Barnes & Noble Reopens in the Galleria

A new concept invites book lovers to linger with a full-service restaurant and cafe


Inside the reopened Barnes & Noble in the Galleria

photo by

Barnes & Noble was the first bookstore chain to invite readers to enjoy its merchandise in the store, providing comfy chairs and in-store Starbucks coffee shops. After shutting its longtime Galleria storefront, it has reopened in a new space right across from its old one with a concept intended to entice readers to linger even longer.

The new store features its own full-service restaurant and café, expanded lounge areas, tech-savvy additions, and a modern-industrial design that incorporates high ceilings, modern lighting fixtures, Mid Century–inspired wood furnishings, a concrete floor, and a café counter outfitted with white subway tile.

The 100-seat Kitchen restaurant and café features a chef-driven menu with offerings such as lemon-ricotta pancakes and slow-cooked beef short ribs, and a craft beer list highlights local brews from Summit, Indeed, and Surly. Its dining area is composed of a seated dining area, a lounge, and a series of tabletops outfitted with power outlets and free wi-fi, appealing to power-lunchers and laptoppers alike.

New tech upgrades include kiosks that pinpoint exactly where a book is located within the store, an easy-pay option that allows shoppers to check out anywhere in the store, and new digital reading tablets that are available for test drive.

Can’t wait to dive into that new bestseller you just bought? Instead of heading home with your purchase, the new store encourages readers to sit back, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy it immediately. Or if you need some time to make up your mind, the store allows shoppers to peruse reading materials over a latté or sandwich. (Just be careful not to spill.)

View more photos of the new Barnes & Noble on the TC Style blog.

Edit Module

About The TC Style Blog

From boutiques to salons to your own closet, TC Style will bring you expertly curated tips and tricks from the local shopping, fashion, beauty, wellness, and design scene. Odds are if you put it on, take it off, hang it up, or cut it out, we’ll tell you how to get it. Most importantly, we know that when you look good and feel good, you do good—the beautiful life is about much more than the material world. (But that won’t stop us from loving it.)

Learn about the contributing writers.

Have a style-related question? 

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recent TC Style Posts

Style + Shopping Nov. 6-19 || Couture, holiday markets, fundraisers

"Fusion + Fashion" Finds Inspiration in First Ave's Stars

First Avenue stars inspire the outfits in this fashion competition

Fourpost Opens at MOA

The latest evolution of RAAS brings more than 20 local brands to the mall's second floor

Holiday Markets in the Twin Cities

Three artisan markets open this week

Fashion Meets Poetry on the Runway

Learn more about the Fashion Meets Poetry brand before author and speaker Lisa Harris’ fashion show Nov. 11
Edit Module