A chef-driven restaurant called Lake & Irving is moving into the old Blue Sky Creamery building at 1513 W. Lake St.
Two brothers left gigs in Hawaii and the Napa Valley to return to their home state and open the restaurant together.
“It’s fun to be able to move back,” said Chris Ikeda, who spent the past seven years working at a restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Hual?lai in Hawaii. “We want this to be a neighborhood, chef-driven concept. Our primary market will be within half-a-mile to a mile.”
The restaurant of about 88 seats would provide a “modern American” eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring a full bar and an open kitchen. The target opening date is late August or early September.
Both brothers Chris and Andrew Ikeda attended the University of St. Thomas as well as the Culinary Institute of America — Chris in Hyde Park, New York; Andrew in Napa. Andrew previously worked at the Robert Mondavi Winery. They plan to use French cooking techniques and regional ingredients. They’ll encourage patrons to try lots of small plates, share their entrees and linger a while.
The restaurateurs would remove the brick facade and reface the building exterior. The building owner has no current plans for the second floor.