Bites Nearby: The Maple Tavern
A look at the restaurant specialities and highlights of the two-year-old Maple Tavern in Maple Grove.
The Maple Tavern, located near County Road 81 and bordering the neighboring Osseo community, opened its doors nearly two years ago. Owner Jacob Toledo (JT) answers a few questions via email for Patch about the resturant and entertainment venue.
Business name: The Maple Tavern
Address: 9375 Deerwood Lane N Maple Grove, MN 55369
Owners: Jacob Toledo, Brent Frederick, Todd Smith, Dan O’Conner and Brandon Hlavka
Number of employees: 45
Open date in Maple Grove: May 18, 2010
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, open 10 a.m. Sunday.
Maple Grove Patch: What type of food and beverages does your restaurant provide?
JT: We strive to create a menu that is casual but classy, featuring things you won’t see on your average menu. We provide some basics done our own way and some non-traditional dishes so intriguing you just can’t resist.
Patch: What made you want to open a business in Maple Grove?
JT: I am a Maple Grove resident and I wanted to provide a fun place where you could get great food, watch sports, meet neighbors and enjoy a great outdoor patio.
Patch: What are your specialties?
JT: The walleye has been a fan favorite since our very first menu and has stayed with us through five seasonal changes to the menu. Our new favorites are the peanut butter burger and the steak medallions with mushroom risotto that are to die for. We also specialize in a local Minnesota energy drink “Plasma Energy,” created by our owners. It has all the positives of Red Bull and none of the negatives.
Patch: What is your price range for your food and beverages?
JT: Appetizers are from $5 to 10, burgers and sandwiches are from $8 to $12 and entrees range from $12 to $20. Drink prices are $2 for rails, calls, select domestic taps and bottles and $3 house wine during happy hour. Standard pricing range for beer from $3 to $5, drinks $4 to $6 and wine $7 to $12.
Patch: How is The Maple Tavern different from other restaurants?
JT: We aren’t corporate and don’t have to run things up a chain of command when we want to change things. If we have a crazy idea we put it on the menu and let the customers decide whether or not we keep it on the menu. We will always provide something different and new every six months, keeping the menu seasonal at all times.
Patch: Do you provide any entertainment opportunities for patrons?
JT: We run live entertainment three days a week in the winter and five days a week in the summer time.
Patch: What future plans to do you have for your restaurant?
JT: We have been growing our catering and banquet business over the past two years and plan on continual growth with this department.
Patch: Any final comments or additional information for customers?
JT: We at The Maple Tavern strive to come up with new fresh seasonal menu items so you don’t fall into the routine of ordering the same thing each visit.
Main Line 763-425-2700
Banquet Line: 763-267-2937