After missing a few opening dates due to construction delays, Devil’s Advocate is now scheduled to open May 7. As work on the former home of Hell’s Kitchen and The Inn at 89 10 St. S. progressed, issues arose that couldn’t be ignored, such a severed floor joist that was causing part of the kitchen to sink into the basement. Those issues have all been resolved, and the finishing touches are now being put on the space.
“If we don’t open this time, you’ll know it’s all my fault,” joked owner Erik Forsberg.
Forsberg plans to open with just the front bar section of the restaurant at first, then open the rear dining room a little later. It’s an unsurprising move given the restaurant’s heavy focus on beer. While the wine list is impressive, the beer selection will no doubt be a major draw. Featuring over 40 tap lines, Forsberg said the beer selection will be split equally between American craft beers and imports. The goal, he said, is to let consumers compare American craft beers to the original European styles, such as a Belgian-style American Beer and a true Belgian beer.
“We want to really educate people about beer styles,” said Forsberg.