Changes coming at Harrys Food and Cocktails

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July 13, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

UPDATE: Deputy Director of Licenses for the City of Minneapolis Ricardo Cervantes has confirmed that a representative from CSM Corporation has met with a district inspector for a “first interview,” a preliminary discussion about liquor license applications.

But “nothing has been submitted yet to our office,” he said, cautioning that “first interviews” do not always translate into new restaurants.

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Another restaurant swap may be in the works for 500 Washington Ave. S.

Three years after Dwight Bonewell converted his upscale Nochee into the more accessible Harry’s Food and Cocktails, the dining spot could be retooled once again, with a new name and possibly new ownership.

On Tues., July 13, a lawyer from CSM Corporation, a real estate developer that owns and headquarters in the building at 500 Washington Ave. S., requested approval for a liquor license from the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).

In an email sent to the group, Joel Rietz wrote, “We have a tenant in one of our ground floor spaces of the Depot Office Building called Harry's Food and Cocktails. They will soon be shutting their business down, and we would like to start a new bar/restaurant that will be called VICEROYS american bar [sic]. It will be an upscale establishment that will be an amenity to our building and neighborhood.”

The email also mentions that, for this project, CSM will operate under the name Dancing Couple, LLC., a Delaware limited liability company.

Phone calls to CSM have not yet been returned. But Christie Rock, coordinator of the DMNA, said that she believes “the rumors about Harry’s are true.”

It is not known yet whether Bonewell will remain involved in the new restaurant, nor is it known if the staff will undergo changes.

A Harry’s manager did confirm that CSM is in negotiations with restaurant management but could not comment on any details.