New restaurant Heyday planned for old Sunny Side Up Café space

THE WEDGE — Restaurateurs are gutting the Sunny Side Up Cafe and neighboring laundromat at 27th & Lyndale to build Heyday, a new restaurant opening in December.

“It’s essentially going to become a brand new building,” said Lorin Zinter, who works as food and beverage director at the Minneapolis Club and once worked as general manager of La Belle Vie.

Zinter is opening the restaurant with Jim Christiansen, formerly the executive chef of Union.

Plans are still in flux, but the restaurant would likely house a large bar encompassing about 40 percent of the space and about 70 people, with another 70 seats in the dining area. Artist Terrence Payne, founder of the Rosalux Gallery, will create a piece to cover much of the dining room’s south wall.

“The dining room will have a nice intimate feel to it,” Zinter said. “It will have a nice warm feeling, without being formal.”

Christiansen and Zinter spent years searching for the perfect restaurant space, passing up spots in South Minneapolis, Northeast and the North Loop.

The menu is still in development. While planning the menu, the restaurateurs are taking “eating trips” to Chicago and New York, where they are shocking wait staff by ordering enormous amounts of food. They’re planning another stop in Miami to study restaurant design.

“We’ll accentuate high-quality ingredients with a simplistic presentation,” Zinter said.

Updates will appear on Twitter: @heydaympls.