LYN-LAKE — The Gray House is now open at 610 W. Lake St., and the scallops are an early favorite, featuring fingerlings, mustard crème fraiche, honey and a slab of bacon.
“A lot of people from the neighborhood have come by,” said chef and owner Ian Gray, who seems to be promoting his farm-to-table sources as much as the restaurant.
“We’re encouraging the community to be supporting our farms,” he said.
A chalkboard inside the restaurant details a long list of farms that provide Gray with food, such as the Nerstrand-based Singing Hills Goat Dairy, and Wisconsin-based Tiny Planet Produce. He recently picked up a giant load of Blue Hubbardsquash from Pflaum Farms in Farmington.
Gray is also collaborating with the Minnetonka-based Lucid Brewing to infuse beer with flavors of his own design. He recently dropped off coriander berries, ground cherries from Bossy Acres in Dayton, and squash from Peter’s Pumpkins in Shakopee. Lucid steeped the concoction for a couple of weeks, and Gray’s new beer is slated to appear at The Gray House this week.