Sorry. I blew it on Friday. I had to drive my first and only daughter to college, so I was a wee bit preoccupied and forgot to post. So here it is, all the fresh news with your Monday morning cuppa Joe.
Everyone is talking about Blake Richardson's new Moto-i restaurant that will go into the old Machu Picchu space. What no one has said yet, which is odd, is that the Japanese restaurant will be a sake brew pub. Richardson will be one of the only US sites that brews sake (You knew it was brewed, right?) and has begun the brewing process just recently. I caught up with Rachel Rubin, who is consulting on the menu, and she said that because Tiger Sushi is going in down the street (Lyndale and 28th), Moto-i will not do sushi but rather focus on other Japanese and Pan-Asian food.
I hear that construction has begun on a new branch of the The Bulldog, which will open in St. Paul across from Mears Park at Sixth and Wacouta where the ill-fated Knight's Tale was supposed to be. Good fit; who in St. Paul doesn't like tater tots? And apparently Pop! in St. Paul has beaten the construction odds and may open early. Some whisper about this week, maybe August 20? Some say August 25. I say stroll by the formerly-Fhima's space, and see if you happen to catch them during a training dinner . . . you might get fed.
Have you heard about The Saturn? Maybe you should consider skipping your office donut and making a field trip to Lake Nokomis this afternoon. Big Bell Ice Cream (your source of ice cream happiness in Minnesota) is dishing up The Saturn: a warm, glazed donut topped with your choice of ice cream. Warm donut, cold ice cream? What kind of brilliant science is this?
Expansion is the thing: Midori's Floating World of the East Lake Street dining enclave is moving across the street to a bigger location. Glacier's Custard of Wayzata is opening in the Cafe of the America's spot in that same East Lake Street neighborhood. And Gianni's Steakhouse in Wayzata will be expanding into the former Cosi space next door. Turn, turn, turn.
Coming this week: my State Fair Hit List (getchyer gullet ready!)----------