Lunds & Byerlys
In a market known for its upscale food offerings, Lunds &
Byerlys has carved out a niche for itself as not only one
of the top foodservice purveyors in the Twin Cities, but in
the entire country. The Edina, Minn.-based chain operates
26 stores in the greater Twin Cities as well as St. Cloud,
Minn. Known for its carpeted floors and meticulous
appearance, it is the prepared foods offerings that really
draw shoppers in.
The chain’s store on France Avenue in Edina, for
example, features store-baked scratch breads, and the
Byerly’s Creations Café, a massive aisle lined with stations
featuring: rotisserie meats and vegetables; artisan
sandwiches; made-to-order pizza and pasta dishes; fried
chicken and macaroni and cheese; salad bar; signature
house-made desserts; and outposts of local restaurants
Big Bowl Chinese Express, Hissho Sushi and Tucci Pronto,
as well as an outpost of Caribou Coffee.
“It is a good idea to team up with someone else and
let them run some of the operations for foodservice,”
says Johnson. “Lunds & Byerlys is doing a great job. They
offer a great selection, are middle of the road on price,
and really doing an excellent job.”
After ordering a meal downstairs, many shoppers opt
to climb the flight of stairs or take the elevator to The
Mezz – the store’s second-floor seating area. The Mezz
not only offers seating, but also a full-service bar, along
with a fireplace and an outdoor deck overlooking busy
France Avenue that has become a meeting place for the
residents living in the mixed-use apartment complex
surrounding the store.
Consumers living outside of the Twin Cities can also
enjoy a taste of Lunds & Byerlys, as the chain’s famed
homemade soups, are available frozen nationwide.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LUND FOOD HOLDINGS, INC.
In Hollywood’s Golden Age, Chasen’s was the place to be seen for
anyone who is anyone in Hollywood, with Elizabeth Taylor, Frank
Sinatra and Ronald Reagan listed among its regulars. The famed
West Hollywood eatery closed in 1995, but in 2000 Bristol Farms
opened a branch at the site, preserving the building exterior as
well as several of its banquet booths, now serving as seating for
its café operation. They are well utilized as the 11-unit Carson,
Calif.-based chain has been awarded several accolades by local
publications, including Best Small Market, Best Deli, Best Sushi,
Best Meat and Best Cooking School.
Bristol Farms’ sushi experts offer 30 types of freshly prepared
sushi, made around the clock, using the highest quality ingredients,
including Japanese Hamachi yellowtail and the store’s own famed
buttery salmon sashimi, made in-house from large fillets containing
high amounts of fish oils that are cured in salt and vinegar and
then frozen for a minimum of 24 hours. In addition, the Bristol
Farms Sushi Kitchen offers a variety of fully-cooked teriyaki bowls
featuring grilled beef, chicken breast and salmon atop a bed of
hot, steamed rice drizzled with homemade sweet teriyaki glaze.
“At Bristol Farms, their prepared foods and ready-to-eat foods
are nice,” says Grocerant Guru Johnson. “Their service and quality
Founded in Rolling Acres, Calif. In 1982, today Bristol Farms
operates 11 stores (its lone Northern California store in downtown
San Francisco closed in January), with a 12th location opening on
Mulholland Drive this fall.