Skip to main content

Tiny restaurant with 'best tasting menu in Minneapolis' is closing

Its last day will be May 20.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The restaurant described as having the "best tasting menu in Minneapolis" is closing.

Birdie, the 20-seat annex to the Nighthawks diner at 38th and Nicollet in south Minneapolis, has won widespread acclaim for its experimental, $100-a-head, eight-to-14-course tasting menus.

But the last dining experience at the venue will be on May 20, with an announcement on its Facebook page confirming it will only open for nine more days between now and then.

Tickets for a few of those nights are still available, though several have already sold out since Thursday's announcement. You can book your spot here.

It was MSP Mag that lauded Birdie as having the best tasting menu in Minneapolis, noting Birdie was originally a venture designed to give Nighthawks chef Landon Schoenefeld a chance to "showcase his more creative and precise culinary side with his team."

Schoenefeld left in November yet Birdie continued to excel under the team of Jessi Peine, Britt St. Clair and Tlanezi Guzman, though Peine is now leaving to concentrate on her Peeps Hotbox food truck, according to the restaurant's Facebook post.

The Birdie space is now being turned into a room for pop-ups and private events, including space for other guest chefs, MSP Mag notes.

Birdie was the winner of the "Best Fine Dining" category in CityPages' "Best of 2016" list, with the magazine saying: "In exchange for the neat and tight price of a $100 bill, diners are given a ticket to the show: 10 to 14 dishes comprising some of the finest cooking in town right now."

It added: "You're never quite sure what you're going to get, as the menu constantly evolves. This is the new face of fine dining, and it's all very surprising."

Next Up

SuspectsWantedMOAShooting

Bloomington PD to provide update on Mall of America shooting investigation

There's unconfirmed reports the suspected gunman and an accomplice have been arrested.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 3.14.27 PM

Motorcyclist found dead behind guardrail 6 hours after crash

The crash happened before sunset Wednesday, but no one called 911.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 2.49.44 PM

Strike vote set for 15,000 Minnesota nurses

If the nurses walk off the job, Minnesota would be home to one of the largest nurses strikes in U.S. history.

DSC_8611

Iowa Gov. asks court to lift injunction on 'heartbeat' abortion ban

A court challenge seeks to revive Iowa's abortion ban.

zipper merge, construction

6 transportation projects in Minnesota get $100M federal funding

The projects extend to areas all across the state.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for the week ending Tuesday, August 9

The number of cases in the latest reporting period dropped compared to the previous week's update.

Screen Shot 2022-08-11 at 11.27.17 AM

Takeaways from Minneapolis' new gun violence report

The rise in violent crime in Minneapolis is showing signs of plateauing.

bmw-g1a1c50760_1280

Man, woman arrested after shots fired from BMW at 3 motorcyclists

The driver of the BMW led police on a chase, driving the wrong way on state highways.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 2.02.48 PM

Drive Shack Inc. announces upcoming 'Puttery' venue in Minneapolis

The growing business backed by Rory McIlroy is coming to the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2022-08-08 at 7.13.33 AM

BCA: Man was 'running towards' deputy with knife before fatal shooting

The Minnesota BCA has identified the four deputies who fired weapons.

Related

Acclaimed Minneapolis restaurant to close as chef heads to the Walker

It's a blow for foodies, but head chef Doug Flicker isn't going far.

Update: Surly Brewer's Table is closing

It's the latest casualty in the Twin Cities fine-dining scene.

Update: Surly Brewer's Table is closing

It's the latest casualty in the Twin Cities fine-dining scene.

The vegan restaurant that closed because it was so popular is now open again

J. Selby's initially opened expecting 250-300 customers a day. They got 700-800.

The vegan restaurant that closed because it was so popular is now open again

J. Selby's initially opened expecting 250-300 customers a day. They got 700-800.