UPDATED ENTRYWAY - The main entrance to France 44 will be extended out and partially enclosed. It will also include a covered walkway and a bigger bike rack. As you walk into the main building, you will be greeted by a stunning new display of our cheese wheels and updated entrances to our existing stores as well as to the new event space. An HD TV will display all upcoming events, classes, and tastings happening at France 44, as well as store news and holiday information.
RENOVATED PARKING LOT - Even though the new addition will be extending into our parking lot, most parking spaces will be retained. The lot will be extended on the 44th Street side out to the sidewalk to create additional parking spaces. Enter and exit arrows will be added to street access areas as well.
EXPANDED WAREHOUSE - New building projects mean more storage space to meet business demands! The entire first floor of our new addition will be dedicated to receiving docks, warehouse, and refrigeration space for both our liquor store and foods business.
NEW CLASSROOM & EVENT SPACE - Welcome to the heart of our new addition: an 1100 square foot space to hold classes, tastings, events, meetings, and more! With seating for up to 30 people, we are looking forward to offering a wide array of public classes, event offerings for private and corporate groups and rental packages for community and nonprofit organizations. Sliding wall panels will open the space up to the lounge to accommodate larger groups.
Complete with state-of-the-art technology and a multitude of setup options, this space will be well-equipped to serve the function and size of any event. Corporate groups can look forward to workspace amenities like HD televisions for high-quality streaming and presenting, high-speed wireless internet, floor outlets for phone and laptop charging, complimentary coffee and tea service, and catering and beverage packages to create an attractive and unique out-of-office experience.
DEMO KITCHEN - A beautiful, fully equipped demo kitchen will help launch us into never-before-offered classes and events. You can look forward to France 44 favorites like mozzarella pulling and butchering classes, but you will also be able to take part in new offerings like pizza making, cooking skills, pasta making, cheese board building, and more. Our countertop seating makes private cooking, beverage, and pairing classes excellent options for small groups.
HERB GARDEN - Our foods business has always been rooted in using the best and freshest local ingredients, and our new space will be no exception. Finish off your hand-made cocktails, cheese boards, and prepared dishes with fresh herbs from our herb garden that will extend out from the demo kitchen.
LOUNGE - This cozy, upscale space will feature a fireplace, bar service to fit the needs of any event or gathering, and comfortable modular seating for up to 15 people. Beautiful glass doors will fully open to the rooftop patio and sliding wall panels will divide the lounge from the main classroom area to create an intimate, comfortable experience for smaller groups.
ROOFTOP PATIO - One of our favorite features of this project is a gorgeous, sunlit patio extending out from the lounge with views looking out to the tree-topped Linden Hills neighborhood. This 1120 square foot outdoor space will be equipped with comfortable and durable patio seating, fire features, and a fully functional grill for grilling classes, pop-up events, and private parties.