Devil's Advocate, a new downtown restaurant, now has a name and a chef

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Will the Devil's Advocate be a great new downtown neighborhood bar?
​Erik Forsberg's new gastropub being planned for the former Inn/Subo/Hell's Kitchen space in downtown Minneapolis will be called Devil's Advocate, the Downtown Journal reports.  The restaurant is expected to open as a pub-type place with large flat screen TVs and a focus on beer, with 30 to 40 taps. The owner hopes to feature many rare and seasonal brews.

Forsberg (who also owns the Ugly Mug in the Warehouse District) was quoted as saying he hoped people would come for the beer and discover some amazing food. To curate that fabulous menu, he'll need some significant talent, and it looks like he may have found it.

Heading up the kitchen will be Matthew Frederick, formerly of Porter & Frye. The cuisine has been described as "American bistro."

The projected opening date is February 1.

Devil's Advocate
89 10th St. S.,Minneapolis


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George
George

Erik no longer owns the Ugly Mug, he disapeared like a fart in the wind.

Lucifer
Lucifer

Wasn't it Matthew's cooking that pretty much killed Porter and Frye? They had really good food before he took the helm of the kitchen.

amiller92
amiller92

I'm looking forward to it as it's in my neighborhood.  Unfortunately, I've been the Ugly Mug a few times and been pretty disappointed.  It has some interesting beers, but something has been off about the atmosphere and the clientele, and I've not been impressed with the food.

Hopefully this place will be better.

Honestly
Honestly

You forgot the space also had another failure: the Calhoun Grill in '08. That's three failed restaurants since Hell's Kitchen left (of which The Inn was the shame to lose), I wonder how the new owners plan to make the fourth time the charm.

What helped Hell's Kitchen was the hotel/convention traffic that helpes them until a critical mass of locals started going. The Devil's Advocate might have to start dropping bribes with local concierges to start getting recommendations (and hotel guests) their way --or be compelling enough for people to want to go out of their way (and for some reason that location seems out of the way for people).

Ariessundown
Ariessundown

As a matter of fact he is the best chef Porter and Frye has ever employed.. not 1 dissatisfied guest when Matt helmed the kitchen in the 3 years I've served them!!!

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