|Photo courtesy Digby's Facebook page|
|Locally owned restaurant venturing into a sea of chains|
The Flying Swine restaurant group is heading eastward, as the folks behind the Eat Shop Kitchen & Bar in Plymouth have purchased the former California Pizza Kitchen space at Rosedale Mall in Roseville and will very soon be opening a new burger and pizza joint. We spoke with owner Michael Larson about what diners can expect.
Larson and executive chef Jeff Anderson will focus on scratch-made American classics. "We will be doing a lot of the same great things we do at Eat Shop," Larson said. "A big list of great burgers, some fresh seafood, but we will also add in shakes, malts, and of course pizza!"
Because of Digby's burger emphasis, we asked Larson how he envisions the perfect burger. "That's easy," he said. "Nicely seared and seasoned, medium rare, 8-ounce patty topped with braised beef, seared scallops, and Bernaise sauce. Add some bacon and a brioche bun with roasted garlic butter all over it." Sounds like a nice, light lunch.
The space is getting a facelift courtesy of Locus Architecture, which is also working on the Birchwood redesign and helped out with Sandcastle. Artist Adam Turman, whose work can be found inside 612 Brew and outside Butcher & the Boar, has been hard at work inside creating a large mural.
As for how he selected Roseville for a second outpost, Larson said the mall location was the main draw. "Rosedale is one of the most attractive malls in the metro area right now, the busiest mall after MOA. It is a destination. It has so many other busy restaurants, that the old adage 'the rising tide raises all ships' really applies here."
The new spot will have over 20 taps, including some nitro-kegs, plus a full bar. If all goes well, Digby's will be opening by the end of this month.
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