Rand Tower Hotel Announces Collaboration with the Bar Rufus

Minneapolis, MN – July 8, 2022 – Minneapolis’ historic Rand Tower Hotel will debut three brand new food and beverage venues along with curated in-room dining all concepted by chef and Twin-Cities restaurateur Daniel del Prado, beginning with Bar Rufus in July 2022.

The first of the new venues to open will be the first floor lobby bar and restaurant, Bar Rufus. Opening July 8th, Bar Rufus looks to capture the essence of founder, Rufus Rand’s innovative spirit and will feature classic French bistro dishes including Duck a l’Orange with gastrique and serrano peppers; Escargot with bone marrow in a bordelaise sauce; and Le MacDo cheeseburger with shaved white onion, American cheese, and whole grain mustard. Bar Rufus will be open for dinner and cocktails from 4pm – 10pm daily with lunch service coming in late Summer 2022.

Also coming late Summer 2022 to the hotel’s fifth floor lounge is a playful, personality-driven cocktail bar called Miaou Miaou. In the garden dining room featuring a grand retractable rooftop and outdoor space, del Prado will offer an innovative new take on the future of classic French cuisine at Blondette.  del Prado’s Rand Tower Hotel concepts represent new and unique culinary experiences in the city, seeking to usher a renaissance in downtown Minneapolis through food and community.  “Minneapolis is moving in a great new direction,” shares del Prado, “There’s so much life and history in downtown. We are excited to bring our concepts here and be part of what keeps our city moving forward.”

The concepts at Rand Tower Hotel will mark the first venture into hotels for the DDP Restaurant Group.  “Usually with buildings with multiple concepts, we try to tie together something in common, but with a different purpose on the whole,” said del Prado of these concepts. “For this project, “ he continued, “Rufus Rand was more than just an aviator, so we dug into his life and that was our North Star for inspiration as we worked on the concepts.”

Each venue will feature a unique cocktail menu concepted by DDP Restaurant Group Bar Director, Megan Luedtke.  Bar Rufus offers a French-centered wine list and cocktails. The fifth floor lounge Miaou Miaou will offer a menu of visually-stunning cocktails in both petite and large formats and will offer selections from the Blondette dinner menu to enjoy in the lounge and rooftop patio.

Daniel del Prado is the owner and operator of some of the Twin Cities’ most successful restaurants including Martina, Colita, Cardamom, Sanjusan, Josefina, and the upcoming Macanda in Wayzata.

Opened in November 2020, Rand Tower Hotel, located in downtown Minneapolis, offers 270 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and sophisticated amenities throughout the meticulously restored 1920’s Art Deco building.  With the launch of these forthcoming restaurant concepts late this summer, it will mark the full opening of Rand Tower Hotel.

Reservations for Bar Rufus can be made by visiting www.barrufus.com or resy.com and walk-ins are always welcome.  Opening dates of the fifth floor concepts, Miaou Miaou and Blondette, will be forthcoming.


Hours: Daily 4pm-10pm

Social: @BarRufusMpls

Website:  www.BarRufus.com

Reservations: Resy.com

Phone: (612) 688-4500

Email: info@barrrufus.com





Rand Tower Hotel, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio Hotel managed by hospitality leader HHM, offers modern travelers a vibrant, story-rich experience in the meticulously restored Deco-era Rand Tower.  Designed by The Gettys Group, the sophisticated 270 guestrooms and suites represent a contemporary embodiment of war hero and Twin Cities industrial giant Rufus Rand Jr., the hotel’s namesake and visionary builder. Rand Tower Hotel offers sophisticated amenities including three restaurants and bars: Bar Rufus, the hotel’s French bistro-inspired lobby restaurant and bar; the intimate, fifth-floor cocktail lounge and restaurant Miaou Miaou and Blondette featuring a grand retractable rooftop. All this combined with its elegant meeting spaces, Rand Tower Hotel is the most endlessly interesting hotel address in downtown Minneapolis.


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