Let us Take care of you

At the Grand Café every detail is cared for.  From rolling marble carts- presenting at tableside- 3 year aged ham, sherry, and champagne doused French cheese, to the pink hued walls and handmade 1923 Parisian zinc top bar. Details transform a 70-year-old restaurant into a space that feels deeply genuine yet surreally dreamy.  And most importantly, we are here for you.

 
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JAMIE MALONE- CHef & Owner

Jamie Malone has always had a life that revolved around food. She grew up cooking and baking breads with her dad in St. Paul, Minnesota. Before receiving her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Malone traveled and studied extensively in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and Europe, immersing herself in each region's cuisine.

Malone started working in restaurants at age 16, but began her cooking career in hospitality in 2006 working for Chef Tim McKee at the highly lauded restaurant La Belle Vie, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She moved on to be a part of the opening team of several Minneapolis restaurants early in her career, including Georges Chambers Kitchen, Porter and Frye, and Sea Change. 

In 2011 she took the position of Chef at Sea Change. There, Malone gained national attention and earned a place as a semifinalist for the James Beard Award Foundation’s “Rising Star Chef” for 2013 and “Best Chef Midwest” for 2014. In 2013, Malone was named one of Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs”.    

Jamie has written for Esquire’s “Eat Like a Man” blog and been featured in many magazines including GQ, Saveur, and Elle. In 2014 she won Cooking Light magazine’s “Trail Blazer Award” for her work with sustainable seafood. Malone has also served as a Chef Ambassador for the Norwegian Seafood Council since 2015.

NIKKI KLOCKER – OPERATIONS & HOSPITALITY EXPERT

Nikki Klocker is here for you.  Growing up in St Cloud, Minnesota, Nikki has always been interested in human psychology, art and hospitality- taking care of guests and staff alike.  She has extensive experience is coordination, management and creating strong business client relationships. 

Nikki's artistic spirit, blended with intense attention to detail are what drives the guest experience at the Grand Cafe.  

Together, Nikki and Jamie believe that experiences at the Grand need to be about celebrating real, marvelous life. Our goal is to make your time here nothing short of magical.  

 

 

Chef Britt St. Clair

General Manager Elliot Koch

General Manager Elliot Koch

BRITT ST. CLAIR - CHEF DE CUISINE

Britt St. Clair started working in restaurants at 15. She moved to Minneapolis in 2011 to go to the Art Institute International of Minnesota for her culinary degree. After graduating, she worked at a number of places in the Minneapolis area, including
Eli’s East, Create Catering, D’amico Kitchen, Parma 8200, Barbette, and Nighthawks.

In 2015, Britt helped open Birdie, a chef’s tasting menu restaurant focusing on seasonal vegetables. Combining her travel experience with inspiration from local produce, she and the team created a ten course menu every week. She gained an appreciation for using the best products of the season and enjoyed having personal connections with each guest. 

ELLIOT KOCH - GENERAL MANAGER

Elliot obtained the finer points of hospitality from Twin Cities culinary royalty: Brenda Langton, a pioneer of fresh, healthy cooking; Alex Roberts, one of the first James Beard winners in Minnesota, and now Jamie Malone. At Alma he learned the reward of hard work and how to adapt to whatever situation arose. Jamie, however, “has shown me another level of empathy, thoughtfulness and attention to detail I didn't know could exist and I'm grateful for every little insight that comes my way.” 

The other influence on his career has been traveling, and he’s taken the experiences from meeting new people to immersing himself in different cultures and cuisines and entwined them with his heritage, Minnesota Nice. 

Marvelphluff Fact: Elliot has two goals in life, to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune and to go bravely into outer space, all while being a sustaining member of MPR.

SCARLETT CARRASCO POLANCO - SOMMELIER/WINE DIRECTOR   Wine is a many splendid thing, according to Scarlett, who officially earned her sommelier certification in 2017, but has been an avid student of wine for her 11 years in the industry. Wine, she claims, can be as cerebral as a crossword puzzle or as all-encompassing as a beanbag chair, and she enjoys bringing each guest to that place on their pallet. Her wine journey began by sitting in on tastings with the wine buyer for Lucia’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, where she learned not only about wine’s lineage, but about sharing the wine experience with guests so they never feel intimidated or ill-advised. And what better atmosphere for an elevated wine experience than her new home at Grand Café and Eastside.  Marvelphluff Fact: Scarlett is known in certain circles as “The Cork Whisperer,” because she can coax any unreasonable cork out of its bottle.

SCARLETT CARRASCO POLANCO - SOMMELIER/WINE DIRECTOR

Wine is a many splendid thing, according to Scarlett, who officially earned her sommelier certification in 2017, but has been an avid student of wine for her 11 years in the industry. Wine, she claims, can be as cerebral as a crossword puzzle or as all-encompassing as a beanbag chair, and she enjoys bringing each guest to that place on their pallet. Her wine journey began by sitting in on tastings with the wine buyer for Lucia’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, where she learned not only about wine’s lineage, but about sharing the wine experience with guests so they never feel intimidated or ill-advised. And what better atmosphere for an elevated wine experience than her new home at Grand Café and Eastside.

Marvelphluff Fact: Scarlett is known in certain circles as “The Cork Whisperer,” because she can coax any unreasonable cork out of its bottle.