Chef Erick Harcey Joins Oppidan Development Near Minnehaha Park

Oppidan Investment Co. will add a restaurant run by James Beard Award nominee Erick Harcey to its south Minneapolis mixed-use development.

The restaurant would be part of a five-story mixed-use development proposed by Excelsior-based Oppidan at 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue, a few blocks from Minnehaha Park. The Business Journal wrote about the project, which also includes 150 apartments and an as-yet unidentified grocery store, early this year.

Harcey was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef Midwest in February.

Oppidan is still seeking city approval for the project with the goal of starting construction in 2018.

Most of the restaurant's specifics — including the name, concept and menu — are still in the works. It will be 4,000 square feet (with a patio) on the southeast corner of Hiawatha Ave and 46th Street, adjacent to the grocery store tenant.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a restaurant in the Longfellow neighborhood," Harcey said in a press release. “My team and I are looking forward to bringing an approachable space to the area and a destination for all.”

Harcey is the chef and owner of Victory 44 and Upton 43 restaurants as well as takeout chicken joint Dirty Bird. An October article in The New York Timesgave him a shout-ou t for his work. Harcey was also named a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef Midwest in February.

"We are looking forward to working with Erick and believe it will be a cultural asset and a welcomed addition to the neighborhood," Oppidan Project Manager Drew Johnson said in a statement.


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