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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 06/20/2014
I can’t talk right now, my basement is flooded. Does anyone have some good recipes to bring on the ark?
After being closed for nearly two months, Little Szechuan on University has morphed into a hot pot restaurant!
Juice So Good is now open in Minneapolis, and brilliantly in the downtown skyway! I cannot tell you how many ladies I’ve already seen toting juice bottle around the habitrail. The shop is cold-pressing fresh juices for bottles and smoothies, plus offering pick-up cleanse routines, and healthy salads.
Coalition has opened in Excelsior. The first foray into the independent restaurant world from chef Eli Wollenzien, the focus is on local and seasonal fresh food. The old Biella space has been buffed, exposing the brick walls and creating a more casual dining area. There’s a cool copper community table that is multi-leveled, in case you feel awkward sitting next to strangers.
Red Cow is now open in St. Paul, serving up tasty burgers and beer in Cathedral Hill.
Republic in Uptown has opened up two brand spanking new indoor bocce ball courts! Especially given our soggy disposition of late, throwing balls on a bright green swath of astro-turf while sucking down suds sounds a bit right on.
In case you’re heading up Blaine way, Nothing Bundt Cake, one of our FAVORITELY named places, opened a second location.
Anodyne, the v. cool coffee shop in Kingfield across from the old Corner Table, will be closing permanently at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. That was the first place I ever had, and became addicted to, affogatto. Looks like Bull Run will be moving in and keeping the neighborhood caffeinated, but will they keep the rubber tables?
Flame Rotisserie Grill & Bar in Rosedale has closed. The hot-fired concept from the Hemisphere group (Mission in Mpls., Tavern on France in Edina, etc.) is no more.
Rival House will open quite soon in downtown St. Paul. The revamp of the bar in the Doubletree is being orchestrated by Ben Graves and his cadre. Here’s some good news: it’s going to be a game bar with skee-ball lanes, ping pong, pinball machines, Jenga, and Parcheesi-themed wallpaper. Here’s some even better news: the menu has a pizza focus courtesy of consultation from Red Wagon, which is damn good.
Remember that little pizza place in cute Marine-on-St.-Croix? Olive’s Fresh Pizza? Well, they closed that outpost and opened one in White Bear, and now they’ve started construction on a place on Water St. in Excelsior, right around the corner from the taproom, just sayin’. Coming up roses and pizza out there…
Dong Hae, which is a brand new Korean/sushi/all-you-can-eat venture from the folks behind Dong Yang, will open soon in the old Nami space.
HOTlist is a wicked good time on Monday where all the top chefs in town get in a room and dish you food and crack wise with each other and make you feel like, yeah, this is a good food town.
Posters & Pints is happening on Saturday, so go pay $20 to sample a bunch of beer from a free take-home glass, buy some Aki’s pretzels (LEGIT!) and other noshery, and peruse some limited edition beer-inspired posters for sale.
Back to the '50s is this weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, which to me means two things: hot cars and corndogs . . . it’s really a teaser, but the first real chance for fair food.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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