Cafe Maude to Close After 10 Years, Reboot with Asher Miller and Bartmann Group

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

After 10 years of going strong in the Armatage neighborhood of Minneapolis, Cafe Maude will close its doors at the end of July and reopen as a Bartmann Group restaurant helmed by Chef Asher Miller (pictured above with Wolfgang Puck.) Miller will blend Maude’s existing French flavors with California influences. Press release follows.

Bartmann Group and Asher Miller to take over Café Maude space in South Minneapolis.

WHAT: Kim Bartmann and Chef Asher Miller will partner on a new project in the Café Maude space at 54th and Penn Avenue South. Look for a new concept and a refreshed space in the fall. Plans include an enhanced dining room, patio updates, a broader beverage selection, and a menu that will respect the space’s French heritage while adding California influences and taking advantage of the existing wood-fire grill. In Bartmann style, the restaurant will feature local purveyors and produce, including crops from the group’s own farm plot at Garden Farme in Ramsey, MN. Other sustainable practices include energy efficient choices, composting, recycling, and zero-waste initiatives.


Kim Bartmann, founder, Bartmann Group.

An innovator in the Twin Cities restaurant scene since she opened Café Wyrd in 1991, and currently an owner and/or partner in 9 restaurants, Kim also has been recognized as a leader in sustainability. Currently, Bartmann is the Vice President on the board of the Land Stewardship Project, and the President on the board of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, working to advance the careers of women across the culinary industry through education, promotion, connection and inspiration. 

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Asher Miller: Chef/Owner.

Asher Miller has been working and living in the growing restaurant and hospitality business in the Minneapolis area for 16 years. One of his first cooking jobs was at Barbette for Kim Bartmann. He then spent six years at the Walker Art Center, working his way up to Executive Chef for Wolfgang Puck and more recently ran celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern’s food truck business.  Miller brings experience in many different styles of cooking, execution and management to this new venture.

WHEN: Café Maude will remain open, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, through July 31st; Bartmann encourages regulars to get their last Maude visits in before then. The newly imagined place, surely to remain a neighborhood favorite, will open Fall 2017.

 WHERE: Café Maude, 5411 Penn Avenue S, MPLS. Armitage Neigborhood  612-822-5411