Stay up to date on the latest from your favorite restaurants, bars and food purveyors. For a complete list of past openings and closings organized by month, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Closing - Changing
Firebox Deli (4707 Lyndale Av. N., Mpls., fireboxdeli.com/fireboxstp) The original barbecue restaurant in North Minneapolis has closed as Firebox Deli consolidates operations to its St. Paul location.
Mort's Deli (525 Winnetka Av. N., Golden Valley, https://www.morts-deli.com) This 15-year-old Golden Valley deli closed in August with an announcement on social media. "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and pots of Matzo Ball Soup."
Revival (4257 Nicollet Av., Mpls., https://www.revivalrestaurants.com) Revival, the restaurant that kicked off a metrowide craving for chef-driven fried chicken when it launched in 2015, closed its original location in Minneapolis Aug. 14. Core menu items, including the fried chicken and a much-loved burger, have migrated just a few blocks south, to the recently opened barbecue restaurant Revival Smoked Meats, at 4537 Nicollet Av. Read our coverage here.
David Fong's (9329 Lyndale Av. S., Bloomington, https://davidfongs.com) David Fong's, the eye-catching Chinese American restaurant in Bloomington, closed at the end of August. Second-generation owner Edward Fong, son of original owners David and Helen Fong, has made the decision to shutter the family business. Locations in Savage and Prior Lake owned by other Fong siblings will continue to operate.
Read our coverage here.
Sandcastle (4955 W. Nokomis Pkwy., Mpls., sandcastlempls.com) In case you missed it, Sandcastle, the beloved lakeside stand at Lake Nokomis, opened May 12 for its final season. First opened in 2013 by spouses Amy Greeley and celebrated chef Doug Flicker and longtime friend and colleague Chele Payer, Sandcastle was an immediate hit with its menu of hot dogs, watermelon salads, horchata and more.
Abang Yoli (3749 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls. , https://abangyoli.com) The popular Market at Malcolm Yards restaurant Abang Yoli has expanded to Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis in the former Boludo/Birdie space that became available when Boludo moved around the corner. The restaurant is the work of chef Jamie Yoo, whose résumé highlights include time spent working for chefs like Bryan Voltaggio and Gavin Kaysen. The stand quickly grew in popularity for its Asian mix of flavors and comforts like a gochujang-topped fried chicken sandwich and grilled cauliflower with chili crunch and Asian mayo. Look for a fall opening.
Flava Cafe (623 University Av. W., St. Paul, 651-348-7472, https://www.flavacafe.org) Not only is this new cafe serving coffee, breakfast, and lunch to the community, but it's also a social enterprise committed to eliminating disparities for young women of color and gender expansive youth. Try a cool Audre Lorde coffee drink or the Supa Dupa breakfast burrito.
Vellee Deli (315 1st Av. NE., Mpls., vellee.com) The team behind Vellee Deli food truck and skyway eatery brings its Asian-Mexican fusion (barbecue pork banh mi and Korean barbecue burritos) to the ground floor of NordHaus Apartments. Opened Aug. 2022.
Kitchen and Rail (3344 Promenade Av., Eagan, kitchenandrail.com) Now open in an Eagan strip mall, between a Chipotle and a Papa John's, is Kitchen and Rail, a "craft dining and drink experience," said co-owner Joe Newhouse. "The concept is simple," Newhouse added. "How do we bring Minneapolis-quality restaurant to an underserved suburb?" The answer is a full wine program, craft cocktails and a "protein forward" menu designed by Charlie Torgerson. Nicknamed "the Meat Guy," Torgerson was a longtime Famous Dave's recipe developer and executive chef. He's behind the seasonal barbecue trailer Charlie T's Smokehouse, and the Minnesota State Fair operation RC's BBQ , where, in 2021, he created the Naughty Biscuit. Opened Aug. 16.
Sato (4224 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park) The ambitious Stewart Woodman vehicle Shiloh, previously announced to replace Prime Deli with chef-driven kosher fine dining, is no longer in the works in a St. Louis Park strip mall. Instead, look for the imminent opening of Sato, a sushi restaurant that adheres to Jewish dietary guidelines. Sushi is one of the easiest cuisines to adapt to that dietary framework, proprietors say; the most obvious omission on the menu will be shellfish. The restaurant will also offer American bistro fare. Look for a late-August opening.
Backstory Coffee Roasters (528 Washington Ave N., https://backstory.coffee) The former Bootstrap Coffee Roasters has changed its name, and is opening a new location in the North Loop's Duffey Lofts this fall. This joins the company's first location on St. Paul's Westside at 432 Wabasha St. S.
Red Cow (1406 2nd St. SW, Rochester, redcowmn.com) The fifth restaurant in the Red Cow burger empire branches out to Rochester, in a new mixed-use development across from St. Mary's Hospital. The 6,000-square-foot space seats 130, plus a 50-seat patio. Opened August 2022.
Centro/Vivir/Everywhen Burger Bar (2412 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., centrompls.com) Minneapolis taco hotspot Centro (1414 NE. Quincy St., Mpls.) opened Aug. 4 on Eat Street, in the former Wedge Table. The 15,000-square-foot location includes a smaller version of Vivir, the breakfast and lunch bakery/cafe, and a new burger restaurant called Everywhen Burger Bar. In the middle of it all is a centralized bar and outside is a 35-seat patio. Plans are already in the works for the next Centro and Everywhen Burger Bar to open in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood, in a former Menchie's location, in 2023. Read our coverage here.
Arts + Rec Uptown (3001 Hennepin Av., Mpls. , 612-354-2959, https://artsandrecuptown.com) The former Libertine rooftop has found new life as Arts and Rec, a rooftop bar with crazy fried snacks (like Dorito crusted cod) open at 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday and at 11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - weather permitting. Cocktails include a table side mini-keg, boozy popsicles, and more wackiness. The open air spot is phase one of an artist-led experience that will eventually include mini-golf and more.
The Malt Shop (809 W. 50th St., Mpls. , 612-824-1353, https://themaltshop.com) The half-century-old diner in Lynnhurst reopened Aug. 4 after a long closure, renovation and change of ownership.
Nicollet Diner (1333 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-399-6259, thenicolletdiner.com) The only 24-hour dining venue in Minneapolis has moved two blocks north to the longtime home of Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. The diner will continue to operate on a 24-hour basis. At 77 seats, some lining a U-shaped counter, it's slightly smaller than the previous spot. It occupies the northern portion of the Ichiban building's first floor. The remaining street-level space will be occupied by Roxy's Cabaret, a 100-seat entertainment venue.
Announced - Coming Soon
Tim McKee project (N. 1st St., Mpls.) Chef Tim McKee, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind landmark local eateries like La Belle Vie, Sea Change and Solera, has announced his newest venture — a North Loop restaurant inspired by Spain's Basque region. The menu will be influenced by the foods of San Sebastián, Bilbao and Pamplona and primarily be prepared over charcoal. But beyond those details, McKee is remaining tight-lipped about a specific location — it's somewhere on 1st Street — menu items and even who co-owns the restaurant. Expected to open Aug. 2023. Read our coverage here.
Alma Provisions (812 W. 46th St., Mpls., https://www.almampls.com) Alex Roberts is spinning off his Alma brand in south Minneapolis. Alma Provisions will be a "cafe-style take away and retail venue featuring ALMA signature food, goods, and apothecary," according to an Instagram post. Opening the week of Labor Day, 2022.
Daniel del Prado/Ryan Burnet project (50 2nd Av. N., Mpls. ) Chef and restaurateur Daniel del Prado announced that he and business partner Ryan Burnet have bought the Bachelor Farmer space and will turn it into a modern steakhouse. The unnamed restaurant, which will absorb the Bachelor Farmer Cafe space, will have an Argentinean-Patagonian influence inspired by del Prado's background. The Marvel Bar space will become a cocktail bar that will "stay true" to the beverage programs at del Prado's other restaurants, where Megan Luedtke is the visionary. Plan for a summer 2023 opening for both.
Read our coverage here.
Vincent Francoual project (TBA) Chef Vincent Francoual, known for his gouda-stuffed burger at his former Vincent, A Restaurant, has joined Restore Restaurant Holdings, a new company focused on downtown Minneapolis and led by Dennis Monroe and Matthew Monroe (EaTo) and Erik Forsberg (Devil's Advocate). Francoual is planning to create a French-inspired restaurant, among other concepts.
Litt Pinball Bar (2021 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. , https://www.tiltpinballbar.com) Tilt Pinball Bar in Minneapolis is on the move and will reopen inside the former Liquor Lyle's location as Litt Pinball Bar. Liquor Lyle's, the iconic Hennepin Avenue dive bar, had closed during the pandemic and went up for sale last year when the owners announced that the more than 50-year-old bar would not reopen. The expanded space inside Litt will allow for more pinball machines, more parking and more menu items beyond the beloved hot dogs served at the original location. Look for Litt to open sometime this winter; for now, visit Tilt at 113 E. 26th St., Mpls.
Lift Bridge Brewing Co. (Hudson, Wis., http://liftbridgebrewery.com) Lift Bridge Brewing Co. is expanding to Wisconsin — again. Last year, the Stillwater-based beer maker launched a New Richmond, Wis., brewery and taproom. Now, there's plans in the works to add another location in Hudson, just 10 miles down the river from the original. The Hudson City Council unanimously approved Lift Bridge's development plan for a new brewery and taproom, a 17,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden, a restaurant, event space for 300 people and increased production space. The 5-acre site, a decommissioned dog track, will also be home to a baseball stadium for the St. Croix River Hounds, part of the collegiate Northwoods League. After additional approvals from the city of Hudson, construction is estimated to begin this fall, aiming for completion by June 2023. Read our coverage here.
Spring Break (Courtyard by Marriott, downtown St. Paul) Sarah and Brian Ingram's Purpose Restaurants group has already announced its next restaurant, even as they're building another. Spring Break will be an ode to a more tubular time with nods to '80s movies and music at the new Courtyard by Marriott being built in downtown St. Paul across from Xcel Energy Center.
Read our coverage here.
Blondette, Miaou Miaou (527 Marquette Av. S., Mpls.) Two new loosely French concepts join Bar Rufus in chef and restaurateur Daniel del Prado's takeover of dining at downtown Minneapolis' Rand Tower Hotel. On the hotel's fifth floor, under a retractable roof, Blondette will apply French technique to the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. Miaou Miaou is a large cocktail lounge and terrace, with large-format punches by beverage director Megan Luedtke. Coming mid-September.
Hackamore Brewing Co. (18651 Lake Dr. E., Chanhassen, https://hackamorebrewing.com) A new craft brewery and taproom coming to Chanhassen will have a stage for live music, golf simulator and brew shop, with designs on adding a kitchen.
Centro (St. Paul) (750 Cleveland Av. S., St. Paul, https://centrompls.com) Centro, the margarita and taco restaurant from owner Jami Olson and chef Jose Alarcon, is opening its next location in the former Menchie's/Great Clips on Cleveland Avenue in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood. But that's not all. The 6,000-square-foot space means there's plenty of room for more, and a yet-unnamed burger concept will move in, too. Like the original location (1414 NE. Quincy St., Mpls.), Centro and the burger stand will be counter service. There also will be a full bar, which means the odds for margaritas on tap are good.
Crisp & Green (Multiple locations, https://crispandgreen.com) Homegrown salad chain Crisp & Green is aiming to have 30 Minnesota locations in the next two years, with the latest having opened July 9 in Apple Valley (15610 English Av., Ste. 300, Apple Valley). Founded in 2016 by Steele Smiley, the fast-casual salad restaurant has built a reputation on serving healthful, scratch-made fare, from salads and grain bowls to smoothies and sweets. The chain has been in growth mode: In addition to its new Minnesota locations (Duluth, St. Cloud, Brainerd, Mankato and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are among the locations announced), Crisp & Green will soon have its footprint in 19 states. Smiley also started the vegan burger chain Stalk & Spade, and has announced intentions to open a third chain, Paco & Lime.
Pizza Karma (15265 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, https://www.pizzakarma.com) The restaurant known for its tandoor-fired, Indian-American fusion pizzas — with flavors like Saag Paneer and Chicken Tikka — is adding Apple Valley to its list of Minnesota locations. The first three restaurants are in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove and Blaine. The new spot is slated to open in the fall.
North Loop tequila restaurant (113 N. 1st St., Mpls., https://nololovestequila.com) Local restaurateurs Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald are doubling down on their efforts in Minneapolis' North Loop with a second restaurant. The duo, which owns Burger Dive, Smack Shack and the Lexington, announced that their yet-to-be-named restaurant will open next summer, 2023, in the former Alliance Francaise and will have an emphasis on tequila. Chef Nick O'Leary, who's now at the Lexington, will run the kitchen. A menu is still being developed, but look for dinner and weekend brunch.
Read our coverage here.
Tous Les Jours (6601 Nicollet Ave. S, Richfield, https://www.tljus.com) A South Korean-based bakery chain is bringing its French- and Asian-inspired pastries to Minnesota. The state's first store joins more than 70 in the U.S. The cafe serves breads, macarons, sandwiches, smoothies and more. Look for a late 2022 or early 2023 opening.
Eat Street Crossing (2821 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., https://eatstreetcrossing.com) The former Old Arizona Studio, near the end of Eat Street by Lake Street is under construction to become a new food hall from the owners of Zen Box Izakaya and Bebe Zito. Inside will be six restaurant concepts and one complementary bar that will be overseen by Trish Gavin. Types of food haven't yet been announced, but Lina Goh hails from Singapore and has a bones-deep understand of the great things that can be found when vendors come together in one place. We do know Chatime tea will have boba and Bebe Zito's special butter-dipped fried chicken will be available on the regular. Look for an October 2022 opening. Read our coverage here.
Burnsville Center food hall (1178 Burnsville Center, Burnsville) Burnsville Center could see an influx of new activity with a massive new Asian market and international food hall. The aging retail center had announced in March its intention to lease the ground-level space occupied by Gordmans department store to the national Asian grocer Enson Market. But additional plans are now in the works to add a slew of both national and local food options, pulling flavors from China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Brazil. On tap is another location for Bullvino's, the Brazilian steakhouse in Lowertown St. Paul, which would offer indoor and outdoor full-service dining; Mango Mango, with blended fruit drinks and desserts; Pho2, which serves Vietnamese food; Chatime, a Taiwanese teahouse chain; Tours Les Jours, a French-South Korean bakery; another Bonchon Korean fried chicken outlet; and local bánh mì sensation Lu's Sandwiches. The proposed project would take over 60,000 square feet of mall space. Read our coverage here.
Star Bar & Bistro (618 2nd Av. S., Mpls., bartmanngroup.com/restaurants-1) Renovations of the former Crowne Plaza in downtown Minneapolis will include Star Bar & Bistro by restaurateur Kim Bartmann. The restaurant is expected to open by year's end inside the new boutique hotel Hotel Indigo by IGH. It will be an all-day American eatery with French influences and a focus on local purveyors, serving breakfast through dinner. Read our coverage here.
Marty's Deli (400 Lowry Av., Mpls., https://www.martysdelimn.com) The most popular sandwich pop-up of the pandemic has found a full-time home. Marty's Deli will open in NE. in Minneapolis. The restaurant is the work of Martha "Marty" Polacek, who has been popping up around town with her focaccia-based sandwiches since November 2020. The new shop will remain intentionally small for now, with 15 to 20 seats. There's no opening date yet, but construction updates will be posted regularly to Marty's Deli's Instagram page.
Sweetgreen (Edina/Minneapolis/St. Paul, https://www.sweetgreen.com) The popular California-based salad chain Sweetgreen will open three locations in Minnesota — including one in the former home of Moose & Sadie's in Minneapolis' North Loop (212 3rd Av. N.). The other locations: the Galleria in Edina, which will be the first to open later this summer, and 733 Grand Av. in St. Paul. With more than 140 locations, the salad chain has grown a cult following on the coasts with its grab-and-go — and, in many cases, farm-totable — menu, which includes an array of warm bowls, salads and sides.
Taco Libre (2111 Snelling Av. N., Roseville, tacolibreusa.com) The local mini-chain is set to open its fifth location in Roseville. The authentic Mexican restaurant serves up a full slate of tacos, tortas, empanadas, alambres, burritos and more.
Big Dreams Pizza Co. (3712 Quebec Av. S., St. Louis Park) Two big names in Minnesota restaurants — Famous Dave's Dave Anderson and Steven Schussler of the Rainforest Cafe — are teaming up to launch this Chicago tavern-style pizzeria in St. Louis Park in the former Galaxy Drive-in. Read our coverage here.
Broken Clock Brewing (1712 Marshall St. NE., Mpls., brokenclockbrew.com) The craft brewery is moving to the Mississippi Riverfront, and the new spot allows for a major upgrade to its production space and a taproom slated to open in fall 2022.
Tacos Tacos Tacos (241 W. 7th St., St. Paul, taqueriamn.com) A street taco spot that originated in Duluth is opening soon within walking distance of downtown St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. Read our coverage here.
Clancey's Restaurant (3804 Grand Av. S., Mpls., clanceysmeats.com) The Linden Hills butcher shop Clancey's Meat and Fish (4307 Upton Av. S.) has purchased the former home of the Grand Cafe in Minneapolis. The place is under renovation, but details are still under wraps about what exactly is going into the storied corner building. Read our coverage here.
France 44 expansion (4351 France Av. S., Mpls., 612-925-3252, france44.com) The 60-year-old wine and gourmet food stores in south Minneapolis are undergoing a major expansion, with new classroom and event spaces, a demonstration kitchen, herb garden, updated entryway and renovated parking lot. A cozy cocktail lounge and 1,120-square-foot rooftop patio will be in the mix for private parties and pop-up events. Construction is underway and should be complete for a fall 2022 launch.
Badger Hill Brewing/Bravis Modern Street Food (4571 Valley Industrial Blvd. S., Shakopee, 952-230-2739, https://badgerhillbrewing.com) Badger Hill Brewing announced that it's moving its brewery and taproom from the current industrial park location in Shakopee to the nearby Canterbury Commons surrounding Canterbury Park. Joining it is Bravis Modern Street Food, the popular but tiny family-run Mexican restaurant in downtown Shakopee (105 S. Lewis St.). Bravis will move its restaurant to the new space, and the food will also be available in Badger Hill's taproom. Look for a summer 2023 opening. Read our coverage here.
Pizza Shark (201 SE Main St., Mpls., 612-445-7044, pizzashark.co) An Uptown pizzeria is expanding to St. Anthony Main. Pizza Shark will open its second location with a larger menu of pizzas inspired by global flavors, wings, ice cream, beer and wine. (The first location is at 2210 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.) While originally scheduled for spring 2022, the opening has been delayed by supply chain issues.
Pho Mai (12160 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, phomai.com) The Dinkytown Vietnamese restaurant (319 14th Av. SE., Mpls.) is expanding to Eden Prairie as a tenant in the forthcoming Asia Mall. The 3,600-square-foot restaurant will be the flagship for the brand.
Billy After Dark (116 1st Av. N., Mpls., billysushi.net) A new bar beneath Billy Tserenbat's eponymous sushi restaurant Billy Sushi is expected to open soon in the North Loop. The bar will have a separate back entrance that leads down to the (possibly haunted) basement. Construction has just begun. The cocktail menu will focus on modern drinks, and Tserenbat is working on a proprietary sake and another spirit from a local distillery. Read our coverage here.
