City Works, the first Minneapolis restaurant from Chicago-based Bottleneck Management, is set to open Wednesday, March 9th at the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 7th Street in Mayo Clinic Square (formerly Block E).
The cavernous bar and restaurant (featuring a full 10,000 square feet of dining space), is divided into rows of low-tops near the windows, high-tops nearer the bar, and a row of plush booths separating them down the middle. Flat screen TVs hover above the bar, where bartenders will get a workout walking twenty yards along a row of tap handles.
The obvious draw is the beer selection—90 different beers on 120 lines. Roughly a quarter of the selections are dedicated to Minnesota breweries, with permanent seasonal handles dedicated to Summit, Surly, Lift Bridge, and NorthGate.
The menu follows the well-established prescription of “chef-driven twists on classic American bar food.” Think buffalo shrimp, duck confit nachos, flatbreads, and pork belly burgers. Build-your-own salads are primed to be a hit with the downtown lunch crowd.
— City Works MPLS (@CityWorksMPLS) March 4, 2016
This is the first of four City Works locations in planning, with others slated to open in Pittsburgh and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Doral, Florida, in the coming months.