Lunds & Byerly's Kitchen Facebook
There's been an exciting new Lunds & Byerly's project in the works for a few years, and it's only a little bit grocery (and a little bit rock 'n' roll). On March 6, the local grocery kings will launch Lunds & Byerly's Kitchen in the new center of downtown Wayzata.
The concept is very interesting, it's part beer/wine bar, part grab n' go, and part grocery all thrown together in a warm and modern space that has been given the Shea touch. The front area has lots of windows and both table and booth seating. On each table, there will be an iPad for ordering and playing, much like Concourse G at the airport. You'll be able to choose from a menu of brick-oven pizzas and plates like a pub burger with Gouda and bacon jam, seared scallops with sweet corn succotash, or Kentucky bourbon BBQ, plus made-to-ordersushi and sake. Pay on the iPad when you order and the food will be run to you when it's ready. The bar will be full-service, naturally, and feature 10 local beers on tap and wine. Happy hour includes specials like mini-pizzas and charcuterie plates for $3-$5 and tasting flights of beer that include a free pint.
Excited to spur on exploration, the culinary team is planning flights of food as well. One flight might be three different kinds of salmon (Coho, King, Sockeye) in one preparation so that people can learn the differences, another might be heritage pork prepared three ways. (Genius for a grocery store, no?)
The grab 'n' go area features a massive salad bar that will include grilled meats and fish, plus a long case full of prepared meals that are organized by cuisine (Asian, Mediterranean, etc.). You'll find a bread and sandwich line with new signature sandwiches and a build your own option. There's also a huge cheese counter and a separate charcuterie station that will be stocked, in part, through a partnership with Butcher & The Boar. Other bonus factors include a picnic/gift basket section with spices and condiments and a Caribou outpost that roasts its own beans on-site. In addition, there is a pick-up site in the back for online grocery orders: click into your grocery list, order to pick up here at The Kitchen, and you'll get a security code for the locker in which you bag awaits you. Slick.
If you are heading on the lake, or just in from it, this place will be perfect. And yes, this is my hood so I am MORE than psyched to be able to score a pizza and beer before picking up some groceries. Jealous of Wayzata yet? Well, you can be assured that they haven't worked on this thing for two years getting it just right to keep it in one place. Stay tuned . . .