Where the Dining Is Fine

Former Edina resident develops new restaurant.

Warren Beck is no stranger to the Edina business community. His real estate interests and successes in this market go back decades. He still has close ties to the community and a passion for excellence that guides his latest triumph in neighboring Bloomington, a restaurant called Lela.

It’s an upscale take on American cuisine. Simple but enticing, the steak, crudo and pasta motto set the tone.

The sparkling 206-seat dining room has a spacious open kitchen, cozy private dining areas and a charming outdoor patio space. Extra touches like wooden flooring and Italian tile enhance the modern-rustic mood.

Situated alongside the lavishly renovated Bloomington Sheraton, Lela bears little resemblance to the old Hotel Sofitel trio of restaurants that previously occupied the space. The vibe is up-to-date and smart. You’ll be impressed with the gracious and obliging staff, the wine racks showcasing 170 vintages and an atmosphere evocative of a modern art gallery.

Try the truffle gnocchi studded with ocean-fresh lobster or a prime steak big enough to share. Hints of Old World craftsmanship are everywhere, from the meticulously hand-crafted pasta to the cocktails chilled with tennis ball-sized ice to minimize melting.

“We want people to have an experience when they are here,” says Sam Barrack, floor manager. Come for dinner, lunch or brunch to see what a showpiece this new venue really is. You will be spellbound.