Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

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

Curious about the Minneapolis North Loop? Head to NOLO's.
Author:

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.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

2nd period surge leads Wild to fourth straight win

With three goals in the second, the Wild blasted the last-place Coyotes.

Gopher Basketball / R.J. Stephens

Late-tip in helps Gophers pass first big test, improve to 6-0

Luke Loewe's bucket with 2.4 seconds remaining helped the Gophers stay undefeated.

ambulance

Man, 40, found dead stuck in air duct at his Otter Tail Co. home

The discovery was made by family members Monday morning.

Biden Minnesota visit stream screengrab - 11.30.31

What Biden said during his visit to Minnesota Tuesday

The president spoke at Dakota County Technical College.

Grand Marais

Cook County registers its first COVID-19 death of the pandemic

The sparsely populated, highly-vaccinated county has continuously had one of the lowest rates of COVID in the state.

Waits family screengrab CNN

Support for MN family after anti-maskers target child of school board chair

An online group opposing Kelsey Waits outed the child as transgender.

Pixabay - school - classroom

St. Paul schools add 2 days to winter break due to pandemic stress

The added days off are meant to acknowledge the stress the pandemic has caused.

Fardoussa Abdillahi

Charges: St. Cloud mother killed baby, placed him in dumpster

The 4-month-old baby was found by officers on Sunday morning.

ambulance

1 dead in crash at Lake Street intersection in south Minneapolis

There have been 465 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, according to the state's traffic division.

robbery

St. Paul restaurateur's businesses burglarized a 6th time

The owner of The Gnome and Hope Breakfast Bar is asking politicians to help St. Paul business owners.

North Memorial Air Care

Teen suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash in southern MN

The 18-year-old was airlifted to a Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester.

foo fighters grohl mr rossi wikimedia

Foo Fighters abruptly cancel Gophers stadium show hours after announcing it

The band is looking for a new venue because of a disagreement over COVID protocols.

Related

11 Twin Cities restaurants and bars that are literally underground

Dining and drinking downstairs in Minneapolis and St. Paul can be an uplifting experience.

5 Twin Cities neighborhood bars to watch Super Bowl LII

Get off the main drag in Minneapolis and St. Paul for the big game.

Why DeGidio’s Italian Restaurant and Bar is my home away from home

This St. Paul institution has all the elements to keep customers coming back.

Bar Luchador becomes a new restaurant once a month

From Guy Fieri to "Basic" you never know what you'll get at these pop-ups – except that it's going to be good.

Gohan's pop-up sushi bar is primed for Instagram

It's smaller than a restaurant, but not quite fit for a food truck.

5 Twin Cities bars and restaurants for singles to watch Super Bowl LII

These are spots to chill on your own for the big game, or to make new friends.

5 Twin Cities bars and restaurants for singles to watch Super Bowl LII

These are spots to chill on your own for the big game, or to make new friends.

5 Twin Cities restaurants for families to watch Super Bowl LII

Bring the whole team to these spots in Minneapolis and St. Paul on game day.