There are always big shoes to fill when a legend leaves town, unless of course you're talking about Shoeless Joe Jackson. Attempting to fill the void left by Wolfgang Puck's departure: D'Amico and Sons' Gather.
Just opened in the completely redesigned Walker Art Center digs that formerly housed Puck's 20.21, Gather's helmed by a longtime D'Amico vet and serves American (with international flair!) lunch-ables in an artfully angular, modernly sparse space whose large windows provide sweeping views of the city skyline, Sculpture Garden, and Loring Park, not to be confused with Luring Park, aka "any park in Powderhorn". The all-sub-$15 menu features elevated takes on comfort food like a fried egg and Edwards ham sandwich on a baguette, buttermilk-marinated chicken, and BBQ beef short rib banh mi, with everything largely sourced from within 300mi of the Twin Cities, which actually seems unnecessary considering there's like 40 Targets right here. Should your midday thirst need to be quenched by more than just their ginger and lavender lemonades, they've got seven wines by the glass and nine by the bottle (highlighted by an '01 Cantina del Pino Barbaresco), plus a small but well-curated selection of local beers including Summit's EPA, Rush River's Unforgiven Amber, and Liftbridge's Farm Girl Saison, or what irate shotgun-wielding fathers call "open saison".
Not completely bereft of nighttime nosh, they'll serve dinner on Thursdays, with the first of each month hosting guest chefs like James Beard Award winner Alex Roberts, who'll offer free tastings and custom small plates, though rivaling the quality of his stuff at Brasa and Restaurant Alma will be no mean feet.