|Courtesy Crave Restaurants|
|The patio at Crave: Usually hoppin'|
Love it or loathe it, but Crave is a big deal around these parts. Maybe you tend to just think of it as a place for "mall dinner," but Crave's kingdom (which started out in the Twin Cities and quickly expanded into the national scene) is ruled by all kinds of food professionals with impressive pedigrees. Their current culinary director, Jim Kyndberg, who is responsible for introducing fresh new Asian-inspired items to Crave's seasonally changing menu, is no exception.
Kyndberg used to own the well-loved Bayport Cookery in Bayport, Minnesota (voted most romantic restaurant
by City Pages back in 2007), which sadly closed in 2009, and also helped to develop the concept and menu for Urban Eatery on Lake Street. But after a long stint as an influential part of Crave's empire, Kyndberg is parting ways with them, but apparently not going too far, reports MSP Magazine.
Kyndberg will take over at FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, in the downtown Minneapolis Radisson, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Crave's latest soon-to-open project, Union. It's a great fit, considering FireLake's penchant for doing lots of wild-game dishes (bacon-wrapped quail legs, pheasant potpie, wild boar-cranberry sausage) and Kyndberg's love of cooking big meat over an open flame. Come spring, Kyndberg will begin shifting the menu at FireLake, making good use of the smoker they already have by adding his famous barbecue. Don't be surprised if you see a reprise of some of his other greatest hits from Bayport too.
Kyndberg will be replacing chef Paul Lynch at FireLake, with Lynch moving to focus on the new Radisson Blu restaurant at the Mall of America.
In the meantime, FireLake will plan to still serve its popular Thanksgiving dinner. Already thinking about where to book your reservations? A couple other good bets to take the stress out of turkey day are BANK, Nicollet Island Inn, Jax Cafe, and Hell's Kitchen.
31 S. 7th St., Minneapolis, MN