Downtown Minneapolis getting a new rooftop dining destination with Rand Tower Hotel
When the Rand Tower Hotel opens in the landmark downtown Minneapolis building of the same name on Dec. 2, the project will feature a pair of dining destinations.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the hotel’s food-and-drink properties will open in stages. First up: Whiskey & Soda, a speakeasy-inspired bar. The street-level spot, which anchors the building’s 6th-and-Marquette corner, will temporarily serve double duty by also acting as the hotel’s restaurant until April. That’s when the Rand Tower Club, the hotel’s fifth-floor restaurant, is scheduled to debut.
Both projects will be overseen by chef Andy Vyskocil, a 12-year veteran of Graves Hospitality who most recently launched the InterContinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Hotel.
“I’ve been a part of many openings, but now I’m in the driver’s seat,” he said. “It’s a big step, and it’s what I’ve been training for my whole career.”
Whiskey & Soda will seat 60 (reduced to 30 during COVID-19 restrictions) and its focus is, obviously, whiskey. In the center of the bar is a tower that will showcase dozens of varieties of whiskey.