Mill Valley Kitchen coming to St. Louis Park
The Ellipse luxury apartment development that seemingly sprang up overnight at the corner of France Avenue and Excelsior has a new ground-floor restaurant in the works: Mill Valley Kitchen, named after the Marin County, California paradise just across the Golden Gate Bridge and adjacent Muir Woods.
The Ellipse is getting a new restaurant this summer.
Craig Bentdahl, the former Excel Bank CEO, is backing the venture and working with Anoush Ansari of Hemisphere Companies as a consulting partner on the project. Chef Michael Rakun, formerly of the St. Paul Hotel and Mission American Kitchen, is developing a menu inspired by the fresh, healthful, farm-to-table cuisine of Northern California.
Shea is doing the design work for a 165-seat dining room, private dining area, and outdoor patio. Mill Valley Kitchen will be a full-service restaurant and bar offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and should open in early summer.