Historic Schmidt Brewery
This is some big news for the West Seventh area of St. Paul, today the mayor's office confirmed that Nick Rancone and Thomas Boemer of Corner Table and Revival fame, will be opening a full-service restaurant in the historic Schmidt Brewery.
The as-yet-unnamed eatery will be located in the newly renovated Keg + Case Market and will focus on whole animal cooking, featuring a massive open-fire hearth. "It's going to be like nothing anyone here has seen," Boemer told me, "we're going to take the whole animal butchery game to a new level." Perfect for winters (which we have) there will be lots of fire and smoke and seating around the hearth, about 120 seats on two levels.
Craig Cohen bought the derelict property a few years ago, and has been working to renovate and update the space. The low-slung warehouse (above with the Jacob Schmidt mural) sits next to the already renovated brewery building which has been transformed into lofts and creative spaces. Last summer they released renderings and talked about finding two restaurants to anchor the site, which will also include a market and retail spaces with a mix of permanent and seasonal stalls. Think San Francisco's Ferry Market Building, Seattle's Pike Place, or even Denver's The Source, but with its own Minnesota style flavor and unique Northiness.
It's been quite a year for Boemer and Rancone who are hard at work expanding their original Revival spot in Minneapolis, while getting a second location open in St. Paul in the former Cheeky Monkey spot. Meanwhile, they've also contracted to be a vendor at the new US Bank Stadium, so sleep is probably overrated, right?