Upton 43 opens the doors in Linden Hills

Credit: Erick Harcey, chef at Upton 43. Photo by Michelle Bruch

Erick Harcey aims to “do what you love” at Upton 43, offering up his grandmother’s meatball recipe and other Swedish cuisine.

He plays music on vinyl in the restaurant and chars veggies on the wood-fired grill.

On the dinner menu, Harcey highlighted the grain dish with sunchoke, apples and truffle; as well as the chicken liver mousse with honey vinegar, blueberry and granola cracker.

He’s planning a rotisserie chicken grab-and-go element for the restaurant as well.

“I assume the families around here are as busy as I am,” he said.

The restaurant advises against gratuity — instead of paying employees minimum wage and supplementing with tips, elevated menu prices cover wages, merit increases and paid days off. The higher wages apply to all on staff, including cooks and dishwashers.

On a recent weekday at Upton 43, two women raved about their lingonberry coffee cake, warm grains with pear, and the omelet with walnut and gouda. Patricia, who requested not to print her last name, said she initially thought Linden Hills didn’t need another restaurant. She said her attitude changed after her visit.

“I don’t care where people park anymore,” she said. “That concern is gone.”