Restaurateur Dermot Cowley has brought an upscale American concept to Downtown East.
Restaurateur Dermot Cowley has opened a new restaurant on the ground floor of Wells Fargo’s new office campus in Downtown East.
Cowley, whose Waconia-based Irish Born Hospitality owns and operates O’Donovan’s Irish Pub at 1st Avenue & 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis, opened the doors of McKinney Roe in mid-November near U.S Bank Stadium.
The upscale American bar and restaurant features a second-floor mezzanine dining space, a 50-foot-long bar and a spiral staircase in front of a 3,000-bottle wine and spirit collection. The concept, whose names comes from the maiden names of Cowley’s mother and his wife’s mother, features a menu from head chef Christian Oxley, culinary director at Irish Born Hospitality, that strays from the company’s pubs. It also owns Lola’s Lakehouse in Waconia and Jake O’Connor’s in Excelsior.
“This is not going to be another Irish establishment,” Cowley said in a statement. “After nearly 30 years of running restaurants, I like to think of this place as the best of everything. Casual for families, stadium-goers and happy-hour seekers, but upscale and unique enough for executive lunches and special occasions.”
The restaurant occupies 7,200 square feet on the ground floor of the west Wells Fargo tower, one of two 17-story buildings that are home to a combined 5,000 employees. McKinney Roe is also surrounded by the Edition apartments from Ryan Cos. and its 150-seat sidewalk dining space faces the two-block Commons park.
McKinney Roe will serve grab-and-go sandwiches at a carving station dubbed “The Roe,” house cocktails and a weekend brunch. Signature dishes include seafood ceviche, croquettes, the double McKinney Roe burger and a pork shank.
McKinney Roe at 530 4th St. S. is open for lunch at 11 a.m. and dinner from 4 p.m.–midnight. The restaurant will start serving weekend brunch on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Happy hour runs 3 p.m.–6 p.m.