A new restaurant and bar is slated to raise the roof for its opening in downtown Rochester this holiday weekend.
“It looks like the weather will be great. We’re really excited to open in Rochester,” Talbei said.
Crave is on the southwest corner of the second floor of the dramatically renovated Hotel Indigo, formerly an old-school Holiday Inn, at 220 S. Broadway.
It will serve brunch, lunch and dinner and offer a "vibrant" Happy Hour. Crave will also service special events and meetings in the hotel. This will be the 11th Crave restaurant.
In addition to sushi, Crave's menu has a reputation of having something for everybody, including steaks, salads and offerings for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diners.
The 9,500-square-foot restaurant, which seats more than 300, offers areas for different dining experiences.
The big feature is that part of the second story eatery is sheltered by a glass, retractable roof. It has big windows along Broadway that roll down to become handrails. It can transform into a patio or remain covered to give a full view of falling snow or other weather.
Talebi says the roof takes only minutes to open and close, so there won’t be any concerns about Minnesota’s rapidly changing weather.
The retractable roof will offer a dining experience reminiscent of Talebi's Union Restaurant & Rooftop in Minneapolis.
Unfortunately, the Union on Nicollet Mall, as well as Talebi’s popular Brit’s Pub, were ransacked and set on fire during last week’s round of looting.
“It wasn’t a fun week,” he said of seeing his restaurants trashed, though he is optimistic about the future in Minneapolis.
In the short term, he hopes opening his latest Crave in Rochester will make things fun again.
"I have a lot of love for the city (of Rochester) ... It has been my personal passion to be in that market," Talebi said back at the start of construction. "When we looked at the space, I wanted to make a second-floor dining experience unlike any other... It's all about the customer experience."
Crave is a key part of the transformation of the former Holiday Inn into Hotel Indigo. The project was driven by California-based EKN Development Group, which is also building two other hotels in Rochester.
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