|Nelson's, a local favorite since 1923.|
|Nelson's, a local favorite since 1923.|
The last year has been a big one for Dean Schlaak and Tom DeGree, owners of Wilde Roast Cafe in St. Anthony Main. In August, they were married in their Lake Elmo backyard, and a week ago, the pair opened Mattie St. Clair's House of Spirits next door to Wilde Roast Cafe.
Mattie's, which Schlaak and DeGree refer to as a "modern day saloon," is named after 19th century madame and brothel owner Mattie St. Clair, whose establishment once stood near the restaurant. The restaurant doesn't have an official sign, but the plastic "Now Open" flag hanging above the front window guides patrons in the right direction.More »
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After a soft opening in mid-May, Tin Whiskers, a new downtown St. Paul brewery, is holding its official Grand Opening today at 4 p.m.
You may have seen Tin Whiskers pouring samples at the 22nd Annual City Pages Beer Festival last weekend. The new brewery already has five beers on tap -- Flipswitch IPA, Wheatstone Bridge, Batch Beta Carb, Batch Beta Nitro, and Batch Alpha -- a range of IPAs, wheat beers, and stouts. For the opening they will unveil their sixth brew, Ampere Amber.More »
Grant Tillery The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen brings a slice of the farmstead to Eat Street.
On a stretch of Nicollet dominated by pho joints and swanky cocktail bars, the Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen stands out with its farmhouse chic food and ambiance. It's not a place you'd expect to find on Eat Street, and would seem more at home nestled on a bluff near Lake Pepin, but thanks to Kickstarter funding, owners Chris and Danielle Bjorling bring something fresh to this part of Minneapolis: honest-to-goodness, Midwestern haute cooking from scratch.
First it was Drunken Fish. Then it was Drunken Sake. Now, after weeks of debate over the name, the restaurant that took over the former True Thai space has settled on a permanent moniker -- Sober Fish.
According to a Sober Fish waitress, the Seward neighborhood found the first two names overly suggestive. The more conservatively named sushi spot opened three weeks ago to the delight of sushi-hungry Seward residents, and don't let the name fool you: Soberfish can still get you tipsy.
Drunken Sake to open in former True Thai space
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Take one part buttery brioche dough and one part disenchanted attorney looking for a career change and you have the recipe for Bogart's Doughnut Co., a new fried sweets spot at Bryant and 36th.
What started as a Kingfield Farmers Market stand three years ago has blossomed into a charming (and tiny) doughnut shop that will host its grand opening tomorrow. Did we mention the brioche dough?
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|Grain Stack: An ingenious selection of food and drink|
Grain Stack opened quietly in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in January, taking over the space that formerly housed Mezzanine. The new cafe is just one of MIA's three new food offerings from Stock & Badge, a collaboration between Rustica and Dogwood Coffee.
Stock & Badge's makeover includes a Dogwood coffee and cocktail bar, a kid-friendly quick-service spot called Half Pint, and Grain Stack, a sophisticated cafe with hearty and healthy lunch options for gallerygoers. We stopped by for a look at the new space and menu.
Seward's Birchwood Cafe reopened on Tuesday morning to a beaming neighborhood crowd. Owner Tracy Singleton milled about the space, greeting former customers and commenting on small, last-minute changes that needed to be made, like finding different containers for the restaurant's new silverware.
Birchwood Cafe closed in February to renovate the 18-year-old establishment. Part of the process involved going before Seward and City Council and asking for permission to change the space's designation from a residential to commercial establishment.
"We wanted to serve more good, real food and now we can," owner Singleton says. "We really wanted to preserve the Birchwood experience."More »