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Delayed by COVID, farmers union-owned restaurant finally set to open in Minneapolis

Farmers Kitchen + Bar is described as the "ultimate farmer-to-table restaurant."

After a yearlong delay, a new restaurant fully owned and operated by the Minnesota Farmers Union will soon open in downtown Minneapolis.

Farmers Kitchen + Bar, set to open its doors in "early summer," will take over the space at 750 S. 2nd St. in the historic Mill District. (That's the former Spoonriver space, across from the Guthrie Theater.) It will be open daily, a news release says, offering breakfast, dinner and supper, plus grab-and-go items, "products from local makers" and farm-fresh produce, eggs and meat.

The idea is to connect Minnesota's local, family farms directly to the community "by bringing the food produced and grown throughout the great agricultural state of Minnesota to their guests’ plates," the release explains, describing it as the "ultimate farmer-to-table restaurant."

In fact, Farmers Kitchen + Bar will represent the first and only restaurant owned and operated by the Minnesota Farmers Union and its members.

The organization did team up with Birchwood Cafe to operate a pop-up experience last August, and the new restaurant had initially been planned as a collaboration between the MFU and Birchwood, only for the Minneapolis restaurant to drop out and the MFU to push ahead on its own.

“Whether you’re stopping by for a quick breakfast, hearty supper, or picking up fresh and locally made goods in our market, you’ll taste the difference of farm-fresh foods while enjoying farmhouse classics,” said the union's president, Gary Wertish.

Kris Koch will serve as executive chef. His past experiences include as executive sous chef for Wolfgang Puck, executive chef at the Grand Hotel, and the director of savory at Patisserie 46.

The opening of Farmers Kitchen + Bar was initially scheduled for last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. Once construction work is complete, the restaurant will have a "light and airy atmosphere" with "plenty of sidewalk patio seating" to boot.

An exact launch date has not been announced.

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