Restaurant planned for former Burch Pharmacy

LOWRY HILL — Two years after the Burch Pharmacy closed, the Hennepin Avenue landmark is being brought back to life.

The rebirth comes in the form of a restaurant led by some of the top restaurateurs in Minneapolis – Isaac Becker, Nancy St. Pierre and Ryan Burnet. Becker, who won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest 2011, is the executive chef at Bar La Grassa and 112 Eatery, which he runs with St. Pierre. Burnet founded Barrio in 2008 with Tim Rooney.

Becker said the restaurant is expected to open in six or seven months, and will be a steakhouse called Burch.

“It was such a great opportunity, I, Nancy and Ryan felt like we had to get in there,” Becker said. “We have never really tackled a steakhouse, so this is a fun opportunity for me to do my version, which will be a little bit different than the traditional steakhouse.”

The menu is still being defined, but Becker said the “bottom line goal is to make it appealing for people who may not even want a steak.” The kitchen will be led by head chef Danny del Prado, who previously served as the sous chef at Bar La Grassa. Becker will also spend time in the kitchen there.

The move comes just over two years after the Burch Pharmacy closed at the space, located at the corner of Hennepin and Franklin avenues.

Becker, who was born and raised in south Minneapolis, said brick walls and some tiles may be preserved, but that otherwise the space will have to be gutted and redone.