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Apr 19, 2011 05:32 AM

Rachel's is open?

Anyone know anything about this? Embarrassing, I live across the street and had no idea!

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  1. Looks terrible.

    I've already expounded on why this place will never get my business, on Yelp and Heavy Table...

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    1. re: Foureyes137

      $12.95 for Corned Beef Hash?????

      Wow, that better be one generous helping with ALL the sides.

      The prices seem awfully steep for a neighborhood restaurant. I'm interested to hear what people think about it.

      1. re: Db Cooper

        Actually it was the $4.95 for a side order of potato salad that threw me for a loop.

        Foureyes, could you restate your opinion here? Your Yelp post seems to have disappeared.

        1. re: Db Cooper

          $8.95 for an Egg salad sandwich? 30 cents worth of eggs, mayo and mustard on bread for $8.95? I do not see this place surviving at these price points...

        2. re: Foureyes137

          Be interested to read your thoughts here. The menu looks terrible, and that might be reason enough, but if a Caesar burger is your thing, why not give it a shot?

        3. This JUST opened? Really? I remember the Rachel's sign going up in 2006!

          1. Bobino was one of my favorite spots for years. But this... ain't Bobino.

            They do realize they're within a block of many good restaurants, right? And within a few blocks the number of restaurant options is staggering.

            I don't see how this unexceptional concept flies. Which is a shame. It's a beautiful restaurant space with so many good memories for me.

            1. Welcome to the employees and owners of Rachel's.

              I wish them luck, and inspiration in the daily grind of trying to make margin and satisfy people who want cheap or big, or big and cheap as their lead criteria.

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              1. re: keg

                I don't think any of the comments above are referencing "cheap" or "big". The comments reflect surprise at items that exceed the normal price point we expect from similar restaurant concepts. That isn't to say there isn't a reason for that higher price point, whether it be larger portion size or premium ingredients, or a mixture of both.

                My lead criteria for a restaurant is interesting, well-prepared food with good service in a comfortable setting. There should be some value in the equation too. I'm not going to pay $25 for a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, even if they served it to me at La Belle Vie and wiped up my crumbs when I was done.

                The price points that I saw on that menu were surprising as they were significantly higher than what I'm used to seeing at similar restaurant concepts with similar dishes. The description of the dishes on the menu didn't seem to indicate they were out of the norm or prepared with premium ingredients. So I have to question the value of what I'm paying for. I know there are a lot of restaurants that serve a great burger and fries for far under the $14 price tag here.

                Again, If there is a reason behind it, I'd like to know which is why I wrote I was interested in hearing people's experiences. But to me, right now, it looks like your standard neighborhood restaurant charging double the price I'd normally expect to pay. Granted, it's a temporary menu so that may change going forward.

                Nobody has posted anything regarding their experiences as of yet. Which makes me wonder if anyone is going due to the prices or because they don't know it is open yet or what.

                La Belle Vie
                510 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405

                1. re: Db Cooper

                  They are not staking their reputation on culinary skill, ingredients quality, or innovation. That would be obvious it there was a chef's name attached, provenance or foraging principles on the menu, or an obvious creative direction. Who puts their neck on the line with a "temporary menu" without simultaneously letting everyone know that food is not what it's about? Lots of money being gambled on the thought that no one really needs to bother.