Minneapolis is home to several amazing theaters, including the Orpheum and the Guthrie. There are also several smaller venues around the downtown area that host multiple productions throughout the year. As the weather gets nicer, more and more people will be heading to the theater to see an original play, stand-up comedy, and other outstanding shows. If you’re planning to catch a show this spring, and want to make an evening out of it, why not grab dinner at Moto-i beforehand? Our Japanese restaurant has an excellent selection, including traditional ramen dishes, steamed buns, and delectable desserts.

A Different Show Every Night

When looking through the number of shows being put on every single night in Minneapolis, it can be difficult to decide which one you want to see. There are major productions like “Wicked” and “Rent” that have multiple productions a week, while others are only in town for one night, such as The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum on May 20th. If you’re an avid theater-goer, you may decide to see a show on a weeknight, such as a Tuesday or Wednesday, when there is less of a crowd. Moto-i is open seven days a week, so no matter when you go, you’ll be able to stop in and enjoy some fabulous Japanese cuisine before the 7:00 curtain.

Choosing the Show You Want to See

If you’re having trouble choosing what show you want to see, or you want to know every production that’s being performed, there are plenty of local and online resources that can help. Sites such as Minneapolis Theater will let you know what plays, musicals, and comedians are currently in town, as well as what shows are premiering over the next few months. Our restaurant staff can also help you with their knowledge of the city. If you’re from out of town and need directions, all you have to do is ask!

Grab a Drink After the Show

If you’re out on the town on a Friday or Saturday night, and you’re catching an earlier show, stop by Moto-i for an after-show drink! We’re open until 2:00 am every night, and our bar is fully stocked with beer, wine, and of course, sake. With have several different varieties of sake, and can also make you a sake cocktail such as a Cucumber Cooler, which includes Junmai, Midwest Gin, basil, lemongrass shochu, simple syrup, and lemon. If you’ve never tried sake before, our bartender will gladly recommend one and let you taste a few to see what your preference is.

If you love seeing live performances, whether it’s acting, singing, or dancing, Minneapolis is a great place to catch a show. If you’re hungry before or after the show, or you want to grab a quick drink before you head to the theater and settle into your seats, come to Moto-i. We have a great menu and great drink selection, and would love to meet you and hear about the show you’re seeing!