Beloved Legacy Chocolates Makes a Quiet Comeback in New St. Paul Location

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Photo courtesy Legacy Chocolates website
Are you a flop with chicks? Legacy Chocolates Potion #9 will have you kissing everything in sight.

Remember Legacy Chocolates, from the artisanal chocolatier/farmer who had a little storefront on Marshall Avenue where they sold the city's finest handmade chocolate truffles along with their locally grown Highland cattle grass-fed beef? (Only in Minnesota, right?)

They hand-dipped their truffles using only the finest single-origin Mexican and South American dark chocolates before that was a thing, before anyone knew the difference between 85 percent cacao and a Hershey's kiss, or why it mattered.

It's safe to say they were ahead of their time, and they went away quietly after four years (though they still had a shop in Menomonie, Wisconsin).

Well now, just as quietly, they're back and better than ever.

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Wedge Table on Eat Street Now Open With Grab-and-Go Market and Cafe

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Photo courtesy of the Wedge
Eat Street's new Wedge Table is a smaller scale grocery with a cafe and lots of grab-and-go items.

Have you ever wished you could just hang out at the co-op a little longer than it takes to grab your kale juice and your sustainably raised bacon? Kick back and pop a brew maybe, and then grab a baguette and some soup and a vegan brownie and go home to live some more good life?

The Wedge is making all of those things possible with the new Eat Street store Wedge Table, which could be described as a mini co-op with a nice little civilized cafe and an amped-up bakery, all of which instantly ups the curb appeal for anyone living in that neighborhood.

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Salsa a la Salsa Uptown: Now Open and Already Better than Bone Yard

Mecca Bos
Salsa a la Salsa took over the old Bone Yard space in just a few short weeks.

It's like it stepped into a phone booth, stripped off its dorky glasses and cheap blazer, and quickly donned a superhero cape. Salsa a la Salsa wasted no time at all shaking off the Bone Yard ick and elevating uptown's Hennepin Avenue stretch.

Here's hoping they can continue to pull off the trick.

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The New Dan Kelly's Pub Brings Craft Beer, Cider, and Irish Classics to Downtown

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Dan Kelly's
Dan Kelly's has been scrubbed, and now boasts new and improved suds and chef-driven Irish fare.

Those who have drunk at Dan Kelly's since the beginning of time might not recognize it the next time they cross the threshold to downtown's serious drinker's den on Seventh Street. But before getting all up in arms about sacred cows, know that the new iteration has kept the integrity of the place intact, turning what was formerly a charming Irish dive into a charming Irish pub that feels like it's been there forever.

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Inside the Twin Cities' First Distillery Cocktail Room

Tammy Kimbler
Ed Kim, left, makes a Steady Eddie, right

Brewery taprooms are about to get a run for their money.

Last weekend, Du Nord Craft Spirits opened the Twin Cities' first distillery cocktail room -- the hard stuff's version of a taproom -- serving cocktails made exclusively with their own spirits.

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Shakopee's First Post-Prohibition Brewery Now Open

Amanda Pruka

It took longer than planned, but the taps are now flowing at the new Badger Hill taproom in Shakopee.

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The Salt Cellar Is Now Open in Cathedral Hill

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Alan Bergo

The hotly anticipated Cathedral Hill restaurant by Alan Bergo, also known as the Forager Chef, is now open. The nouveau take on a classic steakhouse will be heavily influenced by Bergo's passionate avocation as a forager of mushrooms and other wild food. He boldly states:

"I know more about indigenous mushrooms and plants of our area than any other chef in the Midwest."

He shared some photos with us (he is also a photographer and blogger) to give us a visual idea of what we can expect from the new restaurant.

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Eastlake Brewery Opens Today in Midtown Global Market

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Loren Green

Since opening in 2006, the Midtown Global Market has been an embodiment of multi-culturalism in the Twin Cities. Today, its first brewery, Eastlake Craft Brewery, opens as a self-defined "post-modern brewery," one that keeps with the MGM pluralism by welding traditional brewing techniques with modern flair and influences from across the globe.

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Pilgrimage Cafe Now Open in Old Citizen Cafe Space

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Harry Reynolds
Asian Sesame Salad

When the lights went dark in the Standish neighborhood's beloved Citizen Cafe, we received emails fraught with despair. The "cafe for the people" was one of those places that makes a neighborhood worth living in -- intimate little dining room, staff who know your name, hot coffee, and a house-ground burger.

Well, people of Standish, you may breathe a little easier now. Chef Craig Ball has swooped in to take over the space: Citizen is now Pilgrimage, and it seems to be no less a place for the people.

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Philip Becht of Victor's on Water Isn't That Kind of Chef

Phillip Becht
Chef Phillip Becht and his crew at Victor's on Water

Chef Phillip Becht has no taste for the celebrity of chefdom, any sliver of spotlight, or even the interview I'm foisting upon him on the second day of service at Victor's on Water, though he graciously capitulates.

I'm almost loathe to use the term "chef" with him, fraught as the term has become with innuendos of ego, trash talking, and swagger. But it only means "boss," and I'd say Becht would be a stellar one to have.

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