About this project
Protein, vegetable. Four walls and a floor.
What makes a meal something to savor? What makes a restaurant feel like home?
Peter is a chef from Vermont. Jay is a bookhound from Minnesota. We’re pretty different. But we have a lot in common: Both of us spent our childhood summers working on farms and our adult lives bringing together people with shared passions and curious palates, creating spaces that foster connections and support community. We’ve done it in different ways -- Jay managed a book shop and helped start a tutoring non-profit; Peter worked in kitchens from France to Beijing, in some of the nation's top restaurants, and in a restaurant-style soup kitchen in Chicago -- yet always with a sense of purpose and fun.
And now we’re going to do it together. With you.
We’re opening a restaurant called The Lynn on Bryant in the Lynnhurst neighborhood of south Minneapolis. It’s our way of re-establishing connections to small farms and sustainable living, and of bringing family, friends, and neighbors together for a delicious meal.
Opening a restaurant is a huge endeavor. We’ve been lucky to make it a collaborative one. The number of people who have lent a hand, both in the Twin Cities and much further afield, has truly been staggering. Friends and family have helped us paint walls and put up websites; they’ve tested recipes and edited sentences like the one you’re reading right now.
With this generous support from family and friends, a small group of investors, and a low-interest loan through the Community Planning and Economic Development department, we’ve raised nearly the amount we need to open the restaurant.
And that’s why we’re here. Our community of friends and supporters is steadfast and growing, but we need your help to meet our budget goals for construction, equipment and finishes.
We'd love to have you join us. So please consider making a pledge. And be sure to spread the word.
Jay Peterson & Peter Ireland
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