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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 07/11/2014
You’ve heard about the Potato Salad guy on Kickstarter haven’t you? This dude puts up a page to raise $10, because he’s never made potato salad before, and so far has ended up raising almost $50,000. Is it a hoax? Is it a publicity stunt? Is it a slow summer for many who need a laugh so bad that they’d donate $35 to this guy (529 so far)? I can’t help but feel grossed out by it, even though at the same time I think Good On Ya if you ask someone for $10 and they give you $50K for free. Bigger picture I think it cheapens Kick-projects, and it makes it seem jokey. I thought that Kickstarter had a selection process that didn’t allow everyone to be on the site, I know a few people who have not been allowed to try to fund their products and it seems sort of disjointed to then put this up. But it’s happened before, in March some guy got $1,000 for his $8 goal to try a chicken burrito. I guess maybe I’m just unsettled by it, knowing that if this guy stood on a corner with a sign that said I need $10 for Potato Salad, do you think there’s any chance he’d even raise $50? What does that say about us?
>> Guess what lovelies . . . Buster’s on 28th has REOPENED!! It feels like the same old joint so get in there and give them some money.
>> Sisyphus Brewing has officially launched, and the taproom opens today! It’s located in a warehouse behind Dunwoody, so maybe go grab a tap and see if you can’t hear some Basilica overflow.
>> Cask Cookhouse is the new version of lobby bar replacing Bradstreet Craftshouse for the Loews Minneapolis, which was once Graves 601. In a nutshell: not a lot of change.
>> Minnesota’s first Wingstop opens in Roseville today.
>> Liftbridge Brewery is opening its taproom on Sundays from now on, and they’re kicking it off this weekend with a whiffle ball home run derby, some Chicago dogs, and free tours.
>> Mon Dieu! The Town Talk Diner will rise again in Frenchy fashion! This fall we will be able to welcome Le Town Talk French Diner & Drinkery in all its cod hot dish and bubbly drink glory. It’s a “buvette” thing.
>> Cause Soundbar (which was Sauce at one time, remember?) will close after a bash this weekend. But it won’t stay dark for long, as two Mac’s Industrial vets are planning a sports bar called Iron Door Pub for the space, debuting in the Fall. And the DudeBro-ing of Uptown heads East.
>> The cute little 3 Tiers has closed, I liked them.
>> The Dean Vlahos takeover of Sunsets in Wayzata has changed names. It will no longer be known as Cru, it will now be CoV (cove). The site says that they just liked it better as they “started to get a better vision” for who they were. Probably has nothing to do with the fact that there’s already a Cru at Grandview Lodge. Anyhoo . . . the opening has been set for July 31.
With all the All-Star craziness going on around town, don’t forget about . . .
>> Barbette throws a wicked fun Bastille Day Block Party on Sunday with free live music and cake (natch).
>> Dragon Festival, with all the dragon boats, tasty egg rolls, and tri-color that implies, is at Lake Phalen this weekend.
>> Or get out of town and head to Tangletown’s Wise Acre Eatery’s Field Trip to the Farm Sunday. There might still be spots left for this picnic venture out to the farm in Plato for farmy fun. If you missed the Little Mekong Night Market last weekend, there’s another one slated for July 26 (then again on Aug. 16 and Sept. 6) from 5-10 p.m. It’s free to the public and there are plenty of food and craft vendors, plus cool music and dancing.
>> Finally, if you’re thinking of hitting up All Pints North craft beer fest next weekend, there are still 10 spots left on this AWESOME TOUR PACKAGE where you won’t have to drive and can possibly snooze on your way back from Duluth. If I didn’t have a wedding that day, those seats would be mine.
>> For all of you feeling a little down, maybe you should just start Choppin’ Broccoli.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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