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A chef and a bookhound - bringing families, friends and neighbors together for a delicious meal.

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. 

Thanks!

Jay Peterson & Peter Ireland

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    A Lynn on Bryant Postcard with a personalized Thank You from Peter and Jay.

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    A copy of "Read This: Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores", which features Jay's book recommendations, plus a special recipe from Chef Peter.

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    LAST MINUTE ADDITION! Get your name etched into one of our fabulous coat hooks (see images in the FAQ). The hooks are made from Red Maple, Sugar Maple, White Ash and Ironwood. They were carefully selected from the woods surrounding Hayward, WI by Mr. Chris Young (of the world famous New Moon Ski Shop). Etching by students at South High School.

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    A screenprinted Lynn on Bryant T-SHIRT - or - A selection of 12 PASTRIES to bring to your office (the latter is limited to Twin Cities residents only).

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    TWO invitations to attend a SPECIAL PREVIEW evening at The Lynn on Bryant.

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    DINNER FOR TWO at The Lynn on Bryant - Includes two salads or small plates, two entrees, two desserts and two drinks.

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    DINNER FOR FOUR at The Lynn on Bryant - Includes four salads or small plates, four entrees, four desserts and four drinks.

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    A holiday basket designed by Claire Swanson chock full of pickles, preserves and more - delivered anywhere in the US. (Check out the FAQ below for an image of the basket.)

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    The Easy Morning GOLDEN TICKET - good for one free 12 oz coffee or tea EVERY DAY for an entire year.

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    DINNER FOR TWO (AND ART!) - Includes two salads or small plates, two entrees, two desserts and two beverages. PLUS! A signed LIMITED EDITION screenprint by Minneapolis artist Jenny Schmid.

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    A FAMILY STYLE DINNER at our Communal Table - Includes chef's special 3-course tasting menu and pairing (for a group of 8 to 10.)

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    FOUR for FOUR - One free tasting menu for four for each of our seasonal menus.

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    Private Dining - reserve the back room for a special event, charity auction, or family gathering. 25 people maximum. Choose between 3 course tasting menu or Family Style meal.

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