The Bad Waitress is expanding with a second diner in Northeast Minneapolis.
Owners Mary and Andy Cohen are planning to open a second diner and coffee shop in the 700 Central project in Marcy-Holmes. The apartment development from Wayzata-based Nolan Properties Group is transforming two warehouse buildings into 80 market-rate apartments and retail space.
Andy Cohen said the new restaurant will be larger (about 3,500 square feet versus the original’s 2,200). It will also have a full bar whereas the original just serves beer and wine. The new location will likely have full table service in the evening rather than just cafeteria-style dining like the original restaurant, though he said it will still have that during the day.
They’ve been looking for a new location across the North Loop, downtown, Northeast Minneapolis and other areas for more than year, he said.
“We’re really excited about the neighborhood and the project itself, ” he told The Journal. “We think it will be a great fit.”
The second diner is expected to open in late November at the corner of Central & 7th.
The Cohens bought The Bad Waitress two years ago. The original restaurant opened more than a decade ago.
A spokeswoman with Nolan Properties said there is one more commercial space left in the project, which is being co-developed with Bader Development. The approximately 2,200-square-foot space fronts Central Avenue and is in the same building as the Bad Waitress.
The 700 Central development is expected to open before the end of the year.