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After debuting three years ago, Grand Central recently closed its doors temporarily for a revamp and menu update.
The coffee shop-and-deli atmosphere has been swapped for a cozier setting with a wine and craft-beer bar area. While lattes and java from Dogwood Coffee as well as crepes for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch are still on the menu, the made-over Grand Central is all grown up.
Shared plates, a sizable menu of salads and burgers and sandwiches including fried chicken and steak are now available. Full service is now an option, too: Food can be ordered and served at the table.
Jason Bush of Shish and Grand Central is every chef’s dream employee
One of the most enduring myths about the food industry is that it is always a creative endeavor. I mean, we know it’s hard work too, but the creativity is what keeps us captivated. How do they do it? All the improbable combinations of flavor, technique, color, fragrance, concept?
Coffee and sammiches on Grand Ave
The only train you’ll be catching at Mac-Groveland’s Grand Central is the one on its way to Tasty Town (Editor’s Note: not an actual place), as the bistro/ coffee shop is run by the foodie folks behind neighboring Turkish burger cafe Shish.
St. Paul’s Grand Central Cafe off to good start
Dogwood coffee, Patisserie 46 pastries and a decent salad and sandwich menu should be a recipe for success for the new Grand Central Cafe on Grand Avenue.
The owners of Shish Cafe, two doors down from Grand Central, remodeled the former Grand Sandwich into a bright, airy space with sleek, simple furnishings. There’s a small bar with a few beer taps, but the place has a coffee-shop/deli feel.
Grand Central in St. Paul now open
The owners of Shish have taken over the former Grand Sandwich space and given it a complete overhaul. We poked our heads inside of Grand Avenue’s newest restaurant by the Macalester campus.
The space has gotten a major upgrade. A beautiful bar is near the entrance, with beer taps waiting for beer. The room looks like a full-service restaurant, but the staff informed me that they are still finding their way and that the menu is likely still evolving.