Photo by Sid Hastings

Death in the Afternoon

This restaurant has closed

Death in the Afternoon closed in November 2016. Adam Frager and TJ Vytlacil are selling their other restaurant, the members-only Blood & Sand, but plan to retain ownership of Death in the Afternoon. That’s excellent news for the downtown-lunch crowd, not to mention those of us who love a good pastrami sandwich. Since opening two years ago, Death in the Afternoon has found a successful formula for the glass-box restaurant in the Citygarden sculpture park: a focus on lunch and weekend brunch with higher-end (or at least not cheap) contemporary fare with global influences. You can nosh on falafel, slurp chicken or turnip-miso ramen, or reckon with a version of the Minneapolis classic, the Jucy Lucy, a burger stuffed with cheese. I’m a pastrami guy. It’s cut thicker than usual here, stacked high between halves of a pretzel bun and dressed with mustard, mayonnaise and sauerkraut.

Opened: 2014

Must order: Hot pastrami sandwich ($13)