Isaac Becker and partners to open new steak house

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Becker promises a different kind of steak house
Celebrated chef Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa fame and two partners--his wife, Nancy St. Pierre, and real estate developer/restaurateur Ryan Burnet (Barrio and Bar La Grassa)--have announced they are opening a new restaurant in south Minneapolis. The new venture will be a steak house they are planning to call Burch, though Becker says it will be a bit different from what people generally think of as a steak house.

Becker gave us details this morning on their plans for the new place, which they are hoping to have ready by November.

The site of the new restaurant is in the old Burch Pharmacy building on the corner of Franklin Street and Hennepin Avenue in south Minneapolis. "We're calling it a steak house," Becker says, but the concept will be much broader--a "European-influenced" place where "people who don't like steak" or even vegetarians will be comfortable.

"You won't find any Latino food or Asian food, but otherwise there could be anything there," he says. For example, Becker is already working on a selection of eastern European dumplings. "I'm hoping to have five or six varieties of dumplings," he says, and a vegetable section that highlights "each vegetable in its own way, not just a big plate of asparagus to go with your steak."

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Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre
Becker says the specific idea for the new place came together fairly quickly. "Nancy and I and Ryan were kind of batting around restaurant ideas for a while," he says, but then "kind of cooled off on it for a while." But when a real estate agent showed them the Burch location, "we loved it," he says. The three of them went across the street to Sebastian Joe's ice cream parlor to talk about the possibilities, and Burnet suggested a steak house.

"One of the things Ryan says is that when his friends eat at La Grassa , one of the things they comment on is how good the steak is," Becker says. "To me it sounded like a good idea."

Becker says they have two investors to back the project. Though he and his partners have had tremendous success so far in a difficult business, Becker, who won a prestigious James Beard Award last year as Best Chef: Midwest, is taking nothing for granted. "It's an enormous risk we're taking," he says, "and one that we didn't need to take. 112 and La Grassa are doing just fine."

"I'm never confident," he says, when asked about predicting the restaurant's success. "I'm hoping for the best. My philosophy is you've just got to do it and grind it out till things start working."


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Pfleetham
Pfleetham

Although the location is ideal, given the high visibility and the affluent neighborhood, the parking will be a major problem.   The neighborhood will push back on this issue.One of the reasons il Gatto failed was the horrible parking situation in Uptown.   You had to pay outrageous parking fees and who likes to do that.Without good parking this endeavor may not prosper.

anonymous
anonymous

As a neighborhood resident who lives steps away from the abandoned Burch Pharmacy store, this is the best news I've heard in a long time. The area still needs a solid food spot. Rye had a lot of hype, but failed miserably (although making some attempt to do better). The Lowry is nothing special at all, just another Blue Plate Group outpost. This is gonna be sweet!

Lauren
Lauren

If people go anywhere in Uptown (or Northeast or Dinkytown or downtown, for that matter), they should be prepared to park a few blocks away and walk. When I meet friends in Uptown, I anticipate this and it's not a problem. If people are too lazy to walk their butts three or four blocks, then perhaps they need to stick to the suburban jungle that is Cheesecake Factory and the like. Ironically, I think you walk farther from the back of the always-crowded Southdale parking lot than you would in Uptown.

Bottom line: I'm Team Becker. I'd walk ten blocks for Isaac's food, and I don't think I'm alone!  :)

idrivefast
idrivefast

I totally agree. I am walking distance to that corner, and the more restaurants the better as far as I am concerned. It doesn't hurt to have a couple of high caliber chefs/restauranteers at the helm, either. Best of luck to them. 

Likeaboss
Likeaboss

im going to drive in from cottage grove and park in front of your house. then im going to be loud and pee in your front yard. 

JustAGuy
JustAGuy

You may have the wrong idea of a steak house. It's not the same as what your local Perkin's has to offer.

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