Skip to main content
Publish date:

'Top Chef' star opens his new pizzeria in St. Paul

Justin Sutherland is putting his stamp on St. Paul.

A chef-turned-TV star-turned-entrepreneur has opened his latest restaurant in St. Paul on Monday.

Justin Sutherland, a former contestant on the Bravo TV show, is the brains behind the opening of The Fitz, a pizzeria located in the revamped space of what was formerly Fitzgerald's in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.

On the menu are as many as 16 pizza creations, as well as ribs, a signature burger, salads, and a selection of cocktails and other beverages.

Of those pizza dishes, the Twin Cities Eater reports that it's the 3 Chicago-style deep-dish options that have been getting the most buzz, with reviewer Joy Summers saying The Fitz has a "serious contender for the best deep dish this side of Michigan Avenue."

Since his turn on "Top Chef," Sutherland has seen his profile undergo a stratospheric rise, and he's proving to have a keen business eye as he became managing partner of the Madison Restaurant Group.

Follow Bring Me The News on LinkedIn

The group is already behind St. Paul haunts including the Handsome Hog, Eagle Street Grille, Gray Duck Tavern, Public Kitchen & Bar, and Green Lantern.

And Sutherland has been leading the way expanding its reach not only with The Fitz, but also the opening of the Ox Cart Arcade in Lowertown and Fire & Whiskey in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

What's more, he's planning to relocate his former restaurant – Stillwater's Pearl & The Thief – to Minneapolis.

Next Up

Patrick Peterson

Vikings place Patrick Peterson on COVID-19/reserve list

The Vikings cornerback said he was vaccinated in August.

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

'Numerous' reports of eager anglers falling through ice

Conditions are still unpredictable, and can vary even across a single body of water.


Minnesota health officials watching closely for omicron variant

Health leaders do not yet know how transmissible or severe the new variant is.

school bus stop pixabay

School bus driver charged in fatal hit-and-run will plead guilty

Another motorist told the driver to call 911, but he instead got on the bus and drove off, charges say.

Franconia Sculpture Park - Lorie Shaull - Flickr

5 outdoor destinations to explore around the Twin Cities

There's something for everyone on this list of overlooked spots.

Child mental health counseling

As pandemic continues, so do efforts to improve child mental health access

Children's Minnesota has announced it will open its first inpatient mental health facility for under 18s.

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook suffered torn labrum, dislocated shoulder

Cook is now dealing with a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum on both sides of his body, according to a report.

Tanner Morgan

Tanner Morgan returning to Gophers for 6th season

One Gophers QB has already entered the transfer portal.

Allina Health Richfield - 407 W 66th St, Richfield, Minnesota - June 2019 - CROP

Charges: Clinic locked down after man tried to enter, threatened passersby

Staff at the clinic suspected he was intoxicated, according to the complaint.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, November 29

The state's latest report includes data from the Thanksgiving break.

unsplash - woman sick coughing - CROP

Long COVID: Review of Mayo patients may provide new clues

The researchers summarized three "major novel findings" from the data.

Joe Biden

Biden's visit to MN will include stop at Dakota County Technical College

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed earlier this month.


Twin Cities cook to compete on Bravo's 'Top Chef'

Justin Sutherland is a rising star in the Twin Cities restaurant scene.

St. Paul chef competing on Food Network's 'Iron Chef America'

Justin Sutherland is the chef at Handsome Hog in St. Paul.

wa frost

St. Paul's W.A. Frost to reopen in April with new chef, new menu

The popular Cathedral Hill restaurant has been in business for more than 45 years.

Screen Shot 2019-04-17 at 1.06.20 PM

Barbecue joint that rose from ashes of store fire opens in St. Paul

Bark and the Bite is now slinging BBQ in the former home of Heirloom.

The best BBQ in Minnesota can be found in St. Paul

Revival's St. Paul restaurant is the pick of the bunch.