MIA bringing in Dogwood Coffee, new restaurant for kids

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts wants to be your new neighborhood coffee shop.

Dogwood Coffee is opening a lobby storefront in mid-December, and the lobby will provide wireless Internet, Rustica pastries and a lounge-focused redesign to encourage people to linger.

The MIA is also bringing in Erick Harcey of Victory 44 to create a new first-floor restaurant called Half Pint focused on kids. Harcey is opening another restaurant in the former second-floor D’Amico space.

“We’re looking for more reasons for more people to visit the museum more often,” said Hunter Wright, the MIA’s venture innovation director.

The MIA lobby will temporarily host the pop-up shop Northern Grade thru early January. Northern Grade is a mobile market devoted to U.S.-manufactured goods.

“We want a living, breathing, active space,” Wright said. “We want MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and the local community to really use it.”