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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Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

You guys gave us free mini donuts the other day at Kings. Delicious an thank you!

Joy Estelle Summers
Joy Estelle Summers

We need to meet for a Butcher & the Boar beer garden meeting of the minds one of these days.

Jeremy M. Zoss
Jeremy M. Zoss

Ha! Totally. Reminds me that I've gotta go check out a couple new ones today!

Joy Estelle Summers
Joy Estelle Summers

It is! Between that and the food truck whack-a-mole we've been a little busy.

Joy Estelle Summers
Joy Estelle Summers

I think they would be a great fit for that neighborhood. The other space is a little off the beaten path. Close to my hood. There was no way they could make it with that construction.

Jeremy M. Zoss
Jeremy M. Zoss

Haha, nice! Never made it over to the original location, but I would love to see them come to my hood! We need more restaurants in the northern part of Northeast.

Joy Estelle Summers
Joy Estelle Summers

Ha! I love this game - revolving restaurants! If you watch that Kickstarter video, I'd like to apologize for that WAYCLOSE on my face. It's a lot of me. Luckily, Tony & Heidi's kids quickly follow and they are just too adorable.

Jeremy M. Zoss
Jeremy M. Zoss

And Caribe may be coming to the Amici space in Northeast

Joy Estelle Summers
Joy Estelle Summers

Caribe is in St. Paul (was Jay's Cafe, then Chet's Taverna.) Similar problem, just across town.

DB Cooper
DB Cooper

Not to be dismissive, but I wonder if anything will ever succeed in the old Caribe space.  There's been a number of restaurants who've given it a shot and none have made it.  It may just be one of those places that isn't meant to be a restaurant.

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