Noa restaurant will open in IDS Center space left by Mission American Kitchen

Mission American Kitchen, located on the first level of IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, closed last March. MARK REILLY

May 7th, 2021 – Mark Reilly

The restaurant space at IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, vacant for more than a year, will be filled later this year by a new arrival focused on California cuisine.

The Star Tribune reports on the plans for Noa, which will take the street-level space once occupied by Mission American Kitchen.

Mission had been a go-to spot for business lunches for 17 years before it closed in March 2020, just weeks before much of downtown emptied out as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its replacement is a concept from Infuse Hospitality, a Chicago-based management and consulting company that specializes in developing restaurant and entertainment concepts for hotels and commercial buildings. Infuse’s portfolio includes 60 restaurants in 26 states and Canada; its sole Twin Cities operation, not including Noa, is Fairgrounds Coffee in the North Loop.

Infuse CEO Michael Schultz said Noa will feature California-influenced cooking, with a menu that includes tacos, sandwiches and salads. A chef hasn’t been named yet.

Chicago-based Barker Nestor will handle architecture and design for the restaurant, which will seat 240 and keep Mission’s private dining rooms and its patio in IDS’s Crystal Court.

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