UPDATED: Piccolo, Tilia, Or Bartmann?
Three Southwest restaurant titans vying for a new lakeside concession stand.
What goes better with a lakeside pavilion in summer than gourmet snack food?
In April of 2013, a new concession stand will open by South Minneapolis' Lake Nokomis, and Southwest Minneapolis' Kim Bartmann (Gigi's Cafe, Bread and Pickle, etc. etc.), Steven Brown (Tilia), and Doug Flicker (Piccolo) are jockeying for the spot, according to MSPMag's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. Proposals were due to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board about a month ago, and the board is slated to make its final decision at a public hearing on Aug. 5.
Grumdahl also posted a spreadsheet comparing the three proposals on her blog. By the looks of it, Flickr's proposal for "Sandcastle" sounds the most costly (he's offering to put $500,000 of his own money into rehabbing the place), but the most intriguing. What would a lakeside snack shack look like, coming from a chef who's perfecting the exquisite small plate?
UPDATE 7:53 a.m. 6/29/12: And here's the answer to that question: Doug Flicker just sent Patch a link to his and the others' proposed menus, which we've posted at right.
Flicker's features a selection of interesting summer foods—the watermellon salad with pickled radishes, arugula, and chevre and the beef "Dog Flicker" with kimchee, cilantro, and fried egg look particularly good—while Brown's Frank-N-Stein's is a love song to hot dogs, gelato, and local beer. Bartmann's Paddle House proposal looks a little more substantial, with a wide variety of brunch and dinner offerings. All three menus include beer and wine offerings.
Take a look. Which one would you rather see? (And yes, that should be a really tough choice.