About us

About us


A Bright Beginning

Smith & Porter Restaurant + Bar is located at 428 South 2nd Street in the new Abiitan Mill City building. As a part of Downtown Minneapolis’ most historic district — Mill City — our restaurant is just steps from countless attractions. Pair a memorable dining experience with a visit to the Stone Arch Bridge, Gold Medal Park, Saint Anthony Falls, and other local attractions such as:

You have many choices when it comes to local restaurants in Minneapolis, but at Smith & Porter, our goal is to make every meal special. It all starts with our experienced staff that goes the extra mile to ensure every guest is comfortable and leaves feeling satisfied. Our menu exclusively features ingredients that are locally sourced. Not all Restaurants in Minneapolis take our made-from-scratch approach, but it’s important to us, because quality matters. You will taste the difference from your first bite to your second helping. Experience a gourmet restaurant in Minneapolis built by people who know how to turn a meal into a memory.

Kai Phanthavong,

Executive Chef

Kai Phanthavong started his culinary career as a server in his family run restaurant, Pad Thai, on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul and graduated from Le Cordon Blu in 2004. While interning at Zander Café, he quickly became Chef de Cuisine. Phanthavong has since built a robust culinary background, with leadership experience at establishments such as Duplex, Kungnam Resort in Thailand, Masu Sushi & Robata, Tiny Diner, and most recently Libertine.


John Gleason,

Food & Beverage Director

John Gleason brings an extensive and diverse background in hospitality, leadership and management. Most recently, he brought Giordano’s Pizza to the Twin Cities, opening three locations in Chicago and Uptown Minneapolis as the General Manager. The impact of food and drink on people’s lives, both normal day occurrences as well as significant life events, resonates with Gleason’s mission to provide excellent experiences to every guest, every day.