The Southwest Auto building at 44th & Beard is slated to become home to Latin Hills Kitchen, a Spanish-focused restaurant and bar.
The 120-seat restaurant would feature garage doors that swing open to reveal an indoor atrium and patio designed for year-round service.*
“I wanted to bring the outside in,” said owner Rebecca Illingworth.
Illingworth is closing the Bin Wine Bar she founded at St. Paul’s Mears Park, and said she’s excited to transplant her staff to the family-friendly Linden Hills neighborhood.
By day, the restaurant storefront off Beard would feature a casual walkup counter with salads and burritos made to order. By night, a full-service restaurant would open off 44th Street around 5 p.m., serving more than 20 Latin varietals by the glass.
Illingworth was born in Mexico City and moved to St. Louis Park at age 9. Aside from Bin Wine Bar, she’s worked in advertising and founded an ad consulting business in the mid-90s.
“I used to live in the [Linden Hills] neighborhood,” she said. “It’s one of my favorites. … This is exactly where I wanted to be.”
The restaurant is targeting a fall opening date after Labor Day.
*The Southwest Journal print edition contains an incorrect seat count. Illingworth said the restaurant would provide 120 seats year-round, perhaps with additional outdoor seating as well.