W.A. Frost & Company, the St. Paul restaurant known for fine dining, has done some rethinking during the pandemic. When it reopens April 22 for indoor and patio dining, it will leave its former identity in 2020 and emerge with a different feel. The restaurant has hired a new executive chef, refreshed its menu, and even switched up the interior décor.
Chef Peter Drinan was chosen to lead the kitchen. The Brooklyn native has recently resettled in St. Paul—in a neighborhood walking distance from W.A. Frost—to be closer to family. The new menu Drinan has created promises to be “chock full of new dishes yet inclusive of some traditional favorites as well,” he says, with focuses on fresh produce and vibrant, colorful presentation.
“Even amid a pandemic, there’s so much to love about the Twin Cities—and in particular, the food scene here,” Drinan says in a press release.
The chef will no doubt also pull inspiration from Latin America, as he lived and trained in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a decade. He graduated with a masters in Culinary Arts from the International School of Culinary Arts Mausi Sebess in Buenos Aires. Drinan went on to lead Americano, which Eater named the city’s “Hottest new restaurant of 2017.” In an interesting twist, the chef’s background also includes working at a Silicon Valley tech incubator and co-founding Chime, a mobile banking app.
At the revamped W.A. Frost, diners can expect certain pandemic precautions to be in place. “We created more open space for safe and comfortable social distance dining,” says the restaurant’s co-owner, Stephanie Laitala-Rupp, in the press release.
Customers can begin reserving spots by calling 651-224-5715 starting at the beginning of April. More information about restaurant hours and more can be found at wafrost.com.