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The Dakota in downtown Minneapolis is reopening in September, with a new chef


The Dakota (1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., dakotacooks.com), the landmark jazz club and restaurant, is reopening in September after a long pandemic-induced slumber.

Owners Lowell Pickett and Richard Erickson shut down their nationally prominent venue in March 2020. To reopen, they’ve consulted with James Beard award-winning chef Tim McKee (formerly of La Belle Vie, Octo Fish Bar and others) to create a new culinary program. Ops Group founder Nathan Rostance — a familiar face to fans of the former Bachelor Farmer — has been contracted to oversee the club’s operations.

“Great music, food and beverages have been at the heart and soul of the Dakota for 35 years,” said Pickett. “We’ve missed sharing those things with the community, and we’re incredibly anxious to bring them back. We partnered with Tim and Nathan to make sure we do that with all the flair and style this venue — and our guests — deserve.”