Restauranteurs breathe life into the Schmidt Brewery Keg House

The keg house at the Schmidt Brewery // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

The keg house at the Schmidt Brewery // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

For nearly a decade after 2004, the Schmidt Brewery sat empty on St. Paul’s West Seventh Street—a fossil of Minnesota’s golden age of brewing. In 2013, the historic “castle” brewery and bottling house were once again filled with the bustle of people as residents filled the the newly developed Schmidt Artist Lofts. But still, a piece of the old brewery remained an empty shell—the keg house.

Now, two groups of restauranteurs—Thomas Boemer and Nick Rancone of The Corner Table and Revival, and Hola Arepa co-owners Christina Nguyen and Birk Grudem—are planning to open new restaurants in the space as a part of the ambitious Keg & Case Market concept being led by project developer Craig Cohen.

Boemer and Rancone’s 120-person restaurant concept is still unnamed, but will be anchored around a massive 20-foot-by-18-foot wood burning hearth where they plan to cook dishes that are “vegetable-forward, rustic, and primal,” Rancone said in an interview with the Star Tribune.

Nguyen and Grudem on the other hand are looking to extend their success with Hola Arepa in a new St. Paul location. The latin-inspired restaurant started as a food truck before building its first brick-and-mortar location on 35th and Nicollet in Minneapolis in April 2014.

“We’ve been looking for spaces in St. Paul for a long time,” Nguyen told the Star Tribune. “The moment we stepped inside the building—and it’s in this very raw and gritty state—we immediately fell in love with it. We’re really excited to be a part of such a cool project. It’s been hard to keep quiet about it.”

Restaurants aren’t the only tenants planned for the Keg & Case Market. Cohen’s master plan is to house permanent stalls used by different types of retailers, as well as an indoor farmer’s market.

Stay tuned for more information on the project.

[H/T Star Tribune]


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