Profile: Dean Engelmann and Scott Endres

Dean Engelmann & Scott Endres

Owners of Wise Acre Eatery, 54th & Nicollet

The business partners behind Tangletown Gardens, Scott Endres and Dean Engelmann, opened a new restaurant Wise Acre Eatery across from their garden center in the Tangletown neighborhood earlier this summer.

Nearly everything featured on the menu of the restaurant housed in the former Liberty Custard space is from Tangletown Garden’s farm in Plato, Minn. From fresh strawberries to burgers made from the beef of Scottish highland cattle, the restaurant has taken the concept of farm-to-table to a whole new level.

“When we started growing vegetables on the farm for our families, we realized we could offer this same high quality food to our customers, and do so sustainably — the way our grandparents used to farm,” Endres said. “From the first summer of carrying fresh vegetables at a market to a CSA, and finally to our new restaurant, the Wise Acre Eatery.”

The local food movement is part of a larger trend of people realizing that the old sustainable methods of farming from the past are a better way to produce quality food.

“We’re seeing more people turn to the methods of farming their grandparents used. These were times when all food was artisanal and free range,” he said. “It was just the way people ate. Nothing fancy or high end, harvested and eaten close to home — our ancestors didn’t eat local for special occasion.”  

The duo hosted a special dinner Sept. 18 at their Plato Farm to celebrate Wise Acre Eatery and the harvest season.