6Smith, An Eatery for ‘Suburban Urbanites,’ Celebrates Artisan Ingredients and Authentic Flavors

Randy Stanley’s 6Smith caters to all kinds of diners with its relaxed vibe and lovingly crafted food.

When 6Smith owner Randy Stanley first moved to Excelsior, he admits he was stymied by the geographical—and culinary—void that existed in the suburban space between Minneapolis and Maple Grove.

“I was more of an urban person—I didn’t ‘get’ Wayzata,” says Stanley. But he remembered a property that had come up a few times in his then-20-year restaurant career, and he began to imagine new possibilities for the spot. “I decided to take a swing at it.”

There were 150,000 people within a 10-minute drive—70 percent of them between ages 30 and 55—a mix of millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers with varied needs for a destination eatery. So flexibility was at the heart of the 6Smith brand from the beginning. The hope was that guests wouldn’t have to worry about seating options and noise levels, and “just eat,” Stanley explains. And that went for clients looking to graze on appetizers, split some entrées with a group or go all-out with a four-course fine dining experience....

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Photo By Emily J. Davis

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