We are thrilled to share with you more information on the renovation of the Strand Waterfront Dining Room! “Strand” means shore in Swedish. This highlights one of the dining room’s best assets – the incredible view of Lake Superior and the Poplar River. The Strand went through a complete renovation including new walls, flooring, tables, chairs, lighting and more, all while maintaining the historic integrity of the Lutsen Resort dining room. The driving force behind the renovation was to provide our visitors with the greatest fine dining experience in the region.
You might be thinking, “Hey. That renovation took place last December. What’s been the hold up?” You’re right. The Strand has been open for business since December 14th. We were waiting to post about it until we had the final piece to the puzzle AKA the icing on the cake – our 1200-bottle, enclosed, temperature-controlled wine cellar. Tah-dah!
The new wine cellar is made of glass walls with a birch bark backdrop. The birch bark is a tribute to the historic “birch room” that once graced the presence of Lutsen Resort. The cellar can hold between 1100-1200 bottles of wine in a variety of formats.
Naturally, with the addition of the cellar and the dispensing station, the wine menu also received an update. The Strand Waterfront Dining Room now carries nearly 200 different bottles of wine. We’ve greatly increased our international wine selection, now featuring bottles from Australia and South Africa. We’ve also added more variety from France and Italy. We have 20 wines from the Wine Spectator Top 100 list, including the #1 wine, Sassicaia 2015 from Tenuta San Guido estate.
In addition to the wine cellar and dispensing station, we have made changes to enhance the overall dining experience. We swapped out the formerly yellow hued lighting in favor of Scandinavian designed white drum shades with lighting that maximizes the “wow” factor of our dishes. We added custom built wingback chairs as well as new tables crafted from reclaimed wood sourced from a dismantled cigar factory dating back to the 1800’s. We’ve creatively re-imagined the menu in an innovative way (hint: fondue!). Smaller details were improved including new centerpieces, napkin rings and upgrading all of our wine glasses to Reidel brand glassware. Overall, we enhanced the way we serve and present our dishes. To truly get a feel for the impact of these changes, you’ll have to experience it for yourself. May we suggest the Spring Food and Wine weekend?