Birdhouse Eat and Drink Restaurant Opens in Robbinsdale
Residents in Robbinsdale have a new place to wine and dine. Birdhouse Eat and Drink opened in downtown Robbinsdale on Monday. Owners Nell and Josh Currey Dykhuis say opening the restaurant during a pandemic was a “roller coaster experience” with delays and setbacks.
“It’s always been a dream of mine since I was 19 years old,” said co-owner Josh Currey Dykhuis. “The Birdhouse is a concept that was born out of our awareness of a need for something like this in this area.”
Back in the 1890s, the building used to be a grocery store. Owners Nell and Josh Currey Dykhuis kept some of the historic charm with slatted wood-beam ceilings and original maple floors as part of the decor.
“There really is no better spot than this strip right here, and we feel so fortunate that this building became ours,” said Nell.
The couple lives in the Victory Neighborhood and wanted a place were folks in the area could come and get classic American food.
“It’s supposed to be a very comfortable, familiar place where we have Americana, with innovation to keep things interesting,” explained Josh.
The owners are excited for people to try out the new menu. But there was a time when they weren’t sure if the global pandemic was going to prevent the opening.
“It’s been rough. There’s been many ups and downs, it’s been quite a roller coaster,” said Josh. “We just had to adapt, some of which meant lengthening the timeline and adjusting the budget so that we ended up doing some of the work ourselves.”
Birdhouse Eat and Drink owners hope to contribute to the local economy and culture in Robbinsdale.