Devotees Rejoice! King and I Thai to Re-Open in New Location [Update]

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WIll the new King and I live up to the old?

Driving by the shuttered King and I space was like walking past the graveyard where an old friend had gone to rest. So, so sad.

The friend who gave you so many good memories, cooked fabulous towers of Pad Thai to nurse your hangover, while you simultaneously cultivated another on Tiki drinks, with house music throbbing in the background.

You've never met anyone quite like it since -- the ultimate friend with benefits -- the one who would receive you into the dark, mysterious comfort of her underground lair, play just the record you needed to hear and ply you with vodka, naam pla, and pure unadulterated lovin'.

Reliable to the end, always tasty, sending you back into the cold world satiated and happily spent.

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King and I Thai to close December 17


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Sneak Peek: Black Sheep Brings Modern Pizzeria to the Heart of Eat Street

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Hannah Sayle

For occupying a "cursed" corner on Eat Street, the new home of Black Sheep Pizza is certainly looking auspicious.

The doubly successful coal-fired pizza joint opens in the former home of the short-lived Eat Street Buddha Kitchen (and before that Azia) this Wednesday. And for their third act, owners Colleen and Jordan Smith are adding cocktails and chargrilled meats to the repertoire.

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Black Sheep Pizza to Take Over Former Eat Street Buddha Kitchen Location


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Como Pavilion Will Now Be "Dockside," Serving Classic BBQ Fare

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Alma Guzman
Amsterdam Beer Hall owners will operate Como Park Pavilion as "Dockside" with BBQ picnic fare and live entertainment

Minneapolis is the kind of city that hands its park concessions over to chefs -- just because you're grubbing around in your bikini top and rollerblades doesn't mean you shouldn't have access to a kimchee and fried egg hot dog creation by Doug Flicker.

Seems St. Paul wants in on some of this action, so the people who brought you Amsterdam and the 331 Club have been granted the bid for Como Pavilion. They'll fire up their grills by May 1, 2015.

See also:
Best Fries Minneapolis 2012 - The Amsterdam Bar and Hall


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Chef Sameh Wadi Releasing The New Mediterranean Table Cookbook

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Courtesy of Sameh Wadi

"This is not a Saffron cookbook," says chef Sameh Wadi, the culinary force behind the downtown Minneapolis restaurant by that name, as well as Uptown's global fast-casual World Street Kitchen.

What he means is this won't just be a compendium of recipes he's served over the eight years his first restaurant has been in business. But like Saffron, the book will focus broadly on Mediterranean cuisine, with a heavy focus on the eastern part of the region.

Wadi says he's always wanted to write a cookbook that is "deeply rooted in the Nomadic lifestyle of my people."

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Signature Dish: Saffron's chef Sameh Wadi

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A "Broth Bar" in Nokomis? Tamara Brown of Sassy Spoon Says Not Quite

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Tamara Brown
Tamara Brown of Sassy Spoon

While she's confirmed a January opening date for her Sassy Spoon restaurant (she's retiring her food truck by the same name), Tamara Brown says she's not pigeon-holing herself with "broth bar," "gluten free," or "Paleo" for her Nokomis fast-casual eatery, though those will be some of the menu options.

"It's more clean food, scratch-made food that you could have probably made at home, but you don't have to do anything -- including the dishes."

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Sassy Spoon Food Truck to Transition into Nokomis Brick-and-Mortar


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Lorin Zinter Talks Il Foro, The Lexington, and Building a Service Staff that Cares

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Michelle Leon
The old Forum space will now be Il Foro

"I think a lot of times in restaurants the front of house gets overlooked," says Lorin Zinter, partner and front of house manager at the much heralded Heyday. He's also, as Mpls.St.Paul Magazine announced last week, part of the upcoming Lexington rebirth and the new Il Foro in the old Forum space in downtown's City Center.

Zinter will co-own and operate Il Foro with Josh Thoma of Smack Shack, celebrity chef Jack Riebel known most recently from Butcher and the Boar, and restaurateur Kevin Fitzgerald. Troy Unruh will run the Il Foro kitchen as executive chef (he was most recently working in big deal New York City Italian powerhouses such as Mario Batali's Del Posto).

Because Il Foro and the Lexington are two of the most stunning spaces in town -- the first an art deco gem and the latter a 1930's historic institution -- Zinter's front-of-house expertise will be a prominent and integral part of both restaurant programs.

See also:
Heyday and the new face of New American dining


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Republic Owner Buys Dan Kelly's for Irish Pub Concept

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Dan Kelly's Bar & Grill will become Dan Kelly's Pub

In a way, his latest project is a coming full-circle moment, says local restaurateur Matty O'Reilly, known best for his beer-centric Republic bars.

Just before opening the 318, a beloved cafe and music venue in Excelsior, he was offered the general manager position of the Local, and while working on the concept, owner Kieran Folliard was even bandying around the name "O'Reilly's." At the time, he says, the salary would have been all the money in the world to him. His entrepreneurial spirit made him pass.

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Happy Gnome and Republic named two of the best beer bars in America, again


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Hell's Kitchen Introduces a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

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Hell's Kitchen
231 hot sauces are just 231 of the many ways to garnish a Bloody Mary

How ridiculous must your bloody be?

It's a polarizing thing, as personal as underpants: How you choose to soothe your hangover (or cultivate one) is your business. You want a whole chicken hanging off the rim? One dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts tossed over the straw? A cheeseburger floating on top? Or do you want it neat -- just the good stuff, please?

Garnish your bloody how you like it at Hell's Kitchen's newly minted Jacked Up Bloody Mary Bar. The restaurant says it sold over 31,000 bloodies in the past year, and like any good enterprising soul, the owners must have thought: "Let's jack this thing up!"


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Best Bloody Mary Minneapolis 2013 - Hell's Kitchen

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Herbivorous Butcher to Host "Sausage Party" Pop-Up at Flip Phone Dance Party

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Jonathon T. Armstrong
An Herbivorous Butcher Vegan Sausage

Herbivorous Butcher is hosting a sausage party. No, it's not that kind of sausage party. This is a locally-produced handmade vegan sausage party. Got it? No?

Well try some samples for free at this vegan butchery's pop-up, on November 26 at 9:30 p.m. at Flip Phone Dance Party at Honey.


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The Herbivorous Butcher Plans Fake Meat Emporium in South Minneapolis

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Citizen Cafe in Standish Neighborhood to Become Pilgrimage Cafe

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Citizen Cafe is now Pilgrimage Cafe

The buzz is true: The beloved little Standish neighborhood Citizen Cafe is no more. Husband and wife duo Michael and Seaen MacKay ran the restaurant together for six years, and served the sort of crowd-pleasing, scratch comfort food that attracts a neighborhood following -- a sloppy Joe encased in puff pastry, Challah French toast, hand cut fries.

They touted their restaurant as "a cafe for the people."

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People Food - Citizen Cafe hits the neighborhood restaurant trifecta: Reasonable prices, creative cooking, and genuine passion


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