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Momento Restaurant + Bar // Restaurant Shoot on an Early Spring Day in Downtown St. Paul

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

The rain was flirting with the idea of turning into ice. It was one of those March days in the Twin Cities where every greeting starts with “How were the roads?” and goodbyes sound more like “Drive safe!”

I parked my car and walked gingerly across the frosted sidewalks, blinking away the rain and praying I wouldn’t slip with all my gear.

Walking into Momento felt like a breath of fresh air. The stunning, larger-than-life murals by Adam Turman turning a dreary spring day into a whirlwind of color (It's honestly worth going just to see these). The pop of turquoise on the walls. The warm mustard yellow of the booths. The unmistakable smell of the wood-fired pizza oven (Did you know they do their baked brie in there too? YUM). The plants. The patterns. The tiles. What fun!

Momento’s menu takes a playful approach to New American fare - bright, bold flavors presented in a fun, approachable way. I had such a blast meeting their staff (who were all so lovely, by the way) and capturing a few of their dishes and signature cocktails. The mix of colors, textures, and deliciousness was spot on. I’m not going to lie, that Rhubarb Collins was a few sips lighter by the time the marketing director and I sent it back to the kitchen. Is there a better pairing than rhubarb and grapefruit? Spring in a cup I tell you. So, if you’re ever in downtown St. Paul and feeling like you need a pop of color in your life, Momento is the place to be.


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