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Bon Appetit's 'Best New Restaurants 2019' shortlist includes 2 from Minneapolis

Popol Vuh and Centro are neighboring eateries with the same owners.

Two Minneapolis restaurants are in the running to be named Bon Appetit's "Best New Restaurant 2019," the magazine announced on Tuesday.

Well, we say two restaurants, Centro and Popol Vuh are technically separate eateries, but are housed in the same Northeast Minneapolis building and are both owned by chef Jose Alacron and restaurateur Jami Olson.

They complement each other, basically, with Centro offering the more casual Mexican cuisine with its range of tacos, raw seafood, cocktails and brunch, while Popol Vuh uses a wood fire to offer "elevated" Mexican food that includes a 4-course tasting menu.

Or, as Bon Appetit puts it: "A Mexican restaurant for when you’re feeling fancy (Popol Vuh) and when you’re not (Centro)."

They are being treated as one restaurant by the magazine, as they join a list of 50 new restaurants in the running for the title, with Bon Appetit whittling this list down when it releases its Hot 10 List next Tuesday.

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"Well this is pretty darn cool," Centro at Popol Vuh wrote of the nomination on Facebook Tuesday.

It's not the first time Popol Vuh has been in the running for a prestigious accolade. Earlier this year, it made the shortlist for "Best New Restaurant" in the 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards.

You can find Centro and Popol Vuh at 1414 Quincy St. NE., just down the street from Indeed Brewing.

Centro on the left, Popol Vuh on the right.

Centro on the left, Popol Vuh on the right.

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