Chef Shack may be moving into former Jack's space

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Chef Shack: putting down roots in East Harriet?
At the end of April when Jack's/Jack's Cafe/Java Jack's/the revolving door of drama at 46th and Bryant closed its doors, the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association (NEHBA) said a "nonfood business" would be taking over the space. Looks like they were wrong, but that might be great news for the neighborhood, and for fans of tongue tacos and bacon beer brats everywhere.

Rumors are swirling that the space may become the new brick-and-mortar outpost of award-winning, nationally recognized food truck Chef Shack. Co-owner Carrie Summer told Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine that they would love to move in after the summer food truck season ends and that it seems to be a "a possibility," noting that she and co-owner Lisa Carlson have already met with the building's owner, Jerry Nelson, and that he is "very supportive."

This move could make Chef Shack one of the businesses at the forefront of a growing local trend: food trucks that are successful enough to expand into the world of brick-and-mortar. With wildly popular Smack Shack opening a store in the North Loop sometime this summer, it makes sense that Chef Shack would follow suit.

If Vellee Deli, Potter's Pasties, or Hola Arepa are looking, wouldn't the old Caribe storefront be perfect? Just a thought.


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