Colossal #3 to open on Grand Avenue
Great news for the Twin Cities: There will soon be three locations where folks can satiate their Flapper cravings.
Colossal Café, the beloved neighborhood diner on Como Avenue in St. Anthony Park, will add a new location on Grand Avenue, where they can serve these crave-worthy yeasted pancakes to 70 guests, according to co-owner Elizabeth Tinucci.
The Tinucci family has deep roots in the restaurant business. Elizabeth’s grandfather opened Tinucci’s Restaurant in Newport in the 1940s and the restaurant is still going strong today.
Elizabeth, together with parents John and Carrie, took over Colossal Café’s postage-stamp-sized Minneapolis location in 2010 and opened the St. Anthony Park location in 2011. The Como Avenue café quickly became an iconic neighborhood hub, thanks to its earnest hospitality and delicious, innovative comfort food. Colossal Café in Minneapolis has been featured on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri in 2010.
Now the Lilliputian empire is growing. The new location, in the former Twisted Fork space at the corner of Grand and Hamline avenues, will open in April and offer the same menu as its sister locations, serving breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m. As with the Como Avenue space, the restaurant will be available for private events at night.
A few additions at the new location will include an espresso machine for those who prefer a fancy mocha with their breakfast sandwich and full table service.
“People who want to grab their drink and pastry, or even a full meal, to go, will certainly be able to do that at the new location, but the larger space allows us to finally offer table service,” Elizabeth said.
“We are always looking for opportunity to grow,” Elizabeth said. And she and her father agreed that the new space is a good fit.
Alex Lodner writes about food and community news regularly in the Park Bugle.