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Hemisphere Restaurants Set To Open Tavern At Viking Lakes This Summer In Eagan

By Communications, 02/21/24, 4:00PM CST


11th Tavern Grill location and 7th in the Twin Cities to be near the Minnesota Vikings training facility and team headquarters, TCO Performance Center

Eagan, Minn. - Hemisphere Restaurants announced today its plans to open an 11th location of The Tavern Grill, this time on the Viking Lakes campus in Eagan, Minn. The restaurant – Tavern at Viking Lakes – will be adjacent to the Viking Lakes Residences and across the street from the Minnesota Vikings training facility and team headquarters, TCO Performance Center. The restaurant will be available to serve an anticipated 350,000 attendees for campus events each year. 

“As a local restaurant we are thrilled to partner with MV Ventures on this new property within field goal distance of the Minnesota Vikings facility,” said Tim Cary, CEO of Hemisphere Restaurants/The Tavern Grill. “We have fun ideas planned for Tavern at Viking Lakes and look forward to connecting with Vikings fans during future training camps and attendees of all Viking Lakes events throughout the year.”

Fans of The Tavern Grill love their scratch-made menu, uncompromising guest service and endless build-your-own burger, pizza and salad options. The Eagan location will fit their full-service restaurant concept as an upscale, polished casual atmosphere with a full bar, patio and plentiful booth seating. Hemisphere Restaurant plans to begin building out the space this spring with an anticipated opening in late summer of 2024.

“With our rapidly expanding tenant and resident base at Viking Lakes, it is critical to continue adding quality food and beverage options that drive traffic to campus, and importantly those that complement one another from a price and menu variety standpoint,”, said David Stofer, executive director of development for MV Ventures. “Bringing an established local restauranteur in Hemisphere Restaurants and the popular Tavern brand to Viking Lakes was exactly what we envisioned. Ultimately, our goal is to activate campus 365 days a year and we expect great synergies with our growing event business and year-over-year attendance at community events like Vikings Training Camp, Winter SKOLstice, Minnesota Ice Maze, among many others.”

The Viking Lakes location will be the 11th Tavern Grill, including seven in the Twin Cities, two in North Dakota and one in both South Dakota and Iowa. While the Tavern Grill continues to plan for growth, the company is committed to remaining true to their local roots in Minnesota.

Please see attached map for the exact restaurant location (denoted as #2 on the map). For more information, please contact Hemisphere Restaurants Marketing Director Cara Wallskog at 763-807-4520 or and Viking Lakes General Manager Kyle Chank at 760-702-4191 or

About Hemisphere Restaurants/The Tavern Grill

The Tavern Grill is Minnesotan-owned and operated by Hemisphere Restaurants.

Tavern on France in Edina was the first The Tavern Grill concept to open in 2009. It was followed by additional Minnesota locations in Blaine, Woodbury, Arden Hills, Apple Valley, and Minnetonka, as well as locations in Fargo and Bismarck, ND, West Des Moines, IA, and Sioux Falls, SD.

Hemisphere Restaurants also known for their umbrella concepts: Tazā Fresh Mediterranean, Sphere Restaurant & Bar, BAIA (Coming Soon), Venue 983 (Coming March 2024) as well as full-service events & catering.

About Viking Lakes

Viking Lakes is a 200+ acre, mixed-use master planned development owned and operated by the Wilf Family (dba MV Ventures). Anchored by the Minnesota Vikings team headquarters and training facility, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, Viking Lakes is approved for up to 3 million square feet of commercial and medical office space, multi-family housing rentals, lodging, retail/restaurants and entertainment outlets. Between the initial groundbreaking in August 2016 and January 2024, twelve (12) developments have been completed and placed in operation, totaling 300,000+ sf of commercial and medical office space, a 320-room upper upscale Omni Viking Lakes Hotel has opened and over 450 market rate apartment units have been built. Existing strategic tenancy at Viking Lakes includes Twin Cities Orthopedics, Training HAUS, Infinite Health Collaborative, U.S. Tennis Association Northern, Arete Sport, Salvo Soccer, Omni Hotels & Resorts and the Minnesota Vikings Museum and Locker Room Team Store.

About MV Ventures

MV Ventures is a full-service real estate development, construction, property management and events business wholly owned by the Wilf Family and serving its real estate and entertainment ventures in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.