NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar is a sign of the times

Curious about the Minneapolis North Loop? Head to NOLO's.
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NOLO's Kitchen & Bar is yet another emblem of the refurbished Minneapolis Warehouse District, now referred to as the North Loop. 

Right next to neighborhood survivor Cuzzy's on Washington Avenue, the restaurant has taken over the Gardner Hardware building, now known as "The Maytag" (a nod to its original occupant). 

Upstairs, it's not unlike the neighborhood's loft-style condos – all brushed steel, natural light, and display shelving for succulents and repurposed vintage motor oil canisters. Downstairs, it's a darker burger-and-beer hideout.

The Food

For brunch, the offerings span acai bowls (acai berry greek yogurt, banana, berries, hippy seed granola, local honey, toasted coconut flake), “avocado spread” toast, and kale Caesar salads. And bottomless $14 mimosas.

Not to be pigeonholed into abstemious dining trends of the moment, the more indulgent side of the menu includes nods to Minnesota, with a veggie hot dish, the ubiquitous walleye sandwich, and house-made walleye fingers.

The remainder of the menu is an abstract of all-American favorites under one roof: wood-oven flatbreads, wings, pasta bolognese, the ever-pervasive $15 burger – a Big Mac doppleganger with double meat, double cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and special sauce.

The Basement Bar

If NOLO’s wants to be the more-sophisticated home-away-from-home for condo dwellers, then the downstairs Basement Bar wants to be its nonchalant little sister. The space is outfitted with vintage Hamm’s and and PBR signage, and serves chips and jerky behind the bar.

An indoor food truck will serve burgers and pizza, and don't miss (don't worry it's not possible to miss) the enormous Minnesota License plate scrim for Instagram voguing. 

Owners are two Minneapolis restaurateurs, Marty Collins and Brett Johnson, and a Minnesota-born head chef, Peter Hoff. Collins owns McCoy’s Public House and several restaurants in Kansas City, Missouri. Johnson and his family have owned and operated The Hilltop Restaurant (previously Eden Avenue Grill) for the past 40 years. 

NOLO's is now open. For more info, see their website.

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