Minneapolis’ Third Bird Gets New Early Bird Makeover


In the ongoing saga of Kim Bartmann’s Loring Park restaurant, The Third Bird, we got an update earlier today indicating that it was about to enter its third phase of existence, this time as a tight-knit neighborhood breakfast eatery.

This new incarnation is to be known henceforth as The Early Bird and will focus on a variety of basic and slightly more sophisticated breakfast and lunch options. Bartmann made the announcement earlier this morning on Twitter where she shared an image of the new menu which features such breakfast items as smoked salmon on an everything bagel, a frisee and lardon salad with a poached egg, and a wild mushroom porridge. The lunch side of the menu features a lot of lighter options including a charred octopus salad, mahi-mahi tacos, and a vegan minestrone soup. They’ve also got a few sandwich features including a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, a classic cheeseburger and veggie burger, and a spectacular sounding fried bologna sandwich.

The Third Bird has gone through a variety of incarnations over the last few years, having originally opened in the late summer of 2014 in the old Loring Park, Cafe Maude, location. Back in January of this year, they announced a concept change, switching it up from swanky downtown bistro to the more casual bar food focused, Bearcat. Bearcat was also set to feature a variety of large screen TV’s for watching local sporting events and a handful of arcade cabinets in order to help play up the more casual atmosphere, but after about a month, Bearcat called it quits.

This particular Loring Park spot has a history of restaurant changeover, however, this new breakfast focused format is something that the area sorely lacks and it may, in fact, be exactly what that neighborhood needs. Surrounded by a variety of other restaurants like Bar Lurcat and 4 Bells, both of which don’t open until late afternoon, the new Early Bird may have figured out the exact formula that it takes to make it in Loring Park.

The Early Bird officially opens to the public this Thursday and their primary hours will run from 7am-2pm. You can see Kim Bartmann’s announcement tweets below.

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