Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The new restaurant opened Tuesday, June 5, in the former Aperitif space on Bielenberg Drive.
Tavern Grill opened Tuesday in the former Aperitif space in Woodbury. “It turned out just great,” said Anoush Ansari, managing partner of Hemisphere Restaurant Partners. “This is not our first rodeo.” The Woodbury Tavern Grill offers the same food and drink menu as its locations in Edina and Blaine, Ansari said, and the space features dark wood, large black and white photos and a handsome bar. “We basically Tavernized it,” he said. Though each Tavern Grill location has been repurposed, each has a unique feel, Ansari said, and designers try to stay away from the uniform décor found at some chain restaurants. “Ours all have their own character, but the overall feel is a ‘Tavern’ feel,” he said. Ownership liked the traffic and visibility at …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Woodbury City Council on Wednesday approved a liquor license for the establishment, which is opening soon in the former Aperitif space.
Tavern Grill plans to open June 5 in the former Aperitif space. Officials from the new restaurant were at the Woodbury City Council meeting Wednesday as the city unanimously approved a liquor license for the establishment. (Background checks came back clear.) Patch stopped in at the restaurant recently and it was undergoing a lot of work, but Tavern Grill representatives assured Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens that the patio would remain unchanged. There are two other Tavern Grill locations (Blaine and Edina). The company’s website already lists the Woodbury spot, and the menu shows a wide range of appetizers, seafood and steak, and burgers and sandwiches. "It's a beautiful space," Anoush Ansari, from Hemisphere Restaurant Partners, told the …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Hemisphere Restaurant Partners plans to open a Tavern Grill in the space, according to a Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal story.
A new restaurant is coming to the former Aperitif space in Woodbury, according to a report. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal is reporting that Hemisphere Restaurant Partners plans to open a Tavern Grill in the old Aperitif Restaurant and Bar near the Sheraton Hotel. Aperitif has been closed since February 2011 and its former owner, JLT Group, Inc., was the subject of an FBI and IRS investigation. "It's a beautiful space," Anoush Ansari, Hemisphere's managing partner, told the Business Journal of the Woodbury location. "We like second-generation spaces that are still in good shape and don't need a huge startup investment." There are two other Tavern Grill locations, in Blaine and Edina. Be sure to follow Woodbury Patch on Twitter…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The city saw a slew of new restaurants open, but the biggest empty building in town remains vacant.
Looking at the landscape of Woodbury business in 2011, it’s clear that new restaurants dominated the scene. Those of you looking for a new place to grab a bite saw plenty of options pop up, and the closure of one restaurant, Aperitif, drew plenty of attention as well. But the biggest vacant building in Woodbury remains vacant, despite some steam about a new development deal and the city’s efforts to get it occupied. In January, Wellington Management announced plans to redevelop the State Farm building, which the insurance giant shuttered in 2004. Plans called for it to be converted for multi-tenant use, and the construction of a new Costco and 200-unit senior-housing development on the campus. In addition, a second $50 million phase of the…
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for April 6.
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Morrissey Hospitality is serving as trustees of the lien on the property. The CFO said no firm plans for the Woodbury restaurant are in place.
Plans for Aperitif—the Woodbury restaurant that closed in February and whose ownership group is the subject of a federal fraud investigation—are still being developed. That’s according to Philip Jungwirth, CFO of Morrissey Hospitality, a St. Paul-based company that the courts have assigned to serve as trustees of the lien on the property. Jungwirth said he could not comment on any future plans for the restaurant and Morrissey Hospitality hasn’t solicited any buyers since taking over responsibility for the upkeep of Aperitif in late February. JLT Group, Inc., which owns Aperitif, fell under federal scrutiny in mid-February when the FBI and IRS launched a fraud investigation of the company. The restaurant closed shortly thereafter, though …
Monday, February 28, 2011
The general manager of the Woodbury Sheraton says he expects the restaurant to reopen at some point.
The closure of Aperitif Restaurant and Bar had nothing to do with a fraud investigation of the ownership group and the restaurant will likely reopen at some point, according to the general manager of the Sheraton Hotel. Hotel General Manager Patrick Short said he was tasked with assisting in the restaurant’s closure. JLT Group, Inc., which is the subject of a federal fraud investigation, owns the hotel and nearby restaurant, in addition to other parcels in Woodbury. “At this point it was decided that we’d close,” Short told Woodbury Patch on Monday morning. “We are officially closed now but I believe the goal is to reopen. I don’t believe that it is a close and sell it off kind of thing.” He could not speak to the specifics of the FBI and …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Federal authorities are in the midst of a fraud investigation of the company that owns the restaurant.
Aperitif Restaurant and Bar will close Monday, just days after a federal investigation of the company that owns the Woodbury establishment was launched. An Aperitif employee confirmed the closure to Woodbury Patch, but directed calls to the general manager of the nearby Sheraton Hotel. Both are owned by JLT Group, Inc., which is the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service fraud investigation. An employee at the Woodbury Sheraton said the hotel would remain open, to his knowledge. The general manager did not immediately return phone calls from Woodbury Patch. Officials with the FBI and IRS executed a search warrant at JLT Group’s St. Paul headquarters last Friday, FBI special agent Steve Warfield said, …
Thursday, February 10, 2011
With Valentine's Day falling on a Monday this year, you should have plenty of chances to spend a romantic evening with your loved one.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Looking for a good place to spend Valentine’s Day? Woodbury Patch has you covered. With the holiday falling on a Monday this year, there should be plenty of options for a night on the town. If you have ideas for where to spend Valentine’s Day, please add them in the comments section below the story. 1. Aperitif Woodbury’s Aperitif Restaurant and Bar serves Mediterranean food from several European nations. Its large bar offers more than 20 wines by the glass, as well as specialty cocktails. It has a handy online reservations option. 2. Akita Sushi If you’re looking beyond the typical Italian restaurant for Valentine’s Day, try Akita Sushi and Hibachi in Woodbury. It’s a good place to go if you’re heading out with other couples for dinner. 3…