March 13, 2018
Gerard and Brittney Klass co-creators of Soul Bowl are launching their Kickstarter and fourth pop up restaurant in 5 months. Gerard, regional chef for Crave and Brittney, most recently service manager for D’Amico have combined their over 20 years of restaurant experience to bring to Minneapolis soul food reimagined. Soul Bowl is the first of its kind fast casual build your own bowl soul food concept. Allowing customer to build a custom soul bowl from a wide variety of menu items. Their inspiration for this restaurant concept is three fold. First the hospitality duo is passionate about continuing the work of places like, Sammy’s Avenue Eatery, Breaking Bread Cafe and North Market to provide more fresh food options in the north Minneapolis food desert. Frustrated by the lack of representation of soul food in the cities buzzing food scene, Soul Bowl looks to finally answer the long standing question of where can you get good soul food in Minneapolis. Lastly, the couple will bring to their community the same hospitality as they experienced growing up at Sunday dinners and summer cookouts at Grandmas house.
The pop-up restaurant will be held at Sunnyside cafe Saturday March 17th from 5pm-9pm and Sunday March 18th the duo will introduce “Soul Bowl Hip Hop Brunch” from 11am-2 pm. With signature items such as the Biggie breakfast sandwich inspired by his famous lyrics “t-bone steak, cheese, egg and welches grape”. As well as the FUBU Chicken and Waffles topped with smoked syrup and a watermelon feta salad. Then at 2:30pm dinner will resume with the regular menu until 6:30pm. The menu consists of a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian options so everyone may take part in the soul bowl experience. The regular menu contains soul food classics like braised collard greens, buttermilk fried chicken and baked mac and cheese. The ”AA” sandwich, Sriracha deviled eggs, fusion desserts like the “ill nana” a banana pudding and banana foster mashup and custom alcohol free beverages like the “overnight celebrity” to round out the rest of the offerings.
This pop up will launch their 30 day Kickstarter campaign. The Kickstarter will be to raise funds to renovate Sunnyside Cafe to create a modern atmosphere that will complete the dining experience. The Kickstarter will close with a pop-up to thank off of its backers and supporter in April.
“We understand that a bank can provide the capital for us to open. But only our community can provide the capital for us to open and the business to keep us open. We see everyone who comes into soul bowl as a guest and not a customer. At Soul Bowl our love language is soul food and hospitality and we want to share that love with our community. Backing our project will help bring more fresh food options to North Minneapolis. Start us off on our Journey as African American restauranteurs. Bring a new soul food restaurant to North Minneapolis. You will also be supporting a restaurant that is already involved in the community and opening Soul Bowl will only extend our reach. Last but not least all the array of amazing incentives.” Say Chef Gerard Klass
Since their first pop up in November 2017 Soul Bowl has been featured in Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine and on the Jason show. Customers and critics alike have been calling Soul Bowl the “Soul Food Chipotle”. SoulBowl is here to put a millennial twist on soul food and finally put an end to the Minneapolis soul food quest. The future of soul food is here.
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