PizzaRev, a Buffalo Wild Wings-backed pizza joint, is better than you might expect

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Last week, PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza chain from California, opened its second Minnesota location in Edina. Buffalo Wild Wings -- which recently invested in Dallas' Rusty Taco chain -- owns the franchise rights to PizzaRev in Minnesota, as part of its effort to diversify within the fast-casual market. PizzaRev's first Minnesota location opened in Hopkins on May 14.

To be frank, we didn't have the highest hopes for PizzaRev. The build-your-own pizza concept isn't exactly new and the setup sounded too much like a Subway adaptation for us to fully trust the quality of the final product. We were wrong. Mostly.

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The Third Bird gives comfort food the highbrow treatment

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Grant Tillery
The (third) bird is the word.


The Third Bird, the latest addition to Kim Bartmann's veritable restaurant empire, feels like a secret clubhouse. Its entrance is situated in an alleyway off Harmon Place, with no signage indicating a restaurant. Understated furnishings elicit a too-cool-for-school vibe, and the staff treats customers with a familiarity rarely found outside decades-old greasy spoons.

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Candyland files lawsuit over trademarked Chicago Mix popcorn

Categories: News

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

Categories: Coming Soon

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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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Get a taste of Lake Superior with Venture pils from Bent Paddle

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Loren Green

The Venture pilsener from Bent Paddle in Duluth might seem like a traditional Czech pilsener in style, but it's got a few Minnesota flourishes to set it apart. It's a light, crisp beer that's highly carbonated and highly refreshing, perfect for a day on the North Shore or on a beach along the chain of lakes in Minneapolis.

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Taco Cat's founders: "Who cares if you deliver something in a car? That's easy."

Categories: Interview

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Emily Eveland

Minneapolis may have its cycling struggles (see this week's cover story), but a number of factors contribute to making it one of the most cyclist-friendly cities in the country. Our dedicated bicycling community is constantly coming up with new ways to situate the human-powered machines within the mainstream.

The bike courier lifestyle has changed over the last decade, thanks to the advent of the Internet and a decreased reliance on hand-delivered documents. So couriers have had to get creative. Taco Cat did just that when they introduced their bicycle-delivered taco service last April, appealing to bicycle fanatics and taco enthusiasts alike.

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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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The guys behind Taco Cat: "We've gotten better at our jobs."

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Emily Eveland
Tristan and Dan of Taco Cat

When Tristan Jimerson and Daniel Laeger-Hagemeister set out to open Taco Cat, their palindromic bicycle-delivered taco service, they didn't expect anywhere near the response they received within their first few weeks of business. But this is the age of the internet, and in Minneapolis, word of anything regarding tacos, cats, and bicycles spreads fast.

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Bent Brewstillery in Roseville is modern, industrial, and inviting

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Amanda Pruka
A flight of Bent's beers

This past January, Pour Decisions Brewing Company in Roseville quietly closed its doors, announcing a merge with Bent, an up-and-coming brewery/distillery. The two businesses would become one, located in the Pour Decisions site on Terrace Drive.

Some eight months later, Bent's "brewstillery" taproom is now open to the public with a lineup befitting the merger: Nordic Blond and Dark Fatha beers from Bent's original offerings mingle with several of head brewer Kristen England's recipes from Pour Decisions. The distillery side of operations just received its license last week and has yet to begin making spirits, but the brewery is all systems go.

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The Nokomis Farmers Market finishes its maiden season this week

Categories: Farmers Markets

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Look for the bright orange signs at 52nd and Chicago...

With just three market dates, the Nokomis Farmers Market debuted on a trial basis this summer. Offering a mid-week evening market in June, July, and August, this south Minneapolis venture is definitely bringing the neighborhood out to eat, shop, and be merry, but the final installment this Wednesday will be the true test. Will this fledgling market find its way? Here's our take on the new kid on the block.

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