North Loop Fhima project (224 N. 1st St., Mpls.) Father-and-son duo David and Eli Fhima have announced big plans to turn the former Ribnick Furs building in Minneapolis into a restaurant, speakeasy and event center. The speakeasy will reside underground, where 12-foot ceilings are held up by thick, wooden beams that date back to the 1800s. The restaurant will occupy the street level, and the upper-level event center will feature restored wood floors, which also date back to the 1800s. Also, 45 parking spaces come with the building, a boon for a neighborhood. Read our coverage here.
Wineside (1641 Plymouth Rd., Minnetonka) Located in a former Champps at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, Wineside will be a hybrid liquor store, restaurant/wine bar and grocery store. The 12,000-square-foot space gives each of those elements room to spread out. More than half of it will go to the liquor store, which will have some 3,000 bottles of wine as well as beer and spirits. The restaurant will serve food that pairs best with the 100 wines available by the glass for tasting: cheese, charcuterie, sandwiches and salads, with chef J.D. Fratzke at the helm. In the 5,000-square-foot grocery store, customers can pick up some of those cheeses and cured meats to go. Opening fall 2022. Read our coverage here.
Erik the Red (817 66th St. E., Richfield, eriktheredbar.com) Erik Forsberg's Erik the Red is moving to Richfield. The "Nordic BBQ" restaurant that was once in the shadow of U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, is taking over the Local Roots space, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported. The new spot will offer coffee and ice cream, a walk-up window and a dog-friendly patio. Look for a 2022 opening. Read our coverage here.
The Apostle and False Eye Doll Voodoo Tiki Bar (171 W. 7th St., St. Paul, apostlesupperclub.com) Restaurateur Brian Ingram is opening another St. Paul restaurant, this time a supper club inspired by A-frame cabins of Wisconsin that leans deep into the midcentury modern aesthetic. There will also be a tiki bar and piano bar. (A Duluth outpost recently opened.) Read our coverage here.
Tom's Watch Bar (609 Hennepin Av., Mpls., tomswatchbar.com) Tom's Watch Bar will bring life back to the large 6th-and-Hennepin space that was last occupied by Prime 6. Given the site's proximity to Target Center and Target Field, it's no surprise that the space is becoming a sports bar. Denver-based Tom's Watch Bar promises "all the sports, all the time" from 100-plus television screens. The menu covers the sports-bar gamut: burgers, wings, tacos, fried chicken, mac and cheese and loaded Tater Tots, plus a full bar. The opening date is a vague "2022."
Muffin Top Cafe and Mother Clucker's Pizza (1424-1428 S. Nicollet Av., Mpls., muffintopcafe.com) Nicollet Diner owners and spouses Sam and Dion Turner have plans for the diner's original space, which opened in 2014. Their adjacent coffeehouse, Muffin Top Cafe, will expand into a portion of the diner's current footprint, and the remaining square footage will be remade into Mother Clucker's Pizza, which will focus on pizza, Broasted chicken and sub sandwiches.
Butcher & the Boar (901 N. 3rd St., Mpls., https://www.butcherandtheboarmpls.com) Butcher & the Boar closed last fall after eight years anchoring the corner of 12th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Now, the Minneapolis-based restaurant group Jester Concepts is resurrecting it. Under the tutelage of owner Brent Frederick, chef Mike DeCamp and bar director Jeff Rogers, Butcher & the Boar will return as the meat-and-whiskey haven it once was, albeit in a different Minneapolis location. After initial plans to open summer 2022, the project has been delayed till winter.
Read our coverage here.
Vinai (1717 NE. 2nd St., Mpls., vinaimn.com) Chef Yia Vang, of the pop-up Union Hmong Kitchen, will open a brick-and-mortar in 2022. Named for the refugee camp in Thailand where Vang, 36, was born, Vinai is a "love letter to my parents," Hmong immigrants who "taught me about grace, taught me about hope, and taught me to how to persevere," he said. Read our coverage here.
Dayton's Food Hall & Market
(700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.
) The massive former Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis is undergoing a $214 million renaissance. Most of the 12-story building will be transformed into offices, but retail is planned for the street and skyway levels, and the lower level (translation: basement) will feature a 45,000-square-foot food hall, connected to the two floors above with an atrium cut into the building's infrastructure. The ornate first-floor space that was the longtime home of J.B. Hudson jewelers is also being eyed for a restaurant, but no tenant has been announced. Originally slated for spring 2020, the project is still in the works, but a local makers market with a couple food vendors, including the Salsa Collaborative, is now operating. Read our coverage here.
Chicken Guy! (Mall of America, chickenguy.com) Food Network behemoth Guy Fieri planned to open an outlet of his Chicken Guy! mini-chain at the Mall of America in early 2020, but has been delayed. The menu focuses on freshly prepared chicken tenders, which follow a brining formula that calls upon lemon juice, buttermilk, pickle brine and herbs. The chicken is pounded and breaded, and then fried or grilled. Read our coverage here.
Smith & Porter (428 S. 2nd St. Mpls., https://www.smith-porter.com) One more downtown dining spot makes a return with Smith & Porter now open. Antione Brown is helming the kitchen with a menu built to entice all kinds of eaters — pulled-pork totchos, plum-glazed eggplant, steaks, a burger and more — that will lean on seasonal ingredients from the nearby Mill City Farmers Market. Sebastian Joe's ice cream will help sweeten up the dessert menu, which includes a hot fudge sundae, bread pudding and banana cream pie. Opened July 27.
Roots Cafe (788 E. 7th St., St. Paul, https://indigenous-roots.org) A youth-operated coffee shop has set up within the Indigenous Roots Gallery in Saint Paul.
Makwa Coffee (2805 N. Hamline Av., Roseville, makwacoffee.com) Roseville has a new runaway hit coffee shop in Makwa. The small shop has already become a beloved gathering spot and ground zero for its signature drink, the ziigwan. Both are the work of owner Jamie Becker-Finn, who also happens to be a state representative. Becker-Finn highlights her Ojibwe heritage at the buzzy and busy shop, with a sign that greets customers in Anishinaabemowin with boozhoo and thanks them as they leave with miigwech.
Read our coverage here.
Khue's Kitchen (1517 Central Av. NE., Mpls., 612-237-4393, khueskitchen.com) Eric Pham, who worked in his family's Quang restaurant as a teen and later completed a Spoon and Stable mentorship, has opened his own Vietnamese restaurant, named for his mother.
Tamu (1829 Riverside Av., Mpls., 612-200-9963, http://www.kilimanjarocatering.com) A new eatery from George Ndege (who goes by the moniker Chef Jojo) shares the foods he grew up with in Kenya such as mild curries, samosas and a selection of vegan dishes. The restaurant takes its name from the Swahili word for delicious or tasty. It takes over the former Viking Bar. Opened July 2022.
Em Que Viet (1332 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-330-4363, emqueviet.com) Joining the Que Viet family of restaurants, a new Grand Avenue location serves some of the restaurant's classic dishes, including the popular egg rolls and the beef and potatoes. Unique to this location, owned by Maria Nguyen and Brianna Le, are dishes that are more traditionally Vietnamese, such as banh xeo, a crispy savory crêpe stuffed with meat and fresh herbs. Other dishes take some creative modern liberties, like nachos topped with braised pork belly served on crunchy rice paper crackers. Like the family-run Minneapolis location (2211 NE. Johnson St.) there is also a bakery case, filled with sweet treats like macarons and coffee almond cookies. Opened July 2022. Read our coverage here.
Macanda (294 Grove Ln. E., Wayzata, 952-679-1222, https://www.macandawayzata.com) Daniel del Prado is pulling from literary inspiration and Latin traditions for his newest restaurant, Macanda, which opened in the former Wayzata Brew Works July 9. The restaurant has 100 seats indoors and another 120 outside in a four-season patio on Lake Minnetonka that opens to the water in the warm months and will be covered and cozy in winter. Chef Steve McMullen is in the kitchen; he's worked with del Prado at Josefina, his other Wayzata restaurant, and at Bar La Grassa in Minneapolis. There is also a vinyl record lounge where Aaron Switz, del Prado's partner in the project, can fill the room with music. Read our coverage here.
Bar Rufus (527 Marquette Av. S., Mpls., 612-688-4500, barrufus.com ) Daniel del Prado's reimagining of the Rand Tower Hotel's lobby bar goes for the quintessentially French bistro/cafe scene, with classic dishes such as French onion soup, salade Lyonnaise and oysters. Megan Luedtke's cocktails include the bubbly French 75 and Kir Royale, and a martini served with caviar on a gold tray. Open daily for dinner, with lunch coming soon. Bar Rufus will be joined by the restaurant Blondette and cocktail lounge Miaou Miaou later this summer on the hotel's fifth floor. Opened July 8. Read our coverage here.
Slice (920 E. Lake St. Minneapolis, slicepizzamn.getbento.com) Pizza is a passion for Adam Kado. The entrepreneur and former basketball player partnered with his childhood best friend, Hosie Thurmond, to open the first Slice in Minneapolis (519 E. Hennepin Av.). Now the duo have launched a second stand inside Midtown Global Market with supersized slices of pizza akin to those you'd find in New York. Opened July 20. Read our coverage here.
Kawae (729 Washington Av. N., Minneapolis, https://northloopgalley.org) A new Japanese spot from a U of M grad serves ramen, mazemen and rice bowls. Opened at the North Loop Galley food hall July 5.
Earl Giles Distillery (1325 Quincy St. NE., Mpls., earlgiles.com) The Minneapolis cocktail mixer and ginger beer company now has its own distillery and production center. The space is also home to a 165-seat cocktail lounge with a 50-foot bar, a mezzanine for private events, and a full kitchen serving pizzas and snacks kitchen. An indoor herb garden provides garnishes for cocktails as well as botanicals for spirits like gin. And a gift shop sells barware and Earl Giles products. Opened July 2022. Read our coverage here.
Northern Taphouse (220 Carlson Pkwy. N., Plymouth, http://northerntapmn.com) The third Northern Taphouse opened July 2022 in the former Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill. The other locations are in Lakeville and Eau Claire, Wisc.
Bar Brava (1914 Washington Av. N., Mpls., https://www.barbravamn.com) Bar Brava's last day of full service was July 8. But it's not going anywhere and instead has unveiled Brava-Lite. The natural wine bar serves wine and snacks on weekdays and pop-up events with guest chefs on weekends. Follow them on Instagram (@barbravamn) for updates.
Grumpy's Roseville (2801 N. Snelling Av., Roseville, https://grumpys-bar.com) July 30 was the final service for Grumpy's Roseville. The Latin American restaurant Mito will move in after a remodeling. For more than 14 years the restaurant has served the neighborhood with hearty fare, great drinks and good times. Grumpy's Northeast (2200 NE. 4th St., Mpls.) is now the last Grumpy's standing after the original downtown location closed in 2018 and was razed for new apartments.
Read our coverage here.
Gray's (327 14th Av. SE., Mpls., 612-378-4849, https://graysdinkytown.com) The Dinkytown coffeehouse and restaurant that was formerly the Loring closed July 17. Loring Catering and Events will continue to operate in the space. "We thank our incredible customers - our regulars, our irregulars, the dancers, the beautiful freaks, the lovers, the maestros, the muses -- and all our friends who made this place the heart of Dinkytown," owner Lynn Nyman wrote on Facebook. A string of music events will close out the last two weekends of service.
Andy's Diner (1500 W. Lake St., Mpls., midtownglobalmarket.org/andys-garage) A two-year-old Mexican-American spinoff of Midtown Global Market's Andy's Diner calls it quits in Uptown. The market location remains open. "We did our best," said a Facebook post from Andy's Diner. Closed July 1.
Bunny's Bar and Grill NE (34 13th Av. NE., Mpls., https://www.bunnysbarandgrill.com) Bunny's has closed. No, not the octogenarian St. Louis Park establishment, but its northeast Minneapolis counterpart, which opened in the Keg House 2016. "After 5 1/2 years we have decided to shut our doors permanently, effective immediately," the proprietors wrote on Facebook. "We have loved being a part of the nordeast community and want to thank everyone for their patronage! Please come visit us at our St Louis Park location, it's only 8 miles away!" Closed July 5.
Pie & Mighty (3553 Chicago Av., Mpls., https://www.pieandmightymsp.com) The little pie shop near the corner of 36th and Chicago Avenue has closed. The storefront, run by spouses Karen "Ratchet" Mattison and chef Rachel Swan announced Monday that its final day of business was July 3.
Nashville Coop (850 Washington Av. SE, Mpls., https://www.nashvillecoop.com) The hot fried chicken mini-chain continues its expansion with a new location in Stadium Village, near the University of Minnesota. The fast-casual eatery serves wildly popular chicken fingers coated in various heat-levels of spice. Nashville Coop also recently opened a new location in Rochester. This is in addition to the original location on Snelling in St. Paul and its two food trucks. Opened June 30.
Noyes & Cutler (229 E. Sixth St., St. Paul, https://www.noyescutler.com) The former Public restaurant in St. Paul's Lowertown reopened June 2022 as Noyes & Cutler with celebrity chef Justin Sutherland as culinary director. Running the kitchen is chef Aaron Cave, with Jorge Robertson overseeing hospitality. The menu leans into a modern steakhouse vibe with Market House steaks and seafood from the Fish Guys. Open for dinner and brunch. Read our coverage here.
The Dock (425 Nelson St. E., Stillwater, 651-430-3770, https://www.thedockstillwater.com) The former Dock Cafe remained closed throughout the pandemic, reopening June 9 under new management and with a new menu. The popular Stillwater spot has a picturesque patio overlooking the St. Croix River.
Bussin' Birria (Mall of America, 332 Central Parkway, Bloomington, http://instagram.com/bussinbirriatacos_mn) Hot Indian's owner Amol Dixit and chef Janene Holig have launched a new restaurant concept: Bussin' Birria. A fast-casual stand inside the Mall of America's Culinary North food court serves a menu centered on birria tacos. The meat inside includes the traditional beef, chicken, and a vegan option from the Herbivorous Butcher.
Dabbler Depot (1545 W. 7th St., St. Paul, dabblerdepot.com) The folks behind the popular Beer Dabbler craft beer event have opened the Dabbler Depot on the site of the former Stransky's liquor shop in St. Paul. The building had fallen into disrepair but has been completely remade into a sleek new shop that sports an impressive array of local beers, all lined up in coolers, and a curated selection of wine and high-quality liquor. On the side, separate from the liquor sales, is a small coffee shop serving Rusty Dog coffee from Madison, Wis. They also have doughnut holes from the Donut Hole and slices of pie from Key's Cafe available in the mornings; both have been selling out before noon. Opened June 17
Lost Fox (213 E. 4th St., St. Paul, https://lostfoxlowertown.com) The former Elephant Bar has come back to life as Lost Fox, a coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches by day, and restaurant and bar by night.
Cardigan Donuts (80 S. 8th St., Mpls., cardigandonuts.com) As workers slowly make their way back to downtown Minneapolis — and its skyways — Cardigan Donuts is ready for them. The bakery, which opened in 2017 in City Center (40 S. 7th St., Mpls.), has expanded, taking over a former Yogurt Lab on the skyway level of the IDS Center. Cardigan's signature items — Greek yogurt-enriched old fashioneds, coffee-glazed cake doughnuts, jam- and custard-filled bismarcks — are assembled at the much larger City Center bakery and brought over to the IDS. But the new 650-square-foot store has something of its own: ice cream. Opened June 21. Read our coverage here.
Mocha Momma's (300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.) The nonprofit MARCH (Mobilizing and Releasing Caring Hearts Inc.) has opened Mocha Momma's Coffee in the Minneapolis Central Library. Find ethically sourced coffee products, teas, local bakery items and various other breakfast and lunch options — or cater your special event Read our coverage here.
Chicago's Very Own (700 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-208-0354, chicagosveryown.org) Chicago's Very Own has popcorn, cookies and "hoagy" sandwiches inspired by those from the Second City. Opened June 15.
Abogados Café (1503 Dale St. N., Suite 102, St. Paul, coffeeinlaw.com) This Latina-owned gourmet coffee bar and mercadito is billed as the country's "first law-themed coffee shop." Opened June 14.
FRGMNT Coffee (11095 Viking Dr, Eden Prairie, https://frgmntcoffee.com) A second location for this multi-roaster cafe has opened in Eden Prairie's One Southwest Crossing. The Minneapolis location is at 729 Washington Av. N. Opened June 6.
Official Fried Chicken (4010 E. 46th St., Mpls. , https://www.officialfriedchicken.com) Jared Brewington has opened Official Fried Chicken with a simple menu focusing on Broasted fried chicken, made in a proprietary pressure cooker. This is a return to both the city and fried chicken for Brewington, founder of the now-shuttered Funky Grits. Read our coverage here.
Little Tijuana (17 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-385-4212, https://www.littletijuanampls.com) The neon "T" is lighting up Minneapolis' Whittier neighborhood once again. Little Tijuana reopened June 17 with a refreshed food menu of bar eats and playful cocktails. The new iteration grew from Petite Leon, where the ownership group was formed with the idea that they'd launch other projects. Now bar man Travis Serbus and chef Dan Manosack, both part owners, have brought in longtime Tattersall talent Bennett Johnson. Read our coverage here.
Burger Press (7143 France Av. S., facebook.com/Burgerpress.edina) This new fast-casual burger spot serves a variety of burgers, polish sausage, Chicago dogs and ice cream.
Afro Deli (1910 Riverside Av., Mpls., afrodeli.com) Before Afro Deli was in downtown St. Paul, Stadium Village and the Minneapolis skyway, Abdirahman Kahin had launched his fast-casual pan-African and Mediterranean restaurant in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Now, "we are proud to return to our roots stronger than ever," Kahin said in a statement, with a new location about a block away from the original. Come for all the same favorites as the other locations: lamb gyros, chicken curry, sambusas and the iconic Somali tea.
Devil's Advocate (1070 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.) The downtown outpost of Devil's Advocate has returned. The restaurant had been closed since pre-pandemic and in that time, owner Erik Forsberg has re-opened Dan Kelly's and opened a new Devil's Advocate in Stillwater.
Jetset Underground (205 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls.) Jetset, the pioneering North Loop gay bar that closed in 2018, has resurfaced across the river. Owners Peter Kirihara and Susan Liesch revived the beloved brand as Jetset Underground, taking over the former Honey The nightspot is open late Wednesday through Saturday, and serves food till 8 p.m.
Gia at the Lake (9950 N. Shore Rd., Waconia, 952-207-9715, sovereignestatewine.com, joseddon.com/gia) An outdoor-only venue overlooking Lake Waconia and Sovereign Estate's tranquil vineyard, Gia at the Lake brings seasonal, farm-fresh Italian fare to a venue that only had pizza and cheese plates. With Jo Seddon aboard, it has a cosmopolitan chef who trained at the famed River Cafe in her native London and was on the opening team of Gavin Kaysen's Bellecour in Wayzata.
Read our coverage here.
Mara and Socca Cafe (245 Hennepin Av., Mpls. , 612-895-5709, http://mararestaurantandbar.com) The street-level restaurant/bar and cafe by chef Gavin Kaysen and his Soigné Hospitality Group have opened in Minnesota's first Four Seasons Hotel, which debuted June 1 in downtown Minneapolis,. Mara, an all-day restaurant (with a "chocolate room") is an ode to the cuisine of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, especially the French Riviera, where Kaysen traveled in his 20s. The cafe offers more casual, grab-and-go items. Read our coverage here.
