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Twin Cities chefs to open new restaurant at Walker Art Center

Chefs Daniel del Prado and Shawn McKenzie will open Cardamon at the Walker Art Center starting on July 15.
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Two Twin Cities chefs will open a new restaurant at the Walker Art Center next month.

The Walker Art Center announced Wednesday that chefs Daniel del Prado and Shawn McKenzie will partner with the art center to open a new restaurant, Cardamon, starting on July 15.

Cardamom will be located at the site of the current Esker Grove restaurant at the museum, which opened in December 2016 with Doug Flicker (Piccolo) the head chef. Esker Grove will close next month.

Del Prado is the current chef and owner of four restaurants in Minneapolis: Martina, Colita and Rosalia in Linden Hills, and Sanjusan in North Loop. Del Prado is also owner and chef at Josefina in Wayzata.

Originally from Argentina, del Prado worked at restaurants across the country before coming to Minneapolis. His restaurants serve a variety of cuisine including Argentinian, Italian and Japanese-Italian. 

McKenzie is the owner of the two Café Cerés locations in Linden Hills, and previously worked as a pastry chef in Portland.

Cardamon will be a casual restaurant inspired by “the cuisine of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas,” according to the announcement.

The restaurant will be open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Esker Grove will be open through July 11. 

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