New Restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis

Minneapolis will soon see the opening of, Agri, another “sustainable” restaurant at 4300 Bryant Ave. My boyfriend alerted me to the restaurant’s opening after trolling through craigslist and finding this job ad. Apparently, Fabrizio Ciccone is the man behind the grub, and also runs Restaurant Aura in Uptown. Aura’s menu seems pretty straight shot, but everything sounds dependable if you’re looking for good food, even if it’s not adventurous.

I haven’t been able to turn up much info via the internet, but I’m guessing the restaurant will be opening sometime after May 10th, as that’s when they’ll be interviewing for servers.

Anyone able to dish on Ciccone?

2 Comments so far

  1. dbrauer on May 6th, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

    Don’t know anything about the food, but that location is a death trap, a suicide rap. Lotsa free cash about, but restaurants have struggled there.


  2. Laurel Krahn (laurel) on May 8th, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    43rd & Bryant isn’t exactly what I’d called Uptown, more like south Minneapolis. East Harriet ‘hood if you want to be specific.

    It looks like Agri will be open soon, I believe there’s now a menu posted on the door. And there’s an URL listed for them, but it’s not active yet, they should have a site up eventually at cafeagri.com if I have that right.

    My-T-Fine occupied the space for at least a couple of years and they were great. Many loved the place. Really nifty people worked there, they had good food, got good press, and seemed very popular at times. . . and yet still didn’t survive. Hours kept getting shorter and then they were suddenly gone.

    Before My-T-Fine was there, an outstanding take-out place called Amie occupied the space. Best eggplant parmesan anywhere (or so Dara M. said in City Pages), outstanding chopped liver, all sorts of neat stuff. And they didn’t survive more than a year or two in the space.

    Prior to that Mary Martha’s was in the space for a long time, serving up baked goods and coffee, etc.

    Anna Marie’s tried the space across the street for a while and couldn’t make a go of it. That space is now occupied by a hair salon.

    There’s been a ton of turnover at 43rd and Bryant, apart from the rug shop that’s been there forever. I hope Agri is good and succeeds, but won’t hold my breath.



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