LynLake Brewery Sets an Opening Date

Categories: Beer

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Johanna Heidorn

The Lyn-Lake neighborhood will soon be home to a namesake brewery. LynLake Brewery, located inside a former theater building at 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., has been building excitement with a marquee announcement since last winter, and on October 9 those dreams will become reality for the start-up business and Uptown residents alike.

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Minneapolis City Council to Vote on Loosening Restrictive Alcohol Sales Rule

Categories: News

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Quinn Dombrowski

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on removing the city's restrictive "60/40 rule," which demands that restaurants in commercial areas outside of downtown make at least 60 percent of their revenue from food, with alcohol being restricted to less than 40 percent.

The rule was well intentioned, designed to prevent things from getting too rowdy in neighborhoods like Dinkytown and St. Anthony. But as specialty cocktails and craft beer have come into style, the decades-old rule has become burdensome for area restaurants.

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Taco John's Offers Free Breakfast Burritos This Thursday

Categories: Free Stuff!

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Photo by Matthew D. Britt via Flickr
Wyoming-based "West Mex" chain Taco John's knows the secret to wooing Minnesotans is tater tots. Taco John's may call them Potato Oles, but there's no fooling the inventors of the tater tot hot dish. We all know the company's fried potato rounds are just slightly smaller tater tots waiting to be drowned in nacho cheese or stuffed in a burrito.

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SurlyFest 7 Offers a New Take on Oktoberfest

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photo courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

The 7th annual SurlyFest is upon us, and the annual event, slated for Saturday, September 20, might be the last one held in the original brewery.

"It's too early to say if this will be the last SurlyFest in Brooklyn Center, so we're just going to treat this one like we have every other SurlyFest," says Surly president Omar Ansari, "and that's to throw a kick-ass Oktoberfest-style party fueled by SurlyFest, which is not your traditional Oktoberfest-style bier."

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The 10 Most Underrated Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Categories: Top 10
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Keane Amdahl
Pork belly sliders at Eli's East.

People love lauding the latest thing, but what of the tried-and-true classics that stand the test of time? 

These 10 restaurants are the old guard of the Twin Cities. They're not the trendiest or most modern places to grab a bite, but they deliver solid -- if not spectacular -- meals time and again.


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Vellee Deli to Open Permanent Location in Downtown Minneapolis

Categories: Food, News

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Vellee Deli gets a new home
Last week, Joyce Truong and Will Xiong, owners of Vellee Deli, put up a cryptic video letting their ravenous fans know about some big news: Downtown's premier Asian-Mexican fusion truck will soon be getting its own brick-and-mortar location. The new spot is set to open sometime this winter, but its exact location is still under wraps. So while the video includes a few inside shots of the space, the clip is just vague enough so that the average viewer won't likely recognize the 2,500-square foot location.

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Sassy Spoon Food Truck to Transition into Nokomis Brick-and-Mortar

Categories: Coming Soon

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Courtesy of Tamara Brown
For health-conscious lovers of full-flavored foods, what could be better than a restaurant run by a registered dietician -- especially one who emphasizes the nutritional wonders of lard?

Three years ago, Tamara Brown decided to educate the public about nutrition, not through individual office consultations, but with her Sassy Spoon food truck. She's done so well that this winter, she'll be ditching the truck for a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Nokomis neighborhood.

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5 Best Places to Catch a Pre- or Post-game Meal Near TCF Stadium

Categories: Food, Top 5

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If you're looking to catch a bite on campus before or after the big game, we suggest checking out these five places
The Vikings home opener is this weekend and a mass of Twin Citians will descend upon the campus stadium in droves. We're guessing that more than a few of you will be looking for some tasty eats before or after the game, so we've put together a few suggestions to ensure maximum home opener enjoyment.

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Marvel Bar's Tyler Kleinow Gives Us the Scoop on Where to Drink After Work

Categories: Cocktails

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The man, his bar, his drinks and his Big Buck card

Isn't Marvel Bar swell? And one of the reasons it's so awesome is the drink stylings of Tyler Kleinow, the regional winner of this year's Bombay Sapphire/GQ Most Imaginative Bartender contest. The Hot Dish paid him a visit the day before he flew off to Vegas to compete in the quarterfinals, to find out what he's imbibing these days. He gave us an earful -- not just about what he's drinking but also where to find a real bartender's bartender.

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Fun Runs, Brew Crawls, a Homebrew Festival, and Awards This Weekend

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Miraculum, the first beer from Pryes Brewing in Minnetonka

It's football season and frost is threatening our gardens, which means it's also time for Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers, as well as various brew-based events about town.

Saturday will mark GetKnit Events' foray into public transit with the Rails & Ales: Light Rail Brewery Pub Crawl. The sold-out event features unique beers and a passport to beers from downtown to downtown, with stops at Burning Bros, Fulton, Tin Whiskers, and others.

In Aitkin, homebrewers are sharing their skills and the product of their craft at the Harvest Moon Brew Fest from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Hosted by Glacial Lakes Brewers, the event also features Minnesota brewers, food trucks, and more. All proceeds benefit the Sylvia's Children organization.

And if festivals are too busy or too overwhelming, the MN Brewery Running Series is sponsoring a 5K at Dangerous Man at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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