Photo courtesy of Mona Restaurant and Bar's Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Mona Restaurant and Bar's Facebook page

New owners plan tweaks to Mona Restaurant and Bar

Updated: December 12, 2016 - 8:18 am

The downtown establishment will offer an expanded happy hour, dinner menu.

Caroline and Eric Butterfield have purchased Mona Restaurant and Bar in downtown Minneapolis with a plan to expand the restaurant’s hours, catering services and menus.

Caroline, a small business owner who previously worked in project management and marketing, and her husband Eric, a former sous chef at Kieran’s Irish Pub, took over the restaurant in the 333 South Seventh building in November.

While they aren’t planning renovations to Mona, Caroline said they’re looking to build up the restaurant’s menus with more dinner options like steak, corned beef and salmon — Eric’s specialties — to draw in nearby condo residents. For the downtown office workers who make up much of Mona’s business, bolstered lunch and happy hour menus will have dishes like a pot roast sandwich and a chicken strip appetizer.

“They’re looking for regular lunch food and that’s what we’re going to provide for them,” she told The Journal.

For Minnesota Vikings fans, Caroline said they’ve already experimented with longer evening hours on game days.

The two are also planning to use an atrium in the office tower and the surrounding green space for small events that don’t fit in hotels. Caroline said they’re also looking into expanding the 3,000-square-foot restaurant’s patio, which is about 1,500-2,000 square feet, with an outdoor bar.

Owner and executive chef Lisa Sarazin first opened Mona in 2012 after working at Corner Table. The restaurant is located near the corner of 8th Street South and 4th Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis.