The redesign also brought the opportunity to develop a second concept in what used to be an awkward basement-level dining area. By eliminating an open stairway between the spaces, the designers were able to give Monello a cozier upscale feel, while offering a different, more casual “speakeasy” vibe, at Constantine, below. With more of a crafted cocktail focus, lower-level Constantine is all about customer experience, with fun and whimsical design elements and an adjacent “whiskey room” available for small private events.

Since its opening in June 2015, both the food and design have received rave reviews, including a nomination for the 2015 Awards in the category, “Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Most Stunning Restaurant.”