Food NE Minneapolis
Another Twin Cities dining trend, Southern food, keeps growing with Funky Grits, a fast-casual soul food restaurant planned in Northeast Minneapolis.
The restaurant is inspired by the soul and funk music of the 1950s-70s, and owners Jared Brewington and chef Benedict Frank promise a killer soundtrack.
Brewington is a musician whose uncle was Sonny Til of Sonny Til and the Orioles, a doowop group from the 1950s. The former tech businessman and current broker said his musical roots were part of the inspiration for the restaurant.
Look for a menu heavy on grits, biscuits, red-eye gravy, pit ham and other Southern specialties. Frank, the chef, is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate with experience at Travail and Union. He currently runs the kitchen at Bricks in Blaine.
A sustainable kitchen is promised, and the duo said it will donate 2.5 percent of its profits to Compatible Technology International, a nonprofit that designs tools to help small farmers and their communities, especially in developing countries.
They also said they plan to pay a livable wage of $12 an hour to start.
The partners opening the restaurant will launch a Kickstarter campaign at the end of August.
They are looking at space in the Thorpe Building, which is also home to the newly opened Tattersall Distillery.