At Surly’s new Destination Brewery, which opened in December, you can’t get a pint of beer. “We have really nice tulip glasses—the proper glassware for Surly,” says Dawn Kuehl, event center coordinator. Located in southeast Minneapolis—off the Green Line—Surly’s new digs feature a public Beer Hall on the first level and large event space and full-service restaurant headed by Jorge Guzman from Solera on the second. “Once those doors shut [on the second level], you can have a corporate quiet evening or you can have the DJ just crank the music,” says Kuehl.

Scheid Hall, the 2,400-square-foot event space, is designed to mimic the Cynic can with gray carpeting, autumnal gold curtains and a black oak wood dance floor. The space overlooks the production brew house on one side and an industrial compost business and rail yard on the other. Included with the rental is the 1,480-square-foot prefunction space equipped with a bar and a 430-square-foot event deck. The hall is named after the late Senator Linda Scheid, who helped pass the “Surly bill,” which first allowed breweries to sell beer on their production premises. The Boardroom, adjacent to the restaurant, offers an intimate setting for up to 20 people seated. Both spaces, which are Wi-Fi and A/V equipped, require a food and beverage minimum (via Surly’s farm-to-table catering menu and craft beer), and once those minimums are met, there is no additional rental fee. “We want everyone to enjoy this space,” Kuehl says, “not just the high rollers.”

Minneapolis’ historic Rand Tower Hotel debuted the first-floor lobby bar and restaurant, Bar Rufus, on July 8. The hotel will open two additional establishments later this summer along with curated in-room dining, all concepted by chef and Twin-Cities restaurateur Daniel del Prado.  

 

Radisson Blu Mall of America promoted Kate Anastasi to director of sales and marketing. Anastasi has been with the Radisson Blu Mall of America team for eight years and has held many support and leadership roles within the sales team. She had most recently served as the assistant director of sales and marketing. Anastasi won the 2021 Radisson Blu Manager of the Year award.  

 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty.