HENNEPIN AVENUE – Crave’s new Minneapolis location opened its doors today, and it’s the biggest thing hitting the Downtown dining scene this summer – literally. At 13,000 square feet, the former Palomino space in LaSalle Plaza, 825 Hennepin Avenue South is massive, and it’s only going to get bigger. Tomorrow, the private dining room across the hall will open, and June 6 will bring the debut of the 7,000 square foot rooftop patio.
Crave Founder and CEO Kam Talebi told us that the restaurant served about 1,000 diners in the past week as preparation for the opening, and the feedback from the test audiences was wildly positive. In the first hours of business today, a steady stream of diners flowed into the restaurant, and Talebi said that reservations for Crave’s first weekend are strong.
According to Talebi, diners are amazed by how different the space looks from Palomino and are excited about the variety of dining experiences the restaurant offers. The Downtown Crave has dining room, bar and sushi bar sections as well as private dining room spaces, and he expects that versatility to be a big draw for Downtown customers.