• Restaurant Recommendation: Centro and Popol Vuh

     
    FROM THE Winter 2019 ISSUE
     

    The adjoined eateries showcase both fast-casual and elevated Mexican fare and agave-forward cocktails.  

  • Restaurant Recommendation: Centro and Popol Vuh

     
    FROM THE Winter 2019 ISSUE
     

    The adjoined eateries showcase both fast-casual and elevated Mexican fare and agave-forward cocktails.  

  • Restaurant Recommendation: Centro and Popol Vuh

     
    FROM THE Winter 2019 ISSUE
     

    The adjoined eateries showcase both fast-casual and elevated Mexican fare and agave-forward cocktails.  

Named after the book of Mayan creation (which translates to “book of the people”), Popol Vuh and its fast-casual counterpart Centro at Popol Vuh are serving up fresh and complex Mexican dishes in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis.

Housed in a former factory, the adjoined restaurants share an entrance but diverge on fare and focus. Centro, a bright, festive quick-service taco bar offers fan favorites like ceviche, Nopales and pescado (fish) tacos, and colorful craft cocktails, including the Electric Bunny—a striking neon pink prickly pear caipirinha (pictured below). 

Popol Vuh (pronounced poh-poh-voo), set in a more raw, industrial space is centered around a wood-fired grill and offers more refined prix fixe courses and shared plates like the sopa de salpicon (a variation of beef tartare) and tlayuda (comparable to a Mexican pizza) as well as a full menu of agave spirits and flight options. While the dishes may be more polished than your typical taquería, the menu remains approachable. “Chef Jose Alarcon’s menu is inspired by his Mexican heritage and his travels throughout the country, but he creates the dishes with a French technique,” says co-owner Jami Olson. “We don’t want to limit the experience to just those special nights out, so we’ve crafted an elevated menu as opposed to fine dining. Both are great spots for casual Tuesday night dinner.”

Popol Vuh’s 2,200 square feet can be rented for private events and a private dining space seating up to 14 makes for an ideal intimate setting for small social gatherings and business or board meetings. Those renting the private dining room can order both Centro and Popol Vuh dishes or work with restaurant staff to create custom tasting menus. 

Minnesota offers vibrant autumn color and provides a kaleidoscopic backdrop for your event.

New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes. 

Duluth

 

Experience Rochester MN appointed Angie Richards to the position of vice president of sales. She previously held the position of area director of sales for Avra Hospitality in Rochester, Minn. 

Richards will lead Experience Rochester MN’s sales team, which is responsible for the booking of meetings, conventions, and other events at Mayo Civic Center as well as group sales for the entire city.

 

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.