Chef Daniel del Prado buys a Bachelor Farmer space in Minneapolis

If summer is meant for relaxing, chef and restaurateur Daniel del Prado didn’t get the memo.

After opening Macanda in Wayzata and the Rand Tower restaurants in downtown Minneapolis, del Prado announced Friday that he and business partner Ryan Burnet have purchased the Bachelor Farmer space and will turn it into a modern steakhouse .

“I’m aware of Bachelor Farmer and Marvel, what they represent for our community and also for the industry,” del Prado said. “So we’re going to put everything we’ve got into it and take our time to do it.”

The unnamed restaurant at number 50 2a Av. N. of Minneapolis, which will absorb the Bachelor Farmer Cafe space, will have an Argentinian-Patagonian influence inspired by del Prado’s background. The Marvel Bar space will become a cocktail bar that will “stay true” to the drink programs of the Prado’s other restaurants, where Megan Luedtke is the visionary. Plan a summer 2023 opening for both.

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Both del Prado and Burnet have long resumes. Del Prado goes behind Martina, Colita, Josefina, Rosalia, Cardamom and Macanda; Burnet at Bar La Grassa, Barrio and Northside Boxing. The two met after opening Isaac Becker and Burch’s Bar La Grassa (Becker is del Prado’s mentor) and remained friends. This restaurant is the couple’s first business together.

The return of popovers?

Eric and Andrew Dayton opened the acclaimed Bachelor Farmer in 2011; became one of the first high-profile closures of the pandemic, closing in April 2020.

Del Prado declined to share the purchase price, but a July 2020 real estate listing lists the 16,240-square-foot building for sale for $5.75 million.

The plan is to redo the interior to match the styles of the Prado’s other restaurants. “I like open spaces, so people feed off the energy of the restaurant,” del Prado told the Star Tribune. “It’s going to be a little noisier than the Bachelor Farmer was.” And, he plans to expand the dining room in the underutilized courtyard.

But some recognizable elements of the building will remain, “like in the bathroom, all the people’s notes, remember?” del Prado said. “We can’t move it because we’d have a riot.”

At least one iconic dish, the popovers that many guests started their meals with, could return. The rest of the menu will be radically different, with several choices of steak cuts and preparations, and most dishes cooked on the wood grill. While “meat is a huge thing in Argentina,” del Prado says vegetables and fruit will also get the grilled treatment.

Optimistic about Minneapolis

Del Prado has opened more than half a dozen restaurants since the pandemic began, all under the DDP restaurant group, but with different partners and financial backing. “They are all self-sustaining,” he said. “I don’t like to mix things up.”

The latest announcement makes him one of the most, if not the most, prolific restaurateurs in the Twin Cities.

“Well, I like that,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m the most, but I’ve been growing and I’m happy about it. I’m proud of everything we do.”

And, having owned two successful restaurants before the pandemic, Martina and Colita, he was especially poised to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves during a difficult period for the hospitality industry.

“Part of the reason I’m doing so much is because everybody was afraid the last couple of years. They were afraid to invest or to open things. So because the demand wasn’t there, the deals, the deals were better deals for me. I think things work out. bad, but they’re good again,” he said.

That optimism comes from his upbringing, he added.

“If you knew the neighborhood I grew up in, we didn’t have money to pay the rent. We wouldn’t have coupons, but donated food. So I can only be positive and hopeful.”

Del Prado is equally hopeful about the future of downtown Minneapolis. This will be the fifth restaurant to open in the area in two years. “There’s been so much investment in the last 10 years downtown, it’s not going anywhere,” he said.

Still, the former Bachelor Farmer space is more than just a downtown restaurant. It has sentimental value for Del Prado – he and his partner had their first date there and would return every anniversary – and it was an institution he promises to honor.

“For all the people who were obsessed with high school, I was one of them,” he said. “I promise I’ll do my best to make you proud.”