Photo by Tony Webster

Photo by Tony Webster

The Bad Waitress to open second diner in Northeast

Updated: May 31, 2016 - 12:07 pm

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 700 Central project. Rendering by Kaais Wilson Architects
The 700 Central project. Rendering by Kaas Wilson Architects

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.