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  • John Scott Bradstreet's Legacy continues at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    Old-Fashioned garnished with maple bacon

  • John Scott Bradstreet's Legacy continues at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    Deviled eggs with smoked trout

  • John Scott Bradstreet's Legacy continues at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    Bradstreet Lardon Salad topped with a poached egg

  • John Scott Bradstreet's Legacy continues at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    Fried chicken and waffles

John Scott Bradstreet, from whom Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse gets its namesake, was a local tastemaker in the Twin Cities area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was an architect and interior designer, travelled widely in Europe and Asia, and was friends with Oscar Wilde and Louis Comfort Tiffany. His influence makes its way in to the cocktails of the Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse today.

“The height of the cocktail was in that 1880s to pre-Prohibition era,” says Benjamin Graves, president and chief operating officer of Graves Hospitality, which operates Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse. “That was the golden age of the cocktail.” Graves opened the restaurant in 2009 after experiencing a cocktail craze starting in New York City. “This whole movement has elevated drinks everywhere. I wanted to bring that movement to Minnesota,” he says. Originally located in the Graves 601 Hotel, Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse moved locations after the hotel became a property of Loews Hotels, reopening the summer of 2015 in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Cocktails are where Bradstreet shines. On the menu are over 40 exciting and unusual cocktails, with the option for a custom drink creation for private events. Popular drinks are the award-winning, gin-based Juliet and Romeo, and the Ambitious Cactus, a margarita with a strawberry and spice twist. Moorish and Asian cuisines influence Bradstreet’s food, although Graves describes the menu as approachably American.

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant can accommodate 160 people with two private rooms that can fit 14 and 30 people. “The bar is made up of a bunch of intimate spaces,” says Graves. “You feel like you’re going into someone’s living room.” The restaurant’s door handles are antiques from the 1890s. “All the seating is soft. You sit down and you don’t want to get up,” says Graves. Rookwood tiles, wood carvings, screen walls and stained glass inspired by John Scott Bradstreet embellish the restaurant. It is not fancy or pretentious, but that’s not to say Bradstreet doesn’t have a high-end atmosphere.

Graves Hospitality has proposed plans for a future development on the current site that will necessitate the immediate closing of Bradstreet Craftshouse in Minneapolis.

The restuarant opened in 2009 in the downtown Minneapolis Graves 601 Hotel. In 2014, Graves Hospitality sold the hotel and the Bradstreet concept was moved to the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis. It opened again in 2015. In approximately 14 months, Bradstreet will open within the InterContinental Hotel, which will be directly connected by skyway to Terminal One of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

 

Minnesota may be a landlocked Midwest state, but the local restaurants have far more to off er than hotdish. Delicacies from the sea can be found at these dining establishments in the Twin Cities and beyond. For entertaining clients or hosting an event, these locations are a good catch. 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

 

Now that the ground has thawed, the days are getting longer, and we've (hopefully) seen the last lingering springtime snowfall, it’s time for Minnesotans and visitors alike to get outside and explore the Twin Cities. Radisson Blu’s #BluRoutes offers pre-planned routes for runners, walkers and joggers alike that start and end at either the Mall of America or locations across downtown Minneapolis. Whether you’re after a brisk morning jog or a leisurely stroll between meetings, #BluRoutes offers a chance to get some exercise and sightsee on foot.