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E. Hennepin bistro Bardo is changing up the menu, the dining room — and even the name — to adapt to COVID-19. The new ventures are a “back-to-the-drawing-board approach” for chef and co-owner Remy Pettus.

When the restaurant reopened this month, it came back as BardoG, with a takeout-friendly hot dog and sausage-focused menu inspired by Hot Doug’s in Chicago. Some of Bardo’s regular menu items are also available as “Bardo Hits.”

BardoG is open daily, 3 to 9 p.m., with live music Thu.-Sat. evenings.

Music is central to the new concept. A stage has been erected in the dining room, and musician Wain McFarlane has taken over as music director and partner to program it.

Bardo/BardoG/Bardo Studios is at 222 E. Hennepin Av.
Bardo/BardoG/Bardo Studios is at 222 E. Hennepin Av.


Later this summer, when Bardo Food and Music is launched, guests can purchase tickets for a higher-end tasting menu, inspired by Pettus’s experience working at Moto in Chicago, with live musical performances as the accompaniment.

Some of those shows will be recorded live; the dining room now doubles as Bardo Studios. The space is also available for recording musicians to rent.

Bardo/BardoG/Bardo Studios is at 222 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-886-8404,