coup d’état

Unfortunately, on the Minnesota Bucket List sometimes instead of introducing you to a new place I end up telling you that one is bidding farewell. Soon to be replaced by a new Pourhouse, Uptown’s Coup d’ e’tat is a stunning, upscale restaurant that includes both upper and lower levels, spanning over an incredible 9000 square feet. Hands-down one of the largest restaurants I’ve ever been in.  With a stellar location, close to Stella’s Fish Cafe, Calhoun Square and the Lagoon Cinema,  Coup d’ E’tat has become a fixture on Restaurant Week, attracting trendy clientele with its excellent presentation and outdoor patio seating on both floors that overlooks Lagoon Avenue.

The phrase “coup d’etat” typically refers to a violent government overthrow,  rebellion, revolution, uprising. Fitting for a place that is reminiscent of a pre-colonial hideout. With its dark lit, stunning ambiance, elegant furnishings and sparkling chandeliers, the restaurant is best known for their one of a kind and unique cocktails, for which it made Food & Wine magazine’s list of Best Cocktail Bars in the United States.  Serving everything from creative pasta dishes, bacon popcorn, Arctic Char, cheese curds, succotash, tempura battered frog legs to bone marrow with gremolata, Coup d’ e’tat has something for everyone.

Opening just a short time ago in 2014, it is set to close Oct 1st ,2017. That’s right, tomorrow. If it is anything like the Pourhouse Downtown, you can expect a nightclub atmosphere with concerts and dance parties. If you would like to catch a glimpse of Coup d’etat and experience it for yourself, get it fast before this icon is closed!

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