Riva Terrace (245 Hennepin Av., Mpls. ) Tapas and small bites from chef Martín Morelli are on the menu at this alfresco Italian restaurant on the pool deck of the new Four Seasons Minneapolis.
Canton Restaurant (12111 12th Av. S., Burnsville ) Canton Restaurant, a Burnsville mainstay for more than 40 years, quietly closed in June 2022. "Sorry that I didn't post about our closing earlier, but we are just a mom and pop operation ... and didn't want to be overwhelmed," read a message on their Facebook page. "It happened anyways, we were flooded with food orders (and love) like we've never seen." The family run restaurant has been in business since 1983, when Harold Wong bought it for his family to run. Arthur and Lai Wong took over in 1995.
B.A.D. Wingz (520 N. 4th St., Mpls., https://www.badwingz.com) B.A.D. Wingz, the chicken and vegan wing outpost from Brittney and Gerard Klass, closed in the Graze food hall on June 30. The couple said they are optimistic about their future, with things bustling at both of their Soul Bowl locations — at Graze and in Richfield (7122 Chicago Av. S.).
Sheridan Room (337 13th Av. NE., Mpls., https://thesheridanroom.com) The Sheridan Room in northeast Minneapolis held its final service June 30. "We have both personal reasons and professional reasons for closing," proprietors said in a social media post. Owners Jon and Jarret Oulman and Joshua Mandelman opened the Sheridan Room in late 2015 in the former Modern Cafe. It quickly became a neighborhood favorite for hearty brunch and legendary giant fried chicken sandwiches. Restaurant staff recently suffered the loss of longtime Twin Cities chef Matthew Kempf, who was an employee there.
Side Chick (3006 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. ) Side Chick, the fried chicken sandwich spot that consulted with chef Justin Sutherland on the menu, is no more. A sign posted on the building says the place has closed. When it opened last summer, Side Chick stirred up controversy over its branding, which drew criticism for being sexist. The address has seen a number of tenants in recent years, including Blue Door Pub.
Hammer & Sickle/The Fremont (1300 Lagoon Av., Mpls.) The neighboring Uptown restaurant and bar appear to have ceased operations in summer 2022.
Guacaya Bistreaux (337 N. Washington Av., Mpls. , guacayabistreaux.com) A Latin-Caribbean restaurant with a New Orleans-style creole and Cajun twist from chef Pedro Wolcott and drinks from the Meteor team opened in May 2022 in the North Loop.
The Better Half (20851 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville,, 952-214-7402, thebetterhalfmn.com) The team behind Lakeville's B-52 Burgers and Brew have opened a breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, with drinks.
Lucky Guys Distillery (101 Second St., Hudson, 715-245-8168, http://luckyguysdistillery.com) A new distillery in Hudson comes from owner, head distiller and self-professed gin connoisseur Guy Whitehead. Inspired by Wisconsin's 45th Parallel Distillery, he launched his business first in Oakdale. The new distillery is tucked into a strip mall and includes a 100-seat cocktail room. One of the draws to opening in Wisconsin is the looser-than-Minnesota liquor laws, which allows visitors to buy bottles right on site.
Bonchon (2191 N. Snelling Av., Roseville, bonchon.com) Another branch of the popular New York-based fried chicken chain Bonchon is now open in Roseville thanks to local restaurateur Sam Zheng. Zheng first introduced the Twin Cities to the extra-crispy comfort food in 2018. Opened May 16.
Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe (1400 Park Av. S., Mpls., lutunjispalate.com) With her cobblers, macaroons and upside-down cakes selling in grocery stores and in restaurants, Lutunji Abram has taken her business brick-and-mortar in Minneapolis' Elliot Park neighborhood. The new build-out contains a kitchen, bakery case, counter and seating. Opened May 14. Read our coverage here.
Dream Creamery (816 Lowry Av. NE., Mpls, https://dreamcreamerymn.com) This nostalgia-fueled ice cream parlor with a short food menu of cheeseburgers, fries, cheese curds and lobster rolls, is from the Travail Collective. The takeout spot, with only outdoor picnic tables for seating, opened quietly in May. Read our coverage here.
Revival Smoked Meats (4537 Nicollet Av., Mpls., revivalrestaurants.com) Chef Thomas Boemer is back to manning the smoker at Revival Smoked Meats. The barbecue-focused restaurant, which he owns with Nick Rancone, opened May 14. The quick-service stand moved out of St. Paul's Keg & Case food hall last year and into its current location as a full-service, dinner-only restaurant. The site will be familiar to fans of Rancone and Boemer. It's the former home of their fine-dining eatery Corner Table, which closed in 2019, but with a refreshed interior and expanded outside patio seating. Read our coverage here.
Crooked Pint Savage (14120 Hwy. 13, Savage) If it seems like locations of Crooked Pint Ale House are popping up across the metro, you're not wrong. The latest is now open in the former Axel's Bonfire space. In addition to Crooked Pint's classic pub staples — sandwiches, burgers, tots and more — there are pot pies, tacos, weekend brunches and a wide selection of beers on tap. Tucked inside the restaurant will be a Green Mill On the Go. The takeout and delivery operation, based on the Green Mill brand, will offer a limited menu but will include pizzas, wings, calzones, cheese bread and select pastas. Order at greenmill.com or 952-942-3489. Opened May 11.
Bober Tea & Mochi Dough (405 14th Av. SE., Mpls., mochidoughusa.com) Restaurateur Michael Bui (Pho Mai, MT Noodles) has joined with his brother-in-law Peter Do to open a franchise of Bober Tea & Mochi Dough, two Singapore-based businesses in one storefront that are about to expand rapidly in the U.S. Trendy mochi doughnuts, a Japanese confection made from rice flour instead of yeast, are slowly making their way to the Midwest. Pairing the crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside doughnuts with boba tea, said Bui, "is analogous to having a bagel with coffee. They are a match made in heaven." Bober Tea & Mochi Doughnut opened in the former Umami Fries location in Dinkytown May 7.
Edwards's Dessert Kitchen (200 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-800-0335, edwardsdessertkitchen.com) After a two-year pandemic hiatus, this sweets-only spot in Minneapolis' North Loop reopened May 4. Classic and experimental desserts are on offer, including cookies and bars, ice cream sundaes and pie, desserts on plates or in jars, and cocktails to go with them.
Bear Cave Brewing (1201 Mainstreet, Hopkins, bearcavebrewing.com) A brewery with a self-pour system, outdoor space and rooftop patio has opened in Hopkins in a former Firestone Tire Center, and wood-fired pizza is on the menu.
Stalk & Spade (3925 W. 50th St., Edina, stalkandspade.com/edina) Steele Smiley's plant-based fast-food joint, which launched in Wayzata, has opened a second location in Edina at 50th & France. Nondairy shakes, meatless burgers, fries and more are on the menu. Another location in Minneapolis' North Loop, at 528 N. Washington Av., Mpls., is in the works.
Burnt Chicken at First Draft (324 6th Av. N., Mpls.) Burnt Chicken is now in residence at First Draft with a yearlong lease. The popular fried chicken pop-up gained a following during an extended stay at the former Cook St. Paul
location. Opened May 1.
Opa! of Greece (Mall of America, Level 3, South, opasouvlaki.ca) A Canadian franchise does quick-service Mediterranean cuisine with souvlaki, platters, salads and wraps. Read our coverage here.
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop (7143 France Avenue South, https://order.capriottis.com) The only Minnesota outpost of the Italian sandwich chain has closed.
246 Grill (2916 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-432-0329, 246grill.com) The pairing of Uptown's James Ballentine VFW Post 246 and chef Mik German's 246 Grill has ended after just five months. The restaurant within the bar made the decision to close after an announcement earlier in the week that it would not be open due to staffing shortages. The menu was stacked with comfort food favorites including tater tots smothered in cheese curds and wild rice soup, plus massive burgers with all kinds of inspired toppings. German's company will continue to operate out of the kitchen at the St. Paul Park American Legion 98 as 328 Grill.
Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill (220 Carlson Pkwy. N., Plymouth, grizzlysgrill.com.) The restaurant closed May 8 to become a Northern Taphouse, the third in the area. On May 14, the patio reopened, continuing to serve Grizzly's staples plus some new menu items from Northern Taphouse, until the new spot fully opens later in the summer.
Black Sheep Pizza (512 Robert St. N., St. Paul, https://blacksheeppizza.com) In a poetic post on social media, Black Sheep coal-fired pizza shop announced it has closed its St. Paul location after 11 years. "We are so sad, but it's not goodbye. Please visit us in Minneapolis for some great Black Sheep pizza pie," read a portion of the post, which hints to COVID, supply shortages and bike lanes as reasons for its decision. Its two Minneapolis locations — at 600 Washington Av. N. and 2550 Nicollet Av. S. — remain open. Read our coverage here.
Tin Whiskers Brewing (125 E. 9th St. Unit 127, St. Paul, http://twbrewing.com) Tin Whiskers closed at the end of May.
The Mudd Room (1352 Hwy. 13, Mendota, the-mudd-room.business.site) Inside a Mendota speakeasy you'll find dreams of dishes from the past and, soon, menus from bold-name Twin Cities chefs. The Mudd Room is the work of chefs Tyge Nelson and Steve Hesse, who also own the Lucky's 13 pubs and Pajaritos. The duo also boasts impressive resumes of their own — La Belle Vie, Solera, the Inn, Libertine and more — and have called on friends from their culinary pasts to launch the Speakeasy Chef Series, including Shane Oporto, Tim McKee, J.D. Fratzke, Sameh Wadi, Lenny Russo and Justin Sutherland. Read our coverage here.
Charlie's Minneapolis Club (729 2nd Av. S., Mpls. , https://charlies.mplsclub.org) The public is now able to dine in the elegantly remodeled Minneapolis Club, in a nostalgic recreation of the legendary Charlie's Cafe Exceptionale. Chef Jamie Malone is in residence, bringing classic French dishes to contemporary diners. Read our coverage here.
Boludo El 38 (8 W. 38th St., Mpls., http://boludo.com) Facundo Defraia's sweet-and-savory diamond-shaped pizzas had an instant fanbase when he launched Boludo in a tiny storefront in 2018. With a move around the corner to an expansively larger space, expect Boludo-mania to keep growing. The new spot, dubbed "El 38," opened April 26, and has seating for 25. Besides those distinctive Argentinian-style pies, Defraia's expert empanadas are the other menu staple — but look for future additions as he flexes his muscle in a custom kitchen. Read our coverage here.
Kalsada (1668 Selby Av., St. Paul, http://kalsada-stpaul.com) The owners of Cafe Astoria and Stella Belle on St. Paul's W. 7th Street, have taken over the former Augustine's to bring their take on Filipino food to the city. Kicking off mornings with Cafe Astoria's Instagram-baiting lattes and a bakery case loaded with croissants, monkey bread, scones and more, Kalsada opens daily at 7 a.m. The menu unfolds throughout the day with sausages, lumpia and sandwiches for lunch, then resets for dinner service from 3 to 9 p.m. Opened April 28.
Read our coverage here.
Wrecktangle (701 W. Lake St., Mpls. , wrecktanglepizza.com) Wrecktangle, the Detroit-style pizza darling of two food halls, has opened a stand-alone restaurant at Lake & Lyndale. Co-owners Alex Rogers, Jeff Rogers and Breanna Evans are using the sizable space to help incubate other food businesses — a kind of rotating food hall for their culinary peers. The first two Wrecktangles are located at North Loop Galley (729 Washington Av. N., Mpls., northloopgalley.org) and the Market at Malcolm Yards (501 30th Av. SE., Mpls., malcolmyards.market). Opened April 2022. Read our coverage here.
Mario's (232 Cleveland Av. N., 651-207-5252, https://www.mariosstp.com) The duo behind Estelle is branching out, although the distance isn't far — only about 16 blocks. Jason Hansen and Peter Sebastian are converting the former Tillie's Farmhouse into a pizza-and-sandwich shop that they're calling Mario's. The plan is to serve trendy Detroit-style pizza, which follows a pan-style, thick-crust, cheese-heavy format. Opened April 2022. Read our coverage here.
Midori's Floating World Cafe (3425 E. Lake St., Mpls., 763-484-7829, https://www.floatingworldcafe.com) After losing its Lake Street building in the 2020 unrest, and temporarily popping up at the former Seward Cafe, the Japanese restaurant is back in Longfellow. For now, it's takeout-only, but dine-in service for sushi and rice bowls is on the horizon.
Love Pizza (509 Winnetka Av. N., Golden Valley, 612-808-8891, lovepizzamn.com) An ambitious ode to pizza in its many forms, this Golden Valley newcomer makes two kinds of pies (three, if you count the gluten-free option). There's the ultra-crispy, square-cut bar pie that's right at home in Minnesota, plus a larger coal-fired, sauce-on-top option, with foldable slices that'll turn your fingers black, inspired by New Haven "apizza." Get the house combinations on top of either kind of pie. A 110-year-old family recipe for meatballs rounds out the menu at this takeout-only spot, where you can sip wine or beer in a lounge chair while you wait for your order.
CrunCheese (401 14th Av. S.E., Mpls., http://cruncheeseusa.com) This Korean chain specializes hotdogs coated crispy crust and fried. Sometimes there's cheese inside, sometimes there's a chip coating. It's a choose-your-own adventure munchie situation in convenient proximity to the U.
Nordic Waffles (Potluck, 1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville, potluckmn.com ) Nordic Waffles closed its outpost in Rosedale Center's Potluck food hall on April 27 after a three-year run. The sweet and savory waffle stand is a popular State Fair stop, but you won't have to wait until the Great Minnesota Get-Together to get your fix — several flavors of Nordic-style waffles are already available in freezer cases of many supermarkets. Read our coverage here.
Grand Catch (https://www.grandcatchmn.com) Grand Catch, the seafood boil eatery on St. Paul's Grand Avenue from brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi, closed April 30. In a social media post the restaurant said, "It's been a fantastic four and a half years with lots of highs (and some major lows). We are extremely grateful to all of our employees, past and present, for having been an important part of this wonderful ride. Your hard work and dedication is unparalleled."
Read our coverage here.
Dumpling (4004 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., dumplingmpls.com) Dumpling began as a farmers market stand before opening as a cozy restaurant with a menu dotted with banh mi, noodles, ramen and dumplings. In a social media post announcing the closure April 24, owner Bunbob Chhun shared his struggles of balancing business ownership with fatherhood in the wake of two difficult years of restaurant operation.
Hot Indian (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., http://hotindianfoods.com) Hot Indian has closed its Midtown Global Market stand after eight years. Owner Amol Dixit and chef Janene Holig will flip Hot Indian at the Mall of America to a new taco concept.
Sen Yai Sen Lek/Dipped & Debris (2422 Central Av. NE., Mpls., dippedanddebris.com) Two neighboring northeast Minneapolis businesses from the same team, the Thai restaurant Sen Yai Sen Lek and the frozen custard and sandwich shop Dipped & Debris, closed April 23.
Local Roots (817 E. 66th St., Richfield, localrootsmn.com) Local Roots, which first opened in 2017, closed April 10. But, the news isn't all glum. The restaurant will continue to deliver its dishes, including a fantastic wild rice soup, via third party apps and the owners haven't ruled out the chance that a new location might be found at some point in the future.
Hold the Wheat (4050 Brookside Av., St. Louis Park, holdthewheat.com) A gluten-free bakery with a still-evolving menu; find right-sized cakes, pies, cookies and bars, and savory treats, too. Baker Spencer Justiniano, who owns the shop with partner Edwin Snyder, found that he felt better after switching to a gluten-free diet, but missed bakery treats. After much time developing recipes — and becoming quite popular with friends — the pair opened this bakery in late March.
Hell's Cafeteria (86 S. 9th St., Mpls., hellscafeteriamn.com) Street-level, quick-service comfort food that functions like a school cafeteria. Find daily specials, and a regular menu of tater tots, chips and dip, pickled beet salad, smash burgers, dessert bars, breakfast sandwiches and sweet and savory mini doughnuts. Also look for version of Hell's Kitchen's classics, including the caramel-pecan rolls, Mahnomin porridge and mini lemon ricotta hotcakes. Read our coverage here.
Settobello (Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 1) The coal-fired Neapolitan-style pizza outlet replaced Black Sheep Pizza. The crusts are imported from Naples, but toppings are sourced locally as much as possible. Full-service, full bar and grab-and-go offerings. Opened March 8.
Wingman Matt (8793 Columbine Road, Eden Prairie, http://wingmanmatt.com) Find chicken wings, chicken tenders, broasted chicken subs as well as sides at this wings-for-a-cause restaurant, which is named after co-owner John Connolly's son, Matt, who died of cancer in 2018. The restaurant donates money to families struggling with medical bills because of pediatric cancer. Opened January 2022.
Momento (360 St. Peter St., St. Paul,, http://momento-stp.com) Owned by Morrissey Hospitality, Momento slid into the space formerly occupied by Pazzaluna. The restaurant's menu is inspired by its wood-fired oven, serving up "playful New American fare" in downtown St. Paul. Opened late March.
Tii Cup (8140 Hwy. 7, St. Louis Park, tiicup.com) The newest store is the local boba chain's seventh location. But they're more than just boba -- find coffee, shaved snow and (at Brooklyn Park, St. Paul and Richfield locations) Taiwanese street food. Opened March 2022.
The Donut Trap vending machine (755 Prior Av. N., St .Paul, thedonuttrap.com) Bradley Taylor is selling cake doughnuts and his hallmark square doughnuts in a hallway vending machine located between Can Can Wonderland and BlackStack Brewery in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood. Opened March 13.
Soga Mochi Donut (633 W. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul) A stand inside Dragon Star Oriental Foods is selling Soga Mochi Donuts. The dough is made with glutenous rice flour, resulting in a lighter doughnut with a snappy crust that almost resembles an edible teething ring. Flavors include plain, pistachio, matcha, mango, Fruity Pebbles and more, at $2.50 each. The stand opens at 11 a.m. daily.
Angry Line Cook (St. Paul food truck, twitter.com/angrylinecookmn) Find this smash burgers-and-fries food truck at Mears Park in St. Paul and local breweries. (Follow them on Twitter for their whereabouts). The smash burgers feature Peterson Craftsman Meats and Angry Sauce. Launched March 18.
GusGus (128 Cleveland Av. N., St. Paul, http://instagram.com/eatgusgus) The intimate St. Paul neighborhood restaurant Stewart's, which closed Dec. 2021, has been reborn under the ownership of chef Kevin Manley and his wife, Anna Morgan, both 112 Eatery alums. The menu is a mix of not overly serious, but seriously good fun inspired by their travels. Opened March 2022.
Read our coverage here.
Rush Bowls (13005 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, rushbowls.com) Acai and blue spirulina are some of the bases of these vitamin-rich smoothie bowls from this national chain.
Asa's Bakery (5011 34th Av. S., Mpls. , asasbakery.com) Asa's Bakery, the source for some of the Twin Cities' best bagels — as well as a rare producer of bialys — has moved to new and roomier digs, taking over the south Minneapolis address that was most recently home to Sassy Spoon. Opened March 13. Read our coverage here.
