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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 05/01/2009
Carbs are BACK! What's with all the pasta love all of a sudden? Clearly you've heard that Josh Thoma and the Beckers are going to open Bar La Grassa in the old Babalu spot, offering plates of fresh and dried pastas. Then there's the planned opening of an Italian spot called Sauce in the old La Bodega space. And right across the street, in the ill-fated Aronas spot, the former Arezzo chef will be opening a place called Risotto? Not to mention the freshly opened Tosca.
Wonder what the Broders think of all this.
I'm just saying. I heard that the Times Bar/Jitters space is already in serious negotiations with some big-name cats.
Unless you've been under a rock, you know that Smashburger opens next week (May 9th) in St. Anthony. Sneaky peekers will want to get to Nicollet Mall on Monday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., where the Smashmobile will be offering samples to what will no doubt be a massive throng.
Bored of the same old after-work wings? Meritage is throwing down with buffalo frog legs, a snacky feature of its new Happy Hour (Tu-F, 4-6 p.m.), which also offers discounts on wine, cocktails, and other food specials. BONUS: The brasserie is open this Monday as a special favor to hungry pre-Springsteen fans.
Today marks the launch of Porter & Frye's new Happy Hour (M-F, 3-6 p.m.), featuring all by-the-glass wines and bar menu items for half price, plus $3 tap beers.
In celebration of Mother's Day weekend and the annual bonsai show at the Como Park Japanese Garden, Fuji-Ya is throwing a three-course dinner all next weekend. A deal at $50 for two people, each course is paired with wine or sake, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Japanese Garden Fund.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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