The simultaneous essence of an elite nightclub, business meeting spot, and casual dining space can now be found at the new restaurant, Jolliet House, at The Marquette Hotel in downtown Minneapolis after a $25 million renovation. Located on the hotel's third floor with an updated look and menu, guests and visitors can enjoy a fresh, new experience in the 2,500-square-foot space which seats 220 across its restaurant and terrace.
The new Jolliet House now offers seasonal breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch menus with signature cocktails, a breakfast buffet and salad bar, all of which are also open to the public. Live music can be heard throughout, providing guests with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Executive Chef Chris Blackwell will manage the Jolliet House in addition to the Marquette Hotel’s signature Italian-Mediterranean eatery Jacques. Blackwell has been with the hotel since Jacques’ launch in 2017. "Our catering menu is also available for events. Chris Blackwell can customize any menu to any need that is required. It's astounding." boasts Neville Erasmus, The Marquette's general manager.
The new restaurant, named for French-Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet as a tribute to Minnesota's history and culture, had many predecessors, including the name it now holds. "This is actually the second time the space has been named after Louis Jolliet. The first Jolliet House was open for six years, starting in 1989," explains Erasmus. Basil's Restaurant, which previously stood in the new Jolliet House space, went through many phases in its 16-year run. "From 1994 to 2017, there were a lot of culinary changes. Lunchtime became a popular mealtime. Over time upscale dinners became less relevant in the city, so sometimes it was closed for dinner. That's what we're trying to change this time around," Erasmus said.
The Marquette Hotel's $1.6 million Mark Zeff Design renovation features Chesterfield style leather sofas, modern designs and ambient lighting, offering the ideal space for casual brunches and business luncheons. The renovation also opens the space up to the views of downtown Minneapolis. "The space now blends very well with the stunning design of Philip Johnson’s Modernist creation, the Crystal Court."
On the changes made to the space, Erasmus said, "Functionally, the space was designed to easily be transformed throughout the day. The Jolliet House offers the enhancement of a flexible space for dining and our Executive Lounge Elite Guest Experience for our Hilton Diamond guests, and large events for weddings, dinners, and private receptions. The space can be used for three different purposes at once of one grand space as an entire 'House' buyout."
The iconic third-floor balcony has doubled in size toa total of 950-square-feet and has been renamed the Mary Tyler Moore Terrace in tribute to the space’s feature in the opening credits of the 1970s sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
"Her character was actually shown dining with her real-life husband. She used to sit at table five, which became known as Mary's Table. It quickly became the most difficult table to book because it was so popular," said Erasmus.
Whether it is for a wedding reception or catching up with friends, Jolliet House has opened its doors for one and all. Come and celebrate with loved ones or enjoy a leisurely lunch at Mary's Table. "Really, there is nothing quite like it!"