Restaurants Reborn

This fall the Twin Cities saw the revival of one highly missed restaurant and the renovation of a longtime staple. In downtown Minneapolis, Murray’s underwent its first major reworking since 1984. The family-run restaurant, which first opened its doors in 1946, upgraded its seating and lighting and added a new bar, lounge area and private party space. The menu continues to serve the finest aged beef—including the 28-ounce silver butter-knife steak—but will now also offer a new bar menu containing smaller plates, items for sharing and happy hour specials. The restaurant still contains the same character and charm, but in an updated atmosphere. In 1984 Figlio opened its doors in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis and was a popular spot until it closed in 2009. Under new ownership, the Italian eatery was reborn in a new home at The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. Award-winning Executive Chef J.P. Samuelson has brought back the signature fare, but has also introduced new Northern Italian and Mediterranean-inspired flavors, making for lighter and healthier dishes.

Murray’s, 26 S. Sixth Street, Minneapolis, 612-339-0909,
Figlio, 5331 W. 16th Street, St. Louis Park, 952-345-2400,