Rooftop opens Friday in a new art-centric dining destination in Uptown
The new concept rooftop restaurant designed to bring together art, food and entertainment in Uptown, Minneapolis opens Friday.
The grand opening of Art + Rec Uptown’s rooftop will coincide with the Uptown Art Fair, and new anchor tenant Seven Points plans to open additional attractions and restaurants this fall.
Minneapolis-based Graves Hospitality oversees the Art+Rec development and operations, which will span more than 20,000 square feet when completed this fall.
Group CEO Ben Graves said the full concept will include a mini-golf course, black box theater and speakeasy, in addition to a restaurant and bar that will be separate from the rooftop patio. .
The artworks, curated by Co-Executive Artistic Director Esther Callahan, will be at the center of every space within Art+Rec.
“Our artwork will provide local residents and out-of-town guests with a sense of local culture, a sense of place, and an opportunity to support artists’ exposure in and beyond their own communities,” Callahan said in a press release.
Art installations by local artists on the rooftop include a three-dimensional mural by Witt Siasoco, metal sculptures by Alan Christian, and a mural by local artist Bo Young An.
On the 95-seat patio, a newly built kitchen will serve a menu the team calls “gastrofair.”
“It’s kind of reminiscent of the appetizers you’d have at the State Fair, but up high,” Graves said.
The culinary team is led by Chef Brandon Randolph, whose career in the Twin Cities has included stints at Solera, Heartland and The Bachelor Farmer.
The Art+Rec rooftop menu offerings include Dorito breaded fish sticks and a burger with homemade “kids sauce” made with equal parts mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. A vegan version of a traditional Chicago dog is also on the menu.
And while Art + Rec aims to be family-friendly, it’s also looking to make a splash in the Twin Cities craft cocktail scene.
“We have created a beverage program as creative and playful as the art selected to share the space,” said Andrew Avila, general manager of catering at Graves Hospitality and general manager of Arts + Rec Uptown, in a statement. Press. “From exploring modern techniques and collaborating with our amazing local producers to sourcing interesting ingredients from around the world; every aspect tells a different story to our guests.”
Non-traditional glasses — like a boba cup for the matcha green tea cocktail and pouches similar to those you’ll find at kids’ juice stores — add a quirky element to the bar experience.
Tables can also order craft cocktails from a mini keg, which Graves says offers a new take on something akin to ordering bottle service or a pitcher of beer.
Art + Rec Uptown will be the latest project in Graves Hospitality’s portfolio, which includes owning and operating The Tasting Room, La Voya Brasserie, Bradstreet Crafthouse and the two lobby bars at The Moxy Hotel.
Graves said Art + Rec will bring something unique to the community and hopefully help improve neighborhood safety.
“It’s really a group of local artists and peacemakers who really wanted to do something special for Uptown,” he said.