FireLake Grill – Radisson Blu Mall of America

The $137.5 million 500-room hotel is home to the new FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, connected via a walkway to the Mall of America. The new restaurant focuses on local and sustainable food sources showcasing a mix of classic American heartland flavors, using fresh and locally produced ingredients.

The display cooking line and back-of-house kitchen support the 180-seat 5,700-sq-ft restaurant and 130-seat, 3,800-sq-ft bar, room service, and over 26,000 square feet of meeting space. A long, linear space for the 5,040-sq-ft back-of-house kitchen made it challenging to provide large enough work areas along with efficient circulation. Our design created a central circulation spine to accommodate traffic from storage to production, with the finished product going in opposite directions to the restaurant, banquet areas, and employee dining.

We were able to make enough room for the hot prep cooking line facing the banquet prep line across a wide shared worktable for maximum efficiency and communication. We were also able to include a similar arrangement for the Bakery and Garde Manger. The dishroom is located closest to the restaurant and has central circulation for access from the banquet areas.

Unique features of this operation include a banqueting system using roll-in Combi ovens and blast chiller as well as mobile plate racks. Room service customers are given the same priority as dining room guests since orders are taken at the host stand or front desk and delivered by dining room servers, eliminating the need for a separate room service staff. Sustainability features include a water-conserving dishmachine and high-efficiency exhaust hoods.


Location: Bloomington, MN
Opening Date: March 2013
Equipment Cost: $1,300,000
Restaurant: 5,700 SF; 180 seats
Bar: 3,800 SF; 130 seats
Meeting Spaces: 26,000 SF
Banquet Kitchen: 5,300 SF
Back-of-the-House Kitchen: 5,040 SF


Exhibition Kitchen
Back-of-the-House Kitchen
New Restaurant and Bar

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