Central Avenue’s Bonicelli Kitchen is now closed.
Chef Laura Bonicelli opened the Northeast Minneapolis restaurant near 19th & Central in 2016 after developing a successful meal delivery service. The eclectic Mediterranean and American concept served breakfast, lunch and dinner in a wine bar setting.
Co-owners Bonicelli and her husband Mark LaFavor said the restaurant hasn’t accomplished that they wanted to do “financially or creatively.”
“So after much thought and consideration, we have decided to set our sights on new goals and are closing Bonicelli Kitchen,” they said in a statement.
The restaurant almost didn’t open a couple years ago when a property owner wasn’t able to uphold their end of a lease for Bonicelli’s original location a few blocks away from where it ended up. The restaurateur raised more than $60,000 on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to renovate the 2,200-square-foot building at 1839 Central Ave. NE. Bonicelli Kitchen has a staggered opening, with its patio initially opened for Art-A-Whirl and the full dining room and wine bar opening several months later.
The chef runs Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery, a gourmet meal service that was based out of the restaurant. Bonicelli said she hasn’t settled on a new site for the business, which she plans to build back up now that the restaurant is closed.
Bonicelli plans to launch an online cooking tutorial website geared toward professional and in-home cooks. The content, which Bonicelli said she’s been work on for the past year, will coincide with the live demonstrations she does at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. It will focus on food producers, ingredient preparation and beverage pairings.