The Bachelor Farmer opens tonight

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August 1, 2011 // UPDATED 12:44 pm - August 2, 2011
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar — the highly anticipated restaurant and cocktail bar in the North Loop — is planning a “soft” opening tonight.

Eric and Andrew Dayton, sons of Gov. Mark Dayton, are owners of the restaurant and bar in the former Marvel Rack building, 50 N. 2nd Ave.

The Bachelor Farmer’s menu will highlight contemporary Nordic cuisine emphasizing locally sourced ingredients, including vegetable and herbs from the rooftop garden. Paul Berglund is the head chef and Kelsey Bergstrom the sous chef.

Head bartender Pip Hanson will lead the Marvel Bar. He’s worked in other notable Minneapolis restaurants, such as La Belle Vie, Town Talk Diner and Café Maude.

The Daytons bought the historic warehouse building in 2008 and have had it undergo extensive renovations. James Dayton Design was the architect on the project and McGough was the general contractor.

The restaurant’s dining room area seats 85 and an additional 15 seats are in the bar area. Two private dining rooms on the second floor will open in the fall.

Hours are 5:30–9:30 p.m., Sunday–Thursday; and 5:30–10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more details, check out thebachelorfarmer.com.