Minnesota Farmers Union set to open its first restaurant this summer

After pausing the project last year due to COVID-19, Farmers Kitchen + Bar is set to open early summer.

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The first and only restaurant entirely owned and operated by Minnesota Farmers Union will be open this summer.

Farmers Kitchen + Bar, described in a press release by MFU as the "ultimate farmer-to-table restaurant" that will include a marketplace, is set to open early summer in the historic Mill District neighborhood of Minneapolis. The project was paused last year during the pandemic.

According to the press release, Farmers Kitchen + Bar will be open daily, serving breakfast, lunch and supper and will feature a selection of fresh grab-and-go items, products from local makers, and farm-fresh produce, eggs, meats and more.

Farmers Kitchen + Bar is owned and operated by MFU and its members, which through the establishment plans to "connect their guests to local family farmers".

“We believe every farm has a story and we are excited to have our guests be part of that story,” said Gary Wertish, president of MFU. “We have cultivated close relationships with all of our farmers over the years and are excited to further our support of our farmers by bringing their fresh food directly to guests dining at the restaurant and shopping our market.”


The restaurant was constructed in a design that will have a "light and airy atmosphere" and sidewalk patio seating.

Executive chef at the restaurant is Kris Koch, a Minnesota native with over twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry. His past positions were at Wolfgang Puck, the Grand Hotel and Patisserie 46.

“Being a part of this project is a dream come true,” Koch said. “Farmers Kitchen + Bar’s mission aligns with my passion and cooking philosophy, which will allow me to continue to work with independent farmers and using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.”

For more information on Farmers Kitchen + Bar, visit and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @farmerskitchenandbar and Twitter @farmersktchn.

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