Primebar Minneapolis Update

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.


2 thoughts on “Primebar Minneapolis Update

  1. Lauren Flinn

    We have just announced the opening of Primebar. Please direct any questions you or your readers may have about our opening to me.

    Contemporary ale house features cool food, local brews and great cocktails

    Chicago– Restaurants-America Inc., has announced Uptown’s newest restaurant, Primebar, will open on June 28, 2012. Primebar, a contemporary American restaurant and bar concept out of Chicago, will bring an upscale gastropub experience to the heart of Uptown.
    Primebar’s kitchen will serve a wide array of small plates, salads, two-handed sandwiches, wood-fired flatbreads and specialty entrees. The full bar will serve 60 beers on tap, wines by the glass and bottle and handcrafted specialty cocktails.

    Inside, guests are welcomed into a distinctively urban interior, featuring recycled wood, salvaged lighting, oversized leather booths and plasma televisions. A spacious, 4-sided bar acts as the centerpiece of the open dining room that comfortably seats 180. Primebar also has sidewalk seating along Lake Street where guests can enjoy the full menu and Uptown’s vibrant community al fresco.

    “We are excited to bring the Primebar concept to Minneapolis and serve as the latest addition to the vibrant Uptown community,” said Marc Wuenschel, Chief Operations Officer at Restaurants-America. “We look forward to becoming an integral part of the local dining community and serving nothing but the best food and drinks to area diners for many years to come.”

    The opening of Primebar in Minneapolis is Primebar’s fourth nation-wide location; other locations include Chicago, Dallas, and Wesley Chapel, Fla. Primebar will open in the Calhoun Square space previously occupied by Il Gatto and Figlio.

    Primebar Minneapolis will be located at 3001 Hennepin Ave. #1200, Minneapolis, Minn.

    About Restaurants-America
    The owner and operator of more than a dozen restaurants nationwide, Restaurants-America currently has 8 unique concepts, each with a contemporary and urban feel, warm ambience, and creative cuisine. Their award-winning team is made up of leaders, event planners, managers, chefs, and servers dedicated to offering guests the best dining experience possible. All of their restaurants put an emphasis on impeccable service and delicious food in a comfortable environment, ensuring that all guests feel welcome and leave full. The restaurants range from the casual kitchens and taps to contemporary steak houses and wine bars. Whether it’s for cocktails after work or an elegant occasion, there is a destination for everyone. In addition, private event space and catering is available at each location. For more information on Primebar and Restaurants-America, please visit


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