Ben Graves wanted to buy the building at 1930 Hennepin Ave. S. back when Auriga shut down in 2007.
So when Rye Deli closed this spring, the principal of Graves Hospitality quickly got on the phone.
"I've been looking at doing a spot in Uptown for a long time," said Graves, noting that he lives in the neighborhood near Lake of the Isles.
Bradstreet Craftshouse is exiting its Downtown home at Graves 601 Hotel, as Graves Hospitality accepts an unsolicited purchase offer for the hotel from New York-based Loews Hotels & Resorts. The restaurant is slated to reopen as Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse on Hennepin late this summer.
Graves said the expanded kitchen will offer late-night food and snacks. It will retain the original Bradstreet vibe, with new screenwalls and an upgraded patio.
"The biggest changes are windows and bathrooms," he said.
One focus of the bar is to "get rid of the snobby elitism of the cocktail world," Graves said. He promised that staff won't raise eyebrows at orders for vodka, cosmopolitans or dirty martinis.
"We'll make the best dirty martini you ever had," he said. "And by the way, it will be out timely."
Following the hotel sale, Graves will focus on opening six restaurants before the end of the year. Additional summer openings include a Seattle restaurant and Rival House in St. Paul.
"Graves 601 is actually a very small percentage of our business," he said. "The recent [sale] is more signature."