Sandcastle by Doug Flicker recommended as Lake Nokomis concession

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A.J. Olmscheid
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In early May, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation issued a request for proposals from potential food vendors who wanted to put in a bid to operate a new concession business on Lake Nokomis. After reviewing all the submissions, last week the Community Advisory Committee decided (by a 4 to 1 vote) to recommend that new vendor be Sandcastle, a beachside restaurant proposed by Doug Flicker, the visionary chef behind Piccolo, and his wife, Amy Greeley.

Before you beachgoers and Nokomis residents do a little dance of joy, the CAC still has to present their recommendation to the board, then a public hearing will be held, and the decision has to get final approval from the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. But with all of Flicker's national awards and loyal local following, we find it hard to imagine a better man for the job. 

So what was on Flicker's proposal menu and when might Sandcastle open for business? Here are more details:

Flicker's proposed menu (see the whole thing for yourself on the Friends of Nokomis Facebook page) consists of interesting, seasonal, fancy picnic-type fare. There are some typical to-go items like popcorn, pickles, fruit, and beverages of the alcoholic variety (yay!); lighter options like watermelon salad with arugula and pickled radishes and a tomato-cucumber gazpacho; and several tasty-sounding sandwiches, including one made with Indian fry bread and ground bison. Not to be outdone by Tin Fish or Sea Salt, Flicker's menu also includes waterfront-appropriate offerings like ceviche and fish tacos. 

Rounding out the sweeter side of the menu is olive oil soft-serve with sea salt and a chocolate-covered organic banana with pinenut brittle that sounds like an ideal summertime treat.

If all goes according to plan (fingers crossed, because we really want that frozen banana when this Arrested Development movie finally happens), Sandcastle will be open next spring on Nokomis's main beach.


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Lake Nokomis Main Beach

2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, MN

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pbmv
pbmv

$8 fish taco, why I must have died and gone to heaven!

Michelle Hill
Michelle Hill

Sounds like a place that will draw people in to pay to park, eat, and leave and cause beach goers to have to walk from free parking spots with the lunch and drinks that they packed at home. There are plenty of places with more upscale menus, let's have something more affordable and family friendly at the beach this time!

chris.lautenschlager
chris.lautenschlager

Your article has it backwards.  Sandcastle has not been formally presented to the Parks & Recreation Board yet; the 4 to 1 vote was conducted by the Community Advisory Committee (I am a member of the committee) last Thursday.  

 

Besides formally presenting it to the board on September 5th, the work of the CAC is done. Final approval will be made by the Park Board, not the CAC.

nicholemarie
nicholemarie

Indian fry bread and ground bison?!? YES PLEASE!!

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