Drew Wood and I decided to pay a visit to Erik Forsberg and see if maybe, perhaps, by chance, Erik the Red was going to be open for Sunday's big Pack/Vikes home opener. Fingers were crossed that he hadn't had to do as much scraping on the former Hubert's space as he initially thought.
Well, nope. More scraping actually, and more ripping out and replacing and shop-vaccing, to be honest. The place is looking good: the floors are in, the walls are painted, the awnings are toast, and the bar was being installed as we watched, though it's not ready for prime time. But good news, the parking lot IS!
This Sunday, you can head over and get a sneak peek of Erik the Red during their pre-game parking lot party where there will be plenty of beer, lots of music, and both smoked turkey legs and elk sausage wrapped in lefse. Let's get that Nordic barbecue thing rolling! Reminder, this is the closest bar to the stadium, by yards!
But we weren't ready to be back in the office yet, so we ambled ... toward the food trucks, natch. Drew is obsessed with Xstream Cuisine and their jerk chicken which comes wrapped like a burrito. They also have curried goat which is nice to find. But those suckers are HUGE and they're only $10, which I think is worth it. There's a lot of flavor, but it doesn't overwhelm you (get the mild) so that you don't have to ostracize your breath back at the office.
The food trucks have been regularly setting up on the green space in front of the stadium. It's a nice grassy knoll, and there are a bunch of tables and chairs for your lunch horking. Watch for @TCstreetfoods to alert you to the trucks on 4th/Portland.
Then we caught sight of the new Radisson RED being worked on down the block so we went to have a looksee. As we were peeping in the windows, the doors literally opened for us, so we popped in. What we found was a work in progress, but also a stunning mural by Adam Turman. It spans the length of the lobby bar and features the Minneapolis mega-murder of crows that flock across our city in winter. This is just a stunning mural and adds some serious cool points to the place.
Since we were on a roll, we stopped by McKinney Roe which isn't ready for business yet either. But, the doors were ajar so we grabbed a quick look at the space, and wow that back bar is really a piece of craftsmanship.
There are some cool textiles and patterns at play here, and pods.
So there you go, nothing is open yet, but things are cranking and doors are not locked. Well, maybe they are now. But you can certainly peek in windows this weekend and see what's going down in East Town.