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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 08/10/2012
This Fresh Forkin' Friday, I have something to tell you: It's September. I have this crabapple tree in my front yard and it started losing leaves in mid-July. Given the phenomenal string of hottness we had in July, I have to say that THAT was actually August, and now we're in September. Are your allergies acting up like mine? Yup, September. I may be hyper-sensitive, and lord knows my meteorological degree is a forgery, but I'm telling you that Fall is knocking on what is supposed to be our last lazy days of summer. Instead of lolling in an innertube in some random lake, I'm thinking about which boots need fixing. Instead of lemonade and tomatoes, I'm thinking about braised beef. I'm hoping this means a long, luxurious autumn with bright sunny days and brilliant leaves and lots of potential for chunky sweaters. I'm just worried it means snow by Halloween.
Lone Oak Grill is now open in the former Joe Senser's in Eagan. Rumors in the sewing circle had this place as a Blue Plate resto, but it turns out that it's the first venture from Luke Shimp, the brother/partner who recently left the Blue Plate top tier. This new joint has a touch of the city in it, with lots of steel, garage door windows, servers in mechanic shirts, and a "Burgers. Bourbon. Beer" manifesto. It will be interesting to watch this one, I think.
Travail is finally open again as of tonight, after a long summer vacay. Maybe they've got some good campfire stories to tell you.
Indeed Brewing opens its taproom today up Nordeast, in the shadow of the Northrup King. It's a nicely turned room, with dark woods and a long bar, plus there's a quiet (until the train rolls by) patio and some v. good pale ale and summer ale. Couple of nice laid-back dudes at this one.
Well, those crafty Chef Shack ladies have some news. They announced plans to open a Chef Shack brick and mortar in Bay City, WI (near Lake Pepin) in the old River Bay Cafe. The joint will only be open on weekends and hopes to open sometime this Fall. And what a gorgeous drive for nosh THAT will be.
And there's a new club on the horizon, Insert Coins is a video game lounge that started in Vegas and is hitting downtown Mpls. this fall. Do you think it will be like that cool skateboard/video arena club in Hackers? Hope so.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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