Ties Lounge and Rooftop (921 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., tieslounge.com) Ties Lounge and Rooftop has taken over the former Rojo space on Nicollet Mall, billing itself as "the only Minneapolis venue that 'Ties' local restaurants, bars and nightlife vibes all under one roof." The diverse, young leadership team says they are committed to pulling together community and creating a downtown scene to rival those in Miami or other big cities. The menu utilizes local vendors, including Twin Cities chef Josh Hedquist's Joey Meatballs. Opened March 2022. Read our coverage here.
The New Uptown Cafe (3008 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., theuptowndiner.com) The Uptown Diner has launched a breakfast and lunch cafe, with eventual plans to open for dinner and late night, just a little further down Hennepin Avenue. The menu features many of the classics from the original, plus a few new additions. Opened March 17.
Shroom Room (4030 Central Av. in Columbia Heights, gentlemanforager.com) Mike Kempenich, also known as The Gentleman Forager, launched in March 2022 the Shroom Room, a residency in an events venue for meals made by a local chef incorporating foraged ingredients, along with shows by local bands. "The food will have a wild twist," said Kempenich, who also used to operate Forest to Fork at Keg and Case. Read our coverage here.
1st RND (Mall of America, Level 1, South, 1strnd.ca) A sports bar that originated in Canada broadcasts all the big games on its high-definition video walls. Opened March 2022. Read our coverage here.
Seven Steakhouse and Sushi (700 Hennepin Av., Mpls. , 7mpls.com) Seven Steakhouse & Sushi, which closed Jan. 31 due to a severe dip in business compared to pre-pandemic levels, reopened weekends March 2022. Read our coverage here.
Zetta's (2424 Nicollet Av., Mpls., http://facebook.com/zettasmpls) The Eat Street shop known for its ricotta sandwiches closed March 18 and will now focus its efforts on expanding the menu of their ghost kitchen, Yeah Yeah Taco.
Camdi (1325 SE. 4th St., Mpls.) The Phans had been mulling over selling Camdi when the pandemic hit, and had shrunk their hours and went to takeout-only. Citing the restaurant's inability to recover from the pandemic and changes to the Dinkytown neighborhood, they closed on March 26.
Perkins (1829 N. St. Paul Rd., Maplewood) It's been 42 years of good mornings and easy nights at the Maplewood Perkins. The family-owned restaurant closed on March 27. The onetime ubiquitous Midwestern restaurant chain has shrunk significantly in recent years. According to news sources there are less than 50 left in the state where they were once prevalent.
Wild Hare (218 N. Main St., Stillwater, wildharebar.com) The couple behind The Velveteen subterranean speakeasy in Stillwater has opened The Wild Hare. You'll find crispy fried cauliflower/falafel balls and onion rings (with optional Moroccan spice) that just happen to be gluten-free. Just like The Velveteen (123 N. 2nd St., thevelveteenspeakeasy.com) there are cocktails
and handcrafted N/A beverages
Pagoda (2401 Fairview Av. N., Ste. 133, Roseville, http://pagodadinkytown.com) After a 13-year run in Dinkytown, the Cantonese and Szechuan restaurant Pagoda closed last spring to make way for student apartments. (The same development also claimed next-door neighbor McDonald's, a 57-year-old landmark.) After the closure, owner Justin Lin got scores of phone calls and social media messages from people who wanted to see Pagoda continue. Now, it has a new home in Roseville. The new space is slightly smaller than the original, seating about 80. But the strip mall location has something the Dinkytown spot didn't — parking. The menu hasn't changed, with most popular items to carrying over to Roseville, namely hot pot, all-you-can-eat specials and dim sum with bottomless mimosas. Opened Feb. 22. Read our coverage here.
White Rabbit Kitchen & Food Truck (15190 Bluebird St. NW., Andover, 763-270-5975, whiterabbitkitchenmn.com) Andover has a new spot for comfort food, smoked meats and seasonal dishes. Opened Feb. 18.
9 Mile Brewing (9555 James Av. S., Bloomington, 9milebrewing.com) Named for Nine Mile Creek, this brewery with a 3,000-square-foot taproom and a dog-friendly outdoor patio is Bloomington's first craft brewery. Opened Feb. 11. Read our coverage here.
Emerald Lounge (455 W. 7th St., St. Paul, emeraldstpaul.com) An intimate cocktail and wine bar has come to West Seventh in St. Paul. Beverages include an extensive wine list and a selection of craft cocktails, both with and without alcohol. Small plates built for tapas-style snacking make up a majority of the menu, with a few shareable entrees. Opened Feb. 2022. Read our coverage here.
Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks (437 Commerce Dr., Woodbury, tonomn.com) Since 2019, chef Antonio Gambino has been slinging Philly-style cheesesteaks and pizzas inspired by a Sicilian recipe, first in Maplewood (3088 White Bear Av.). The fast-casual restaurant expanded last year to St. Paul, taking over the former St. Clair Broiler (1580 St. Clair Av.), and opened a location in Coon Rapids (3500 124th Av. NW.) in May 2021. Tono opened a fourth location in Woodbury Feb. 14. Read our coverage here.
Urban Skillet (2300 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-886-1880, urbanskilletmn.com) Inspired by a Halal food hall in Los Angeles, Urban Skillet offers burgers, wings and fries. Opened Feb. 14.
Hepcat Coffee (370 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul) A new downtown St. Paul coffee shop from caterer Terry John Zila opened Feb. 7.
Devil's Advocate (14200 60th St. N., Stillwater, 612-354-7735, devilsadvocatebar.com/stillwater) The decade-old downtown Minneapolis restaurant from Erik Forsberg brings its scratch-made pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, and vegetarian menu to a second location in Stillwater. Opened Feb. 2.
Capital Corn (927 Payne Av., St. Paul , capitalcorn.net) The restaurant calls itself the "place for bomb elotes and crazy snacks" and that's exactly what you'll find. Several varieties of elotes (on the cob or in a cup) and chips, many of them "fuego," as well as nachos and cool snacks with a spicy twist. Opened January 2022.
Mother Dough Bakery (225 S. 6th St., Mpls.) The father-and-son duo of David and Eli Fhima, operators of Fhima's Minneapolis (40 S. 7th St., Mpls.) launched Mother Dough on the ground floor of the Capella Tower Jan. 25. (A second skyway-level cafe is still in the works.) The coffee bar is currently offering salads, sandwiches on house-baked breads (including baguette, challah and brioche), hummus and other small-plate options plus an assortment of grab-and-go item, plus house-baked croissants, Danish pastries, éclairs, muffins, cookies and other baked goods. The Fhimas are partnering with Folly Coffee of St. Louis Park for coffee beverages (including a custom medium-dark roast with hints of chocolate and walnut) and Wesley Andrews of Minneapolis for tea. Read our coverage here.
Gray Duck Tavern (345 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul, https://www.grayducktavern.com) Closed since the start of the pandemic, downtown St. Paul's Gray Duck Tavern reopened Jan. 14 with a new menu with comfort food (including a lineup of hot dogs) -- and without the continued involvement of chef Justin Sutherland.
Noa (77 S. 7th St., Mpls. ) A premium downtown Minneapolis restaurant address has come back to life. Noa has opened in the street-level IDS Center space that was most recently home to Mission American Kitchen. The restaurant is the work of Infuse Hospitality, which made its first incursion into the Twin Cities dining market in 2018 when it opened Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea in the North Loop. The menu focuses on seasonal California cooking, including tacos made with heirloom tortillas, salads, sandwiches and a wide variety of protein options. Opened Jan. 18 for lunch with plans to expand to dinner soon. Read our coverage here.
Laune Bread (3605 E. Lake St., Mpls., launebread.com) What was until-now a subscription bakery, Laune Bread has opened a new storefront Jan. 14. All of the breads at Laune are leavened with a sourdough culture and take a hyperlocal approach, including the use of grains grown in the region. The opening menu will include breads as well as a mix of sweet and savory pastries.
Carbon Kitchen + Market (2400 University Av. NE., Mpls., carbonkitchenmarket.com) A spot for coal-fired beef sandwiches from the folks behind Gastrotruck opened Jan. 6. Carbon was one of the first vendors at the Graze food hall in the North Loop. It now has its own home. All of the restaurant's meats are slow-roasted over charcoal (hence the name Carbon). Read our coverage here.
Nouvelle Brewing by Travail (4124 W. Broadway Av., Robbinsdale, 763-573-7267, https://www.nouvellebrewing.com) The Travail Collective's popular Pig Ate My Pizza became Nouvelle Brewing by Travail, a brewpub with many of Pig's bombastic bones — but none of the pizza. "We want to do new things," said co-owner Mike Brown. "It's really hard for us because we've had Pig Ate My Pizza, the brand, for so long and so much effort went into what it is. It's nine years of business and it's a pretty intense change, saying goodbye. But we knew it was right for everybody working here." Opened Jan. 8. Read our coverage here.
Beard Papa's (Mall of America, Level 3, North, 612-999-8218, https://www.beardpapas.com) An international chain that started in Japan offers customizable cream puffs; choose your shell and your filling. The petite Japanese phenomenon opened an outpost in the Mall of America earlier this month — its 33rd in the United States. And judging from the number of bright yellow boxes being couriered around, it's a hit. Located in the mall's North Garden area, Beard Papa's concept is simple. Pick a shell — flavors include plain, chocolate éclair, green tea, honey and cookies and cream — and then choose vanilla, chocolate or green tea filling. Read our coverage here.
Smok'N Outdoors BBQ (1409 Arcade St., St. Paul, https://www.facebook.com/SmokNOutdoorsBbq) A barbecue trailer has gone brick and mortar, taking over the space formerly known as Asian Street Food on St. Paul's East Side.
Pa Tea & Poke (20 University Av. NE., Mpls., https://www.pateapoke.com) Fruit tea, milk tea, cheese tea and poke bowls are on the menu at this new spot in the former PinKU.
Black Dog Cafe (308 E. Prince St., St. Paul, 651-228-9274, https://www.blackdogstpaul.com) Lowertown's longtime Black Dog Cafe has closed, as of Jan. 2, owner Sara Remke posted on Facebook. The 24-year-old music venue, coffee bar and restaurant will host a farewell event on Jan. 15. Read our coverage here.
Trattoria Mucci (901 W. Lake St., muccisitalian.com) The Italian bistro from restaurateur Tim Niver and chef Chris Uhrich closed Jan. 29. Opened in 2019, Trattoria Mucci was an offshoot of the smaller St. Paul Mucci's. The restaurant also took the place of another Niver venture, Meyvn, which ran for one year. Niver said they will absorb as much of the staff as they can into the St. Paul location.
Read our coverage here.
Part Wolf (501 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. ) The Cedar-Riverside music, soccer and bocce bar closed Jan. 28. It was located in the historic two-story West Bank building that previously housed the Nomad World Pub and 5 Corners Saloon, a spot that is believed to have one of the oldest liquor licenses in the city. Musicians and music fans around the Twin Cities expressed disappointment over the news. Read our coverage here.
The Creekside Supper Club & Lounge (4820 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. , 612-354-3675, creeksidemn.com/menu) A Wisconsin-style supper club has opened in the former El Burrito and Pepitos space in south Minneapolis, from the owners of the neighboring Parkway Theater. The menu adheres closely to Upper Midwest supper-club tradition: steaks and chops, relish trays, cheese curds, walleye. (Appetizers run $10-$19, entrees start at $16 for a burger and up to $38 for king cut prime rib.) Opened Dec. 29. Read our coverage here.
Farmer and the Fishmonger (14883 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, http://farmerandthefishmonger.com) Eyes Wide Hospitality's latest endeavor takes over a former Ruby Tuesday's to reimagine the traditional steakhouse concept by incorporating "wild" ingredients from local local farmers, foragers and fishmongers, said owner Tony Donatell. Opened Dec. 8.
Protagonist Kitchen and Bar (6601 Lyndale Av. S., Richfield, protagonistkitchenandbar.com) The restaurant, which opened in December in the former Houlihan's space, bills itself as an Americana gastropub, with a "thoughtful approach to New American cuisine that is inclusive for all appetites." Indeed, the menu is an eclectic mix of standards (smashburger, grilled salmon) and not-as-standards (eggplant melt, duck confit), with an array of starters, too.
Smack Shack (3801 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, https://smack-shack.com) A former Fuddruckers is now a Smack Shack. Owners Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald gutted the suburban chain and gave it a coastal vibe for the fifth iteration of their lobster-centric restaurant and bar. Other locations are in Minneapolis's North Loop, MSP Airport, Potluck food hall at Rosedale Center, and the original northeast Minneapolis outpost at The 1029 Bar. The new location, with its largest kitchen yet, will add some new menu items alongside the seafood boils and lobster rolls it's known for. Between the dining room and patio, this Smack Shack can seat up to 360 people. Opened Dec. 7.
Shake Shack (12351 Elm Creek Blvd. N., Maple Grove, shakeshack.com/location/maple-grove-mn) The city of Maple Grove is now home to Minnesota's fourth Shake Shack in its Shoppes at Arbor Lakes shopping center. The other locations are at Mall of America, MSP Airport and Southdale in Edina. The newest branch of the New York-originated burgers and shakes joint has a drive-through. Opened Dec. 6. Read our coverage here.
Mr. Paul's Supper Club (3917 B Market St., Edina, 612-259-8614, https://www.mrpaulssupperclub.com) Chef Tommy Begnaud is blending his Louisiana roots with the sensibilities of a Midwestern supper club. The dinner menu follows the classic supper club format — steaks, chops, seafood, pasta — peppered with Creole and Cajun touches. By day, a counter-service restaurant-within-a-restaurant (dubbed Mr. Paul's Po'boys and Jams) offers a variety of New Orleans sandwich standards (shrimp, fried oyster) as well as some supper club-esque newcomers (cheese curd, spaghetti-and-meatball), along with housemade sodas and slushies. Bar maestro Nick Kosevich created a cocktail menu that places a contemporary spin on classic New Orleans libations. Opened Dec. 3.
Read our coverage here.
Tattersall Distilling River Falls (River Falls, Wisconsin, https://www.tattersalldistilling.com/river-falls) Tattersall Distilling's new Wisconsin facility opened to the public on Dec. 1, complete with a restaurant. The northeast Minneapolis-based company has shifted most production to its new "destination distillery" in River Falls. The restaurant in the 75,000-square-foot space is a first for Tattersall. The menu incorporates Tattersall products (for example, pork belly candied with whiskey glaze, steak with Tattersall Orange Crema butter sauce). The cocktail menu expands upon the one in Minneapolis with drinks inspired by its new home. Yes, there is a Wisco Sour.
Read our coverage here.
Lush (990 Central Av. NE., Mpls. , https://lushmpls.com) Jason Matheson, host of Fox 9's "The Jason Show" and MyTalk 107.1's morning show, is part of a new ownership group that has reimagined Lush Lounge and Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. On the restaurant side, the food is casual but focused, with burgers, sandwiches and entrees using seasonal ingredients. While it isn't entirely biscuit-focused, Betty & Earl's signature item plays a starring role in the weekend brunch service. Opened Dec. 26. Read our coverage here.
246 Grill (2916 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., http://246grill.com) A menu from chefs Mik German and Marisol Herling brings scratch bar food to the James Ballentine Uptown VFW. Burgers are the focus, along with a fried chicken sandwich, MN Poutine (tater tots topped with cheese curds and wild rice soup) and a number of vegan options. Opened Dec. 15.
The Kitchen (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., midtownglobalmarket.org) The newest addition to the Midtown Global Market is the Kitchen, Destinee Shelby's Baked Brand's spot for fresh-pressed juices, Budda Sauce, chicken sandwiches, cake jars and a stuffed turkey leg. Opened Dec. 18.
Spice & Tonic Indian Cuisine & Bar (903 S. Washington Av., Mpls., 612-333-9020, https://spiceandtonic.net) A new Indian restaurant from Joginder Cheema (formerly of Bukhara Indian Bistro, among many others) opened Dec. 15 in the former Sanctuary space in downtown Minneapolis.
Yum! Kitchen and Bakery (150 Snelling Av., St. Paul, http://www.yumkitchen.com) Patti Soskin has launched her third venture in the street level of the Harper Apartments, a five-story mixed-use building at the southeast corner of Snelling and Selby avenues in St. Paul, in the spot formerly occupied by O'Gara's. Opened Dec. 14. Read our coverage here.
La Bodega Taco Bar (8005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, https://labodegatacobar.square.site) Birria tacos, burritos and more are on the menu at this new taqueria, which opened in December 2021.
Dancing Ganesha (8124 Hwy. 7, St. Louis Park, http://dancingganeshampls.com/location-2) The Loring Park Indian restaurant has expanded to St. Louis Park in December 2021, opening in the Shoppes at Knollwood.
Oryza Poke & Ramen (1016 Diffley Rd., Eagan, 651-493-3242, oryzapokeramen.aiyaorder.us) New to Eagan is a spot for poke and ramen, with wide selections of ingredients for both dishes.
Pig Ate My Pizza (4124 W. Broadway Av., Robbinsdale, https://www.pigatemypizza.com) At midnight on Jan. 1, the Travail Collective's popular Pig Ate My Pizza closed to make way for Nouvelle Brewing by Travail, a brewpub with many of Pig's bombastic bones — but none of the pizza. "We want to do new things," said co-owner Mike Brown. "It's really hard for us because we've had Pig Ate My Pizza, the brand, for so long and so much effort went into what it is. It's nine years of business and it's a pretty intense change, saying goodbye. But we knew it was right for everybody working here." Read our coverage here.
Stewart's (128 Cleveland Av. N., St. Paul, https://www.stewartsminnesota.com) Stewart's, the intimate restaurant on St. Paul's Cleveland Avenue, closed Dec. 22. After maneuvering through the pandemic, weathering a name change and other daily challenges of restaurant life, chef/owner Max Thompson said he is ready for a break. "I need a new challenge in life," he said. "I've been in this space for eight and a half years. It's time." The restaurant will be reborn once again early 2022 under the ownership of chef Kevin Manley and his wife, Anna Morgan, both 112 Eatery alums.
Read our coverage here.
PinkU Japanese Street Food (20 University Av. NE., Mpls., https://www.pinkujapanese.com) PinkU Japanese Street Food closed its doors with one last party on New Year's Eve. The creative, casual restaurant in northeast Minneapolis had an impressive run, at one point expanding to co-op grab and go dishes and an outlet at MSP airport. The airport location closed during the pandemic. Xiaoteng X Huang opened the restaurant with the help of chef John Sugimura who created a menu with crispy gyoza and salmon cakes that quickly drew fans. More recently chef Tomoyo Rudin worked with Huang to update the menu.
Clockwerks Brewing (25 N. 4th St., Mpls., 612-339-9375, http://www.clockwerksbrewing.com) The downtown Minneapolis brewery closed with a farewell event Dec. 18.
Hodges Bend (2700 University Av., St. Paul, https://www.hodges-bend.com) The St. Paul outpost of this Oklahoma-based coffee and cocktail restaurant is closed and the location has been removed from the company's website.
SoulFu (729 N. Washington Av., Mpls., https://northloopgalley.org/restaurants/soul-fu) Chef/owner Timmy Truong has closed his comfort food fusion stand inside the North Loop Galley food hall. SoulFu combined elements of Chinese and Soul Food into hearty plates like fried chicken topped fried rice or spicy mac and cheese.
