Main Street Farmer to offer modern restaurant concept in St. Michael

Restaurateur Jon Campion is bringing a new concept in dining right to his home city of St. Michael.

Campion is the owner of Main Street Farmer, which is under construction at the old Thrifty White Drug building on Main Street just south of Hwy. 241. He hopes to open the restaurant in early October.

Restaurateur Jon Campion is bringing a new concept in dining right to his home city of St. Michael. Here he reviews the restaurant design plans. Campion hopes to open Main Street Farmer in early October. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)
Restaurateur Jon Campion is bringing a new concept in dining right to his home city of St. Michael. Here he reviews the restaurant design plans. Campion hopes to open Main Street Farmer in early October. (Sun staff photo by Aaron Brom)

“We want to make a name for St. Michael and the region here,” Campion said. “I’ve heard from people who are heading up north, ‘Where can we stop to eat?’ There’s no reason we can’t have a very quality restaurant here in St. Michael.”

Campion’s plans include “an old-fashioned speak easy bar, an old barmanship approach,” along with a revolving menu that features local ingredients right from the farm.

“With our condensed menu and scratch approach, we’ll be able to do more and be more flexible,” he said.
While the restaurant will offer popular favorites like a burger night (featuring various versions), he said the menu would also include seasonal concepts, like venison during deer season. All ingredients will be fresh and “nothing will be frozen,” Campion said.

“It’s a farming community, modern approach to how we present our menu,” he said. “It’s all built on the modern farmer.”

Campion purchased the entire building and has future plans for a private space on the west side of the building for events such as weddings and business functions.

There will also be a chef’s table area where customers can see the kitchen line and interact with head chef Aaron Hagerdorn.

Read more about Campion and the Main Street Farmer soon in Crow River News.

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