Talk about a challenge. Longtime chef and restaurateur Oliver Reine recently opened a new restaurant, with more than a few obstacles on its path to success.

First of all, it doesn’t advertise. Secondly, there’s not a single sign out front telling people where it is. (Which could be because there’s no real name for the place.) Finally, and perhaps the biggest obstacle of all: Many area residents think they aren’t allowed through the front door.

It’s the restaurant at the Knights of Columbus Hall, which is in fact open to the public, for swimming, eating, meeting and more, though it hasn’t always been that way.

Reine, who also serves as operating manager for the hall, manages to do a decent business despite the hurdles, thanks to his loyal patrons who remember him from Oliver’s, his former eatery at Buckner and Northcliff.

The restaurant is open every weeknight, serving a changing menu of seafood, chicken and pasta dishes, along with sandwiches and favorites such as meatloaf and pot roast. Prices are good, with only one regular menu item costing more than $10.

The restaurant is also open Sundays for a buffet lunch ($8, with a variety of meats and veggies and one or two breakfast items) and a Tuesday ladies luncheon, which has been especially popular.

If you go, Reine says to walk through the main hall toward the elevators and enter through the doorway on the left, as if you had every right to be there. Because you do.


Knights of Columbus Hall

10110 Shoreview


Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30-8 p.m.

Ladies’ Luncheon: Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Buffet: Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.