T & B went behind the scenes with Danielle Bjorling, owner of The Copper Hen (along with husband Chris Bjorling). From their folksy, industrial interior to their adorable custom aprons to their farm fresh food and handmade delicious cakes, The Copper Hen is a must visit. The atmosphere is cozy with little dangling lights throughout and lots of natural light. Go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, the recommended weekend brunch or just pop in for a cupcake or some tasty local beer. | 2515 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN
How did you first get interested in cake decorating? When I was 14, I took cake decorating classes at JoAnn Fabrics and loved it! And just continued on my own, and got more experience working in bakeries as I got older as well as doing weddings and events on the side.
How did the name The Copper Hen come about? I knew I wanted “hen” to be in the name because of hens producing the eggs for baking and being “farmy”. Not only do we love copper but it adds a little more masculinity to our place and it’s charming.
Which item on the menu is your personal favorite for lunch or dinner? Dessert? Personal favorite dessert is the red velvet cupcakes, personal favorite foods are: our changing weekend brunches (always DELICIOUSLY the BEST!) and the Bourbon Pate.
Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired the feel of the space? I wanted our space to embody a rustic charm, while also having some clean white space with an open feel.
How did you transform the idea of wanting to open a restaurant to making it become a reality? Lots of very hard work, research, and a huge leap of faith. It took us one year from the original start of the idea to our opening.
Stay tuned for The Copper Hen’s official grand opening in the next few weeks!
Photographs by Sara Chars for Taupe & Birch.