Saji-Ya (695 Grand Av., St. Paul, sajiya.com) After more than 40 years on St. Paul's Grand Avenue, Saji-Ya served its final meal in its original location on Dec. 31, temporarily closing to make way for a new project that will replace the building containing Saji-Ya, Dixie's on Grand and Emmett's Public House. The five-story, 80-unit mixed-use building on the lively thoroughfare is planned to reopen in 2023 with a newly designed Saji-Ya on the ground floor. The historic restaurant founded by Tatsuya Saji and Kiminobu Ichikawa, both born in Japan, was the first to serve sushi in St. Paul. Read our coverage here.
Hope Breakfast Bar (5377 W. 16th St., St. Louis Park , https://www.hopebreakfast.com) A second location for Brian and Sarah Ingram's Hope Breakfast Bar is now open at the Shops at West End as of Sunday, Nov, 28. The playful breakfast spot (think pina colada French toast, deviled egg sandwich) also has a grab-and-go counter with creative coffees (banana bread latte) and bagels, granola bowls and house-baked sticky buns. Open weekends 7 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Get Down Coffee Co. (1500 N. 44th Av., Mpls., http://getdowncoffee.com) A north Minneapolis barbershop is now a specialty coffeeshop. Houston White Men's Room, in the Camden neighborhood, has expanded in collaboration with Dogwood Coffee, which also will install a coffee roasting facility in the area. Opened Nov. 26. Read our coverage here.
Joey Meatballs (1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville, https://potluckmn.com) Chef Josh Hedquist and Peter Stampone open their third location of the create-your-own pasta concept that's also located at Keg and Case Market and the Market at Malcolm Yards. Opened Nov. 24. Read our coverage here.
Salad Slayer (1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville, https://www.joeymeatballs.org) The folks behind Joey Meatballs have launched a new concept, Salad Slayer, at Potluck food hall in Rosedale Mall. The build-your-own salad bar offers fresh greens, toppings and dressings. Opened Nov. 24. Read our coverage here.
Kazoku (5445 Eden Prairie Rd., Minnetonka, kazokuburnsville.com) Taking the place of Copper Cow Bar and Kitchen, is a second location of the Japanese restaurant Kazoku. The first is based in Burnsville. Opened Nov. 21.
Ama Sushi (5033 France Av. S., Mpls. , https://www.amasushimn.com) Ama means "mother" in Tibetan, and the new Ama Sushi is a family endeavor for brothers Sonam Nyorie and Rinpo Yak, who are merging their Tibetan cuisine with Nyorie's expertise as a sushi chef at a new restaurant at 50th and France. Nyorie took the same approach at sister restaurant Momo Sushi in northeast Minneapolis. On the menu at Ama Sushi, find Tibetan momos (steamed dumplings), sake flights, and both traditional and non-traditional sushi; the Lungta Roll with spicy salmon, tuna, yellowtail, avocado and tobiko, for example, is inspired by the colors in a Tibetan prayer flag.
MB Foodhouse (729 Washington Av. N., Mpls., northloopgalley.org/mb-foodhouse) MB Foodhouse's El Paso Tex-Mex cuisine is now at the North Loop Galley food hall. Previously located in Uptown, MB Foodhouse joins Wrecktangle Pizza, Soul Fu and Ono Hawaiian Plates at this small food business incubator. They are topping Nixta corn tortillas with braised pork, marinated chicken and salsa macha, or charred cauliflower (that taco is called "vegan death"), plus bowls, taquitos and loaded fries. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. Opened Nov. 12.
Churchill Street (4606 Churchill St., Shoreview, churchillst.com) A sunny counter-service cafe in a former Shoreview hardware store opened Nov. 10. Pastries, breakfast items, sandwiches, soups and shareables are on the menu designed by Jonathan Gans, the former executive chef from Bachelor Farmer. Plus, grab kitchenware and Milkjam ice cream pints to go from a small market. Open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Read our coverage here.
Fiddlehead Coffee Co. (8061 33rd Av. S., Bloomington, fiddleheadcoffee.co) Rochester's Fiddlehead Coffee Co. has migrated north, landing in Bloomington Nov 2021. Coffee, focaccia sandwiches, house-made pastries, wine and beer are on the menu at the cafe and roaster's third location. Open daily from 7 a.m.
B&E Featuring Sweets By Diane (1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville, besweetsbydiane.com) Pastry chef Diane Minor, a 30-year veteran, is coming on board Betty & Earl's Biscuit Kitchen at Rosedale Mall's Potluck, which is rebranding as B&E Featuring Sweets By Diane. The biscuits, inspired by co-owner Jason Matheson's family recipe, will stay on the menu, in addition to cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, cookies, bars and soup. Opened Nov. 1. Read our coverage here.
Bad Axe Throwing (Minneapolis City Center, https://badaxethrowing.com) A second Minneapolis branch of Bad Axe Throwing is now open in City Center. The space features two dozen targets and a full bar, and it's occupying square footage that most recently was leased by Target.
Sumo & Smoh (1579 Hamline Av. N., Falcon Heights, https://www.sumosmoh.com) What began as a food trailer in 2016 with only one egg roll flavor, is now a brick-and-mortar 'interactive' restaurant with 23 kinds of sweet and savory egg rolls, noodles, colorful desserts, and a selection of games (VR, escape room). Opened Nov. 2021.
Augustine's (1668 Selby Av., St. Paul, https://augustinesmn.com) Augustine's, the St. Paul neighborhood restaurant that began in 2016 as a Augustine's Bar & Bakery and used its pandemic closure to retool into a French bistro, has closed. The restaurant was closed for Thanksgiving weekend and never reopened, said chef Derik Moran. "We are not quite ready to comment on the future of Augustine's," co-owner Anne Marie said. "We do have something exciting in the works." Read our coverage here.
Woodfired Cantina (928 W. 7th St., St. Paul, https://www.woodfiredcantina.com) Woodfire Cantina, the only sit-down restaurant at St. Paul's Keg and Case food hall, has closed. "We struggled to make it work," said owner Brian Ingram. Brian and Sarah Ingram's Purpose Driven Restaurants has pulled out of the food hall entirely, closing its Purple Ice Cream shop earlier this fall after a short run. Read our coverage here.
Broadway Pizza (2025 W. River Rd., Mpls. , https://www.broadwaypizza.com) Broadway Pizza's Minneapolis riverfront location closed Nov. 28 to make way for affordable housing. But it's not the end of the line for the restaurant — or its iconic caboose. The restaurant is relocating to downtown Minneapolis, partnering with Dan Kelly's Pub (212 S. 7th St.), which has been closed since the start of the pandemic. Broadway Pizza will be on the menu at Dan Kelly's beginning in March 2022. And the historic train car will be relocated to the Ironhorse Railroad Park in Chisago City, Minn. Read our coverage here.
Sweet Retreat (5013 France Av. S., Mpls. , https://www.thesweetretreatmn.com) The cupcake shop closed Nov. 24, citing "upcoming constructions affecting our building."
Sassy Spoon (5011 34th Av. S., Mpls. , http://www.sassyspoonmpls.com) The gluten-free, whole foods restaurant closed Nov. 20. It began 10 years ago as a food truck before launching a brick-and-mortar store. "It is time for Sassy Spoon to say goodbye," owner Tamara Brown wrote on social media. "I am ready to try something new. ... I feel incredibly lucky that our team supported each other through such a challenging year and a half, and that we had this space to share."
Dragon Wok (805 E. 38th St., Mpls. ) The seven-year-old Dragon Wok, which relocated in March 2020, is taking a break after a challenging residency at the corner of 38th and Chicago. "As you know, we've been through some unimaginable times at our current location. For the last year and a half, our small team has fought an uphill battle to bring you the best we had to offer. When we took a step back to evaluate our mental and physical health as a family, we realized we are sacrificing too much to continue operating in these conditions," the owners posted on social media. The lease continues and they're planning to "return in a different form."
Emily's Bakery and Deli (1212 Vermillion St., Hastings, 651-437-3338, emilysbakerydeli.com) A 73-year-old Hastings bakery closed its doors Nov. 20. Owners Norine Bishop and Steve Fox wrote on Facebook that "many factors" went into the decision. The closing date was originally scheduled for Nov. 27, but moved up a week because the bakery was so "overwhelmed" by orders after the announcement.
Copper Cow (5445 Eden Prairie Rd., Minnetonka, https://www.coppercowkitchen.com) Copper Cow Bar and Kitchen, the spot for boozy shakes and burgers in Minnetonka's Glen Lake, closed Nov. 14. The building sold, according to a social media post from Copper Cow, and has a new tenant. The Japanese restaurant Kazoku, currently based in Burnsville, will be opening a second location at 5445 Eden Prairie Rd., Minnetonka (kazokuburnsville.com). Read our coverage here.
Khan's Mongolian BBQ (500 E. 78th St., Richfield, khansmongolianbbqmn.com) Khan's Mongolian BBQ closed Nov. 14 after a 28-year run in Richfield. An announcement on Instagram cited "upcoming extensive road construction on 494 and Portland Ave, ending of our current lease, ongoing pandemic difficulties, and staffing issues." A Roseville location remains open.
Blue Wolf Brewing Co. (8515 Edinburgh Centre Dr., Brooklyn Park, https://bluewolfbrew.com) The 3.5-year-old brewery closed Nov. 12. "When we opened this place, we never expected how close we would come to some of you. We will never forget the kindness, love, support, and caring so many of you had for this place, and us," the owners wrote.
Union Hmong Kitchen (520 N. 4th St., Mpls., unionkitchenmn.com) On the heels of becoming a U.S. citizen (an accomplishment he shared on social media), chef Yia Vang has more good news. His Union Hmong Kitchen has a new home at the food hall Graze Provisions and Libations. After residencies at Sociable Cider Werks, Republic and Mid City Kitchen, Vang is excited to get settled in the North Loop. "We started out in our trailer, and we were able to do so much from that tiny space, then we moved to other people's kitchens, now this place will be just us," he said in a statement. Opened Oct. 29. Read our coverage here.
Buttered Tin (2445 NE. Marshall St., Mpls., thebutteredtin.com) By late July, the bakery/cafe will follow the breakfast/lunch format of its popular eight-year-old predecessor in St. Paul's Lowertown (237 E. 7th St., St. Paul). Opened Oct. 27.
Pizza Karma (Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Dr. NE., Blaine, https://www.pizzakarma.com) Anchoring Northtown Mall's new food hall is the third location for tandoor-fired naan pizza, from chef Raghavan Iyer.
Mezcalito Butcher (14889 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, mezcalitobutcher.com) This "Latin live-fire cooking restaurant" is "an homage to the magic of Mexico's tequila bars and taquerias, founded on our deep admiration and reverence for Mexican culture & cuisine," wrote owner Tony Donatell. Mezcalito Butcher, which replaced the Misfits Collective, opened Oct. 22. Read our coverage here.
Khâluna (4000 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-345-5199, https://khaluna.com) Ann Ahmed, the culinary talent behind La t14 Asian Eatery (8815 7th Av. N., Golden Valley, lat14.com) and Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine (8600 Edinburgh Center Dr., Brooklyn Park, lemongrassmn.com), has opened a third restaurant. She's taken over the space — dormant since the start of the pandemic — that was formerly home to Harriet's Inn. The restaurant and bar also features a retail component, and that flexible space — with its own entry — will also be used as a gathering place for private events and cooking classes. Opened Oct. 20. Read our coverage here.
Sidecar (4812 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. , https://www.facebook.com/The-Sidecar-at-the-Tap-102330188900150) Town Hall brewpubs and restaurants has added cocktails to the menu, with the new Sidecar. The intimate bar, located next to Town Hall Tap, offers classic cocktails and shareable food in a mid-century modern space. Opened Oct. 22.
Tiger Sugar (318 14th Ave SE., Mpls., facebook.com/TigerSugarMinneapolis) The Taiwan-based boba and dessert chain has opened its first Minnesota location, in Dinkytown, on Oct. 16.
Breaking Bread Cafe (1210 W. Broadway Av., Mpls., breakingbreadfoods.com) Breaking Bread Cafe, closed since 2019, has reopened in north Minneapolis. The daytime café celebrating the culinary legacy of Black Americans, first opened in 2015, is an arm of the non-profit Appetite for Change, which also operates Station 81 at St. Paul's Union Depot. Stop in 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. for breakfast, sandwiches, salads and build-your-own plates. Read our coverage here.
Iconos Gastro Cantina (2937 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-824-0800, https://www.iconosgastrocantina.com) Latin American dishes "with a twist," cocktails and brunch come to the former Lyndale Tap House and Hickory n' Hops. Opened Oct. 8.
Third Space Cafe (2930 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., https://www.thirdspacempls.com) Coffee, panini, and pastries from Turtle Bread Company round out the menu at this new Uptown cafe.
Slice (519 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-367-4593) With supersized slices of pizza akin to those you'd find in New York, Slice is catering to walk-up traffic in a fast-growing residential district with a service window and delivery; there's no dining inside this former insurance office. Opened Oct. 2; reopened Nov. 6 after a fire-related closure. Read our coverage here.
Tillie's Farmhouse (232 Cleveland Av. N.) After 4.5 years, this country-style restaurant closed Oct. 31. Read our coverage here.
The Liffey (175 W. 7th St., St. Paul) The Liffey Irish Pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic. In October 2021, it announced it won't be reopening. In its place across from Xcel Energy Center will be a new Wild Bill's Sports Saloon. The Liffey was founded by Kieran Folliard as part of his portfolio of Irish bars and restaurants (including the Local and Kieran's). Folliard exited the company a decade ago.
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Stacked Deck Brewing (421 Cedar St., St. Paul) Stacked Deck Brewing, in the Treasure Island Center, closed Oct. 30. "We'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say, the hardships we have endured over the past year have gone beyond the capabilities of a small brewery like ours," proprietors of the three-year-old brewery wrote on Facebook. Read our coverage here.
Betty & Earl's (1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville, besweetsbydiane.com) Betty & Earls Biscuit Kitchen at Rosedale Mall's Potluck food hall closed Oct. 18 for a two week break to relaunch as B&E Featuring Sweets By Diane. Co-owner Adrienne Odom has moved to New York, and pastry chef Diane Minor, a 30-year veteran, is coming on board. The biscuits, inspired by co-owner Jason Matheson's family recipe, will stay on the menu, in addition to cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, cookies, bars and soup. Look for a reopening around Nov. 1. Read our coverage here.
Obachan (1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville) Justin Sutherland's build-your-own ramen concept is out at Potluck food hall. Read our coverage here.
Chickpea (1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville) Justin Sutherland's build-your-own hummus bowl concept is out at Potluck food hall. Read our coverage here.
The Misfits Collective (14889 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, https://themisfitscollective.co) The Misfits Collective, a food hall-style multi-concept restaurant in Apple Valley, closed Oct. 18. "Sometimes as a business owner you have to admit defeat, learn what you can from your mistakes and get better, close one door in order to open another," wrote owner Tony Donatell on social media. The closure makes way for Donatell's Mezcalito Butcher, which has opened in its place. Read our coverage here.
Crepe & Spoon (339 22nd Av. NE., Mpls. , https://www.crepeandspoon.com) The last day of the season for this vegan ice cream and crepe shop is Oct. 30, and an Instagram post hints it might not reopen.
CHX (2210 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. , https://chxmsp.com) After only 90 days with a storefront, CHX has closed in Uptown Minneapolis. The restaurant began as a ghost kitchen and took a chance on brick-and-mortar. Closed Oct. 4. Read our coverage here.
Dariette Drive-In (1440 Minnehaha Av. E., St. Paul) The Dari-ette Drive-In, the synonymous-with-summer dining landmark on St. Paul's East Side, closed Oct. 3 after a 70-year run. Founded in 1951, the Dari-ette was known for its burgers, fried chicken, corn dogs, shakes (variations ranged from banana to crème de menthe), soft-serve cones and other fast-food fare. Read our coverage here.
Minnesota Barbecue Co. (816 Lowry Av. NE., Mpls., minnesotabbqco.com) Chef Kale Thome is stepping away from the smoker — for now — as his Minnesota Barbecue Co. closed Oct. 3. "After a memorable run serving takeout from our humble abode in NE Minneapolis, Minnesota BBQ Co. is packing up the smoker and closing our doors," he announced on the restaurant's website. "The business has been doing great, but after 16 years in the industry, it's time to focus on my family and give more of my time to them, and I couldn't be more excited for this next chapter." Read our coverage here.
Basement Bar at Sooki & Mimi (1432 W. 31st St., basement, Mpls., https://www.sookiandmimi.com/basement) Enter through a door on the alley behind Ann Kim's restaurant (as long as the red light is on) and descend to the mid-Mod rec room of your dreams, with a heavily curated spirit list and classic cocktails by bar manager Adam Gorski.
Uni Uni (Mall of America, Level 1, East, https://www.uniuni.us) This tea shop has opened its second Minnesota location (the first is in Dinkytown) for its bubble teas with fruit, milk or cheese foam. Read our coverage here.
Angel Food Bakery (Texa-Tonka shopping center, St. Louis Park, https://www.angelfoodmn.com) The bakery, which grew out of the adjacent Hell's Kitchen restaurant in downtown Minneapolis, has relocated to the Texa-Tonka shopping center in St. Louis Park. Along with its full line of doughnuts, pastries, cupcakes, cookies and other sweets, the bakery features a coffee bar with a menu that includes kombucha on tap and tea lattes. The beans are coming from Folly Coffee, a small-batch roaster that's also located in St. Louis Park.Chef/owner Katy Gerdes has also reserved part of the space to make a permanent home for FrioFrio (frio is Spanish for cold), the paletas business that she and Chris Weber have been operating at summer festivals out of an eye-catching pedal-propelled cart. Opened Sept. 24. Read our coverage here.
All Saints (222 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. , allsaintsmpls.co) Two Esker Grove veterans, Denny Leaf-Smith and Kim Tong, have branched out from the Walker Art Center restaurant and opened All Saints Sept. 21. It revives the charming space that was most recently occupied by Bardo. A wood-burning grill is a central cooking component.
The Dakota (1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., https://www.dakotacooks.com) After a long pandemic hiatus, the world renowned Dakota music club and restaurant finally reopened Sept. 2021 with a new chef, menu and more. Owners Lowell Pickett and Richard Erickson shut down their nationally prominent venue in March 2020. To reopen, they've consulted with James Beard award-winning chef Tim McKee (formerly of La Belle Vie, Octo Fish Bar and others) to create a new culinary program. McKee recruited Remy Pettus, chef/owner of the former Bardo, to run the kitchen. The cooking reflects the Pettus family's generations-deep roots in the Carolinas, with dishes along the lines of hickory-smoked chicken wings, shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, pan-roasted duck breast with Georgia peaches and chicken-fried quail with collard greens. Read our coverage here.
The Copperfield (735 Maple St., Mendota Heights, thecopperfieldmn.com) A new breakfast, lunch and supper spot from Hightop Hospoitality (the folks behind Crooked PInt and Green Mill), opened Labor Day Weekend in the Linden, a luxury rental building for adults 55 and older. On the menu: caramel roll pancakes, three kinds of avocado toast, grab-and-go bakery items, a coffee bar, craft cocktails and more. Shea designed the space. Read our coverage here.
Francis (1500 Fillmore St. NE., Mpls., https://www.francisthevegan.com) Named for a Canadian pig who escaped the slaughterhouse and became a folk hero, Francis is the newest tenant of the food trailer outside Sociable Cider Werks (the same space that launched Yia Vang's Union Hmong Kitchen). And like its namesake, no animals were harmed in the making of its vegan burgers. Like Union Hmong Kitchen, Francis is on a brick-and-mortar trajectory, said co-owner Lindsey Johnston. The proprietors are looking for a spot in northeast Minneapolis. Read our coverage here.
