Twin Cities restaurateur Kim Bartmann (B.A. ‘87) is known for her commitment to quality food offered up in unique neighborhood settings. This past summer Bartmann added two more venues to her growing empire, bringing the total to eight. Tiny Diner, which seats 56, doubles as a permaculture demonstration site where visitors can learn how to grow food using earth-friendly practices. The Third Bird, her first downtown location, features animal-themed murals on the walls and farm-fresh foods with a contemporary twist.
Bartmann’s foray into the restaurant business began in 1991 with Café Wyrd (now Barbette) in Uptown Minneapolis. “I turned an old comic book store into a coffee shop and I’d make soup on an electric hotplate while talking to my friends at the bar. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I was able to expand in less than a year,” she says. Twenty-three years later, her other restaurants include Bryant Lake Bowl, Bread and Pickle, Pat’s Tap, Red Stag, and Gigi’s.