• Chef Doug Flicker Appoints Twin Cities Talents to Team

     
    POSTED November 10, 2016
     

Chef Doug Flicker of Esker Grove, the Walker Art Center’s new restaurant, has added mixologist Jon Olson, chef de cuisine T.J. Rawitzer and general manager Kim Tong to his team.  

Olson is a well-known Twin Cities mixologist who has worked at La Belle Vie, Ice House and Bradstreet Crafthouse. In 2015, he won the local Iron Bartender competition. He and his friend, Adam Gorski are the co-founders of TRUEpenny, which hosts pop-up bars across the Twin Cities.

Rawitzer has previously worked at D’Amico Cucina, Sea Change, La Belle Vie and the University Club. His most recent gig was overseeing operations at Masu Sushi and nine of Kim Bartmann’s kitchens.

Tong brings his experience at Masu Sushi & Robata, Solera, Town Talk Diner and Five Restaurant & Street Lounge to his latest position.

Located near Bazinet Garden Lobby, Esker Grove is a contemporary casual restaurant that serves lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekend. Chef Flicker’s menu will be seasonal and offers organic ingredients. Additionally, the restaurant will offer craft beer, crafted cocktails and a coffee menu that uses Spyhouse roasted coffee. The dining room seats 94 people and the patio seats 60.

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This fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.