Photo from The Bachelor Farmer's Facebook page
Just when you thought the North Loop couldn't get any cooler.
It all starts with the relocation of the Dayton's retail men's shop, Askov Finlayson, to the Hotel Hennepin next door. Ali Kaplan has all the neat details about the shop's move and new digs over on her blog.
Once the shop is moved into new space, the old space will be renovated and turned into a new cafe and sandwich shop. The eatery will offer breakfast and lunch, to supplement the restaurant's dinner service. Focusing on grab-n-go, the chef driven menu will be designed by both Paul Berglund and Khanh Tran (yes people, that means tasty baked goods). Plus, Pip Hanson and his team of Marvel Bar mixologists have turned their fancies to the tea and coffee program, which promises to rival the creativity of their basement bar cocktail musings.
Can you imagine? In a neighborhood a little sad on daytime linger spaces, this one could have jacked coffee drinks and wicked pastries the like we haven't seen. Earlier this summer the brothers dabbled with lunch-time traffic with the launch of an occasional sausage cart (as pictured above), which will have to suffice until the new space opens sometime next spring.
Speaking of which, that alley between the new store next door and the cafe will be be turned into a pocket park to bring a bit more green space back to the neighborhood. And with all that building up and out, why not make the second floor space above TBF's kitchen into another prep/kitchen space to help serve the second-floor event spaces. Seems like a capital idea.