A Midwestern supper club featuring New Orleans-inspired cuisine is coming to Edina this fall.
Chef Tommy Begnaud (Butcher and the Boar, Coup d’etat, Café Maude, Town Talk Diner) is combining his Louisiana heritage with the tradition of Midwest supper clubs in his new concept called Mr. Paul’s Supper Club.
It's slated to open this October at the new Nolan Mains development at 3945 Market St. in Edina's 50th and France neighborhood.
"Transporting guests to an environment that is playful and unexpected, Mr. Paul’s Supper Club has all the promise of a post-pandemic celebration of food, drinks, music, laughter, love, and most importantly fun,” Begnaud said in a news release. “If people are coming to spend their hard-earned money with us, we’re going to make sure they have a damn good time!”
The menu will feature classic supper club dishes like steaks, chops, seafood and pasta, with touches of Creole and Cajun.
And during the day, diners can order from a counter-service mini restaurant at Mr. Paul's, called Mr. Paul's Po'boys and Jams, which will offer the traditional southern sandwiches called po'boys, as well as slushies and homemade sodas. The po'boys on the menu will include the traditional shrimp or fried oyster varieties, as well as a few with a Minnesota twist, such as the cheese curd or spaghetti and meatball po'boy.
Mr. Paul's beverage program, headed by Nick Kosevich (Bittercube, Earl Giles, Town Talk Diner) will "bring the spirit of New Orleans to Edina." Drinks will include a Liquid Nitrogen Chilled Sazerac and Kosevich's twist on Erin Rose’s famous frozen Irish coffee.
The restaurant itself is 7,000 square feet with a main bar and lounge, several different dining areas with varying designs, an intimate back bar, and a large outdoor patio. It's designed by Wittkamper Studio and stylist Carrie Erickson, who is also Begnaud's fiance.
Also working on the project is Courtney Briden (Butcher and the Boar, 4Bells, Bulldog) at the front of the house.
Since Butcher and the Boar closed last fall, Begnaud says he has immersed himself in his heritage and Louisiana cooking. The supper club's name and the eclectic designs are a nod to Begnaud's grandfather, Mr. Paul, who was well-known in New Orleans and beyond for his warmth, hospitality and flair, the release notes.