About Us

The Exchange Food & Drink Story


The history

A Focus on Food and Service


Our History

The Exchange Food & Drink is an independently owned restaurant and bar created by a group of friends that share a passion for great food and friendly service enjoyed in a casual atmosphere.

Opened in September of 2014 the Exchange Food & Drink is named after the Cattleman’s Exchange Hotel that was located just a few blocks to the north of our location. We have been involved with the surrounding communities from the start and are consistent supporters of our local churches, schools and charitable organizations.


Our Mission

At The Exchange Food & Drink we are dedicated to providing a wonderful dining experience through great food, drinks and service. We also believe it is crucial to be a great place to work. The ownership and management team work hard to provide a warm, respectful and fun environment for our employees.


Our Philosophy

We believe in offering fresh, made-from-scratch food from the finest ingredients possible in a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. We strive to provide warm, friendly and knowledgeable service to all of our guests. Whenever possible we source products from local farms such as Wild Acres Game Farm, Fox Farms and Midwest Salad.


Our Space

We took over our location in the Spring of 2014 and spent several months transforming the location into something that was not previously present in the area. Working with local designers and artists, as well as the New Brighton Historical Society, we have created a casual, comfortable dining room and bar for our guests.

Our Chefs


Kyle Nelson


Kyle Nelson has a lifetime of experience in the kitchen. His resume includes stints as Executive Chef at Eli’s Food & Cocktails and Mendakota Country Club, as well as Stella’s Fish Café and the St. Paul Grill. Kyle grew up in Texas and Indiana and that Southern influence often shines through on his menus.


Chris Riehle

Executive Chef

St. Paul native and Executive Chef Chris Riehle (he played ball with Joe Mauer) has worked with Chef Kyle for over ten years and Kyle relies on Chris’ culinary creativity. The two of them have become a well oiled machine that turns out week after week of mouth-watering specials as well as amazing banquet and special event menus.