Now that Loews has officially taken over the Graves 601 and renamed it Loews Minneapolis, most of us in the liquorati want to know what was happening to the Bradstreet space (while we wait for Bradstreet to become more neighborhoody in the former Rye Deli space).
Welcome Cask Cookhouse. The description calls out:
Pre-prohibition aesthetics meet innovative cooking, mixing, and brewing at Cask Cookhouse. Watch the open kitchen prepare gourmet plates from your seat at the Chef’s Counter, breathe in the aromatic bitters at the Main Bar, lounge on the leather banquets and enjoy conversations in the Parlour Room. Cask Cookhouse aims to take you on a sensory journey.
The only thing I worry about this is breathing in bitters and calling a part of your bar Parlour anything. Bygones.
Obviously, if it ain't broke, don't substitute with a hot dog bar. The Loews people said they were keeping the decor for now, but you think with a $7M renovation down the road that there might be some room for a little makeover. The menu is also staying the course. The current menu for Cask Cookhouse is different from the former Bradstreet menu only in substituting a chocolate banana tart with Buffalo Trace, chocolate rye ice cream for a passionfruit tart with pink peppercorn meringue. Fans rejoice! Snarkists, set your barbs for stun! Everyone else, go have a drink while we see how this all plays out.