The owners of The Left Handed Cook, Thomas Kim and Kat Melgaard, are ready for their long-awaited next project. They will open a new restaurant called The Rabbit Hole in Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market, City Pages reported.
The Left Handed Cook is also located in the same market, but The Rabbit Hole will be in its own enclosed space. Kim and Melgaard have been planning for this restaurant for years, and their concept comes from the odd mix of Korean street food, dive bars, L.A. punk style, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They were also inspired by the innovative cocktails at Booker and Dax, a Momofuku bar in New York, they told the site.
Kim and Melgaard are seeking a full liquor license for their upcoming restaurant. There will be an open kitchen for guests sitting in the bar area to watch the chefs prepare the food. Guests can enjoy cocktails with Asian-inspired food such as Korean-style fried chicken, duck fat mocha rice cakes, Korean wraps, made-from-scratch burgers, and Japanese charcoal grill items.
The menu reflects the chef’s food philosophy of cooking new dishes with familiar ingredients. “I really would like to introduce people to flavors that they may not be accustomed to. So I think it’s less about new flavors but more different flavor profiles and introducing them to think outside the box, working with ingredients that you may not normally work with and pairing flavors that you normally wouldn’t,” Kim told CBS Minnesota in an interview.
The Rabbit Hole will likely open in October 2013, so we won’t have to wait too long.