Photo courtesy of Restaurant Alma's Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Restaurant Alma's Facebook page

Restaurant Alma is temporarily closing for cafe, hotel project

Updated: August 4, 2016 - 4:21 pm

Restaurant Alma is closing for the rest of the summer in order to prepare the building for a new café and hotel expansion.

Chef Alex Roberts is closing the restaurant, located on University Avenue in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood, on Friday, Aug. 12 for the next few months. During the hiatus, the restaurant will see a new connection to the café and “significant” equipment upgrades, Alma’s website says.

Alma pastries web“At the same time, the dining room will be undergoing renovations to improve the comfort of the guest experience, while also preserving the feel and layout of the original space,” it reads.

Roberts has been planning a new six-room boutique hotel upstairs and a café next door in the former Dunn Bros. Coffee space. Alma’s bakery team has been previewing some of the café’s bakery program at occasional pop-up stands and at the Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market at the Grain Belt Apartments.

The restaurant is expected to reopen this fall.