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New restaurant to open in long-empty Falafel King joint

The new eatery has a "passion for wood-fired cooking."
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It's been more than three years since Falafel King departed the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, and its former home finally has a new tenant.

The premises at 701 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, was last occupied in June 2014, when it was reported that stalwart restaurant Falafel King was vacating its original home of 32 years.

Taking its place on the Lyn-Lake corner is The Hasty Tasty, which describes itself on its website as offering "new American flavors with a passion for wood-fired cooking."

The Twin Cities Eater reports the restaurant is a partnership of Chris Gerster, the former chef at The Commodore, and building owner Michael Veazey.

It'll also feature a bar menu created with help from local drinks experts Bittercube and the Better Beer Society.

Veazey has long been seeking a tenant for the premises on the southwest corner of Lyn-Lake, with Finance & Commerce reporting in July he thought he'd found one when plans to open a restaurant called the Great Northern Smokehouse were revealed.

At the time, F&C said the Lyn-Lake corner is pressured by other "hot" areas of town, has high retail rents and there's limited business during daylight hours.

That said, the runaway success of the nearby Up-Down arcade bar on Lyndale shows there's opportunity to be had in the neighborhood.

CityPages reported that the Hasty Tasty was already taking reservations ahead of a November opening, but it appears the magazine was a little ... hasty, in its assumption.

"Sorry folks, not taking reservations quite yet," it said on Facebook. "We are thrilled to join the neighborhood and can't wait to serve you!"

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