Now Open: Elis East

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January 16, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

After a weekend of preview servings, Eli’s East Food and Cocktails is officially open at 815 Hennepin Ave. E. 

“Today is the official first day, said general manager Kate Maxey.

Eli’s East is the second location for Eli’s Food and Cocktails, 1225 Hennepin Ave. S. According to Maxey, the owners of Eli’s have been considering an expansion for a few years and always liked the Northeast building that is now home to Eli’s East. After negotiating with the building’s owners, they closed on the property in August. The building was completely gutted, so everything inside is completely new, including a custom copper bar. 

Eli’s East features all of the best-selling menu items from the original location, but about three-quarters of the menu is new. “We are a little bit more entrée-focused,” said Maxey. The entrée selection ranges from roughly $12 to $28.

The new location also offers six new cocktails designed exclusively for Eli’s East by Richy Rivera, long-time bartender for the downtown location.

Eli’s East will soon feature weekly rotating dinner and wine specials and this summer will bring the addition of a 56-patio. The restaurant will also add weekend brunch service in the coming months.