Photo from the City of Excelsior's Facebook page
Here's the story. Back in the day there was a drugstore in downtown Excelsior called Bacon Drug. Legend has it that the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was inspired by an encounter between Mick Jagger and a town character named Mister Jimmy at that drug store’s soda fountain, back in the 1960s.
That very same Bacon Drug is now undergoing its biggest transformation since it got suddenly-cooler-looking the moment Jagger walked in. It's being turned into Victor's, an Italian-centric restaurant with a massive rooftop deck, and a kitchen run by two of the area's most well-regarded chef’s-chefs, executive chef Phillip Becht (longtime sous of Tilia’s Steven Brown, well liked during a long stint at the Modern Café, most recently at the Birchwood) and Chef de Cuisine Brian Crouch (longtime key cook at La Belle Vie, recently head of Lola’s Lakehouse).
And, what will these very good chefs be cooking? “It will be northern Italian in terms of touch points, but not as a rigid framework,” chef Brian Crouch told me. Pizza, pasta, some higher end items as well, but in general a casual price point, and a vast rooftop deck with water views, mere steps from the boat dock at Excelsior.
In short: Western suburbanites, rejoice! Party boaters, woo-hoo! Rolling Stones fans who want somewhere new to take a photo of themselves eating pizza, click-click! Urban bike voyageurs, pedal pedal! Fans of Phillip Becht and Brian Crouch, hear-hear! Next spring sees this dawning of Victor’s.
No word yet on whether they'll serve a cherry soda in the spirit of Mr. Jimmy, but if you can’t always get what you want . . . yes, yes, you’ll get what you need.