O'Shaughnessy Distilling (600 Malcolm Av. SE., https://osdistilling.com) The O'Shaughnessy family is channeling ancestral traditions with their line of spirits — but don't call it Irish whiskey. Patrick, Michael and Michael's father, Jerry, have been preparing their distillery since 2018, and are finally opening the doors of O'Shaughnessy Distilling Co. — a 27,000-square-foot facility located in an old potato factory neighboring Surly Brewing Co. Opened Aug. 2021.
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Farmers Kitchen + Bar (750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., farmerskitchenandbar.com) The work of the Minnesota Farmers Union, the restaurant — which is located in the former Spoonriver — serves farm-fresh foods, along with grab-and-go items, products from local food makers and produce, eggs and meats. Chef Kris Koch, a Patisserie 46 and Wolfgang Puck veteran, will be running the kitchen. Opened Aug. 25.
Toma Mojo Grill (12977 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, https://www.tomamojogrill.com) The fast-casual restaurant from Paul Backer and Michael Knox will celebrate Spanish and Portuguese culinary traditions, funneling roast chicken and roast pork (and vegan sausages) into sandwiches, plates and familystyle platters and pairing them with sauces and side dishes
Gray Fox Coffee (901 Marquette Av., Mpls. , https://www.grayfoxcoffee.com) After debuting at 801 Marquette in 2018, the coffeehouse/cafe/wine bar now has a sibling on the next block, at 901 Marquette. Gray Fox Coffee is the work of Danielle and Chris Bjorling, the couple behind the Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen in Minneapolis and the Copper Cow Bar and Kitchen in Minnetonka. The Bjorlings are busy. In March, they opened a Gray Fox in Uptown Minneapolis (1477 W. Lake St.), in the Daymark residential/com-mercial complex."We've hit on this unique niche of occupying amenity-type spaces," said Chris Bjorling. At 901 Marquette, Gray Fox has replaced a former Peace Coffee location.
Bellecour Bakery at Cooks (877 W. Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-228-1333, https://cooksofcrocushill.com/bellecour-bakery) Scheduled to open August 12, this is an expansion of the popular bakery collaboration with Cooks of Crocus Hill to Cooks' St. Paul location. With that news comes some key personnel changes. Alexandra Motz has been promoted to pastry chef at Spoon and Stable (211 N. 1st St., Mpls., spoonandstable.com), and Diane Moua, who previously held that post, advances to pastry chef of Bellecour Bakery at Cooks, where she will focus on developing the Bellecour Bakery concept and look for growth opportunities.
EaTo (305 S. Washington Av., Mpls., helloeatompls.com) Downtown Minneapolis' Eastside restaurant is getting an Italian makeover when the new EaTo launches Friday, Aug. 6. On the food side, the James Beard-nominated chef Jamie Malone, formerly of Grand Cafe, is continuing her consulting role at this address. (She came aboard Eastside in 2018.) Malone is collaborating with chef Matt Henrickson on a menu of pizzas, fried meats, sandwiches, salads, housemade sausages and gelato. For drinks, cocktail dynamo Marco Zappia is crafting a menu of espresso drinks, aperitifs, digestifs, nonalcoholic cocktails and his spins on classics, such as a mandarin negroni. Read our coverage here.
El Norte Kitchen
(Food truck, https://www.elnortekitchen.com) Tucson-style burritos, fries and churros began as a pop-up two years ago. Now, proprietors Ben Allen, Tricia Allen and Elijah Allen have their own food truck.
A-Side Public House (754 Randolph Av., St. Pau, https://asidepublichouse.com) A former fire station is now a spot for wings, sandwiches, coffee and pastries and more.
Soul Bowl (7122 Chicago Av. S., Richfield, soulbowlmn.com) Soul Bowl is expanding. The new location (7122 Chicago Av. S., Richfield) continues to focus on contemporary soul food (with vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options), although part of the menu (dishes like curried goat and oxtail stew) will take cues from neighboring Galaxy Foods, a Caribbean-West Indian grocery. Takeout and delivery, but no on-site dining. Opened Aug. 2. The first location is in Graze Food Hall (520 N. 4th St., Mpls.).
The Market at Malcolm Yards (501 30th Av. SE., Mpls. , https://www.malcolmyards.com) Tenants in this new food hall include Detroit-style Wrecktangle Pizza, Joey Meatballs from former Giulia chef Josh Hedquist, Advellum Vegetable Eatery, ice cream from Bebe Zito, Del Sur Empanadas, Abang Yoli and more. Opened Aug. 5.
Un Dito (4728 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. , 612-223-8639, https://www.undito.com) Sicilian-style finger foods served on a four-season patio are a new addition to ie Italian Eatery in south Minneapolis.The first-come-first-served, 400-square-foot nook is open Thursday through Sunday.
Gatherings Cafe (1530 E. Franklin Av., Mpls., http://www.maicnet.org/gatherings-cafe) The cafe inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center has reopened after a long pandemic hiatus, with executive chef Brian Yazzie leading the Indigenous food program.
Pau Hana (14435 State Hwy. 13, Savage, https://www.pauhanamn.com) The team behind Lake & Irving in Minneapolis expands southward and plays up chef/owner Chris Ikeda's experience cooking in Hawaii to offer "HRC": Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, which has roots in Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific islands. Pau means "after," and Hana means "work," so think of it as a place for an after-work beer that just happens to fly in fresh seafood and fire up some pizzas in a woodfire oven. Opened Aug. 3.
Seward Soft Serve (2211 E. Franklin Av., Mpls., https://www.sewardsoftserve.com) After two years making dairy and vegan soft serve, this little shop is closing permanently Aug. 15, per an Instagram post. "There are many reasons for this, and no one can know what it would have been like had we started without a pandemic hampering our progress," the owners wrote.
Owamni by the Sioux Chef (Water Works, Mpls., https://owamni.com) Opened July 2021, Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson's restaurant overlooks St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge as part of the Water Works Mississippi Riverfront park project. The four-season dine-in and take-out restaurant focuses on Native American cuisine. Read our coverage here.
Zoe's Bakery and Cafe (1400 Nicol-let Av. S., Mpls., zoesusa.com) Zoe's Bakery & Cafe has relocated from its original home in Minneapolis' Lyn-Lake neighborhood into spacious digs on the ground floor of a big new Eat Street apartment building near Loring Park.
Cardamom (Walker Art Center) The Walker Art Center's restaurant has a new name and new culinary team: Chefs and restaurateurs Daniel del Prado and Shawn McKenzie are partnering with the museum and opening Cardamom. The restaurant borrows overtones from the cuisines of the regions on the Aegean and Mediterranean seas and features a menu that focuses on herbs, spices and rotisserie meats and vegetables. Opened July 22.
Myriel (470 S. Cleveland Av., St. Paul, https://www.myrielmn.com) Karyn Tomlinson, the fast-rising culinary star who lit up the kitchen at Corner Table with her refined and audacious cooking from 2017 until it closed in the summer of 2019 — and was the first female chef to win Cochon555, the national pork-centric cooking competition — has taken over the former Bar Brigade. Opened July 7.
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The Misfits Collective (14889 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, 952-236-8115, themisfitscollective.co) The latest south metro restaurant from Eyes Wide Hospitality (Burgers & Bottles, Tequila Butcher, Whiskey Inferno) focuses on Detroit-style pizza and craft cocktails. It takes over the former PR Sports Bar. Opened July 5. Closed Oct. 2021.
CHX/Pizza Shark (2210 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., chxmsp.com) As ghost kitchens began to take off last year, friends Frederick Huballa, Shawn Edwards and Marques Johnson took advantage of an underused kitchen to create CHX as a takeout-only business. Customers would line up for scratch-made chicken tenders and biscuits from a window on the side of the Pourhouse nightclub in Uptown Minneapolis. Now, those hand-breaded tenders, crinkly fries and ultra-flaky biscuits have a home of their own, and will share a dining room with sister business Pizza Shark. The restaurants take over the former D'Amico and Sons on a prime Uptown corner. Closed Oct. 2021.
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Rio Brazilian Steak House (7325 Currell Blvd., Woodbury, 651-739-9211, http://www.riowoodbury.com) An all-you-can-eat Brazilian-style steakhouse comes to Woodbury.
Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls (Mall of America, https://www.masonslobster.com) The fast-casual chain opened this summer on the mall's third level, and features more than lobster rolls. Lobster grilled cheese, lobster mac and cheese and homemade soups and salads will join the menu of six lobster rolls, from the classic, served chilled with mayo and lemon butter, to the lobster BLT roll. The first Mason's opened in 2014, and now has 11 locations on the East Coast.
Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar (3753 42nd Av. S., Mpls. , theriverview.com) The proprietors announced the cafe would close on July 31 "for now" as they assess the future of the business. "This past year has brought extreme challenges and obstacles but has also has been a time for deep reflection," they wrote on their website.
Esker Grove (Walker Art Center) The Walker Art Center's restaurant is getting a new name and a new culinary team: Chefs and restaurateurs Daniel del Prado and Shawn McKenzie are partnering with the museum and opening Cardamom. The restaurant will borrow overtones from the cuisines of the regions on the Aegean and Mediterranean seas and feature a menu that will focus on herbs, spices and rotisserie meats and vegetables. Esker Grove will remain open through July 11, and Cardamom will be christened four days later.
Wedge Table (2412 S. Nicollet Av., Mpls. ) The Wedge Table, the six-year-old Eat Street destination housing a bodega-style grocery store, cafe, community room and commissary kitchen, is officially closing. It's a component of member-owned Twin Cities Co-op Partners (TCCP), which operates the Wedge and Linden Hills co-ops in Minneapolis and Co-op Partners Warehouse in St. Paul. The final day of production is scheduled for July 12. After that, the deli, grab-and-go and hot-bar items, cookies and muffins produced by the Wedge Table will be prepared in kitchens at the co-ops' two retail stores, and TCCP will leave the artisan bread business.
Sikora's Polish Market & Deli (1625 Washington St. NE., Mpls. , https://www.sikoraspolishmarket.com) The Little Poland grocer in northeast Minneapolis, stocked with all manner of sausages and pierogi, has closed.
White Squirrel Bar (974 W. 7th St., St. Paul, https://whitesquirrelbar.com) This new live music bar serves cocktails and beer and features a rotating food truck roster. Opened June 1.
Escondido at Vivir (1414 Quincy Av. NE., Mpls., https://vivirmpls.com/escondido) A nook off the Mexican market Vivir, Escondido is the place for tasting wide-raning agave spirits.
Saba Dhaba Do (1025 Currie Av., Mpls. , https://sabadhaba.com) South Asian street food from a Pakistani-run kitchen includes spicy biryani, a chapli kebab burger and salads.
Surly Beer Hall and Beer Garden (520 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls., https://surlybrewing.com/destination-brewery) Shuttered to the public since Nov. 2, Surly's sprawling destination brewery is reopening in stages. First up are beer service and the Surly food truck, while the full kitchen and pizza restaurant will follow in the coming months.
Purple Ice Cream (Keg and Case Market, 928 W. 7th St. St. Paul, https://www.purpleicecream.co) "Ice cream for all ages" includes boozy adult floats and elaborate sundaes.
Stella Belle (325 W. 7th St., St. Paul, stellabelle-stpaul.com) A sister restaurant — and next-door neighbor — to Cafe Astoria. Stella Belle features housemade pastries, protein smoothies and a full menu of Mediterraneaninspired breakfast and lunch items, and chef/owner John Occhiato said dietary restrictions and healthy options will be a key focus. Opened June 3.
Papa's Rooftop (101 S. Water St., Stillwater, waterstreetinn.com) Get a bird's-eye view of the St. Croix River and downtown Stillwater at Papa's Rooftop atop the Historic Water Street Inn.
Falafel King (5500 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, https://www.falafelking.com) Falafel King has expanded its kingdom to Brooklyn Center. The longtime fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant has converted a former Tim Hortons into its third location -- the first with a drive-through. The family-owned restaurant will continue to serve gyros, kebabs, shawarma and hummus plates, and the Brooklyn Center location will offer a large selection of Mediterranean pastries and traditional foods, too.
Sweet Science Ice Cream (3919 Market St., Edina, 612-217-0070, https://www.sweetscienceicecream.com) The scoop shop has relocated from a counter at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul to Edina's 50th-and-France neighborhood, in the Nolan Mains mixed-use development. The shop accommodates up to 22 flavors of owner Ashlee Olds' all-natural ice creams. Opened June 4.
Duke's on 7 (15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, https://www.dukeson7.com) Craft & Crew, the company behind five popular Twin Cities restaurants, has converted the former Christos into Duke's on 7. The restaurant and bar will follow the model of other Craft & Crew properties and serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The company specializes in populist gastropub fare: burgers, rice bowls, Buffalo-style cauliflower, broasted chicken, brisket-stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese curds, biscuit-based brunch dishes and more, at approachable prices. Opened June 24.
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Treats Cereal Bar & Boba (10340 Baltimore St. NE., #140, Blaine, treatsmn.com) Have your cereal in a bowl or ground into a milkshake at the second location of this innovative ice cream shop that also serves boba tea and waffles. A sibling duo opened the original location in 2019 at 770 Grand Avenue in St. Paul, where they made use of a special machine that grinds cereal pieces into a powder and infuses them right into the ice cream swirls. Opened June 19.
Revival (8008 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, https://www.revivalrestaurants.com) The first suburban branch of Revival has moved into the Texa-Tonka shopping center, offering the same Southern-style menu (along with fried chicken there's fried green tomatoes, brown sugar-cured ribs, shrimp and grits, collard greens, mac-and-cheese, hush puppies, diner-style burgers and chicken and waffles) and a full bar. Opened June 16 Read our coverage here.
Side Chick (3006 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. , https://www.sidechickmpls.com) Local food celeb Justin Sutherland ("Top Chef," "Fast Foodies") makes the leap from St. Paul and his flagship Handsome Hog, to Minneapolis with Side Chick, a fast-casual fried chicken and cocktails spot.
August Schell Bier Halle (1860 Schell's Rd, New Ulm, schellsbrewery.com) August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm, Minn., just opened its new visitor center and taproom, and there are 20 lines of Grain Belt and Schell's fan-favorite beers ready for you to sample. While you're there, take advantage of the brewery tours, available several times a day Monday through Saturday. Founded in 1860, the August Schell Brewing Co . is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. Opened June 11.
The Dripping Root (4002 Minnehaha Av., Mpls., https://www.thedrippingroot.com) Catiesha Pierson's long-awaited juice bar, delayed by the pandemic and unrest in the neighborhood, has opened in south Minneapolis. In addition to fruit and vegetable juices, look for "very Instagrammable" smoothie bowls, chia seed pudding and kombucha on tap. Opened May 29.
Lake & Bryant Cafe (821 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-659-4450, http://lakeandbryantcafe.com) Sanjeev Azad's new cafe, which opened in May, features globally inspired dishes done his way: "extremely spicy" breakfast noodles, a chicken tikka sandwich, huevos rancheros, tofu bánh mì, crêpes and cheesy shakshuka. His espresso creations bring the flavors of fennel, black peppercorn, cardamom or saffron into specialty lattes. "I call it a 21st-century diner," Azad said. "We eat these things all the time, and there's no reason to go to five different places to get all of these things. People ask me, 'Is it Indian-based? Mexican-based?' I'm like, no, this food is based on simplicity and integrity and we all love to eat them."
Keg and Case Market (928 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-443-6060, kegandcase.com) New vendors have joined the West Seventh market in the former Schmidt Brewery. Poppin' offers flavored popcorns, pretzels and pizza. R+R Cultivation hooks you up with organic, sustainably grown mushrooms. Cold-pressed juices, smoothies and salads are on the menu at Juice Wisely. Jerusalem Mix is a build-your-own hummus bar. There are burgers from Jumbos and Thai food from Som Thai. And, on June 30, chef Josh Hedquist brings his build-your-own pasta counter, Joey Meatballs, to St. Paul. (He's also opening a Joey Meatballs at Malcolm Yards.)
Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks (3500 NW. 124th St., Coon Rapids, tonomn.com) A third location for the Philly cheesesteaks and Sicilian-style pizzas has opened in Coon Rapids. The first two Tonos are in Maplewood and St. Paul.
Arturo's Pizza (18 NE. University Av., Mpls., arturospizzaminneapolis.com) The Murray family, one of the Twin Cities' most enduring dining dynasties, has branched out beyond the Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two and opened Arturo's Pizza, serving New York-style pizza. Read our coverage here.
Soul to Soul Smokehouse (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., soulsmokehouse.com) There's another newcomer at Midtown Global Market, started by three longtime friends — Anthony Simmons, Charles Robinson and Jewuan Marshall. Smoked meats, wings, sandwiches and a hefty variety of sides round out the scratch-made menu, accented with sweets like pecan bourbon butter cake and banana pudding.
Dessertopia (20 W. 66th St., Richfield, dessertopia2021.com) Ebony Turner's retail sweets shop in the Hub shopping center has a menu anchored by cupcakes, plus cinnamon rolls, mini Bundt cakes and cannoli, too. Opened May 22.
Herbie Butcher's Fried Chicken (735 E. 48th St., Mpls., https://herbiebutchersfriedchicken.com) The brother-sister team behind Herbivorous Butcher, the first vegan butcher shop in the U.S., has expanded into meatless fried chicken. Opened May 21.
Coconut Whisk Cafe (901 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., coconutwhisk.com) Bella (Nhi) Lamhas come full circle with Coconut Whisk, her line of vegan and gluten-free products. Lam began selling her baking mixes at farmers markets three years ago. Now, her brick-and-mortar storefront features an all-vegan, gluten-free menu. The cafe will serve items like waffles and mini pancakes on a stick and bubble tea as well as Coconut Whisk mixes. Lam also will sell items from other BIPOC, women and locally owned brands. Opened May 20.
Rooftop Bar (515 Washington Av. N., Mpls.) The North Loop's latest is located on the top of the four-story Maytag Building. Managed by the team behind
Nolo's Kitchen and the Basement Bar, the open-air destination serves beer, wine and a long list of cocktails,
including favorites (margaritas, daiquiris) from the bar's slushy machine. Chef Peter Hoff is preparing sandwiches, appetizers and salads.
Betty Danger's Animal Farm (2501 NE. Marshall St., Mpls. , bettydangers.com) The only Twin Cities bar and restaurant equipped with a Ferris wheel — has been rebranded. "Tonight we're going to party like it's 1984," reads the cocktail menu, one of many Orwellian references that the fun-loving operation is now tossing around. The food menu continues to include playful bar fare. Opened May 2021.
The Butcher's Tale (1211 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. , butcherstale.com) One of the prime locations in downtown Minneapolis is back in business, just in time for patio season. Kaskaid Hospitality's the Butcher's Tale is now open in the former Butcher & the Boar space with a fresh look and an updated menu, but familiar faces. Chef Peter Botcher and general
manager Chad Waldonare back, along with several other key staffers. They're serving up favorites like the smoked long rib and fresh seafood, as well as housemade sausages and locally sourced charcuterie and wagyu beef. Opened May 2021.
