Remy Pettus is the Dakota’s fifth Executive Chef since opening in 1985. Pettus was born and raised in south Minneapolis and has family connections in the Carolinas that go back to the 1700s. He brings a deep knowledge of, and reverence for, Southern cuisine to the Dakota’s kitchen.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Pettus did his externship at the influential Moto in downtown Chicago, with visionary chef Homaro “Omar” Cantu. From there, Pettus honed his craft at famed chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in the Sonoma Valley.

Since his return to Minneapolis, Pettus has made his mark on the Minneapolis dining scene. First, he developed his personal cuisine as Chef de Cuisine at Cosmos Restaurant in the Graves 601 Hotel. He developed and opened the heralded Eastside as Executive Chef. Most recently Pettus was the mind behind Bardo, which garnered raves for its inventive-yet-casual menu and ever-changing seasonal fare.

At the Dakota, Pettus will create dishes that riff on the birthplace of American music with Southern-inspired foods, flavors and influences, while keeping it casual, creative, and accessible.

Photo by Travis Anderson Photo


Effective immediately, all concerts and events at the Dakota will require either proof of a full series of COVID-19 vaccinations or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72-hours. Masks are requested to be worn indoors no matter your vaccination status, except when eating or drinking.

By clicking the link below, you are consenting to abide by our COVID policy: View Policy

Effective immediately, Dakota will require either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (which was administered up to 72 hours prior) for any person* to enter any events** held at Dakota. The COVID-19 vaccination card must show a completed regimen that concluded at least 14 days before the date of the event that the patron plans to attend. Dakota does NOT accept self-administered Antigen Rapid Test results or provide them to patrons without either of the above listed required proofs. PCR and Antigen Rapid Test results are accepted if administered by a clinic or State-certified testing facility.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test

  • Must be shown at the time of entry into Dakota.
  • Must match the ticket holder’s ID.
  • May come in the form of: a physical vaccination record card, a printed out file of vaccination record, a printed out negative test result, or a digital document on a mobile device (i.e. a photo image of a vaccination record card, a PDF file, a Word file, a Pages file, Docket app, Bindle app, Clear app, or other options).

In accordance with the City of Minneapolis, Emergency Regulation No. 2022-1 MASKS ARE REQUIRED to be worn indoors, except for the purposes of eating, drinking, or performing on stage.

Staff: This policy applies to all staff for all events and it also applies for entry into the building when there are no events.

Questions? Email Joe Doermann, Director of Operations at: [email protected]

Children under 5 not vaccinated may show a negative COVID-19 test as outlined above.

*This policy applies to all people entering Dakota. This includes staff, performers, etc.

**This policy applies to any and all events held at Dakota. This includes shows that other venues and organizations present in Dakota’s space.

Buy Tickets