The brothers that own Lake & Irving are getting cold — they recently returned home to Minnesota from Hawaii and California — but their restaurant is shaping up to be “warm and cozy,” said co-owner Chris Ikeda.
The Minneapolis restaurant is a major shift for Chris, who previously worked at the Ke’olu Clubhouse at the Four Seasons Resort Hual?lai in Hawaii. The restaurant wasn’t open to the public, or even hotel guests. Private dining was open to people who owned houses on the resort — Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, and Charles Schwab, for example, as well as celebrities like Christina Aguilera. Chris also worked on special dinner functions with chefs like Daniel Boulud of New York, Chef “Ludo” Lefebvre, and “Iron Chef” Morimoto.
“It was a wonderland to work at,” Chris said.
Chris’s brother Andrew previously worked at the Robert Mondavi Winery in California.
“We’re really excited to be part of Lake Street,” Chris said.
The restaurant is slated to open in mid-November, featuring American comfort food that’s elevated by the chefs’ cooking techniques and carefully chosen ingredients. The cheeseburger, for example, features aged Wisconsin cheddar, beef from Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors (an East Coast family business), and a bun from Patisserie 46. Entrees are $18-$22; sandwiches and salads are $9-$14.
Shareable plates are designed to be a bit more adventurous. Chris’s favorite is the Lobster Tostada, a wonton crisp with Asian guacamole, corn relish and lobster dusted with togarashi, a Japanese spice.
A 14-tap tower will feature local brews, root beer, artisanal beers based outside the state, and a house white and red.