About Erté & the Peacock Lounge

Patte and Mark Kraske opened the doors in 2003 and created and grew this hidden gem to what it is today. After many years of operation, in November 2018 the Kraske’s retired and passed the keys to another family, Adam & Kelly Milledge. With many years in the industry, Adam & Kelly will use their knowledge a passion to continue the legacy that is Erté and the Peacock lounge. 

We are located in the heart of The Historic Arts District of NE Minneapolis. Whether you visit the local art studios, galleries, and shops, or enjoy an event at the newly restored Ritz Theater on 13th Avenue NE, stop in and treat yourself to any number of our delicious menu items and cocktails. The Euro/American theatrical ambiance of both the Lounge and Erte’ compliment the French-American cuisine. The menu is focused on scratch-made, locally sourced, creative cuisine with a nod to the classics. There are extensive wine, beer, and strong vintage cocktails to compliment your entrees and appetizers as well. 

Nightlife in NE Minneapolis is the key to good times and no other Minneapolis bar offers the European feel and artistic environment that the Erte’ and the Peacock Lounge does. Relax with live music from 7-10pm Friday and Saturday nights in Erte’ and hang out at the massive zinc and mahogany bar in the Peacock Lounge for vintage cocktails.

Whatever the occasion, Erte is that special hidden gem in Northeast Minneapolis where people truly feel they’ve been transported to another world and it’s only a few blocks from downtown! “Great dining, great service, and great music, its got it all!”


History behind the name "Erté"

Pronounced (air-tay)

Located in the art district of Minneapolis, it only makes sense for our French American restaurant to be named after a French artist! Learn more about the artist, Erté.

Erte was born Romain de Tirtoff in St. Petersburg, Russia. The only son of an admiral in the Imperial Fleet, he was raised amidst Russia’s social elite. As a young boy, he was fascinated by the Persian miniatures he found in his father’s library. These exotic, brightly patterned designs continued to be important to him and influenced the development of his style. He moved to Paris at the age of eighteen and took the name Erte, from the French pronunciation of his initials, R and T.

In 1915 he began his long relationship with Harper’s Bazaar, during which time he created over 240 covers for the magazine. His fashion designs also appeared in many other publications, making him one of the most widely recognized artists of the 1920s. He also designed costumes and sets for the theater. In 1976 the French government awarded Erte the title of Officer of Arts and Letters, and in 1982 the Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris was bestowed upon him. His work is in many prominent museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

The designs created by Erté during his long and illustrious life influenced not only the world of theatre, film and fashion, but an entire art movement as well. The genius of the artist is evidenced by an enormous body of work that is considered among the most influential and unique of the 20th century. Erté—Romain de Tirtoff—was born in Russia in 1892, and died at age 97 in 1990. His legendary career spanned nearly the entire length of his life. In 1912, Erté moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city’s most established couturiers. In 1915, he began an association with Harper’s Bazaar by designing covers of each of their magazines for the next 22 years. The influence of his work as a result of the high visibility of this periodical influenced an entire art movement that was to become known as “Art Deco”. Throughout this period, the artist also created original costume and fashion designs for many of the era’s most renowned screen actresses, including Joan Crawford, Lillian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer and others. His creations for the stage included extravagent designs for productions at such venues as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera, as well as for the Folies-Bergères and George White’s Scandals.

At the age of 75, Erté was encouraged to embark on a new career and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth in bronze and serigraphy. The Art Deco movement was hence reborn. A lifetime of international success and recognition has ensured this unique artist’s place in the annals of art history, and his original designs grace the permanent collections of prestigious museums throughout the world including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Erté is perhaps best remembered for the gloriously extravagant costumes and stage sets that he designed for the Folies-Bergère in Paris and George White’s Scandals in New York, which exploit to the full his taste for the exotic and romantic, and his appreciation of the sinuous and lyrical human figure.

As well as the music-hall, Erté also designed for the opera and the traditional theatre, and spent a brief and not wholly satisfactory period in Hollywood in 1925, at the invitation of Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer.

After a period of relative obscurity in the 1940s and 1950s, Erté’s characteristic style found a new and enthusiastic market in the 1960s, and the artist responded to renewed demand by creating a series of colorful lithographic prints and sculpture. This luxuriously illustrated museum contains a rich and representative selection of images, drawn from throughout Erté’s long and extraordinary productive career.

To learn more & view images of his work visit https://www.rogallery.com .

Photo & Biography, Source: https://www.rogallery.com


About the Chef 

Chef Adam Milledge

At the age of 14, Adam was working as a busboy and dishwasher at Benonis Steakhouse in Pleasantville, Iowa.  He eagerly studied the Chef and line cooks during his shifts, and asked to join them on the line, but they declined due to his age.  Thus, a challenge and a passion for learning culinary arts was started.  Upon graduating high school, Adam enrolled in the Iowa Culinary Institute and graduated with his Associates Degrees in both Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management.  

While attending school, Adam honed his craft on the line at the Holiday Inn Hotel in both restaurant and catering.  Later joining the team at the Iowa Events Center as a line cook, but was quickly promoted to Sous Chef, and in 2012 became the Executive Chef of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  This was a scratch made kitchen, producing high volume events with custom menus.  Adam enjoyed creating unique menus for the various events; galas, political rallies, weddings, and corporate meetings.  In 2013 Adam moved on to a new challenge as the Executive Chef of the Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens, listed as a top 10 zoo in the country at the time.  In 2014, he and his wife Kelly, relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota to be closer to family.  At this time, Adam jumped in to the restaurant world full force.  Adam became the Chef de Cuisine, and then Executive Chef at Faces Mears Park in St. Paul, MN under the ownership of David Fhima. Adam ran both front and back of house for the restaurant, artisan bakery, and late night lounge, as well as created custom menus for various catering events, chef tables, and cooking classes.   In July of 2017, David and Adam partnered, relocated the restaurant to Minneapolis and were ready to reopen as Fhima’s Minneapolis, when David partnered with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Over the last year, Adam worked closely with each teams trainers and developed a state of the art nutrition program for each player, even creating a meals to go program for them during the off season.  His bond with the coaches and team is strong, and he greatly enjoyed developing healthy yet flavorful meals for these athletes.  On game days, Adam assisted with Chef Tables on the Premium Level in the various suites, theater boxes and clubs.  They also launched Fhima’s as a concession stand concept on the main concourse for all Target Center events.  Adam enjoyed creating scratch made items for the fans to enjoy.

Chef Adam has a passion for creating simple but powerful tasting dishes with bold flavors that talk to you with every bite. He focuses on scratch made with local ingredients, grass fed beef, free range poultry, sustainable certified sea food, produce and dry shelf stable products with no pesticides or GMO. Adam brings the best of the best to the table and is always researching for high quality ingredients.  We care about what we put into our bodies, but most importantly creating amazing food with a great experience where memories are made.

Outside of work, Adam is a self-proclaimed outdoorsman.  He enjoys fishing, gardening, mushroom hunting, and of course cooking for his family.  He also loves spending time with his wife and four dogs.   

Glasses up! Salute! Cheers! Kisses! NOW CHOW!