Kevin Kathman out at Jack's

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Is this the face of a happy man?
​After a whirlwind couple of months, Kevin Kathman promptly packed up his knives--and staff--and left Jack's yesterday morning.  Our review was published just two weeks ago.  The implication when Kathman took over the kitchen was that he would one day take over ownership of the entire restaurant.  

The first clue that something was amiss came yesterday when members of the media were alerted to a "new" menu begining tonight, featuring "neighborhood favorites."

Jason DeRusha is reporting on the newly minted TC Taste blog (guess calling it Dara & Co. would be out after this) that he spoke with Kathman, who expressed his displeasure by sharing some ugly accusations.

According to DeRusha, Kathman claims that the owner of Jack's, Jerry Nelson was running personal expenses through Jack's.  


When I had dined at Jack's, Kathman had noted that the entire dinnertime staff had come in under his supervision.  He was hoping to up the service and quality on every level by using a staff of his choosing.  It looks like their loyalty to him continues, as he took the entire kitchen staff and four others with him when he walked out.

Nelson responded to us by saying, "Although the food was good, Kevin Kathman's kitchen model was not sustainable, and that forced us to make a change.  In addition, we heard many suggestions to our neighborhood customers that they wanted more casual opportunities."  The new menu reflects those changes in the burger and pizza options, replacing Kathman's more ambitious items.

Kathman's menu, born from the mind of a French Laundry alum, was incredibly ambitious for a neighborhood bistro.  Kathman had also only just recently come to a sudden parting of ways with Kim Bartmann after working at Cafe Barbette and helping her open the Harriet Bandshell's Bread & Pickle and Pat's Tap.

Location Info

Jack's - CLOSED

818 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

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JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

It has to stop!  Selling over priced food with such small portions is just crazy.  There are a number of restaurants in the twin cities boasting local produce, using produce that is sustainable food.  I love this direction in food, but some restaurants are just taking milking us for money.  There is no way the food presented in that picture is going to be worth of anything more than a few dollars.

I doubt people wanted more "casual' they wanted more affordable.  I don't mind eat amazing new foods, but after all, if it's fish I can get at the market and just reworked, then I refuse to pay 7x the value of something.

Great
Great

So we have this guy destroying going around local restaurants/bars so he can make stupid looking food that costs way too much?

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Mmmmm those four piles of tiny green things and a beet look DELICIOUS!

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