Spoonriver restaurant closed on Dec 21, 2019.
Thank you for your patronage.



Spoonriver restaurant closed on Dec 21, 2019.
Thank you for your patronage.




Pioneering Restaurateur Brenda Langton and Minneapolis’ Spoonriver to Start New Chapter   


11/22/2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN

After 42 years as Minnesota’s expert on healthy food, Brenda Langton of Spoonriver Restaurant is looking forward to not being the boss. In mid-December, Spoonriver will close, and a new restaurant will move into its space.

Langton will pass Spoonriver’s legacy on to a partnership between Minneapolis’ Birchwood Café and the Minnesota Farmers Union. The Minnesota Farmers Union/Birchwood Alliance has served fresh, delicious, locally sourced food at the Minnesota State Fair’s Farmers Union Coffee Shop to raise awareness of Minnesota’s family farmers. The Alliance will introduce Minnesota to its dining concept in the Spoonriver space in late spring of 2020.

“Tracy Singleton’s Birchwood Café was our first pick for who would continue in our space, both for their dedication to local farmers and sustainable agriculture as well as Chef Marshall Paulsen’s deliciously wholesome, “feel good food,” Langton said. 

Langton began her career by opening Cafe Kardamena in 1978, then ran the well-loved Cafe Brenda for 24 years. In 2006, along with her husband and business partner Timothy Kane, she opened the highly acclaimed Spoonriver Restaurant and simultaneously founded the Mill City Farmers’ Market. She is also the author of multiple cookbooks.

“Spoonriver has never been just a restaurant,” said Langton. “Relationships have always been at the heart of our business. Our mission has been to build a healthier community through the meals we serve. Our staff has done that every day and they have been the foundation of our success. Many customers have been loyal members of our restaurant family. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with both Spoonriver and the Mill City Farmers’ Market. Now, I’m looking forward to focusing on healthy food education.”

Langton will stay on as development director for the Mill City Farmers’ Market, continue her work teaching as a Senior Fellow at the Earl Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, and consult and inspire others to live healthy lives.

Spoonriver will be open through mid-December. Brenda and her staff invite the community to stop by for a meal, share stories, and celebrate the change. And as Brenda reminds every customer, “Eat your vegetables, dammit. We care about you!”

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Committed to the advancement of organics and the support of local growers.

Cooking with Brenda

The Spoonriver Cookbook

For more than forty years, Brenda Langton has been one of the most recognizable guiding lights of Twin Cities organic dining, from the earliest days at the Commonplace Cooperative Restaurant to her award-winning establishments Cafe Kardamena and the beloved Cafe Brenda. Always ahead of the curve when it comes to serving local, organic, and vegetarian cuisine, in 2006 she opened the acclaimed Spoonriver restaurant in downtown Minneapolis while at the same time founding the Mill City Farmers Market, a unique urban market offering local, sustainable, and organic produce along with pasture-raised meats, eggs, and farmstead cheeses.

Spoonriver and the Mill City Farmers Market have from the very beginning been entwined—Brenda and her restaurants have always relied on the finest, freshest local produce as the foundation for her seasonal menus. The Spoonriver Cookbook is a tribute to these two landmark institutions as well as a presentation of the vision and philosophy behind Spoonriver’s delicious creations and their remarkable chef. With her longtime friend and coauthor Margaret Stuart, Brenda has compiled a flavorful variety of Spoonriver’s offerings from quick-cooking one-pot dishes to simple and scrumptious vegetable sides, legume recipes, and whole-grain preparations. Spoonriver appeals to a broad palate, and its cookbook includes tantalizing recipes for grass-fed beef, lamb, and naturally raised pork from area farms along with fresh seafood and organic free-range chicken. Connecting the table back to the market and ultimately to the land itself, The Spoonriver Cookbook provides unique recipes and fascinating short stories and profiles from the market’s farmers and vendors.

Brenda Langton’s philosophy is built on the simple premise that a healthy diet is one of the best paths toward a long and happy life. It just so happens that Brenda’s recipes are for some of the most delectable food that people in the Twin Cities have enjoyed for decades, and The Spoonriver Cookbook is a celebration of her rich legacy that is at once local, healthy, and yes, supremely delicious

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