Scoop: Wisconsin-style club dinner is coming to Minneapolis

Scoop: Wisconsin-style club dinner is coming to Minneapolis
Image: Courtesy of Ward Johnson

The old Pepito’s restaurant next to the Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis will become a Wisconsin-style dinner club.

Driving the news: Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger – who own both the restaurant and theater building at the 48th and in Chicago – are renovating the restaurant, which briefly housed El Burrito Mercado after Pepito closed.

  • Their third partner on the project is Eli Wollenzien, originally from Wisconsin, a supper club fan who is also the owner / chef of Red Sauce Rebellion and Coalition at Excelsior. (The Coalition also has a place in the 50th and in France.)

What to expect: The restaurant, to be called The Creekside Supper & Lounge, will serve all of the dinner club classics. Think prime rib, steak, fish fries, and a platter of pickled relish before the main meal.

  • And yes, of course there will be Old Fashioneds, Manhattans and other cocktails.
  • “This will be the most comfortable menu, the most down to earth and in many ways the simple menu… not trying to be super complex, just trying to do very basic things but to do them very well. “Johnson told Axios.

What else: The interior is designed by Anna Lundberg, who also designed the renovation of the Parkway Theater after Johnson and Landenberger bought it in 2018.

  • “We’re kind of trying to recreate that small town feel, almost like a restaurant that’s been around for a long time and is familiar and cozy,” Johnson said.

Chronology: Johnson expects a smooth opening in late November.

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