The Rack Bar & Grill Comes to Burnsville

New restaurant takes up quarters at former Timber Lodge Steakhouse.

When Kevin Martinez was scouting for a home for the Rack Bar & Grill, the veteran restauranteur said the building that housed the former Timber Lodge Steakhouse in Burnsville seemed like an ideal location.

The building, 13050 Aldrich Ave., had a woodsy motif under Timber Lodge, similar to the deer head logo and hunting and fishing theme that Martinez had in mind for Rack Bar & Grill. Another plus: He had previously worked in Burnsville and was familiar with the area, Martinez said.

The Rack debuted three weeks ago, offering a varied menu which includes appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, ribs and seafood platters. "We have a little bit of everything," Martinez said. "We didn't try to reinvent the wheel, but just make it realliy good food." 

Martinez added the Rack has endeavored to keep down prices so that customers can afford to visit the restaurant once or twice a week, rather than only once a month. Most menu items are priced between $5 and $20. 

One exception: a wings special. You can get 50 pieces of wings for $34.99, said Martinez, whose 25 years in the restaurant industry include stints at Hooters, Champps and the St. Paul Landmark Brewing Co.  

Whatever your favorite food, the Rack is planning a grand opening celebration on Halloween, Martinez said. Customers who come wearing a Halloween costume that day will get a 20 percent discount on their meal, he said. 

The restaurant building is nearly 7,500 square feet; the Rack has a staff of 60 to 64 employees. 


smitty October 13, 2012 at 03:30 PM
My wife and I stopped by The Rack last night for dinner. We were frequent visitors to the spot in its earlier incarnation as Timberlodge. After eating at The Rack, I am surprised to read that the owner has previous restaurant experience. My $16 walleye fillet was fried as hard as a plank of wood and the breading had a heavy, indiscernible flavor of whatever else had been cooked in the oil. The lettuce garnish on my wife's sandwich was wilted badly topped with a paper-thin slice of tomato (didn't realize they could be sliced that thin). Her side of "steak fries" were standard thin fries. The drink she ordered off the menu was not available -- the waitress said they have only been open four weeks and are still stocking the bar as customers asked for things (?!). The happy hour nacho bar was equally sketchy, but will leave it at that. One last point, the article above talks about about a hunting and fishing theme. But "The Rack" has the same double meaning here as "Hooters" does, complete with "Rack Girls" with too-short shorts, pushed up boobs and the same type of cheesy photos adorning the wall. That really should be noted in the story above. There were a lot of people at The Rack last night, presumably checking it out as we were, so its sad to see it misfire so badly.
Dkcastle October 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Not a positive first experience. A couple friends and I checked out The Rack last Friday for dinner. We were seated right away but it took almost ten minutes for someone to come take our drink order. Then it took almost ten minutes to actually get our drinks. She then said she’d send our server over. We waited for 10-15 minutes and completely finished our drinks and still no one came by. The people on the row next to us were being served but our row seemed to have been forgotten. Long story short, we never did eat there because we didn’t want to wait any longer. We paid for our drinks and left. Probably won’t be going back there again. Especially after reading the previous comment about the poor food.
jim Michel October 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Went to the RACK Friday night and was carded and the wife did not have ID so we were told that we could not be served. We both are over 70 years old. We were told no ID no service. We left and went over to Hurrican next door. Wew got serve and no ID was asked for and the food was excellant along with the service.
Trent L. October 15, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Have to agree with others. My experience with The Rack was equally as bad. The food was all frozen, not fresh. The burger had no juice to it and was dry. Nothing original to the menu or decor. This was standard bar food, and not even done well. My wife and I will not be back and would tell people to go to Hurricanes instead. At least there the food was good and decor much more interesting.
J February 27, 2013 at 01:22 AM
We had the worst service. The waitress was more interested in flirting with my sweetheart then being a respectable decent human that's supposed to be a waitress and respect the customers. Seriously if we wanted to go to a singles bar we would have. The food was not good. Our food was not good. I will never go back. This place is only good for drinking and getting flirted with by whores apparently.


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