What started life as a food truck will become a fully functioning restaurant at an Edina golf course.
The City of Edina confirmed this week that the new tenant of the Braemar Golf Course Clubhouse will be the Red River Kitchen, which will open up a new restaurant this summer.
It'll be replacing the Tin Fish, which decided not to renew its lease with the city and also closed its other location at Lake Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis.
Red River Kitchen is a food truck company run by Matty O'Reilly, who also owns restaurants including Republic, Bar Brigade and Delicata Pizza, as well as the recently-opened Spring Cafe at Como Park Pavilion.
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O'Reilly has agreed to a five year lease with options for two additional five-year terms at Braemar, and will initially start service with its food truck at the course as soon as possible ahead of the restaurant opening.
Red River Kitchen is commonly found at Sociable Cider Werks and at its seasonal spot in St. Paul called City House, on the Mississippi River.
Plan to make it a 'community destination'
The farm-to-table food enterprise had "by far ... the best proposal" according to Braemar Golf Course GM Joe Abood.
"The proposal that they put in was very specific to Braemar," he said in a press release. "It listed so many things they wanted to do here. They definitely want to be involved in the community and make the restaurant here a community destination.”
The new eatery will be called Red River Kitchen at Braemar, and will have a sit-down space as well as operating a banquet area, counter service, drinks carts and service to all patios and decks at the clubhouse.
Braemar's Championship 18 Course is still under construction ahead of a spring 2019 opening – work on which was cited as a reason that Tin Fish struggled.
While the work is ongoing, the City of Edina only gets 6 percent of Red River's gross sales. Once it's done, it'll receive 12.5 percent during peak season and 10.5 percent during the off season.