Bites abound at revamped Rosedale Center

submitted photo Baldamar, described as “a modern American steakhouse for the urban suburban” by the people behind it, is slated to open as a freestanding restaurant near Rosedale Center in fall 2019. It’s not the only food news happening near the Roseville mall.

Change continues at Rosedale Center with the early November announcement of a standalone, 264-seat steakhouse that’s slated to open at the Roseville mall next fall.

Baldamar, described as “a modern American steakhouse for the urban suburban,” according to a press release, will be located near the new Von Maur department store that opened last month, in its own freestanding building.

The new restaurant is backed by Randy Stanley, who owns 6Smith in Wayzata.

The ball got rolling for the new eatery in November 2015, when the Roseville City Council approved plans for a 450-spot parking deck and the mall’s 141,000-square-foot expansion, which would become Von Maur.

Concurrent with the addition, the mall renovated its interior; the total cost of both projects exceeded $80 million, according to the mall.

The approved plans also included five 7,000- to 8,000-square-foot commercial building pads separate from the mall that could house standalone businesses like banks or restaurants.

Those who frequent the Rosedale area have likely seen the Portillo’s restaurant building going up at the corner of Fairview Avenue and County Road B. The city gave the necessary approvals for the Chicago-based hotdog seller to build earlier this year.

Baldamar will be roughly 8,000-square-feet and include two private dining rooms, a main dining area and bar, along with a patio that will be able to seat 40 more people in the warm-weather months, according to the release.

“Diners familiar with 6Smith can think of Baldamar as the more upscale sibling, a bit more polished — yet approachable,” Stanley said in the release.

The steakhouse will be just a part of the changing food landscape at the mall. Revolution Hall, in the space formerly occupied by Borders Bookstore, is set to open in the coming weeks. The food hall will feature a fair-trade coffee shop, a sushi and sake bar, whiskey bar, pizzeria and other options all located in the same space.

The mall is touting the hall as first-of-its-kind, with lounges and stadium-style seating to provide a community-dining experience. There will also be kiosks located around the mall where shoppers can order food remotely and then pick it up at the food hall.

The Rose and Loon makers marketplace, another novel concept, which features locally made wares, also just opened at the mall.

There’s also the question of the mall’s 150,000-square-foot vacancy, created this summer by the closure of Herberger’s. The department store’s parent company filed for bankruptcy and went into liquidation this spring.

Per mall management, the former department store could be taken over by another large retailer, be broken up into smaller retail spaces, become a hotel, be used for medical or office space, or even become multi-family housing.

Outside Rosedale’s immediate orbit, there’s more food news. Punch Pizza hinted Nov. 6 on social media it would be landing in Roseville, promising to be making wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas in the city by spring of 2019.

The restaurant, which currently has 11 metro locations, is reportedly eying a spot across from the mall on County Road B2 between Fairview and Snelling avenues.


—Mike Munzenrider

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