Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

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Joy Summers
On September 22nd, Parka will be no more
In less than surprising news, it was announced yesterday that Parka in south Minneapolis will close up shop. It was also announced that while Parka might be going dark, the company behind the restaurant intends to keep the space alive in the form of a new Dogwood Coffee bar.

Parka's last night of service will take place at this end of this month. After that, they'll close for approximately a week's time and reopen under the new Dogwood name.

See also: Parka 2.0 hopes to win back fans with a revamped menu and a simpler focus


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Twin Cities Residents Successfully Petition Against Offensive Chino Latino Billboard

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From Change.org petition

When subjected to a rape joke, we generally have a few options: walk away, confront the "comedian" directly, administer a slap-o-sense to the face, or mix and match any combination thereof.

But what can we do when a rape joke is plastered on a billboard near a busy intersection, flaunting its insensitive message in the faces of any former rape or sexual assault victims who happen to pass by?

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Chino Latino apologizes, reworks offensive advertisement


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World Street Kitchen offers free burritos for life to anyone who can find catering van vandal

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Photo courtesy of World Street Kitchen
Wanted: Van Vandal. Reward: Free burritos.
Now, we appreciate good street art as much as anybody else, but when you're throwing up a tag on something that could potentially cost a small, locally owned, independent business some hard earned cash, you're not so much a street artist as a dickhead with a spray can. Well-known Twin Cities chef Sameh Wadi agrees, which is why he and his crew are calling on fans to help them catch the person who recently vandalized their company's catering truck.

Wadi, chef and owner of both Saffron and World Street Kitchen, found out about the incident from WSK staff early Friday morning. Wadi then put out a call to his massive online following including over 3,000 Facebook fans and 6,000 Twitter followers, offering free burritos for life to anyone who could help bring the vandal to justice.

See also: Signature Dish: Saffron's chef Sameh Wadi

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Red Wagon Pizza finds new home in the former In Season location in south Minneapolis

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Photo courtesy of Red Wagon Pizza
Red Wagon's wood oven-fired pizza finds a home
It's practically a truism that you can never have too much pizza (seriously, you can never have too much pizza), and now comes the announcement that Minneapolis's favorite mobile pizzeria has finally found a brick and mortar location to call home. Last week, Red Wagon patriarch "Pizza" Pete Campbell announced a permanent residence that should be fully operational by the end of October.

See also: Rival House brings wood-fired pizzas and game-room vibe to downtown St. Paul

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More details on the Salt Cellar, the Lenny Russo-influenced steakhouse heading to St. Paul

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Chris Bohnhoff
Alan Bergo will head up Salt Cellar in St. Paul

You might know him as the Forager Chef. Or you may know him as Lenny Russo's former sous chef at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market. But soon you'll know Alan Bergo as the executive chef at St. Paul's forthcoming modern steakhouse, the Salt Cellar.

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Red Stag to host Friends of James Beard benefit dinner


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Red Stag to host Friends of James Beard benefit dinner

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Buckle up your seatbelts Minneapolis, because the James Beard Foundation is coming to town in a big way. On Sunday, October 5, the Red Stag Supper Club will host a benefit dinner for the foundation, and the event roster is filled to the brim with top chefs from across the Twin Cities.

The host chef for the event will be La Belle Vie alum T.J. Rawitzer, who is currently serving as the executive chef for Kim Bartmann's vast Twin Cities culinary empire. Other guest chefs include Doug Flicker, Erik Anderson, Sarah Master, and last, but not least, Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg from Travail.

See also: Twin Cities chefs among the James Beard Award finalists


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Candyland files lawsuit over trademarked Chicago Mix popcorn

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Photo courtesy of Candyland
Candyland, St. Paul's 82-year-old candy and popcorn shop, has filed a lawsuit against three major companies over wrongful use of Candyland's "Chicago Mix" trademark. Owner Brenda Lamb created the mix in 1988 after taking a trip to a Chicago candy expo with Candyland co-owner Doug Lamb. Upon returning home, she combined Candlyand's caramel, cheese, and regular seasoned popcorn varieties and named it the Chicago Mix as a tribute to the Midwestern city. The name was trademarked in 1992.

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Haute Dish celebrates the State Fair with (really good) food on a stick

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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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Haute Dish celebrates the State Fair with (really good) food on a stick


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Sausage and beer emporium New Bohemia to open second location in Golden Valley

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Golden Valley will soon be home to a new New Bohemia
Good news for sausage and craft beer lovers: Northeast Minneapolis's New Bohemia Wurst & BierHaus is opening a second location, and this time they're taking their sausage party out to the 'burbs. The company spent a lot of time looking at potential locations around the Twin Cities and have set their sights on Golden Valley.

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New Bohemia to host Oktoberfest

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Haute Dish celebrates the State Fair with (really good) food on a stick

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Next week Haute Dish will host its second annual Haute Dish on a Stick
If you just happen to be joining us here in Minnesota/on earth, it's officially State Fair season. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to head over to the fairgrounds to get a taste of the action. Next week, for the second year in a row, Haute Dish will host a three-day, State Fair-inspired celebration of its own. Dubbed "Haute Dish on a Stick," this dim sum-style menu is an homage to the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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The 10 new State Fair foods we can't wait to try


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