New Uptown eatery Lake & Irving Restaurant + Bar opened in the old Blue Sky Creamery near the corner of (you guessed it) Lake Street and Irving Avenue on Monday. The restaurant is led by brotherly duo Chris and Andrew Ikeda, who cut their teeth in Hawaii and Napa Valley kitchens before returning to Minnesota. The chef bros are doing American fare with global twists and Pacific Rim influences adorn the menu, with such dishes as misoyaki salmon and shoyu-braised short ribs.
The 3,800-square-foot restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, late night and weekend brunch, and features a 12-seat bar with 11 beers and a pair of wines on tap.
After earning degrees from the University of St. Thomas and the Culinary Institute of America (New York), Chris moved to Hawaii where he worked in the resort restaurant circuit, including private fine dining joint Ke’olu Clubhouse at the Hualalai Resort. Andrew joined Chris in Hawaii for six months between stints at Napa Valley restaurants and wineries while earning a CIA degree of his own. Turns out the siblings can occupy the same kitchen without it turning into a total nuggie fest (as far as we know).
The Ikedas are touting a farm-to-table approach, locally sourcing ingredients when possible. Though it’s not exactly the spearfishing or wild boar hunting they apparently did in Hawaii, they are using Patisserie 46 bread for their burger and a few sandwiches.
Lake & Irving is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday.