MFU prepares to open Farmers Kitchen + Bar
May 11, 2021
After pausing the project last year due to COVID-19, Farmers Kitchen + Bar is set to open early summer and will be the first and only restaurant wholly owned and operated by Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU). This ultimate farmer-to-table restaurant will include a marketplace and will be located in the historic Mill District neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Located at 750 S 2nd Street in Minneapolis, Farmers Kitchen + Bar will open in the former Spoonriver space. The restaurant will be open daily serving breakfast, lunch and supper and will feature a selection of fresh grab-and-go items, products from local makers, and farm-fresh produce, eggs, meats and more.
Entirely owned and operated by MFU and its members, Farmers Kitchen + Bar plans to connect their guests to local family farmers by bringing the food produced and grown throughout the great agricultural state of Minnesota to their plates.
“We believe every farm has a story and we are excited to have our guests be part of that story,” said Gary Wertish, President of MFU. “We have cultivated close relationships with all of our farmers over the years and are excited to further our support of our farmers by bringing their fresh food directly to guests dining at the restaurant and shopping our market.”
Originally slated to open last year, the project was put on hold due to COVID-19. Now, construction has resumed and MFU is moving forward with the project. Designed by Shea Design, the restaurant will have a light and airy atmosphere and plenty of sidewalk patio seating, perfect for enjoying locally grown food.
“Whether you’re stopping by for a quick breakfast, hearty supper, or picking up fresh and locally made goods in our market, you’ll taste the difference of farm fresh foods while enjoying farmhouse classics,” said President Wertish.
Joining the Farmers team is Executive Chef Kris Koch. The Minnesota native has over twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry. His past positions include Executive Sous Chef for Wolfgang Puck, Executive Chef at the Grand Hotel, and the Director of Savory at Patisserie 46.
“Being a part of this project is a dream come true,” said Koch. “Farmers Kitchen + Bar’s mission aligns with my passion and cooking philosophy, which will allow me to continue to work with independent farmers and using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.”
For more information on Farmers Kitchen + Bar, visit farmerskitchenandbar.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram @farmerskitchenandbar, and Twitter @farmersktchn.
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Minnesota Farmers Union—Standing for Agriculture, Working for Farmers (www.mfu.org)