BIZZ BUZZ // Gov. Daytons sons unveil new restaurant, cocktail bar

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August 10, 2011
By: By Jeremy Zoss, Sarah McKenzie & Michelle Bruch
By Jeremy Zoss, Sarah McKenzie & Michelle Bruch
NORTH LOOP — The Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar opened Aug. 2.

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 highlights 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 leads the Marvel Bar in the building’s basement. He’s worked in other notable Minneapolis restaurants, such as La Belle Vie, Town Talk Diner and Café Maude.

The Daytons bought the 5,500-square-foot historic warehouse building in 2008. During a recent tour of their new eatery, they said they had eyed the building with friends for sometime before it went up for sale, often daydreaming about possible uses for the property.

The idea for the name of the restaurant came from their mother. She has a neighbor she refers to as a bachelor farmer. It also plays off of Garrison Keillor’s show “A Prairie Home Companion,” which often makes references to Norwegian bachelor farmers.

The Dayton brothers hope to create an atmosphere at the restaurant and cocktail bar that is welcoming to everyone. There is no dress code and they want to appeal to people of all ages.

One of the special features at the new restaurant is a guestbook that comes with the check. They are encouraging diners to leave feedback and contact information so they can follow-up on new ideas for the restaurant.

“We want this to be a great neighborhood place,” said Andrew Dayton.

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 on the upper level. The Marvel Bar’s capacity is 60 people.

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.

More Downtown street food: Mr. Mustachios and Untamed Cart

NICOLLET MALL — Only in its second season, Minneapolis’ street food explosion shows no signs of slowing down. Downtown diners now have two more street food options — Mr. Mustachios and The Untamed Cart.

Co-owned by Nomad World Pub manager Kevin Kane, the Mr. Mustachios truck serves fish tacos with local ingredients, Belgian-style fries and sliders that are pan-seared and finished in French onion soup. Kane will also feature a Rice Krispy ice cream sandwich for dessert and additional options may be added to the menu later. “The great thing about a food truck is that you can play it by ear,” said Kane.

Kane plans to offer lunch from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. weekdays on or around Nicollet Mall. He also plans to set up one day a week outside the ad agency Periscope, 921 Washington Ave. S., as well as outside the Minnesota Public Radio offices in St. Paul. After lunch service, the Mr. Mustachios truck will usually be found at its “home base,” the Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S.

Also now on Nicollet Mall is the Untamed Cart, a new sandwich cart from Joe Radaich, who also owns Sporty’s Pub at 2124 Como Ave SE. Radaich deliberately launched quietly to have a few days to work out the kinks, and sees the cart as a way to explore menu items that wouldn’t necessarily work at his restaurant.

“I’m excited about the culinary side of things,” said Radaich. “It was really fun to come up with the recipes. College kids won’t necessarily eat this.” The initial menu for The Untamed Cart includes a Porketta sandwich with fennel-roasted pork, arugula, pickled onions and horseradish on ciabatta bread, as well as a Mexican pot roast sandwich with radish, cilantro and a homemade salsa.

New shoe company donating profits to Japan

DOWNTOWN EAST — When Chris Sanger brought a pair of simple slip-on shoes back from Japan, the positive attention they garnered made him start thinking about his own shoe company. After the tsunami devastated that country, his idea developed into something different.

“That’s when it became a mission,” said Sanger. “I wanted to make a difference.”

Sanger is in the process of launching Sumisu Shoes, a new company that sells simple canvas and rubber slip-ons inspired by that original pair from Japan. The shoes will be manufactured in Japan, and all of the profits will be donated to the ongoing Japanese recovery process.

Sanger is flying to Japan in October to take a final look at the sample shoes, which he hopes to have available to purchase in spring of next year. The first run will be released as a limited edition, but pairs can be pre-ordered through Sumisu’s IndieGoGo page, an online fundraising service.

Sanger, who also runs a social media firm called The Clout Smiths, hopes to continue producing the shoes beyond the limited run and will continue donating the profits.

“I hope so,” he said. “It’s more money for people who need it.”

Software company settles into new NE digs

COLUMBIA PARK — The staff at Open Access Technology International (OATI) are settling in to their new headquarters near St. Anthony Parkway and 37th Avenue Northeast.

“We’re trying all the new restaurants near us,” said Public Relations Assistant Jessica Santos. “A lot of employees like the bike paths and the river to
run by.”

OATI relocated to Northeast from Plymouth in late June, with the old site remaining as its emergency backup system. The company is a software vendor for the energy industry, and it is promoting its new “virtualized private cloud,” which Santos said is a new innovation in the industry. The company is merging two data centers into one virtual center through multiple redundant fiber links.

“It means that information is safe with us,” Santos said.

The new campus is three times larger than the old location, and it will allow OATI to expand in the future as well. The 22-acre acre site is the former Honeywell research facility.

The city of Minneapolis provided revenue bond financing for the new headquarters.

Stand Up MN leads paddle board tours of the city

There is now another way to see the city. Stand UP MN has joined the growing ranks of local tour companies and, like the other tours, will teach participants a little bit about the city and serve up food and drink. But Stand Up MN offers an experience that’s a little wetter than the other tours. The company leads groups down the Mississippi and other rivers on stand-up
paddle boards.

One of the tour departure sites is near Psycho Suzi’s, 1900 Marshall.

“It’s very easy,” says founder Austin Aho of learning to use a paddleboard. “It’s a quick learning curve we have good guides who give you an orientation. Anyone can do it.”

Stand UP MN offers multiple tour packages that range in length and price. All tours include locally sourced food and beverages, including an all-local picnic for most tours. For more information and tour booking, visit standupmn.org.

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