It’s opening day for Minnie’s, a new spot at 29 Clinton St. operated by the daughter of local hotelier Paul Stallings. The space was formerly Tapeo 29, the Spanish tapas restaurant that closed last December after 12 years at the corner of Clinton and Stanton streets.
WWD profiles the restaurant today, noting that this venture is 24-year-old Millie Stallings’ “first foray into the food world.” Her dad runs is owner of Hotel on Rivington and he owns the Clinton Street building in which the restaurant is located. Minnie Stallings built the place herself with a lot of help from her mother.
She grew up in the food/hospitality, since her father ran a variety of restaurants. Stallings told WWD, “It was always sort of my dad’s thing over there, and my mom and I would always say, ‘one day, we’ll have a girls restaurant, and it will be perfect.’”
As for the menu? Says Stallings: “We have things like birthday cake on the menu, which is this pink, sugary cake — guys hate it, girls are obsessed. [We have a salmon because] I have salmon everyday. We have this strawberry-rhubarb crumble, which we make at home.”
Eater reports that the chef is John Keller (you may remember from from “Dinner on Ludlow”). He’ll be “adding flavors from the Middle East (harissa yogurt) and the Mediterranean (tzatziki) to a mainly American menu.” You can see the full menu here.
Another restaurant will be opening in this same building in the next few weeks. Lil’ Gem is a Lebanese spot from Melissa O’Donnell, who previously operated Thelma on Clinton and Salt Bar from 29 Clinton St.