Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Tim Niver got his start like many in the hospitality industry, working for McDonald’s at age 15. Today, he has more than three decades of experience, and he’s never looked back. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the mid-90’s, and many years working the floor, he joined Parasole Restaurant Group in Minneapolis for his first management role at their flagship restaurant. He had a brief stint in New York City with Smith & Wollensky and spent time in Las Vegas opening the Bellagio, before returning to Minneapolis to raise a family and help Marcus Sameulsson open Aquavit as general manager.
With every step along the way, Tim has learned from exceptional talent which has shaped his career around service. After a consulting gig on a cocktail concept, Tim was finally ready for the challenge of opening a restaurant of his own. In 2006, The Town Talk Diner came to life. Though the concept was short lived, it pushed the boundaries for what to expect from the cocktail scene in the Midwest.
Two years later, The Strip Club Meat & Fish opened and was well received. With no signs of slowing down, Tim opened Saint Dinette in 2015, followed shortly by Mucci’s Italian a year later. All of Tim’s restaurants have made a lasting mark on Saint Paul’s culinary scene.
On any given night, Tim can be found working the floor in one of his restaurants, bussing tables and greeting guests. As an accomplished restaurateur, he prefers to keeps his fingers on the pulse of his businesses and thrives when providing true and honest hospitality. Mentoring the young chefs that work for him, he hopes to pass the torch and help others shine. With a number of new concepts up his sleeve, it’s clear to see that what started as a job has turned into not only a career, but a passion.