Augustine's (1668 Selby Av., St. Paul, augustinesmn.com) When Augustine's reopened May 20, the restaurant welcomed new culinary leadership and a different format. In 2016, owners Howie Melco, Tony Anderson and Anne Marie converted a former laundromat into a gastropub and bakery. Earlier this year, the trio hired Lenny Russo as a consultant, and the former Heartland chef/owner is transitioning the operation into a neighborhood bistro. Russo has recruited Derik Moran,
the talent who spent a decade running the kitchen at the Dakota, as the restaurant's chef. Toni Luschen, longtime pastry chef at the former
Lucia's Restaurant, is Augustine's pastry chef. Mega Hoehn,Russo's spouse and the front-of-house face at Heartland, has signed on as general manager. Moran said that the French bistro's menu should change every three to four weeks, and that its 12 to 15 items will be evenly divided into small ("not 'tapas' small," he said) and large plates.
Animales Barbeque Co. (1315 Tyler St. NE., Mpls., https://animalesbarbeque.com) Chef Jon Wipfli's in-demand barbecue has expanded to a second northeast Minneapolis brewery, Bauhaus (the first location is at Able Seedhouse + Brewery).
StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue (618 N. 5th St., Mpls., https://stormkingbrewpub.com) Opened in May, Jordan Smith (chef/owner of Black Sheep Pizza) revives his Eat Street barbecue concept in the North Loop's former ONE Fermentary & Taproom. The menu includes barbecue standards like brisket, chicken and ribs, sandwiches and all the sides you'd expect — coleslaw, fries, potato salad, etc. In addition to Rapids Brewing Co. beer, there's also a tidy selection of craft cocktails and wine.
Mi-Sant Kitchen and Bakery (1881 Hwy. 36, Roseville, mi-sant.com) Expanding from Brooklyn Park, croissants, sandwiches, milk tea and more Vietnamese specialties are making their way to a former Baker's Square. Also find them at 8450 Edinburgh Centre Dr., Brooklyn Park, 763-355-5947. Read our coverage here.
Nellie's Ice Cream (2034 Marshall Av., St. Paul, https://www.nelsonsicecream.biz) Izzy's 20-year-old cafe closed in April 2020 (its Minneapolis headquarters followed that August), but the residents of Merriam Park won't have to go without an ice cream parlor. The family behind Nelson's Ice Cream's two locations, in Stillwater and St. Paul, is expanding. Nellie's Ice Cream is a sister business to the first two, but with an entirely new focus: ice cream cookie sandwiches. Read our coverage here.
Krown Bakery & Eatery (530 W. Main St., Anoka, krownbakeryandeatery.co) Spouses Eva and Fari Sabet have sold their 10-year-old business to a pair of longtime friends, Madison McCormick and Sharaya Mickelson. McCormick is a five-year Krown veteran, and Mickelson was most recently making baked-goods magic at P.J. Murphy's (now La Boulangerie Marguerite) in St. Paul. "It's going to be very much the same pastries and foods," said Eva Sabet.
Bullvino's (289 E. 5th St., St. Paul, bullvinos.com) The Lowertown real estate that was most recently home to Octo Fishbar has a new tenant. The Brazilian steakhouse Bullvino's is the work of Marcio Demorais
and Nathan Uherka,who are partners in Grill Hall Churrascaria (9695 63rd Av. N., Maple Grove, grillhallusa.com). The format is familiar to anyone who is acquainted with the popular Fogo de Chao chain: For a flat price ($44.95), diners can feast on a dozen cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken, sliced from skewers that servers carry around the dining room. For $54.95, diners can add four prime meats.
Oasis Market & Deli (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., oasismidtown.com) A mother-and-son team offers groceries from East Africa and the Middle East -- spices, sauces, drinks and desserts -- as well as butcher services. The Mediterranean grill features traditional sandwiches (gyros, falafel, Greek Philly), kebabs, salads, plates and platters. You can create your own bowls, too. Owner Amina Deble and general manager Warsame Warsame are no strangers to restaurants. Deble ran the East Village Grill in Minneapolis for decades, and Warsame has worked alongside his mother since his teens.
Café Cerés (5401 Penn Av. S., Mpls., https://www.cafeceresmpls.com) The collaboration between pastry chef Shawn Mc Kenzieand chef Daniel del Prado that debuted late last year in Linden Hills, is already in expansion mode with a second location in the former Lucky Oven Bakery.
Stay'd (Delivery only, 612-682-4525; 763-270-3455, eatstayd.com) The metro has a new delivery-only option with Stay'd, operated by the team behind St. Paul restaurants Rival House and Citizen. Stay'd specializes in modern takes on comfort-food classics (think shrimp scampi and Gouda mac and cheese or gin-cured roast salmon, from $12), as well as sides, salads and desserts.
Stalk & Spade (740 E. Lake St., Wayzata, https://www.stalkandspade.com) Launched on Earth Day in a former Starbucks, Stalk & Spade takes on the McDonald's model with the first in a burger franchise that has no meat or dairy on the premises. From Steele Smiley, founder of the salad chain Crisp & Green. Choose from meatless burgers, faux-chicken sandwiches and nondairy shakes, sundaes and cones.
Josefina (739 E. Lake St., Wayzata, https://www.josefinawayzata.com) The former Bellecour in Wayzata reopens as an Italian restaurant and pizza takeout spot helmed by Martina and Colita chef Daniel del Prado, with a menu inspired by the cuisine of Rome. "It's Italian, but we're trying to focus on the region," del Prado said. "It's pork heavy. Amatriciana is from Rome. Cacio e Pepe is from Rome. Rice fritters. We're doing our interpretation of salt cod fritters. But heavy on pasta, heavy on vegetable sides, and pizza." Opened April 14. Read our coverage here.
Muddy Tiger (Food truck, https://www.muddytiger.com) A husband-and-wife team, Andrew and Jyotiee Kistner, introduce to Minnesota Marathi Indian street food, which hails from the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Refreshing bhel puri (puffed rice, mango, chickpea salad), a double-decker Bombay sandwich with veggies and green chutney, and stir-fried Tawa chicken on a toasted hoagie are some of the menu items.
Maverick's Real Roast Beef (1491 N. Stillwater Blvd., Stillwater, 651-571-3937, mavericksbeef.com) Chef/owner Timothy Hughes has opened a second location, this time in a Stillwater strip mall storefront that most recently housed a pair of side-by-side restaurants: Mac Me Cheese and a Taco's Fresh location. Find the same menu as the original Maverick's, which is home to an exceptional roast beef sandwich, along with open-faced turkey and pork sandwiches, fries, onion rings and shakes and malts. . Read our coverage here.
Yumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar
(200 Southdale Center, 2C, Edina, 952-405-9830, yumisushibar.com) Southdale's latest will be familiar to fans of this sushi-focused operation, which has outposts in Excelsior and St. Paul. It's takeout-only for now, from 4 to 8 p.m. daily.
Lyn65 (6439 S. Lyndale Av., Richfield, lyn65.com) The first-rate neighborhood restaurant and bar opened in an aging strip mall in the fall of 2014. Time is running out, because the last day of service is April 10. At the current address, anyway. General manager Nicole Ranallo confirmed that the restaurant is relocating, but couldn't offer many details. One tidbit Ranallo shared is that the proposed nearby space is twice as large as the current location. Read our coverage here.
The Fair on 4 (Mall of America, 402 E. Broadway, Bloomington, mallofamerica.com) The creators of Victoria Burrow, where guests can play mini golf and throw axes between bites, have launched a new concept at Mall of America that's meant to evoke the state fair, year-round. The 35,000 square foot space, with a live music stage and indoor patio, offers fair-themed activities such as go-carts, hammerschlagen, an arcade and more axe-throwing. Fair cuisine includes cheese curds, corn dogs, pizza and cocktails. Opened March 2021. Read our coverage here.
Sanjusan (33 N. 1st Av., Mpls., sanjusanrestaurant. com) Add another property to chef Daniel del Prado's growing portfolio of restaurants. He's just opened Sanjusan in the North Loop, taking over the street-level home of Kado No Mise,which has moved upstairs and is now sharing the second floor with chef Shigeyuki Furukawa's Kaiseki Furukawa and Gori Gori Peku whiskey bar. At Sanjusan, del Prado is fusing Italian and Japanese traditions. The smallish menu starts with a series of small plates, followed by four pastas and six Neapolitan-style pizzas. Opened March 2021.
The Clover (14845 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, theclovermn.com) Chefs/co-owners Tyge Nelson and Stephan Hesse (of Pajarito) and business partner Charlie Burrows have transformed a former Rudy's Redeye Grill, with a menu focusing on sandwiches built with slow-smoked, thin-sliced beef and a long list of comfort foods with a twist. Opened March 15. Read our coverage here.
AxeBridge Wine Co. (411 Washington Av. N., Minneapolis, http://axebridgewineco.com) The team behind Schram Vineyards in Waconia and Schram Haus Brewery in Chaska has opened a North Loop winery in the Internet Exchange Building. The winery offers a variety of new and familiar varietals, including Syrah Rose, Marquette and Frontenac Blanc, leveraging locally harvested grapes. There's also a large patio and indoor tasting bar, and its kitchen serves a selection of small bites. Read our coverage here.
Paku Ramen (3401 Louisiana Av. S., St. Louis Park, https://www.pakuramen.com) The latest ghost kitchen is a delivery-only setup working out of Park Tavern, from chef Colin Kohl. The menu includes ramen bowls, gyoza, seaweed salad and yakitori, with a top price of $15. Opened March 11.
Rök Eatery (882 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-528-7273, https://www.rokeatery.com) Nordic, Japanese and sustainable cuisine from chef Adam Prince has opened in the Rathskeller at the former Schmidt Brewery.
Stepchld (24 NE. University Av., Mpls. , 612-354-7409, https://www.stepchld.com) Stepchld — and its adjoining speakeasy-like craft cocktail bar Hyde — has taken over the former JL Beers space. "All of the menu items are basically a step removed from their origin," said brand director Kamal Minneapple. "For example, we're doing birria for lunch, which is usually a Mexican dish but ours uses berbere spices from East Africa. We're trying to think outside the box. We want to surprise the taste buds, to give you something that you know but veer a little to the left or the right." Opened March 2021. Read our coverage here.
MB Foodhouse (3346 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. , 612-217-0735, https://www.mbfoodhouse.com) This POC/queer/woman-owned startup specializes in Tex-Mex specific to the El Paso region. Moved to North Loop Galley in November 2021.
Flavortown Kitchen (Delivery only, https://guysflavortownkitchen.com) The latest celebrity-powered delivery-only restaurant is attached to "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" star Guy Fieri. The menu includes wings, burgers and deep-fried appetizers. Two kitchens serve the metro, one in Maple Grove and the other in Burnsville. Read our coverage here.
King Cajun Boiling Seafood (712 University Av. W., St. Paul, 651-493-8575, https://www.kingcajunboilingseafood.com) After training at a seafood restaurant in Vietnam, chef Thien Do brought his love of the Cajun seafood boil to Minnesota. Last summer, his restaurant was heavily damaged and looted in the riots. It took 9 months to rebuild, and has now reopened.
The Fabled Rooster (520 N 4th St., Mpls. , 612-470-4820, https://www.thefabledrooster.com) Joining Graze Provisions + Libations, the North Loop food hall, with a stationary stand is this food truck that specializes in Southern food and barbecue.
Pagoda (1417 SE 4th St., Mpls., pagodadinkytown.com) After a 13-year-run, the Dinkytown restaurant closed March 30 to make way for an apartment complex. The development also claimed next-door neighbor McDonald's, a 57-year-old Dinkytown landmark that closed in Dec. 2020.
Fare Game (4820 Chicago Av., Mpls., https://faregamene.com) Chef Jason Sawicki's smoked and rotisserie chicken, housemade bologna, cauliflower tacos, mac and cheese and more are popping up in south Minneapolis, in the Parkway Theater former home of El Burrito and Pepitos. Takeout only as of Feb. 18.
Prieto Taqueria (4751 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-315-5147, prietotaqueria.com) Chef Alejandro Castillon's Lake-and-Lyndale taqueria closed in 2020 to head to a new location in Minneapolis' Tangletown neighborhood. Now with more casual counter service for tacos, cocktails, plus a ceviche and raw bar.
Chip's Clubhouse (272 S. Snelling Av., St. Paul, 651-330-1617, chipsclubhousemn.com) Owner Tara Coleman is also the force behind next-door neighbor Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit, and she and chef Gina Mangiameli are focusing the Chip's Clubhouse menu on pork belly ramen, fried chicken, beef pasties, peanut butter-chocolate pudding and other affordable, comfort classics for a reason. "It sounds so basic, but it's what we grew up eating, and it's what we like to eat when we go out," said Coleman. "We wanted to create something for the neighborhood." Read our coverage here.
High Pines Brewing Co./Tipsy Steer Roseville (2704 Snelling Av. N., Roseville, 651-200-3581, highpinesbrewing.com) A new, family-friendly taproom has taken over a former Joe's Crab Shack, featuring the handiwork of brewer Matt Faulkner. The Tipsy Steer is running the kitchen, offering "local, sassy brew food." The Tipsy Steer is in expansion mode (there's one in Blaine, and it opened a second location in south Minneapolis late last year). Brick-oven pizza, burgers, tacos, salads and shakes are their signatures, available now for dine-in, with delivery and to-go coming soon.
Sooki & Mimi (1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis, 612-540-2554, https://www.sookiandmimi.com) James Beard Award-winning chef Ann Kim and her husband/co-owner Conrad Leifur are opening a Mexican-inspired restaurant in the former Lucia's space. The menu will focus on the handmade heirloom corn tortillas that the couple have enjoyed during their frequent travels through Mexico. Opened Feb. 2021. Read our coverage here.
Brother Justus Whiskey Co. (3300 5th St. NE., Mpls., 612-886-1658, brotherjustus.com) The six-year-old craft distillery, which has been riding out COVID-19 by making and donating hand sanitizer with two other local distilleries as a founder of All Hands MN, has scaled up. The company opened a 14,000-square-foot spot overlooking Columbia Park and Golf Course in northeast Minneapolis. After a soft-launch of takeout during the shutdown, the whiskey-focused cocktail room with drinks by Jonathan Janssen is now offering whiskey, plus cheese and charcuterie pairings from House of Gristle, as of Feb. 5.
El Camino Taco Deli (7565 France Av. S., Edina, 952-405-6167, https://www.elcaminotacodeli.com) The local Mexican fast-casual deli concept, which started in Burnsville, has opened a second location Jan 30 at Edina's Centennial Lakes Plaza. El Camino offers family-style meals to-go based on family recipes, plus tacos, fresh salsa, queso and more available deli style. The name is a tribute to co-owner Paul Pershica's stepfather's 1972 El Camino.
Burch Steak and Pizza Bar (1933 Colfax Av. S., Mpls. ) Burch, the dynamic steakhouse and pizzeria owned by spouses Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre, will not reopen. The boisterous, two-level restaurant has been shuttered since mid-March 2020, when Gov. Tim Walz temporarily closed the state's dining rooms in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Becker and St. Pierre also own top-rated 112 Eatery in downtown Minneapolis and Bar La Grassa and Snack Bar in the North Loop. All have remained temporarily closed since March, but Becker said that he's confident that they will return.
Read our coverage here.
Harriet's Inn (4000 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., https://www.harrietsinn.com) The south Minneapolis restaurant remained closed through much of the pandemic. Now, the address has found new life in Ann Ahmed's forthcoming Khâluna.
Atlas Grill (200 S. 6th St., Mpls. ) The Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Minneapolis' U.S. Bank building has closed.
Bus Stop Brewhouse (620 S. 4th St., Mpls. ) A bus station-themed burger spot in the Wells Fargo complex in downtown Minneapolis has closed, along with sister restaurant Cargo Food Authority, after the parent company filed for bankruptcy.
Cargo Food Authority (600 N 1st Av., Mpls. ) The "graffiti-tagged shipping yard turned food authority" in Target Center and sister restaurant Bus Stop Brewhouse have both closed after the parent company filed for bankruptcy.
Arepa Bar (920 E. Lake St., Mpls. , 612-353-4885, https://www.arepabarmpls.com) After spending several years in chef Jack Riebel's kitchen at the Lexington, chef Soleil Ramirez struck out on her own, using the Midtown Global Market as a launchpad. Her cheery counter-service setup, which opened Jan. 6, offers a quick glimpse into her native country's cooking with dishes that range from slow-braised beef with black beans to a long list of arepas. Read our coverage here.
La Boulangerie Marguerite (1279 Randolph Av., St. Paul, 651-699-9292, https://la-marg.com) The former PJ Murphy's has the same team -- Francois Kiemde and Meliss Borgmann-Kiemde -- but changed its name, look and menu, too. French breads and pastries are the new specialty.
La Tapatia (2730 Snelling Av. N., Roseville, 651-253-6175, lafamiliatapatia.com) Abraham Ponce Delgadillo and his mother, head chef Martha Ponce, are cooking up burritos, tacos and tortas in three styles (street, Cali or Tejano) at this newly relocated Mexican restaurant.
Boludo (530 S. 4th St., Mpls., 612-259-8380, https://www.boludo.com) Facundo DeFraia has taken his Argentine empanada and pizza spot to a second location, downtown in the former McKinney Roe. The new location's spacious kitchen more than doubles the capacity of the original Boludo's tiny, taxed-to-the-limit operation. Opened January 2021.
Galapagos Bar and Grill (3508 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-259-8380, https://www.galapagosmn.com) A new restaurant serving traditional Ecuadorian dishes opened Jan. 27, 2021.
Spinning Wylde (915 Seventh St. W., St. Paul, 651-260-7173, https://www.spinningwylde.com) The cotton candy vendor has leapt from its stand in Keg & Case Market, across the street to its own brick-and-mortar spot. The kitchen is still being built, but you can purchase cotton candy from a vending machine out front.
Midori's Floating World Cafe (2129 E. Franklin Av., Mpls., https://www.facebook.com/Midoris-Floating-World-Caf%C3%A9-122215324492817) The Japanese restaurant's longtime home on E. Lake St. was so severely damaged during the civil unrest after the police killing of George Floyd, the owners don't know if and when they can return. In the meantime, they are popping up for takeout Friday through Sunday at the Seward Cafe, beginning Jan. 2.
Christos (15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka) Closed Jan. 10 to make way for Duke's on 7. The Eat Street location in Minneapolis remains open. Read our coverage here.
Café Cerés (3509 W. 44th St., Mpls., https://www.cafeceresmpls.com) Penny's Coffee closed its Linden Hills location on Dec. 13, but the building won't stay dark for long. Shawn McKenzie, the gifted pastry chef who has made Penny's a destination for all things butter and sugar, is taking over the site of her former employer (she left in October) and opening her own place, Café Cerés, within the next few weeks. Other Penny's locations in Minneapolis and Wayzata remain open. Read our coverage here.
Gray's (327 14th Av. SE., Mpls., https://graysdinkytown.com) The corner of 14th Av. SE. and SE. 4th St. has a new (old) name. Gray's is a restaurant, coffeeshop and place for U students to gather, and it's named for the former Gray's Drugstore that was located there years before it became the Loring. In addition to a diner-style menu of chicken fingers, burgers, spaghetti and meatballs and salads, there's a weekend brunch buffet (discounted for students), coffee, beer and cocktails. Opened Dec. 7. Read our coverage here.
