Serving Food Made from Scratch.

2005

Humble beginnings.

The Colossal Cafe building had many previous incarnations—the most recent being, Me and Ma’s. In February of 2005, Bess Giannakakis began work on the current space. Everything was torn out, including ceilings, walls and floors.

Six months (and a great deal of work by many people) later, the Cafe opened it’s doors. The immediate support of the neighborhood and the press helped solidify the Cafe as the Minneapolis institution it is today.

2010

Meet the Tinucci’s!

In August 2010, Carrie, John and Elizabeth Tinucci purchased the Colossal Cafe. They have continued the tradition of providing creative food and quality service to the neighborhood and beyond.

2011

Growing to new heights.

In December 2011, Colossal Cafe opened its second Minnesota restaurant in St. Paul. Occupying the the former Saint Anthony Park Clinic, the Como location provides the neighborhood with the same great food and gathering space as the Minneapolis restaurant, with plenty of space to spare.

2015

Hello, Grand Ave!

Colossal’s third spot opened June 2015 on the corner of Grand and Hamline, the former location of the Twisted Fork. It is the first Colossal Cafe to feature a full espresso bar and nitrogen-infused cold-brewed coffee on tap.

The interior of the restaurant was tweaked to resemble the other St. Paul Colossal. Wood tables and accents were installed from Big Wood Timber —both of which are features present at their Como location.

2017

Out with the Old, In with New!

In May 2017, Colossal Café closed its doors to its flagship location on 42nd in Minneapolis and relocated to E 38th St just a short walk away.

With a roomier atmosphere, better parking, and a full-service espresso bar (like its Grand Ave counterpart), it’s bigger and bolder in all the right ways. Of course, the food is still as colossally delicious as ever.

Introducing The Original on 42nd!

Come and give a warm welcome to Colossal Café’s new sister company, The Original on 42nd!

The Original is an independent sandwich shop, offering high-quality, unique sandwiches that will change with the seasons.

We’re pleased as punch that we’re leaving our cozy, original shop in the best of hands, and can’t wait to see them grow. Please feel free to check them out at theoriginal42nd.com. Then stop in for a tasty sandwich!