Are server-free restaurants the future of the food industry?

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Photo via Diggity Drive Up's Facebook
Diggity Drive Up, the new fast-casual concept by the folks who brought you Tavern and Atlas Grill, is out to revolutionize the way we order food. Their method? They're eliminating waitstaff altogether.

Instead of impatiently waiting for your server to return, only to change your mind over what kind of dressing you want with your side salad three times, all food orders will be placed using touch screens, iPhones, or personal tablets.

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Town Talk Diner is reopening with a Gallic accent

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Town Talk Diner, known for its excellent cocktail program, is getting a second lease on life

It's ALIVE! The much loved and revered Town Talk Diner will be reincarnated in the coming months. In a major announcement yesterday, a new owner finally stepped up to the plate -- only this time, it's a French plate. The Town Talk Diner will be revitalized as a Frenchier incarnation called Le Town Talk Diner. Yes, you read that right: Le Town Talk.

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Ky Guse gives us the gist of GYST, an upcoming fermentation bar on Eat Street [VIDEO]

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Photography by Katie Wamsley, courtesy Gyst Fermentation Bar

Miso. Kimchi. Kombucha.

These are all fermented foods that were unrecognizable to the average diner a decade ago, but have since worked their way into our regular diets. Yes, they might smell a little strange and taste a little strong, but these pungent items are probiotic powerhouses, doing more good work in the gut than a week's worth of Activia while also providing crunch, texture, and acidic balance.

With such a long of list of pros, we wondered why some savvy food entrepreneurs hadn't opened up a restaurant entirely dedicated to all things fermented. Little did we know, sisters Mel and Ky Guse and their business partner Jill Mott already had something, ahem, brewing.

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Sushi Fix expanding to add sake bar and private dining

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Sushi Fix has big changes in store
Since opening last spring, Wayzata's Sushi Fix has vaulted to the top of our list for fresh, raw fish. Now the restaurant is ready to expand its location, opening up more seating and introducing additional menu items, a sake bar, and a private dining room where guests can be served cuts of their favorite fish by their very own private sushi chef.

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Prairie Dogs will host its first 10-day-long hot dog pop-up next week

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Emily Weiss
The Sonora Dog from Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs is best known for one-night-only stints at places like First Course Bistro, where they transform a restaurant into their very own sausage sanctuary for a day. This time, they're extending their stay.

Starting June 16, pop-up pros Craig Johnson and Tobie Nidetz from Prairie Dogs will host their very first 10-day event at Sawatdee Thai restaurant in Eden Prairie.

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Buffalo Wild Wings offers 100 guests a year of free wings

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Via Buffalo Wild Wings' Facebook page
What would you do for a free plate of Buffalo Wild Wings every week for a year? Would you stand outside their new Edina location hours before they open, like a tech fiend awaiting the newest generation of iPhone? If so, you and 99 other guests stand a chance at winning a book of 52 coupons (one for every week of the year) for BWW's snack-sized wings.

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Canteen brings toast bar trend to Minneapolis

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Canteen has moved into the Urban Bean location and plans to introduce artisan toast in late June
If you've been paying attention, you know the national food scene is all atwitter with talk of toast. Cafes and bars dedicated to crispy slices and various spreads have been celebrated and mocked. Food trendsters have hailed it as the next big thing, and skeptics have whipped themselves into a powerful counter-frenzy.

Last week, MSP Magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl broke the news that Minnesota was about to get its very own toast bar. Located in the former home of Urban Bean at the intersection of 33rd and Bryant, Canteen is now officially open for business and will unveil its toast menu sometime closer to the end of June.

We had a chance to meet up with Liz Abene, owner of Canteen Girl baked goods and longtime Urban Bean veteran, to learn a little bit more about her new venture, the ideas behind it, and what exactly we can expect from Minneapolis's very first toast bar.

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Chef Tim McKee dishes on his new Uptown restaurant, Libertine

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Photo courtesy of Libertine
Uptown's newest restaurant, Libertine, to open its doors on July 16
If the past few years have seen a boom in the North Loop's dining options, this year might be Uptown's time to shine. And with restaurants like Coup d'Etat and Hammer & Sickle, plus nearby World Street Kitchen and the newly opened Heyday, it's no surprise that the big dog himself, James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee, has set his sights on launching his newest concept, Libertine, right smack in the middle of it all.

McKee, who is best known for his prized fine-dining restaurant La Belle Vie, has been consulting with Parasole Restaurant Holdings for a while, and this new concept will take shape in what was once Uptown Cafeteria. The new concept is designed to better suit the maturing neighborhood, and we had a chance to chat with McKee himself about what exactly Libertine will be bringing into the mix.

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Lago Tacos to open in former Heidi's space on Thursday

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Via Lago Tacos' Facebook page
If you ask us, Minneapolis could always use more tacos. Fortunately, this year has been fruitful on the corn tortilla front. Boca Chica celebrated 50 years of service with $1 tacos in March, Taco Cat started delivering tacos by bicycle in April, and now Lago Tacos, Excelsior's lakeside taco joint, is opening a new location on Lyndale Avenue in the former Heidi's space.

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Red Cow to bring its burgers and beer to the North Loop

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E. Katie Holm
The burger-centric tavern Red Cow has announced plans for a third location, set to open in February of next year. Owner Luke Shimp signed a lease for a 5,700-square foot space in the upcoming Velo development in the North Loop. The location will also have an 850-square foot patio space.

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