Rose Street Patisserie is currently being carved out of that third space in the old Bayers Hardware store. Upton 43’s Erick Harcey was originally going to use the space as a kitchen lab with possible cooking school/event space, but instead decided to focus on the main restaurant and rotisserie chicken shop (still under construction), leaving the back space open.
John Kraus, our internationally bronze medal winning captain of the US Coupe du Monde team, has long been rumored to be looking for another location for a bakery, and it seems that he’s found one in the neighborhood where he lives.
Why Rose Street? "Well, besides the fact that the rose is a perfect flower, and that a rose was the first sugared flower I ever made, and that it's my mom's middle name, it really comes from a very pivotal moment in my life. I was in England and had bought a brioche to eat while walking through the Queen's rose garden. When I took a bite, it was the most perfect brioche I had ever had, it was a spectaular moment in that garden, and I knew I wanted to do pastry for my life's work," Kraus told me.
In fact, Rose Street will be driven by those types of moments. "You know, my whole life has changed in the last few years, and I keep coming back to these moments that help define it. These moments of tastes and experiences that I've had throughout Europe, I have this mental file of all the things that have inspired me, I want to bring that to this neighborhood patisserie."
In his desire to bring more crafted moments into people's lives, he's planning to "break down the counter line model of service" by creating more interactivity between his staff and the guests. "It's not like they're going to be standing next to me in the kitchen, but it will feel like more of an experience than at other places."
While many of the details are still being worked out, Rose Street will be about 60 seats with beer and wine. The space is fronted by an entire wall of window ensuring that it will be a bright and open space, and the design is being done by Kraus's partner in the endeavor, Elizabeth Rose (fitting, no?). "If I were to explain the difference from P46, I would say that Rose St. will be like P46's older sister: a litte sexy, sophisticated, and enchanting without being pretentious."
So really, this is a Grail Quest. "It's all the little silly things that inspire me, on this crazy journey of 25 years in this career. It's hard to put on paper yet, but through all the travels and all the other chefs I've known and learned from, this place will be crafted from those experiences. It's the quest to find the perfect moment."
So there it is. One of the earth's best pastry chefs is bringing his world of experience to Linden Hills, so that you can have a perfect moment, too. Get ready for Rose Street Patisserie to open this spring.