‘Sioux Chef’ eatery, historic mills to anchor new Mpls. riverfront project – Minneapolis, MN

Oct 23, 2019 | people/passions

This rendering shows an open green-space and stairs that will let visitors reach the riverfront from 1st Street when the Water Works project is finished in 2023.
Courtesy of HGA Architecture
A $30 million revitalization project on the Mississippi River will surface long-buried relics of the city’s milling history, host a new Native American restaurant and add park space near the Stone Arch Bridge. The restaurant will be the first for Sean Sherman, the so-called “Sioux Chef,” who has won a James Beard award for his advocacy and revival of Native American cuisine. It’s scheduled to open in the spring of 2021. Sherman noted the site, formerly the site of the Occidental, Columbia and Bassett mills on the riverfront, has a long historical link to food.It was most recently the site of a former riverfront Fuji Ya restaurant, vacant since 1991. He said it has an even more ancient link to Native American culture at the Mississippi River’s only waterfall. “It’s just something, I think to have the indigeneous perspective on this waterfront, to have some of the histories that go much much deeper than the city … right here in front of a sacred Dakota area,” Sherman said during a groundbreaking ceremony.
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