Café space.

Spitz, a Los Angeles-based Mediterranean street-food chain, has opened its expansion into the former Wilde Roast Café space in Northeast Minneapolis.

Founders Bryce Rademan and St. Cloud native Robert Wicklund started the small restaurant chain in California after studying abroad in Spain while at Occidental College. The trip later served as inspiration for the concept’s signature döner kebab with shaved spits of meat from a vertical broiler.

The 2,600-square-foot restaurant opened quietly in mid-May, but hasn’t yet had a grand opening, staff said.

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Wicklund told The Journal earlier this year that he’s opening the restaurant, the first Spitz in Minnesota, with his brother-in-law.

“This feels like a homecoming that was a long time coming and I couldn’t be more excited. Plus, it feels very special to be keeping things in the family,” he said in an email.

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Spitz offers brunch, lunch and dinner options.

The restaurant is known for its customizable döner wraps and sandwiches with beef, lamb, chicken, falafel and vegan/vegetarian options. They can then be paired with sides like sweet potato fries, fried pita strips with hummus or crispy garbanzo beans with olives. Spitz also offers a full bar, 12 beers on tap and house-made sangria.

The two have expanded Spitz with five locations in California and two in Salt Lake City, Utah over the past decade. Wicklund said they’re looking to open a restaurant in St. Paul soon as well.

Spitz is now open at 518 Hennepin Ave. E. next door to R Taco (formerly Rusty Taco) in the Marcy-Holmes area. The restaurant is open 11a.m.-10 p.m. every day.

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