Nicollet Mall has seen plenty of exits in the past year or so, but a big, beer-focused restaurant is coming to one of the street’s newest buildings.
The new-to-market HopCat, a concept out of Grand Rapids, Mich., is planning a $2 million location on the ground level of the Nic on Fifth apartment tower.
HopCat will have seating for 240 people inside, along with a 100-seat patio along Nicollet Mall and 5th Street.
A summer opening is planned; construction on the 5,500-square-foot space (plus the 1,800-square-foot patio) will begin once permits are finalized. Grand Rapids-based Wolverine Building Group is the general contractor for the project and Cuhaci & Peterson Architects out of Orlando, Fla., will design the space.
HopCat will have a grand total of 100 craft beer taps, 30 of which will be devoted to Minnesota brews. “We’ve been privileged to serve Fulton, Surly, Brau Bros., Bent Paddle and Summit, among others at other HopCat locations over the years,” HopCat Founder and President Mark Sellers said in a statement.
Its food menu will feature pub favorites: seasoned “crack fries”, half-pound burgers, pizza, fish and chips and a build-your-own mac and cheese.
HopCat, which is owned by Barfly Ventures of Grand Rapids, got its start in 2008. The Minneapolis HopCat will be the 14th HopCat location, following openings in Kansas City and Royal Oak, Mich., this spring.
“This [Minneapolis] location is in the heart of downtown with easy access to light rail lines and is ideal for creating a hub for craft beer lovers in the city,” Sellers said.
Kris Schisel with Colliers International Minneapolis-St. Paul and Jason Gustaveson of Stone Real Estate in Chicago represented the building owner, Boston-based AEW Capital Management, in the deal. Bart Jackson of Jackson Investment Group represented HopCat.
Opus Group developed the Nic on Fifth and sold it to AEW for more than $100 million shortly after it opened for tenants in 2014. The tower is 26 stories tall and has 253 units. A Starbucks also opened in the development recently.