Red's Savoy (400 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul, savoypizza.com) The famous local pizza chain that opened in downtown St. Paul in 1965 is returning to its roots. After leaving its 421 E. 7th St. address in 2017, Red's Savoy once more has a location downtown, this time in Treasure Island Center (formerly the Macy's building). Read our coverage here.
Tipsy Steer Hiawatha (5000 Hiawatha Av., Mpls., 612-353-5945, https://tipsysteer.com) "Local sassy brew food" in Blaine just opened a Minneapolis outpost, at 50th and Hiawatha. Look for burgers and sandwiches, pizzas, sunnies and chips, shakes and more. Opened Dec. 16.
MrBeast Burger (Delivery only, https://mrbeastburger.com) Another delivery-only restaurant from Virtual Dining Concepts (they're behind Mariah's Cookies, too) is linked to MrBeast, a YouTube stunt star and philanthropist.
Crumbl Cookies (11623 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove, 763-777-7527, crumblcookies.com) Specialty flavors of big, decadent cookies rotate in and out each week at this to-go cookie chain that's new to Minnesota.
Mariah's Cookies (Delivery only, https://mariahcareyscookies.com) Mariah Carey launched a delivery-only cookie company that kicked off Dec. 4 in 30 markets, including the Twin Cities, in partnership with Virtual Dining Concepts, restaurateur Robert Earl's portfolio of delivery-only brands that operates from existing kitchens throughout the country. In addition to five signature cookies (chocolate chunk, triple chocolate chunk, Heath Bar, lemon cooler and spiced oatmeal raisin), there are rotating flavors for holidays.
Hark! Cafe (430 N. 1st Av., Ste. 150, Mpls., 612-354-7098, harkcafe.com) A plant-based, gluten-free bakery and restaurant owned by two best friends, a baker and a chef, comes to the North Loop. Breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch (pancakes, oyster mushroom frittata) and baked goods such as bagels and brownies are available for takeout.
Side Hustle (1124 Payne Av., St. Paul, 651-508-1654, https://sidehustle.cafeastoria-stpaul.com) The folks behind St. Paul's Cafe Astoria are in residence at Cook Saint Paul with a pop-up focused on Filipino cuisine, sandwiches and toasts and "bits in bowls." Open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch.
The Cluckery (590 W. 79th St., Chanhassen, 952-934-6127, thecluckery.co) Tequila Butcher's new ghost kitchen makes chicken tenders and sandwiches, biscuits and sauces for delivery and pickup.
Union Hmong Kitchen (693 Raymond Av., St. Paul, 612-431-5285, https://unionkitchenmn.com) Union Hmong Kitchen has moved to Mid-City Kitchen for takeout and delivery until chef Yia Vang's restaurant Vinai opens in spring 2021. Look for the usual favorites, such as Hmong hotdish and sticky rice, plus spins on bar food like fish sauce-soaked chicken wings and the "Hilltribe" fried chicken sandwich. Relocated from its last residency at Republic, Dec. 4.
Fire & Nice Alehouse (2700 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-259-8060, fireandnicemn.com) Nearly two years after a fire set back plans to open in the former Heyday spot, this pizza-and-beer restaurant has finally launched with thin-crust, wood-fired pies to go. Pizzas are named after Minnesota icons: the Prince is topped with figs, Gorgonzola and prosciutto; the Kirby Puckett with goat cheese cream sauce and spicy fennel sausage. Appetizers of roasted garlic cheese bread and roasted vegetables, and beer to go round out the menu. Opened Dec. 4.
Med Box Grill (600 Market St., Chanhassen, medboxgrill.com) A longtime Turkish food truck in the Twin Cities has gone brick and mortar, with bowls and plates for doner kebabs, spicy chicken, falafel and more. Opened Dec. 1.
Bebe Burger (704 W. 22nd St., Mpls., bebezitomn.com) A weekend-only burger trailer outside the ice cream shop Bebe Zito has been drawing long lines for brisket-and-bacon patties topped with gooey American cheese, for only $5.95. Read our coverage here.
Whiskey and Soda (527 S. Marquette Av., Mpls., 612-688-4500, https://randtowerhotel.com) A speakeasy-inspired bar at street level in the new Rand Tower Hotel focuses, obviously, on whiskey. In the center of the bar is a tower that will showcase dozens of varieties of whiskey. The opening menu will be an all-day, something-for-everyone format that will also be available as takeout. In spring, when Whiskey & Soda segues into its prescribed role as the hotel's lounge, the menu will evolve into a small-plates framework.
Read our coverage here.
Zoe's Bakery & Cafe (821 W. Lake St., Mpls. , https://www.zoebakerycafemn.com) The Uptown coffeeshop closed late 2020. According to the website, it's only closed "for now."
Republic (221 Cedar Av., Mpls. ) The longtime beer emporium in Cedar-Riverside closed its dining room Nov. 9, and halted takeout in early December. It is unclear whether the closure is permanent, but the building is for sale.
Aesop's Table (919 N. Dale St., St. Paul, 651-488-6591, aesopstable.com) After 34 years, this family-run St. Paul deli closed Dec. 23. (Its barbecue/catering side will continue to operate from a trailer.) Coming soon in its place: Nikkolette's Macarons.
Iron Tap* (140 W. Main St., Waconia, 952-442-4447, irontapmn.com) Waconia's craft beer and barbecue spot is taking a break, as of Dec. 24. "With the current closure and restrictions we simply can't continue until the restrictions are lifted or our federal government comes in with some relief," said an announcement on Facebook. "We will be back."
Cast & Cru* (5185 Meadveille St., Excelsior, 952-767-9700, castandcru.com) The restaurant at the Old Log Theatre closed Dec. 20, with plans to reopen in the spring. "The nature of our business is bringing people together to enjoy good food and warm hospitality, but we remain in a time when it is recommended that gatherings should be avoided for the health and safety of the community," said an announcement on Facebook.
Pillbox Tavern* (400 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul, 651-756-7566, pillboxtav.com) This tavern in the Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul is taking a break from takeout and delivery until indoor dining reopens.
Holman's Table* (644 Bayfield St., St. Paul, 612-800-5298, holmanstable.com) The restaurant at the historic downtown St. Paul airport will halt operations until dining restrictions are fully lifted, according to a statement.
Rock Elm Tavern* (16605 County Rd. 24, Plymouth; 15641 Grove Cir. N., Maple Grove, 763-208-4451; 763-205-9784, rockelmtavern.com) While the owners renegotiate the Plymouth location's lease, which expires in February 2021, Rock Elm Tavern has suspended operations as of Dec. 22. The Maple Grove location is taking a break until March 2021. In the meantime, pop-ups and a ghost kitchen out of Maple Grove are in the works.
Truce (Multiple locations, Mpls. and Wayzata, http://www.drinktruce.com) As of Dec. 20, Truce, the organic juice bar, has closed its three locations, in Minneapolis' Uptown and North Loop and in Wayzata. "The juice business is not an easy one, and we simply cannot see a path forward without compromising the integrity of our values or product, especially given the pandemic-led uncertainty ahead," the company said in a statement on its website.
Penny's Coffee (3509 W. 44th St., Mpls.) The coffee shop closed its Linden Hills location on Dec. 13, but the building won't stay dark for long. Shawn McKenzie, the gifted pastry chef who has made Penny's a destination for all things butter and sugar, is taking over the site of her former employer (she left in October) and opening her own place, Café Cerés, within the next few weeks. Other Penny's locations in Minneapolis and Wayzata remain open. Read our coverage here.
Ol' Mexico (1754 Lexington Ave N, Roseville) After 41 years, the Roseville Mexican restaurant has closed.
Peace Coffee shops (Multiple locations, Mpls.) The Minneapolis-based roaster is not reopening its three stylish downtown Minneapolis coffee outposts. Two are located in the Capella Tower at 225 S. 6th St. (both opened in 2015), and the third, which debuted two years ago, is in AT&T Tower at 901 Marquette Av. All have been closed since the start of the pandemic in March.It's a different story at the company's 10-year-old south Minneapolis shop (3262 Minnehaha Av. S.), which is getting a makeover. Peace Coffee has teamed up with Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis-based specialty coffee company that works to provide job stability to homeless youth and end youth homelessness. Read our coverage here.
French Hen Cafe/Moonflower Pizza* (518 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-222-6201, frenchhencafe.com/moonflower-pizza) The breakfast-lunch cafe and nighttime pizza pivot have both gone into winter hibernation, starting Dec. 20. Beginning in January, the kitchen will host pop-ups. First up: Viva Cubano sandwiches. French Hen will return, according to a post on the restaurant's Instagram, but "without relief, we cannot survive a Minnesota winter with takeout."
Read our coverage here.
Wayzata BrewWorks (294 Grove Ln. E., Wayzata, http://www.wayzatabrewworks.com) After five years on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, this Wayzata microbrewery announced its closure Dec. 8, citing the financial strain of the spring shutdown and a mandated reduction in capacity during the summer.
Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks (1580 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, https://www.tonomn.com) Three years after the legendary St. Clair Broiler closed, a new restaurant is finally reviving the storied space on the corner of St. Clair Ave. and Snelling Ave. in St. Paul. Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks opened its second location Dec. 5 in the spot that formerly housed the 61-year-old diner known for its burgers and malts. (The first location is in Maplewood.) Philly-style cheesesteaks and Sicilian-inspired thin-crust pizzas are on the menu. Read our coverage here.
Wildflyer Coffee (3262 Minnehaha Av., Mpls. , https://wildflyercoffee.com) Peace Coffee's 10-year-old south Minneapolis shop has gotten a makeover. The company has teamed up with Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis-based specialty coffee company that works to provide job stability to homeless youth and end youth homelessness. The shop will employ at least 20 young people on an annual basis.
Read our coverage here.
Machi Machi (2015 E. 24th St., Mpls. , 612-721-6677, https://www.unitednoodles.com) Unideli, the popular ramen and barbecue pork counter inside United Noodles has closed. In it's place? Machi Machi, a Taiwanese tea brand with international outlets.
Northern Fires Pizza (1839 E. 42nd St., Mpls., 612-424-1428, https://www.northernfirespizza.com) Chef Arie Peisert has matriculated his thriving business — which serves farmers markets using a mobile wood-burning pizza oven — into a takeout-only brick-and-mortar establishment. The pizza relies on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Read our coverage here.
Revolver Ribs (Delivery only, instagram.com/revolverribs) Hot Indian chef Janene Holig's new rib-centric ghost kitchen delivers ribs in five flavors -- for now, with more to come. On the first menu: kung pao, beer cheese, salt and vinegar, apple butter BBQ and Thanksgiving (stuffing spice rub with a side of gravy). Opened Nov. 27. Read our coverage here.
Vivir (1414 Quincy Av. NE., Mpls., 612-345-5527, https://vivirmpls.com) The northeast Minneapolis space that was home to Popol Vuh has come back to life as a Mexican market, deli and cafe. Chef/co-owner José Alarcon, working with pastry chef Ngia Xiong, offers seasonally minded dishes, tortas and salads, guava glitter rolls and mole cupcakes, and all-day breakfast. Opened Nov. 24.
Clucker's Crispy Fried Chicken (Delivery only, https://crispycluckers.com) Kaskaid Hospitality has made room in its Crave restaurant kitchens for a second delivery-only side-project (aka ghost kitchen) devoted to fried chicken meals and sides. The chicken is brined in sweet tea and buttermilk, and only lightly spiced for "Midwesterners' moderate palates." Kaskaid's other ghost concept is all burgers -- it's called Toasty Buns.
Burgers & Birds (Delivery only, http://www.burgersnbirds.com) A new ghost kitchen operating from Book Club in Minneapolis' Armatage neighborhood offers six kinds of char-grilled burgers, woodfired grilled chicken and sides, via daily delivery.
P.S. Noodles (510 Groveland Av., Mpls., 612-886-1620, psmpls.com) A new ghost kitchen from Jester Concepts, P.S. Steak is now P.S. Noodles, with a lightly Japanese menu of ramen, yakisoba and dumplings. "We've learned a bit from the previous shutdown," DeCamp said. "We realized people don't really want to eat a $60 steak out of a cardboard box." Read our coverage here.
Dirty Sams (1115 2nd Av. S., Mpls., 612-353-6207, https://www.monellompls.com) Jester Concepts' Monello, the modern Italian restaurant in downtown Minneapolis (and its basement counterpart Constantine) kept two of its pastas on the menu. Otherwise, it's taken on a new name — Dirty Sams — and put out a new menu of hearty sandwiches that could easily feed a family. Opened Nov. 23. Read our coverage here.
Minny Row Market (740 Mainstreet, Hopkins, https://minnyrow.com) This new boutique grocery in Hopkins puts an emphasis on Minnesota-made and ethically sourced foods -- meat, dairy, produce and products from local vendors such as Quebracho empanadas, T-Rex Cookies, Rise bagels and cheese from Redhead Creamery. Opened Nov. 20.
Nucky's Speakeasy (300 E. Main St., Anoka, http://nuckysspeakeasy.com) A Minnesota State Senator has opened a Prohibition-era-inspired cocktail lounge in the basement of a historic former post office in downtown Anoka Nov. 18. It's only offering takeout for now, but when indoor dining reopens, guests are encouraged to dress in 1920s attire to earn a discount. A small food menu includes sauteed prawns with steak bites, a meat and cheese board, wings and fries. A list of signature cocktails, classics and mocktails is much longer. Read our coverage here.
Luce Line Brewing (12901 16th Av. N., Plymouth, 763-324-8114, lucelinebrewing.com) Plymouth has its first craft brewery and taproom, which is now open for curbside pickup. Grab a crowler of Mesabi Iron Range Lager, Heartland Hefeweizen, Sault Line Stout and more, along with a frozen pizza or chocolate chip cookies. Opened Nov. 18.
Pluck'd (324 6th Av. N., Mpls, 612-545-5466, firstdraftmn.com) Chicken galore (both meat and plant-based) is on the new menu operating from First Draft, the pour-your-own tap bar. Sandwiches come in four flavors, plus tenders, wings, bowls, fries and mini doughnuts. Opened Nov. 18.
The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill (7860 Main Street, Maple Grove, thegreatgreekgrill.com) Gyros, rice bowls and salads can be customized with loads of proteins -- lamb, shrimp, salmon, falafel and more -- at this expanding national fast-casual chain that just opened in Minnesota Nov. 16, in Maple Grove's Arbor Lakes.
Fare Game Food Truck (2900 NE. Johnson St., Mpls., https://faregamene.com) After two years of planning, chef Jason Sawicki was getting ready to finalize bank financing for his northeast Minneapolis restaurant. Then the pandemic intervened. Instead, he's hard at work inside a food truck that's parked in the property's parking lot, giving the neighborhood a preview of the poultry-forward brand of cooking that he hopes to emphasize when Fare Game opens sometime in 2021. Right now, he's serving dinner Thursday through Saturday and brunch Saturday and Sunday: first-rate rotisserie chicken sold in quarter- and half-size portions, fried chicken tenders on a stick, pulled chicken sandwiches and a few sides, including mac-and-cheese and waffle fries.
Read our coverage here.
Adam's Soul To-Go (Rosedale Center, 1595 MN-36, Roseville, potluckmn.com) A new restaurant from the former chef and owner of Stillwater's Caribbean Smokehouse, Adam's Soul To-Go has joined the food court with local flair Potluck. Adam Randall's homestyle cooking includes his signature ribs, smoked chicken wings, pulled pork sandwich tostadas, and sides of collard greens, beans and rice, and cornbread. Opened Nov. 5.
The Grand Cafe (3804 Grand Av. S., Mpls., grandcafemn.com) The Grand Cafe, a longtime restaurant in south Minneapolis' Kingfield neighborhood, has ended its second chapter.
Established in 2006 at the corner of 38th and Grand by Dan and Mary Hunter, the Grand Cafe was reborn in 2017 under the tutelage of chef Jamie Malone. Malone and her team quickly won national praise for the kitchen's whimsical approach to Parisian classics — including a Paris-Brest pastry filled with chicken liver mousse that landed on the cover of Food and Wine magazine when the Grand Cafe was named a 2018 Restaurant of the Year.
Malone's version of the Grand Cafe served its last dinner Nov. 14. Read our coverage here.
Handsome Hog* (173 Western Av. N., St. Paul, https://handsomehog.com) Handsome Hog, the flagship restaurant from "Top Chef" contestant Justin Sutherland, is taking a break. Since indoor dining was halted for a four-week shutdown Nov. 20, running a takeout-only business has been a losing proposition for the Cathedral Hill restaurant, Sutherland said. The restaurant served its last takeout meals on Dec. 5. Read our coverage here.
Town Hall Tap* (4810 Chicago Av., Mpls., https://townhalltap.com) Town Hall announced Nov. 27 that two of its locations, Town Hall Tap and Town Hall Lanes would close until sometime in 2021.
Town Hall Lanes* (5019 S. 34th Av., Mpls., https://www.thlanes.com) Town Hall announced Nov. 27 that two of its locations, Town Hall Tap and Town Hall Lanes would close until sometime in 2021.
Able Seedhouse + Brewery* (1121 Quincy St. NE., Mpls., http://ablebeer.com) The northeast Minneapolis brewery closed Nov. 21 for 10 weeks "to reconfigure and get ready for the spring."
Just/Us (275 4th St. E., St. Paul, https://www.facebook.com/justusrestaurant) The Lowertown St. Paul restaurant announced Nov. 15 that it had closed "indefinitely." It had only been in this location since the beginning of the year, after moving a few blocks from the original downtown St. Paul location due to disputes with its landlord. "After losing half of our original team of founders in March of 2019, those of that still believed in what just/us could be stuck it out," wrote one of the founders in an Instagram post. "While our belief in just/us remains strong -- the sacrifices we've had to make in order to survive COVID have made our vision in this location unattainable."
Burger Jones (1619 County Rd. 42 W., Burnsville, https://burgerjones.com) The last remaining Burger Jones closed Nov. 8. (The Uptown location closed in May.)
Falls Landing and Oly's Roadhouse* (1223 4th St. S., Cannon Falls, 651-829-1161, https://www.artisanplaza.com) Two residents at Artisan Plaza Food Hall -- Oly's Roadhouse and supper club Falls Landing -- will be closed until "at least spring or summer," while Artisan Market remains open for take-and-bake family meals, soup and sandwiches to go.
Surly Brewing Co. beer hall and pizzeria (520 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls., 763-999-4040, surlybrewing.com) Surly Brewing Co. — the epitome of the phrase "destination beer hall" — has pulled the plug on its enormous southeast Minneapolis entertainment complex, which closed Nov. 2. Read our coverage here.
Unideli (2015 E. 24th St., Mpls. , 612-721-6677, https://www.unitednoodles.com) The popular ramen and barbecue pork counter inside United Noodles has closed. In it's place? Machi Machi, a Taiwanese tea brand with international outlets.
Welcome to Restaurant Roll Call, where the Star Tribune food team keeps a running list of restaurant openings, closings and announcements in the Twin Cities and beyond. Stay in the know. Contributors: Nicole Hvidsten, Sharyn Jackson, Rick Nelson and Joy Summers.
Sharyn Jackson is a features reporter covering the Twin Cities' vibrant food and drink scene.
Nicole Ploumen Hvidsten is the Star Tribune's Taste editor and senior editor of Star Tribune Magazine. In past journalistic lives she was a reporter, copy editor and designer — sometimes all at once — and has yet to find a cookbook she doesn't like.