Justin Sutherland, the Minnesota chef known nationally for competing on Top Chef and winning Iron Chef America, is opening a restaurant at Grand View Lodge Spa and Golf Resort in Nisswa, Minn., about 150 miles northwest of St. Paul, where he is based.
Northern Soul Smokehouse, which he will be opening with the property’s executive chef, Bill Coyle, will feature Sutherland’s barbecue dishes as well as a high-end bourbon list.
“We are excited and motivated to elevate the culinary programming at Grand View Lodge to bring a completely unique and award-winning offering to our collection of dining experiences,” the property’s general manager, Dennis Wilson, said in a press release announcing the new restaurant, which is slated to open this summer. “We're extremely fortunate to partner with someone as talented as Justin and are confident that both new and legacy guests at our beloved resort will be thrilled to experience his latest culinary concept.”
Sutherland already operates a number of restaurants in the Twin Cities area, including Handsome Hog and Noyes and Cutler in St. Paul and Northern Soul the Restaurant in Minneapolis. He also has two Big E egg sandwich shops, one in St. Paul and one in Portland, Ore.
Additionally, he is the culinary consultant for Allilanz Field, home of the Minnesota United soccer team.
According to the Grand View, which is a Cote Family Destinations property, the idea of a partnership with Sutherland was sparked when he was a keynote speaker at the resort’s de’Vine Wine & Culinary Weekend in February of 2020.
The new restaurant will be based on Sutherland’s 2022 cookbook, Northern Soul, and will feature northern influenced Southern cooking including smoked brisket with bourbon barbecues sauce and house-made pickles, a Carolina pulled pork sandwich, an oyster po boy, and chicken fried ribs with Cry Baby Craig’s hot honey from a company based in Faribault, Minn., in the southern part of the state.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Grand View Lodge and Chef Coyle to bring the flavors of Northern Soul even further North,” Sutherland in the release. “A quintessential getaway from the cities, Grand View’s culinary offerings are an integral part of the destination and experience and I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Coyle, who has been with Grand View Lodge since 2021, will oversee the restaurant’s operations. He also is in charge of Italian Gardens, an Italian restaurant that recently opened on the property.
Apart from the Grand View, Cote Family properties include Camp Lincoln and Camp Lake Hubert in Lake Hubert, Minn., and Tanque Verde Ranch outside of Tucson, Ariz.
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