West Side restaurant completes expansion


Courtesy The Søvengård

A restaurant on the city’s West Side that serves Nordic-inspired food has expanded into a second level.

The Søvengård, at 443 Bridge St. NW, opened its completed upstairs expansion last week, a few days after its second anniversary.

The Business Journal reported in December on the planned expansion into the ground-level space vacated by The Conscious Collective, above The Søvengård’s basement-level space.

Now, the restaurant seats guests on both levels and out on its lower-level patio and beer garden in the warmer months.

The new ground-level space seats 46 patrons and features a small bar with a “cocktail feel,” a variety of seating areas and a unisex bathroom.

The expansion was originally slated to open in early 2018, but owner Rick Muschiana said the restaurant re-worked its initial plans to include a “fully realized design” that complements the lower-level aesthetic.

The menu will be the same on both levels.

“We just added a lunch service Tuesday through Saturday as well, but will be serving the same locally sourced and seasonal food our guests love,” Muschiana said. “We really want people to feel comfortable digging into the full menu experience there.”

He said the extra space allows The Søvengård to better accommodate “the increasing requests for private dining and events space.”

Muschiana hired six new employees due to the expansion. All staff members will serve both spaces on a rotating basis.

The Søvengård is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

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