• New Restaurant By Jorge Guzman to Open in Kingfield

     
    POSTED July 8, 2020
     

This fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.  

“When my partners and I envisioned Petite León, we sought to create a restaurant that we would all want to eat at,” says Guzman in a press release. “At its heart, we want Petite León to be an unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant. South Minneapolis is a growing, thriving community, which combines small town comforts with big city concepts and ideas. We want to weave ourselves into the fabric of the community and give its residents a place that brings people together for delicious, carefully crafted meals.”  

While everyone can look forward to Guzman’s food, meetings and events planners can also look forward to the semi-private meeting space and full buyout capabilities at Petite León. Semi-private events at the bar can accommodate up to 20 people, while full buyouts can accommodate 50 to 60 people. In terms of interior design and aesthetic, Guzman describes the restaurant space as cozy and rustic with elegant touches, citing its copper bar, white subway tiles and dark espresso weathered booths. The space will also hold three large mirrors with a vintage patina finish, and will utilize the original flooring, scuff marks and all, with a fresh stain.  

Petite León will be the first restaurant from Duck Soup Hospitality, the restaurant group by Guzman and Ben Rients, in partnership with Travis Serbus and Dan Manosack. Serbus, most recently of Meteor Bar, will head the bar program. Before Petite León and Duck Soup Hospitality, Guzman was known for his position as executive chef at Surly Brewing. Food & Wine named Surly's Brewer's Table a "Restaurant of the Year" in 2016. In addition, Guzman was a semi-finalist for the James Beard “Best Chef Midwest” award in 2016, and a finalist in 2017

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

At first glance, it was a fete like any other. There were sponsors to thank and a bubbly emcee to lead the charge … but not a single attendee in sight. Not in person, anyway.

“Guests” of the Thank You For NOT Coming Tech Dump Gala, the first-ever fundraiser for St. Paul-based electronics recycler Tech Dump, were encouraged to skip the formalwear and small talk. The novel concept was designed to break away from the waste associated with more traditional galas.

 

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