Saint Dinette pop-up offers a sneak peek at Tim Niver and J.D. Fratzke's next venture

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courtesy of the Strip Club Meat & Fish website
Tim Niver (left) and J.D. Fratzke (right)

"We love our hugs here," says Strip Club co-owner Tim Niver.

It's true. Stepping into Strip Club often feels like walking into someone's living room, where you're welcomed with a hug and a bite to eat. And as Niver opened the doors Monday night to a new experience -- a sneak preview of his new restaurant concept, Saint Dinette, soon to open in Lowertown St. Paul -- that same casual and loving atmosphere shined through. Niver and his co-owner, chef J.D. Fratzke, circulated, sharing stories and smiles with every table. Seating was communal, with new and old friends mingling throughout the small room. And yes -- many hugs were given.

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From the chef behind Haute Dish comes Nighthawks/Birdie, a modern diner

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Nighthawks, an urban American diner coming to you soon from chef Landon Schoenefeld
Coming soon to a south Minneapolis neighborhood near you (assuming you live somewhere near 38th and Nicollet) is Nighthawks, the newest venture by veteran Twin Cities chef Landon Schoenefeld. Nighthawks will be taking over the old Shorty & Wags location and will include a smaller restaurant-within-a-restaurant known as Birdie.

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Nadia Cakes to open second Minnesota location in Woodbury

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A fifteen-minute scroll through Nadia Cakes' photo gallery is a dangerous endeavor if you aren't in the position to make an emergency trip to the Maple Grove location. And even if you are, you'll be forced to endure lines that snake around the street corner as your mouth waters in anticipation. Well, eastern suburbanites, you're in luck. Nadia Cakes recently announced that they'll be opening a second location in Woodbury just before Valentine's Day.

Nadia Cakes' Woodbury shop won't stop at cupcakes -- they'll also be offering Sebastian Joe's ice cream, shakes, malts, sundaes, specialty cakes, and a new line of pastries.

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Saguaro will serve Southwestern-inspired fare in south Minneapolis

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Saguaro
The Abdo family, the group behind My Burger, Nicollet Island Inn, and Minnesota State Fair contributors Gopher State Ice and Big Fat Bacon, is bringing a bit of Southwestern flair to south Minneapolis.

Saguaro, inspired by Southwestern and northern Mexican cuisine, will be a distinct departure from the Abdos' previous ventures. The new restaurant is slated to open at the end of August, serving a dinner-only menu before venturing into the wide world of brunch.

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Farm-to-fork Locavore Eatery coming soon to south Minneapolis

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Owners Kacey White and Charles Stotts

"Local" is the dining buzzword, and the forthcoming Locavore Eatery is trading on the trend. The farm-to-fork restaurant will soon begin construction on a space at the ground level of the Oaks Station Place building on 46th Street near the Blue Line in south Minneapolis.

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Simpls grab-and-go organic food is headed to the skyway

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Skyway locavores, your lives are about to get simpler. A new convenience store emphasizing local and organic grab-and-go grub is set to open in the Six Quebec building on Marquette Avenue during the last week of August.

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Dunkin' Donuts makes its way to northern Minnesota

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Well, Minnesota, it's finally happening: Dunkin' Donuts is giving us another chance. The chain's first Minnesota location opened in Rochester's Kahler Grand Hotel on June 30, and five additional Rochester locations will open in the coming months. On Monday, Dunkin' announced plans to open seven locations in northern Minnesota by spring 2015 -- which means America's top coffee and doughnut chain is inching closer to the Twin Cities by the day.

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Kim Bartmann on her new Loring Park endeavor, the Third Bird

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The former Cafe Maude
Kim Bartmann, the unstoppable restaurateur who brought us Red Stag, Pat's Tap, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Barbette, and most recently Tiny Diner, is at it again with the Third Bird, a Loring Park joint set to open the third week of August.

The Third Bird was an unexpected endeavor for Bartmann, inspired by the recent closure of Cafe Maude's Loring Park location.


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

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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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