I stopped at the old Il Gatto location on Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis to see what was going on with the new Primebar. I am sure they are making progress, but it isn’t obvious. They might be laying the flooring. I don’t know.
I thought I might be in luck when a non-construction worker type showed up on a bike, but he wasn’t much help. He denied any connection with the restaurant even as he asked a lot of questions. Questions are good. It is an opportunity to start a dialogue and maybe get information. Unfortunately my conversation was pretty much one-sided and he denied connection with the restaurant until the end.
I don’t believe him, by the way. He likely is a local manager. Deception doesn’t seem to be his strong suit. I thought I would offer to take his picture, but he seemed to be a little uptight. I let him go. If Primebar is going to be the good neighborhood place we like in Uptown, the staff needs to be a bit more open and approachable than this guy, however.
So I don’t have much of an update. It appears that a May opening isn’t likely. I did hear from a bar employee in the neighborhood that they recently cancelled interviews. The employee didn’t want to say too much. She had a bar job and her peers might wonder why she knows about hiring at Primebar.
Anyway, watching this project evolve is a lot like watching paint dry. A snoozer. Try Chiang Mai Thai, Urban Eatery, the cozy bar at Lucia’s or Amore Victoria for easy, friendly cocktails.
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