The Bachelor Farmer's cafe to debut in Minneapolis on Sunday


One of the Twin Cities' top restaurants will be serving breakfast, brunch and lunch from Sunday onwards as it opens its new cafe next door.

The doors will open at The Bachelor Farmer's cafe at the corner of 2nd Ave N. and North 1st Street in the North Loop, in premises formerly filled by men's store Askov Finlayson, which moved to a bigger unit next door last year.

The name of the cafe is ... well, it doesn't really have one, with co-owner Eric Dayton telling the Star Tribune they didn't want to launch another brand name on top of The Bachelor Farmer, adjacent Marvel Bar and Askov Finlayson (which Dayton also owns).

The cafe's sign has four symbols, an X, a circle, a heart and a coffee mug, and Dayton told the newspaper: "Most people have been calling it the Bachelor Farmer Cafe, or the TBF Cafe. People can call it whatever they want. We’ve been calling it ‘the cafe.’"

The Pioneer Press reports it marks the return of the popular weekend brunch that was offered by The Bachelor Farmer until this past November, with the service (including the popular pastry cart) transported to the new 40-seat cafe.

So what can diners expect from the new eatery? Well CityPages says to expect "the best cup of coffee pretty much anywhere, the finest croissant and the most precise sandwich," with diners able to enjoy similar fare to that served by The Bachelor Farmer's kitchen at dinner – just more casual, cheaper and "often in sandwich form."

Here's a look at its menu, which features a selection of "open sandwiches" priced between $6 and $8, with concotions including dill-cured salmon with mustard and pickled root veg, and roasted ham with camembert and zucchini.

It will also be offering a larger selection of pastries made in-house by pastry chef Emily Marks (formerly of Rustica Bakery), along with hot, closed sandwiches with the bread again made in-house.

The Minnesota Eater says the grand opening is at 8 a.m., when free samples of its specially created North Loop Dogwood coffee blend will be given out.

It will be open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at weekends, closing just ahead of the evening service at The Bachelor Farmer.

The Eater has a list of "Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Bachelor Farmer Cafe," which you can check out here.

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