Despite neighborhood efforts trying to stave off the opening of bars and restaurants, the Lower East Side adds Minnie’s this week, a new American restaurant from first-time restaurateur and former restaurant publicist Millie Stallings. In addition to using family recipes and naming the space after her family nickname, Stallings has designed the restaurant after her Soho childhood home — including a leggy portrait of a pair of women that steals attention.
Italian artist Dina de Brozzi is behind the bold painting. “There were so many things I learned about restaurants during my time in PR, and one thing was making sure it has a clear personality,” she says. “Minnie’s is definitely me, so I hope that personality comes through.”
The bright corner location is certainly personal, with lots of quirky elements like palm fronds and nude women printed on cushions, coasters, and menus around the room. Stallings’ children’s books double as check holders, and a sign resembling her mother’s old antique store is displayed.
As for the food, executive chef John Keller (Apartment 13, Cherry) is in the kitchen, adding flavors from the Middle East (harissa yogurt) and the Mediterranean (tzatziki) to a mainly American menu. In full below, it has dishes like lamb neck flatbread and pepper-crusted salmon. Stallings has landed a liquor license, but the wine, beer, and cocktails menu hasn’t yet been finalized.
Minnie’s opens Tuesday, June 27 and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Brunch will follow soon.