Cam Gordon to Introduce Minneapolis E-Cig Ban for Bars and Restaurants

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Like a vape with your whiskey? Not so fast. Minneapolis City Council member Cam Gordon plans to introduce an amendment banning e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants.

Gordon spoke briefly with MPR about his amendment, citing a recommendation from the Minnesota Department of Health that e-cigs and cigs be treated as equal because the health risks are still unknown. The FDA is in the process of a review.

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Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Richfield

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Sean McPherson
The Mi Amá Especial from Mi Amá Mexican Restaurant and Grocery

It's hard to say exactly what a typical suburb is nowadays, but whatever your definition, we doubt Richfield fits it. Although Richfield has its share of big box retailers and cookie cutter houses, it is also home to several ethnic groceries, locally owned restaurants, and life threatening traffic circles. If you survive the traffic circles on your way to the TJ Maxx we recommend pulling off the road and rewarding yourself with some of the unique food Richfield has to offer.


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The 7 Best Places to Eat in Roseville


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Beer and bocce, anyone? Uptown's Republic now has two bocce ball courts

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Minneapolis, it's time to welcome a new member to the bocce ball family. Last week, the Republic in Uptown announced that two bocce courts have been secretly added to the restaurant's dining room.

Establishments like the Nomad World Bar and Brit's Pub have already jumped on the bocce train. The Nomad has two courts open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. where various leagues play throughout the year. Bocce ball involves little more than tossing a ball across a long court, which makes it simple enough to play in an inebriated state, and thus a popular addition to neighborhood bars.

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Best bocce courts 2008: Nomad World Pub


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Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Bloomington

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Sean McPherson
Smoky perfection on a plate from Wally's.



Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to eat and drink in the greater metro area.

For a lot of Minnesotans, Bloomington begins and ends with the Mall of America. But this suburb has a lot more to offer than a Hooters and a parking lot. Bloomington is the fourth largest city in Minnesota, and though it is dominated by huge, national chain restaurants, if you move a couple of blocks away from the big-box food stores you can find some hidden gems. Here are seven of the high points.

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The 7 best places to eat in West St. Paul


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Suburban Bites: The 7 best places to eat in Edina

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Courtesy of Patisserie Margo's Facebook page

Whether you live in the suburbs, or find yourself outside your regular stomping grounds in search of restaurant options, there's value in knowing more about all the great eats beyond Minneapolis and St. Paul's most covered neighborhoods. In our Suburban Bites series, we'll explore the best places to eat and drink in the greater metro area.

Edina gets a lot of flak. Some of it deserved (remember that no happy hours thing?) and some of it very undue. Though its boutique corners, low-profile wine bars, and charming European gastropubs are just minutes southwest of some of the most populous, young, up-and-coming neighborhoods of Minneapolis, many don't consider Edina when dreaming up their next dinner destination. This week, we hope to change that. Here's a few of our favorite things to eat, cakes and otherwise, in the natural habitat of the so-called cake-eater.



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Public Kitchen and Bar: More details about the upcoming Lowertown spot

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The view from inside the forthcoming Public Kitchen & Bar dining room
Carol March has had a passion for the hospitality business ever since her first job in the industry at Ciatti's in the Galleria. While her career later took a turn into the real estate business, she always dreamed of returning to hospitality. When she toured the historic former home of Woods Chocolate Factory in Lowertown, she knew the time had come. Soon her dream restaurant will be our reality.

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A sneak peek at Sanctuary's newest menu

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Chef Patrick Atanalian's newest riff on the classic steak frites 
There aren't too many restaurants or chefs out there that can execute a take on a classic dish while still embracing the will to be weird. Downtown Minneapolis's Sanctuary manages to hit the nail on the head every time. On their ever-changing menus, you can often find familiar French or Mediterranean-influenced fare, but with a list of ingredients that leaves you scratching your head. 

By the time the first forkful hits your mouth, though, chef Patrick Atanalian's vision becomes clear. This week, chef Atanalian let us into his kitchen to watch as he put together his latest menu, which is available now for your dining pleasure.

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Coming soon: Restaurant Alma's casual concept, Cafe Alma

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Chef Alex Roberts to open brand new Cafe Alma




Big news for Alma fans and coffee lovers alike: Chef Alex Roberts has purchased the building that houses his flagship fine dining restaurant, Restaurant Alma, and will be expanding operations to include a new casual cafe concept.


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Vote for Minneapolis in Food & Wine's search for America's favorite food city

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Food & Wine magazine wants you to vote for America's favorite food city

Get your clicking finger ready, because Food & Wine magazine is looking to the general populace to determine America's favorite food city, and yes, Minneapolis is one of the options. (Sorry St. Paul, maybe next time.) 

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Sawatdee closes skyway location [UPDATE]

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Sawatdee closes two express locations 

Late last week we learned in a report from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal that Sawatdee had closed a second of its eight locations. 

The two shuttered locations, both in Minneapolis, include the Uptown location, which closed about six months ago, and the Baker Center Skyway location, which closed over the holidays. Both were Sawatdee Express locations, which served as the company's fast casual dining model and focused primarily on takeout.

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