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By: Stephanie March | Posted: 06/06/2014
Last day of school, first real day of summer, what a freaking glorious thing. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s like the weather has erased any thought of self-imposed curfew: Squeeze every last bit of life out of the day and night by staying out and up as long as you can, something you almost never do in the winter. I’m just excited that dinner can return to that more appropriate hour of 8:30 or 9 p.m. without flipping out about homework or bed times or whether or not there’s time for another cocktail. There’s always time. You can sleep when the ground is white.
>> Oh hey, guess the Surly Nation has found a new hero: Jorge Guzman will take over the massive kitchen that’s being built at the forthcoming Surly Brewery & Taproom. It’s a doozy of a gig, but you gotta think it’s going to be wicked fun.
>> Saint Dinette has announced that they are further delayed, and looking for a new location, still in St. Paul. On the up-side, maybe to give us a little treat to keep us going, Tim Niver announced the Chef de Cuisine on Twitter last night: Adam Eaton who comes from the LBV kitchen, will be helming the new spot along with ghost dog JD Fratzke.
>> The Graves Hotel has been sold to Loews and will change hands at the end of the month. Ben Graves and his posse will keep Bradstreet and move it to the old Rye Deli space in Lowry Hill where it will become Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse (maybe they can endeavor to remove that pesky “s”), a tad more casual spot with “less snobby” drinks. This is good, because I broke up with them for their snobbiness.
>> Coming to the West End is Latitude 360, a giant entertainment complex with an experience that is “Created by fusing the magic of an exceptional food and beverage experience from the 360 Grille with multiple entertainment options in upscale, contemporary-designed venues . . . You can have entertainment for your appetizer and dessert.” So all together now: grill & bar, bowling, dine-in movie theater, dine-in performance theater, a DJ dance bar, and a cigar lounge all in one “electrified facility.” Hey, who remembers Mississippi Live? Good times.
>> Get psyched skyway walkers: Café Zentral, the Euro-fabulous skyway outpost of BZ, will open on Monday, July 14, Bastille Day. Get ready for pastries, fresh coffee, and Euro street food. There better be a truckload of pretzels is all I’m saying. Follow @CafeZentralMN on the Twitter for insider info.
>> Also, Saks is leaving downtown and Walgreens is arriving with . . . potentially . . . a huge store that includes sushi and a juice bar. Kill me now.
>> Mattie’s on Main is open on the GD bucolic river walk of St. Anthony Main. Having taken over the Kikugawa space and creating a saloon with an all-year patio, this sibling to neighboring Wilde Roast has the same bit of cheekiness, to which I say yes. Also: adult shakes and rumors of a decent pizza roll?
>> Swing by Coup d’Etat for late night snacking on the go—the street-side pick-up window facing Lagoon Theater is open after 11 p.m. and serving burgers, cheese curds, and the drunky-eats. Then sleep it off and head over to Terzo Vino Bar where they've started hosting a Porchetteria situation during the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in which porchetta sandwiches are being sold from a new pig-flanked street window.
>> LTD Brewing in Hopkins is opening its taproom this weekend. The small production brewery is focusing on innovative beers, plus root beer, and orange cream soda, in a sleek space. There’s a floating inverted tap, whut.
>> PREVAIL TRAVAIL! It’s a block party from the people who party for a living. Tix go on sale today at 12 p.m. for the June 29 fest that will include a bunch of local hooligans playing live music, a ton of porky whole roasted hog and other snacks, and general merriment that may or may not include Bob singing karaoke. It's $10 for entrance and then cash for eats and drinks.
>> Also . . . St. Paul Beer Fest this weekend at the fairgrounds.
>> Open Streets is kicking fresh all up and down Lyndale with live music, fun foot activities, and hey—bottomless mason jar mimosas at Spill the Wine!
>> How much do you love burritos?
>> And also . . . BOOM.
Stephanie March is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s food and dining editor. See bio
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