Construction is underway to build Harriet’s Inn at the former SuperAmerica site at 40th & Lyndale, with an opening anticipated next spring or early summer.
Restaurant representative Dan Peterson said the venue would feel like an “English pub” inside and out, with windows opening up to Lyndale and a menu featuring juicy lucys and pot pies made from scratch.
The 100-seat restaurant would close at midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. weeknights. The outdoor patio, seating 20 and holding a bocce ball court and outdoor speakers, would close nightly at 10 p.m. Peterson noted that at his other Minnesota restaurants, he’s lucky to get 30 nice patio days per year.
Minneapolis License and Consumer Services Supervisor Pat Hilden said that given the current noise level on Lyndale Avenue, he doesn’t expect the restaurant to exceed the city’s noise parameters. He said managers have needed to quiet bocce ball cheering at the Nomad on Cedar Avenue, however.
The ownership group includes operators of the Green Mill and Town Hall venues. The new restaurant was originally called Crooked Pint, but the name has changed to emphasize a food focus.
Peterson said he expects Harriet’s to operate as a restaurant, first and foremost.
“If I wanted a noisy bar, I wouldn’t have built there,” he said. “You’ll see families in there.”
At a public hearing in January, several residents in attendance said they supported the plans, saying they were anxious to be rid of graffiti and see a new neighborhood venue on the vacant lot.
Another resident who lives near the operating SA station across the street was worried late-night hours at the restaurant would encourage late-night activity at the gas station.