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After initial disappointment, crowdfunded Mpls restaurant finds a home

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It's been a rollercoaster year for Minneapolis chef Laura Bonicelli.

There was joy when her Kickstarter campaign successfully raised the $60,000 needed to open her own restaurant, followed by dejection when the property she found at 1901 Fillmore St. NE. fell through.

But things are looking up once more, with the chef announcing on Kickstarter she has found a new property for "Bonicelli Kitchen" at 1839 Central Ave. NE., formerly home to the Al Razaaq eatery.

She will take over occupancy of the building this coming Monday and will make it the home of her European-style bistro, which is an expansion of her Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery business.

The Business Journal reports the restaurant will have 40 seats, a wine bar and an outdoor patio. Bonicelli intends to open in July.

Bonicelli writes:

"Our new space is big and beautiful and will have more space than before (plenty of room for cooking classes). The kitchen portion is already finished with a gigantic 18' hood and all the sinks we could ask for! We have already purchased most of the needed equipment, including two 6 burner stoves, a commercial fridge and freezer, racks, shelving, dishes, all the good stuff!

The biggest improvement in our new space is the outdoor seating area. It is a beautiful fenced in patio, and even though it's on Central, it feels tucked away and serene. We are developing plans for the garden and we promise it will be one of the best and most unique outdoor spaces in the city. We can't wait to enjoy it with you this summer!"

On her Facebook page, Bonicelli says they are looking for chefs for the kitchen, with anyone who "loves cooking and wants to learn to make amazing and creative food in NE Mpls" told to send their resume to

According to The Journal, Bonicelli Kitchen will offer breakfast, lunch and to-go items, before transitioning into a full-service kitchen in the late afternoon. It will also serve brunch at weekends.

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