This new American warehouse restaurant is perfect for hyper-local eaters — and it’s reasonably priced to boot!
The expansive new eatery Central N.E. Eat & Drink opened today in a historic warehouse in northeast Minneapolis. The restaurant project was created by Morrissey Hospitality, the group behind the St. Paul Grill and the retro diner Bad Waitress.
Central N.E.’s ambitious menu, created by chef John Henkel, ranges from distinctly midwestern items like the glazed Nueske’s bacon appetizer, bourbon burger, and a Central burger brimming with cheeses to American classics like pork chops and fried chicken.
The restaurant concept, which aims to become a neighborhood destination, also offers a variety of $10 lunch deals which run from 11am to 2pm. A “social hour” which replaces the typically shorter “happy hour” runs every weekday from 11am to 6pm, during which $3 rail and draft drinks and $5 wine glasses are available. The drink menu heavily features both local beers and local spirits, a boon for any proud Minnesotan who prefers to eat and drink local.
Central N.E.’s neighborly aspirations are reflected in the restaurant space, which includes a spacious patio for live music events. Inside, diners can choose from booths, barstools, and traditional restaurant tables, creating a flexible dining experience.
In light of the challenges facing service workers today, Central N.E. operates under a Hospitality Included compensation model. This means that dinner guests will see an automatic 20% charge added onto their bill in lieu of a tip, in an effort to ensure that all workers, including those in the back-of-house, can be adequately compensated.
Find it at 700 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
[Featured image: Central N.E. Facebook]