A couple of years ago, my birthday fell on the day that we happened to be in Minneapolis for the Design*Sponge at Home book tour. It was my first time in Minneapolis and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We were only in town for a day or so, but I fell hard for the city. For dinner, Grace took me to the The Bachelor Farmer. We fell hard for the decor and the food, which were both fresh and vibrant. And since that evening, when anyone mentions Minneapolis, I always suggest that they check out the Bachelor Farmer. The restaurant is housed in a historic brick-and-timber warehouse in Minneapolis’ North Loop. Brothers Eric and Andrew Dayton purchased the property in 2008 and began a complete renovation that aimed to modernize while preserving as much of the building’s original character. In 2011, after working with architect James Dayton and interior designer Janet Gridley, the brothers opened the Bachelor Farmer on the building’s first and second floors. The main restaurant and small adjacent bar is on the first floor with private event spaces on the second floor. The restaurant grows its own produce on a small rooftop farm. If you don’t have plans to visit, Minneapolis anytime soon, you can have a little bit of The Bachelor Farmer at home with their cocktail recipe after the jump. (A big thank you to Eric Dayton for allowing us this little peek into the restaurant! And extra thanks to Pip Hanson, bartender of Marvel Bar and The Bachelor Farmer, for sharing the cocktail recipe with us!) –Amy
Image above: Our logo was designed by a good friend of mine, Deirdre Zahl.
Image above: We call this our Afghan Room because of all the Afghan quilts, which we collected by scouring Etsy and Ebay during the renovation of the building. They’re sourced from sellers all over the world. The Afghan Room is the smaller of our two 2nd-floor private dining rooms.
Image above: This is the Living Room, which we use for private receptions. The deer head is by the French design team Frédérique Morrel. All the paintings are by early-20th-century Scandinavian artists.
See more of the Bachelor Farmer + delicious cocktail recipe after the jump!
Image above: This is the 2nd-floor Library, which is the larger of our two private dining rooms. The print is Useless Wonder Maps 1 by Carlos Amorales and was produced locally at Highpoint.
Image above: Another view of the Library with the hidden doors leading into the Afghan Room shown open. The lamp and coffee table are from local furniture company BluDot; the founders/owners are friends of ours and we use their pieces throughout the building.
Image above: The last of our four 2nd-floor private spaces, this is the Rec Room. We left it as close to original as possible, as this part of our building is the oldest (1881). The vintage writing benches originally came from Purdue University.
Image above: The Bachelor Farmer’s small 14-seat bar, where we serve our full menu. We affectionately call it “Norsten Bar” after the Minnesota artist Todd Norsten, who created the mural that wraps around the walls. It reads “A Picture For This Time And Place” and is done to look like layers of painter’s tape, but it’s all paint. Our guests are often fooled and try to pick at the corners!
Image above: The Bachelor Farmer’s main dining room. The photographs are by Minnesota photographer Alec Soth.
Jurançon Sec, Green Chartreuse and Gin
- 40ml Jurançon Sec (or other dry white wine)
- 20ml Tanqueray
- 20ml lemon
- 10ml green Chartreuse
- 10ml simple syrup
- 80ml sparkling mineral water
Build in a wine flute, stirring all ingredients before adding the sparkling water last.