New concept Everywhen Burger Bar debuts.

Centro Restaurant Group opened its latest multi-concept bar and restaurant on August 4. The 15,000-square-foot location is home to the group’s second Centro—an abbreviated version of Vivir and its newest concept Everywhen Burger Bar.

“We’re thrilled to become part of the community here as we open our doors to our new home,” says owner Jami Olson. “This location will really become our hub, and we’re excited for all the growth and potential that this new space will allow for.”

Centro’s signature menu of tacos and cocktails will mirror its Northeast location. Vivir will have a more limited menu, highlighting favorites such as Breakfast Tacos, Cemitas, Burritos, and Yucca Fries. Everywhen, the highly anticipated new concept, will feature a menu of smash burgers and chicken sandwiches on house-made brioche buns, hand-cut fries, tater tots, dips, salads, and signature cocktails. Banana and Pineapple Cream Pies, whole and by the slice, and malted ice cream cookie sandwiches have been created with nostalgia in mind. Jose Alarcon, Ngia Xiong, Tye Sullivan and Jami Olson collaboratively created the menus. The restaurants adjoin each other, and guests can order from any or all concepts at once from a newly developed phone app.

The large commissary kitchen services all existing and future Centro Restaurant Group concepts, allowing continued expansion across the Twin Cities. This kitchen also will meet the demand for a strong delivery and catering programand enable the development of select retail items, such as signature salsas and eventually, house-made tortillas.

The new Centro and Vivir share a similar look and feel to the vibrant Northeast location, designed by Shea. Centro commissioned artist Third Daughter, Restless Daughter for new cross-stitch artwork, and the restaurant group hired muralist Charlene Weeks once again to bring her art to the new location. The abbreviated expression of Everywhen has a warm vibe with many vintage design elements. An open seating plan encourages flow between the concepts. Guests can pull up a stool at the large central bar, choose from several low-top tables, or sit at the high-top communal Eat Up counter near Everywhen, overlooking an open kitchen. Seating is available for up to 120 guests inside and an additional 35 guests outside on the patio. Two private event spaces can accommodate up to 75guests for any occasion.

Centro Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at 2412 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis. 

Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.

 

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler chose the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America as the 28th best hotel in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest.

Since it opened in November 2015, the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has set a new standard for luxury. Now, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have chosen the hotel as the 28th best in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.

 

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