Photo by Mark LaFavor, LaFavor Pictures

Photo by Mark LaFavor, LaFavor Pictures

Bonicelli Kitchen is opening — again

Updated: December 6, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Laura Bonicelli is opening her Northeast Minneapolis restaurant for good.

After a short hiatus to make final renovations, Bonicelli Kitchen is reopening its doors for good, this time with a finished dining room.

Laura Bonicelli, the chef and owner behind Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery, opened the restaurant’s outdoor patio to her first guests during Art-A-Whirl weekend in the spring, but on the inside, Bonicelli Kitchen didn’t have a complete interior. Following a roughly four-month break to make it more palatable, the restaurant’s 48-seat dining room, complete with a deli counter and wine bar, will open Friday, Dec. 16.

The restaurant, located at 1839 Central Ave. NE in the Windom Park neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis, will serve a variety of Mediterranean and other globally inspired dishes, including classics like pasta Bolognese and Bonicelli specialties like Vietnamese-style baby back pork ribs with a palm sugar sauce.

The ribs at Bonicelli Kitchen. Photo by Eric Best
The ribs at Bonicelli Kitchen. Photo by Eric Best

Bonicelli also plans to serve house-made pastries in the morning for breakfast and freshly baked breads from her own kitchen and from Baker’s Field Flour and Bread out of the Food Building. The restaurant has a grab-and-go counter for the breads, snacks and lunch items like soups and sandwiches during breakfast and lunch hours.

In the early evening, the restaurant will transfer over to a wine bar atmosphere with its long list of available bottles. The restaurant’s opening menu features a variety of small plates meant to mix and share.

Bonicelli Kitchen will be open 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Sunday. The 24-seat outdoor garden will reopen in the spring.

Photo by Mark LaFavor, LaFavor Pictures
Photo by Mark LaFavor, LaFavor Pictures