|Say hello to Hola Arepa's new restaurant|
Those slow-braised meats, stuffed into tender/crispy corn cakes have found a permanent home. Birk Stefan Grudem and Christina Nguyen have pulled their turquoise truck into their new address at 36th and Nicollet in Minneapolis. They've pulled together a dream team of area bar talent, a highly skilled kitchen crew, and friendly service staff and thrown in outdoor seating for the warmer months. Tomorrow, they unleash upon us the next chapter in Hola Arepa's tasty journey.
|Eat in or drive by, the new Hola Arepa hits the spot|
As you approach the restaurant, you'll notice several seats right outside the doors and a walk-up window meant to mirror the window on the truck. Guests can order at the window or take a seat inside.
Working behind the bar is a collective of some of the best drink shakers in town. Birk was a barman himself in another life. He drew on those friends and contacts to pull together the team, led by Best Bartender Dan Oskey
. Oskey was once Grudem's boss when they first met years ago at Longfellow Grill. Now the tables have turned.
|Bottled cocktails are all the rage|
Most of the cocktails are pre-made. Bartender Adam Harness jokes, "We're more like bar preppers." That means for most of the cocktail list, drinks only need to be grabbed out of the cooler. The bartenders pop that signature blue cap off, pour the concoction over ice, and voila.
|They came in like a Wecking Ball|
Most cocktails are in the $8 price range, like the Wecking Ball. A zesty, tart twist on a margarita, this perfectly summery sipper is served in a Weck jar, for which it's named.