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Restaurant to open in historic Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

The Northeast Minneapolis landmark is expanding to include a brasserie and bar.

After 85 years in Minneapolis, the iconic Surdyk's Liquor Store and Cheese Shop is changing things up.

The historic store has announced it's transforming part of its space to open a new brasserie and bar called Sidebar, which will open this summer and offer "globally-inspired dishes made with local ingredients and an approachable selection of wine, local tap beer and inspired cocktails."

The Cheese Shop will also undergo a major renovation and expansion, so it can offer fresh produce and more grab-and-go options.

The restaurant will be headed up by chef Mary Richter, who will create brasserie dishes including steak frites with anchovy butter, mussels in Riesling wine, and frisée salad, while bar snacks will include cheese curds with hot honey, and a classic cheeseburger.

There will also be shareable boards using the extensive cheese, bread and charcuterie selection from the cheese shop.

The restaurant will seat up to 60 people, with an additional 34 seats available during the summer months on a patio that opens out onto East Hennepin Avenue.

There will also be a walk-up window on the side street, serving coffees and pastries from the Cheese Shop.

Surdyk's Liquor Store will remain open during the renovation.

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