Merchant and Flat Earth: Chef & Brewer on Their New Beer and The Maury Povich Show

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Mandy Lee/Courtesy of Flat Earth Brewing
Gavin Kaysen and Flat Earth are teaming up.

Like ships that pass in the night, Gavin Kaysen of the soon-to-be Merchant Restaurant in Minneapolis and Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Company in St. Paul were unlikely to meet from the very beginning. Gavin is not a beer drinker. Bob is a vegetarian who rarely dines out. Yet somehow, they've forged a delicious collaboration over the river, due in November.

We sat down with the both of them in Flat Earth's taproom on a Saturday afternoon to chat about Mercantile, the Flat Earth commissioned brew, as well as the role of a beer program, the perfect day off, and other fun tidbits. Spoiler alert: One of them was once on Maury Povich.

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Critically Acclaimed Pizzeria Lola Heading to Northeast Minneapolis

Categories: Coming Soon, News

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E. Utne
Wood-fired pizza to go with your Dangerous Man brew?

Could it be that another beloved pizza place is on the move? Indeed, just a week after finding out that Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza would expand to Eat Street, we're getting word that Pizzeria Lola, the wood-fired pizza shop from queen of the slices Ann Kim, has purchased a property in northeast Minneapolis -- on the very same block as Dangerous Man Brewing.

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The Sioux Chef Dishes on Minnesota's First "Pre-Contact" Restaurant

Categories: Coming Soon

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Sean Sherman
Photo via The Sioux Chef's Facebook
If you were asked to name three pre-contact Native American dishes, could you do it? Or does your knowledge stop with fry bread? If so, you're not alone. Indigenous recipes and cooking methods have largely disappeared since Europeans first made contact with the Americas.

Sean Sherman, otherwise known as the Sioux Chef, decided to find out why. His research revealed that the disappearance of indigenous dishes coincided with the introduction of the reservation system. Native Americans subjected to the system learned to rely on commodities provided by the government -- including foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.

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After Darkness Day It's Lights Out at the Surly Taproom

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Loren Green

Bring out the bugle: It's time to play taps for Surly's taproom.

For the time being, the local star brewery will be without a watering hole, as its taproom in Brooklyn Center closes -- a step that signals the brewery's big plans for a new brewery in Minneapolis are well underway. The final chance to visit the space will be on Darkness Day, October 25.

While the closing will create a dry spell for Surly Nation citizens desperate to get some rare cask offerings, it's also a step forward in the company's growth. The Brooklyn Center space was an add-on to the original brewery, meant to be temporary until the new site opens in 2015. State law allows only one taproom per company, and while production will continue in Brooklyn Center, the public face of the company will be located at the Minneapolis location.


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

Categories: Coming Soon

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Rachelle Carlson

Update: We've got a few more details on the new Black Sheep location. Read on to find out about the slightly expanded concept and some tasty libations.

What with Merchant moving in and Bachelor Farmer expanding and Brut eyeing some real estate in the area, the North Loop is getting plenty of press. But one North Loop eatery has turned its attention south to Eat Street, where coal-fired pizza will soon hit the plates of every south Minneapolis resident who knows what's good for 'em.

That is to say, Black Sheep Pizza will soon take over the space vacated by the short-lived Eat Street Buddha Kitchen, and, if their reputation for crispy, bubbly, brilliant pizza holds fast, bring a bit of stability to that corner of Nicollet and 26th.

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Build-Your-Own Pizza Concept Coming Soon to Dinkytown

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Courtesy of Pizza Studio
Fast-casual pizza makes a play for the college crowd.

Mesa Pizza, long the late-night slice purveyor of choice for U of M students, will soon have a bit of competition. Pizza Studio, a rapidly expanding national chain of fast-casual, build-your-own pizza joints is heading to Dinkytown this fall.

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Peppers & Fries, a New Burger and Burrito Joint, Is Headed to East Lake Street

Categories: Coming Soon

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By CityDeskStudio & Denise Fierst Designs via Peppers & Fries
Businesses east of the intersection of Lake Street and Hiawatha can't catch a break. Mosaic Cafe shuttered earlier this week and Parka finally admitted defeat in late September. Though Le Town Talk recently replaced the long-vacant Town Talk Diner, the stretch of Lake Street between the Hiawatha and the Mississippi River is a sort of limbo space. Unless you're a Longfellow diehard, your chances of visiting the area on a regular basis are slim.

But business owners aren't giving up. In December, the former SuperAmerica space on Lake and 39th will become Peppers & Fries, a new burrito and burger grill.

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Area Carb Count Spikes as Jersey Mike's Opens Location Next to Bruegger's

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Hannah Sayle
Carb collusion.

Just down the street from Calhoun Square, a longtime bagel-coffee symbiosis has been smothered in something called "the juice" and replaced with carbs, squared.

We are speaking of the new Jersey Mike's franchise -- the first in Minneapolis -- which has risen up like a loaf of dense, commercially prepared sandwich bread in the former Dunn Bros. on Lake in Uptown. Sidling right up next to Bruegger's, Jersey Mike's is giving the bagel shop a run for its money, in the category of yeasted specialties of the northeastern United States.

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One Two Three Sushi to Open Fifth Location, Third in Minneapolis Skyway

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Courtesy of One Two Three Sushi

On the count of three -- October, November, December -- One Two Three Sushi will open a fifth location, its third in the Minneapolis skyway.

Part of the expanding Sushi Avenue empire, One Two Three Sushi rolls out quick-service sushi, ramen, and buns in a Chipotle-style, made-to-order fashion. Its parent company also owns Masu Sushi and Robata.

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New French Bakery Founder to Open Chocolate Factory in Seward

Categories: Coming Soon

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Via Movement Arts Center's Facebook
The Seward neighborhood is about to get a hell of a lot sweeter.

Peter Kelsey, the founder of the retail and commercial bakery New French Bakery, has filed for a permit to convert the Movement Arts Space at 2209 E. Franklin Ave. into a chocolate factory with a retail storefront. Kelsey's proposal to exceed the 1,200-square-foot space allowance has already been approved by the Seward Neighborhood Group, and the Minneapolis City Council will make the final decision on September 29.

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