The Gray House in Lyn-Lake will close

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The Gray House to close its doors on July 31
Residents of the Lyn-Lake/Uptown area and fans of chef Ian Gray's forward-thinking fare received sad news yesterday, when the Gray House announced on their Facebook page that they'd be closing at the end of July. The restaurant opened toward the end of summer in 2012 and has since been pleasing diners with a unique take on the farm-to-table-style gastropub. 

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The Gray House's cabbage and cava salad
The Gray House features a small variety of carefully selected, locally brewed taps, along with a variety of local and national craft-brewed bottles and cans. The menu changes frequently depending on seasonal availability, but they're probably best known for featuring a variety of goat-centric dishes including goat ribs, goat meatballs, and goat ragu. 

The Gray House opened to much praise from virtually all of the Twin Cities' top critics, earning a three-star review from the Star Tribune, a spot on MSP Magazine's Top 75 best restaurants list, and a spot on our own 2013 Best Dishes list with the cabbage and cava salad.

In addition to a focus on seasonally appropriate, locally procured ingredients, the Gray House also offers a $20, three-course prix-fixe menu on Tuesday through Thursday nights, which is arguably one of the best deals in town.

Chef Ian Gray is no stranger to the Twin Cities fine-dining community, having spent time working at places like Cafe Levain, Trattoria Tosca, Bar Lurcat, and at St. Paul's W.A. Frost.

According to the restaurant's Facebook posting, Gray remains optimistic about his future in the Twin Cities. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here and will take the knowledge gathered to a new and exciting concept," he writes. "I hope when the time comes, you will be as excited as I am." 

While we'll be sad to see the Gray House close its doors for good, we'll definitely be keeping our eye out for what the talented young chef has planned next.

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Bryce Sivesind
Bryce Sivesind

um Emily, maybe we'll have to make a trip if before.

JCVN
JCVN

Doomed space. Too small. Last two restaurants were good but the set up and neighborhood just weren't right for the quality they offered. Needs to be something more crowd pleasing, cheaper, with faster table turn around—it isn't the warehouse district. In the end, Gray House was good but not great and that space would need something great to stay profitable against all the crowd-pleasers that surround it.

Kris Gurda
Kris Gurda

Haha that's the best news I've heard all day. This place is trash. Manager was a complete a-hole. Food way overpriced. Glad to see them go

Erin Raak
Erin Raak

They literally served our group a burnt chicken. The fire alarms went off while they were cooking and they still served it. Was not impressed with this place at all. Hope something better comes along, it's a great location.

Sharon Stiteler
Sharon Stiteler

This is too bad, we ate there quite a bit, but grew worried the last few times we were in. Some of the prices had gone up and traffic was down. That's tough location for a restaurant.

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

But, yeah, that's great and all, CityPages. But, most people take word-of-mouth recommendations. It's hard to pay attention to what your writers are actually passionate about when you post so much tabloid bullshit at the same time. Re: Mug shots and nudie pics of porn conventions. That shit is stupid.

Kevin Chheang
Kevin Chheang

Great little spot and the owner/chef seemed very genuine and passionate when we met him. Hope he continues to do his thing in Minneapolis. Good luck!

Will Mayer
Will Mayer

Kris Gurda, you must be so sad... :)

HotKarlMalone
HotKarlMalone

I've lived less than a block away from this place for two years and had never heard of it before a few weeks ago when I literally stumbled across it leaving Fuji Ya. I had a good experience but the fact that I (nor anyone I know in the neighborhood) knew about this place is a sign of a comically lacking marketing effort.

Casey Finne
Casey Finne

I've never heard of it either and I am in the area all the time

Julie Kapitan
Julie Kapitan

I heard about it a couple weeks ago. Maybe they needed a bigger advertising budget.

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

Did anyone know this existed? I never heard of it once. Would have loved to know sooner.

mrblaq
mrblaq

Uhm, I never heard of the place. Chef Gray, try some marketing with your next venture. I would've hit this place up a ton had I known. I'm around lyn/lake all the time.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@HotKarlMalone I absolutely agree with you.  Nothing was ever broadcast about their location and dishes, besides a few food blogs.  You can't just open a shop in uptown and expect to get walking traffic.  People head to uptown specifically for a certain restaurant or bar.  Nobody window shops a place to eat.


Thehophead
Thehophead

Yes! Very good food. Fresh pasta made daily.. Small menu but very good food and service.

Thehophead
Thehophead

You should! I love that place...

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