Restaurant with rooftop dining coming to former Shinders space

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April 9, 2012 // UPDATED 4:31 pm - April 11, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss


The name, operators or concept of Hennepin Avenue’s next restaurant haven’t been revealed yet, but it will have a feature that will get people talking regardless: rooftop dining unlike any the city has ever seen.

The rooftop dining space will feature a four-panel movable wall that folds over itself to open or close the dining space based on weather needs. When open, an entire wall of the rooftop dining area will disappear. When closed, it will function as a standard interior space. No other space in Minnesota uses a similar retractable system, said Greg Houck of Shea, Inc.

The rooftop dining area will seat 128 diners and feature a small prep kitchen, bathrooms and an elevator to the 100-person main floor dining room. The unnamed restaurant will also occupy most of the first floor of the former Shinders building at the corner of 8th and Hennepin. Design firm Shea, Inc will occupy a tiny portion of the first floor and the second floor.

Shea, Inc is designing the restaurant tenant and has worked on several of Hennepin Avenue’s best-known restaurants, such as Fogo de Chao, Solera, Seven, Rosa Mexicano and Butcher & The Boar.