I live in Kingfield, so I've been eagerly awaiting the grand opening of Kings Wine Bar, a European-styled cafe/bistro at 4555 Grand Avenue South. (Corner of 46th and Grand in South Minneapolis.)
This past week, when the restaurant finally opened its doors to the public, Twin Cities music fans may have noticed a few music related folks putting in a few shifts there, including Marc Perlman, Jim Walsh and Mike Brady.
Check out the menu which includes many fresh, local and organic ingredients at http://kingsmpls.com. And visit them on Facebook. I plan a visit soon and will give a report, though at least one customer filed a report via Twitter that it's "faboo."
Here's the press release with more details:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KINGS WINE BAR & RESTAURANT NOW OPEN IN MINNEAPOLIS
“Your neighborhood bistro with a Minnesota twist”
Minneapolis, MN (August 16, 2009) – Sisters Molly Barnes and Samantha Loesch are thrilled to announce the grand opening of their new restaurant “Kings.” Named in honor of the Kingfield neighborhood, Kings is located at 4555 Grand Avenue South in Minneapolis.
“Sam and I had talked about going into business together for a while,” explains Molly. “And about a year ago, we decided to open a restaurant in the neighborhood.” They have created a friendly European café/bistro atmosphere featuring casual dining that is moderately priced.
“You can come to Kings in the morning and grab a cup of coffee on your way to work and then stop back later in the day for dinner and a glass of wine or a beer,” says Samantha. “It will be a fun and funky place to hang out.”
Chef Peter Maccaroni comes to Kings from the Sample Room where he was the Executive Chef. Prior to that, he worked as the Executive Sous Chef at the View and Executive Chef at Tiburon. He also held similar positions in Atlanta, GA and Plainview, NY. As for his education, he received an associate degree in Baking and Pastries from the Art Institute of Minnesota and an associate degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Atlanta.
When asked about the menu he’s conceived for Kings, Chef Pete says “I’ll be cooking with a lot of fresh, local, organic ingredients. You might describe it as Minnesota friendly, French cuisine,”
During the week, light breakfast items will be served and, on the weekend, a special brunch menu will be offered.
Highlights from the lunch and dinner menu include “Bigger Bites”:
A Fried Green Tomato BLT served on Rustica bread with Pete’s aioli served with fresh fruit or fries
Braised Beef Short Ribs with mashed potatoes and asparagus served with a rich red wine demi glaze.
Vegetarians will enjoy the Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich with spinach and pesto or Pete’s signature macaroni and cheese with breadcrumbs.
Several soups and salads and other entrees are also available.
“Small bites” appetizers feature House Made Tater Tots with bacon and gruyere cheese sauce.
For dessert, try the Cookies and Cream, a house made chocolate chip cookie with espresso cream and chocolate sauce.
A late night happy hour, daily from 10-12 midnight, offers discount drinks and “small bites.”
Kings’ wine list is extensive, offering more than 70 wines. (Molly and Sam’s brother Mike is their wine seller.) There will also be four beers on tap and 17 or so bottled beers, including a Belgian-style ale from a small, local brewery. The coffee served comes from a local, Kingfield “small batch” roaster.
Stop by morning, noon or night to meet your neighbors Samantha, Molly and Pete.
Kings will be open daily from 8 a.m. – midnight. See you there.
Call Kings 612-354-7928 or visit www.kingsmpls.com.