Crave coming downtown, replacing Palomino
The old workhorse, Palomino, is finally being put out to pasture. The Star Tribune reports that the ever-expanding local chain, Crave, plans to take over the prime downtown Minneapolis space by next spring.
Jana Freiband Crave St. Louis Park's sushi counter.
After 19 years in business, the dated feeling, Seattle-based chain restaurant (Palomino's parent group also owns Kincaid's in St. Paul and Bloomington) was given 60-days notice by its landlord, executing the termination clause in their lease, and management says the restaurant will close about Dec. 12, but will look for a new downtown location. BTW, did Cameron Diaz really schlep all the way to Minneapolis to watch her b-ball bf on TV at, of all places, Palomino?
The new restaurant will mark the suburban mini-chain's first entry into the urban core-- they already have eateries in Galleria in Edina, Mall of America, and West End in St. Louis Park, plus Orlando and Omaha. Crave's food has always taken a backseat to a chic ambiance, so the switch may not be much of an upgrade, culinarily, but the planned roofdeck expansion will certainly be white-hot real estate.