North Loop Gains New Restaurant, Basement Bar


By: Katie Fraser

Minneapolis’ trendy North Loop neighborhood just got a bit hotter.

On Monday, Oct. 9 new restaurant NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar will open its doors to the public.

Located in the Gardner Hardware Building, the new restaurant owned by three Minneapolis restaurateurs, promises Midwest comfort with a hint of sophistication.

“This is a place where neighbors become friends, and someone knows your name when you walk through the door,” head chef Peter Hoff said in a recent press release.

Hoff, joined by Marty Collins and Brett Johnson, is Minnesota born-and-raised. Meanwhile, Collins and Johnson both have history in the Minneapolis dining scene – particularly Johnson whose family has owned The Hilltop Restaurant, formerly the Eden Avenue Grill, for the past 40 years.


For the menu, Hoff brings his local upbringing and blends it with his classic training to provide diners an upscale Midwest dining experience.

“NOLO’s is all about being comfortable and casual with a touch of sophistication, just like our menu – approachable Midwestern cuisine with a twist,” Hoff said in a recent press release.

NOLO’s featured breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Midwest-inspired menu items include the walleye fingers and sandwiches, vegetable hotdish and milk and cookies.

Following NOLO’s, the Basement Bar will open a few weeks later.

Located just below NOLO’s, the Basement Bar blends games, music and nightlife.

Like the restaurant, Collins, Hoff and Johnson said they wanted to the bar to offer upscale drinks in a homey environment.

An opening date for the bar has yet to be announced.

NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar and The Basement Bar are located at 515 Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis’ North Loop. For more information call 612-800-6033 or visit NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar online.