Renowned Minneapolis chef and Ann Kim will lead the culinary program at the new Omni Viking Lakes Hotel's flagship restaurant in Eagan, the hotel announced Wednesday.
The James Beard award-winning chef behind Young Joni, Hello Pizza, and Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis will bring her wood-fired pizzas to the restaurant, Kyndred Hearth, when it opens this fall on the new development near the Minnesota Vikings' Training Facility.
"At Omni, we greatly value the importance of providing guests with memorable culinary experiences that reflect the city's unique culture and local flavor, and our partnership with Chef Kim allows us to do just that," Devin Burns, vice president of rooms and food & beverage at Omni Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.
"Chef Ann is not only extremely talented and passionate about her craft, but her love for the Minneapolis-St. Paul community is apparent. These are exactly the traits we wanted in a chef partner for Kyndred Hearth at Omni Viking Lakes Hotel."
The menu, which will include breakfast, lunch and dinner, will highlight what Kim is known for – woodfire pizzas – as well as familiar classics and new favorites, such as handmade pastas, small plates and the chef's take on the fried fish sandwich, the cheeseburger and soft-serve ice cream.
"As a lifetime Vikings fan, I'm thrilled to collaborate with my hometown team and Omni Hotels to offer the pizzas that I'm known for, and also share my culinary expression on beloved classics,” Kim said in a statement.
"I'm especially excited to introduce the community to some delicious new offerings, including handmade pastas, my take on a Korean fried chicken sandwich, elevated items like braised Korean short rib on miso polenta, and my very first breakfast menu. It's always been my favorite meal of the day, and now I get the opportunity to surprise and delight guests with morning dishes that I love and crave."
On the breakfast menu, there will be eggs your way, ricotta pancakes, thick-sliced brioche toast, smoothies, house-made granola, a twist on rice congee, a savory grain bowl, and breakfast sandwiches that feature soft scrambled egg, onion jam, gruyere and maple-glazed pork belly on a house-made Japanese milk bun.
Omni says the hotel will "honor timeless Nordic traditions and incorporate the local flavor of the surrounding area," and the name, Kyndred Hearth, is a nod to that. "Kyn" in Old Norse means family and "hearth" describes Kim's signature large copper-encased wood-fired pizza oven that'll be at the center of the restaurant, as well as symbolizing a family's gathering place, the release says.
The restaurant space is described as "warm, inviting and casual," with rustic woods, stone, floor to ceiling windows and a patio with a view of TCO Stadium.
Kyndred Hearth and the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel – the first Omni hotel in Minnesota – is set to open Oct. 1 at 2611 Nordic Way. It will be part of the mixed-use Viking Lakes project being developed by Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Leonard Wilf at the Vikings' campus in Eagan.
The hotel will include 320 rooms and suites, three dining outlets, a lobby bar, fitness center, spa, event space, and access to the Viking Lakes mixed-use development.