VENUE DETAILS

The Craftsman Restaurant and Bar

Price:

$$$

Cuisine Type:

American, American contemporary

Serves:

Dinner, Brunch

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Rating: One Star One Star One Star Half Star

REVIEW

Is the far eastern end of Lake Street on its way to becoming the new Eat Street?

Probably not, so there's no need for Nicollet Avenue to get its boxer briefs in a bundle, at least not yet. Despite the presence of a few low-key one-of-a-kinders, this somnolent mile-long strip west of the West River Parkway to the mid-30s, has never really been much of a culinary destination. Until now.

The upgrade started with the advent of the Longfellow Grill, a dialed-up diner and bar bearing the same eclectic breakfast-to-dinner template as its popular siblings, the Highland Grill and the Edina Grill. But once the culinistas start to descend upon the Craftsman, it's only a matter of time before the area is overrun with loft condo developers and its own Chipotle outlet, and there goes the neighborhood!

It's rare to find a restaurant that builds identity for its surrounding environs (though the Modern Cafe in northeast Minneapolis is a perfect example), but the cozy Craftsman percolates with that kind of potential. Owners and spouses Mike Dooley and Susan Kennedy-Dooley have deep roots in the area; they've owned the building since the mid-1980s, and ran its last tenant, Molly Quinn's, for 13 years until they sold the business -- but not the building --in 1998.

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