Ike's Food and Cocktails to open in Minnetonka

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Tony Nelson
Ike's to open in the former Prima space in Minnetonka
 ​Carl "Chip" Isaacson, owner of the downtown eatery Ike's Food and Cocktails, famous for its monster 20-ounce, salad-in-a-glass bloody Mary called the Weekender, recently announced plans to expand his empire to Minnetonka.

The 1940s style supper club will take over the building that was once home to Italian restaurant Prima at the intersection of Highways 101 and 7. Finance and Commerce reports that the combination of sky-high property taxes and difficult access to the space have proved challenging for former owners.

Hopefully Isaacson's business savvy and loyal following will give him an edge at this third location, set to open sometime in April 2012. Ike's second location in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport was named one of the 10 best airport restaurants in the country by Frommers in 2011.

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I wish them luck, but I'm always nervous when solid downtown or uptown restaurants try a suburban location only to find its doesnt have the same audience. (The airport's a captive audience and an easy place to distinguish oneself). I can think of a few places that bet on the suburbs only to lose so much money it either closed or almost closed the original location.

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