Updated Jan 26, 2022 - Food and Drink

France 44 plans expansion with patio for private events

france 44 patio addition rendering

Rendering via Minneapolis Planning Commission

Southwest Minneapolis' France 44 is planning a big expansion, including a patio deck for private and pop-up events.

What's happening: The Minneapolis Planning Commission approved requests related to the popular liquor and gourmet cheese shop's renovation plans at a meeting Monday night.

Details: The proposed expansion, first reported by Southwest Voices, would include a "lounge area, classroom with demonstration kitchen, restroom, as well as an outdoor herb garden and outdoor deck," according to documents submitted to the city.

  • The addition would add a total 8,807 square feet to the Linden Hills shop, with space for both customer-facing and behind-the-scenes operations.

What they're saying: "This new space will be geared towards ticketed events: corporate team-building classes, private rentals, pop-up wine bars," France 44 owner Rick Anderson told Axios.

  • The shop will also offer professional certification courses, including possibly the advanced WSET Level 3 qualification for wine professionals and enthusiasts. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to further clarify France 44's plans for professional certification courses.


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