Well, that was fast. With very little notice and a very quick turnaround time, the Bullfrog Cajun Bar next door to Butcher and the Boar on Hennepin has transitioned to become the Bulldog Downtown, the latest outpost to join the Northeast, Uptown, and Lowertown locations.
|Downtown gets its very own Bulldog.|
Here are more details on the reasons for the changeover and what it will mean to the menu and beer list.
The jambalaya, fried catfish, po' boy sandwiches, and steamed crawdads that once made up the Cajun menu all exited the scene on Friday the 15th, when Bullfrog closed for a fast weekend makeover, reopening as the more burger-and-beer-focused Bulldog by Monday afternoon. Owners Jack Kaster and Matt Lokowich originally opened Bullfrog as an extension of their Bulldog empire, but eventually found that the Southern-tinged menu was neither authentic enough for born-and-raised Southerners nor broadly appealing enough to Minnesota natives.
The beer list will also undergo some changes at the new Bulldog, moving toward the hop-heavy options that seem to be favored around these parts. Kaster explained to the Downtown Journal
that lagers, pilsners, and other lighter-bodied beers have their place, but they don't seem to cater to the audience the owners are used to serving at their other branches and hope to draw to the downtown restaurant as well.
The branding change will certainly help clear up confusion that the Bullfrog never seemed to grow out of since opening in the spring of 2011. Though most people knew the restaurants were associated with each other, it was often unclear as to what their connection was, which makes it hard for diners to know what to expect.
One thing that will be missed should they decide to leave it off the menu for good will be the Bullfrog's signature deep-fried frog legs. With that departure, only a handful of places still serve them regularly around the Twin Cities.
1111 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN