Food hall coming to Eat Street from Zen Box, Bebe Zito founders

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If you thought the food hall trend was slowing, you thought wrong!

A new venture on Eat Street in Minneapolis, called Eat Street Crossing, will house six distinct concepts, a full bar, indoor and outdoor seating areas and an event space. There will also be a liquor store — with a separate entrance, of course, due to Minnesota’s restrictive liquor laws.

The team behind the venue consists of two well-known Minneapolis restaurateurs — John Ng and Linda Goh of Zen Box Izakaya and Ben Spangler and Gabriella Grant-Spangler of Bebe Zito. Fan-favorite food items from Bebe Zito (which we are assuming will include their very popular burger) will be served, but the pair will launch a new concept as well.

Award-winning bar maven Trish Gavin will serve as beverage director, and will offer a themed cocktail menu that will change with the seasons and include a charitable giving component. She plans to offer non-alcoholic and diabetic friendly drinks as well as more traditional cocktails, and there will be a wine wall.

The 15,000 square-foot facility, located at 2821 Nicollet Avenue South in the former Old Arizona Studios building, is being renovated by Christian Dean Architecture (Colita, Kado No Mise, Quang). The design will showcase the historic building’s brick, wood and stone elements and there will be a mezzanine area to host live music.

Eat Street Crossing is expected to open later this summer. Follow the venture on social media or check its website ( for updates and announcements.

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