Please, please, please. If I have to hear another news story about the shortage of Eggo Waffles I just might lose it. Are people really running out and hoarding boxes of the stuff? Because OMG what would we do, how could we cope if we couldn't pull a factory-formed rock-hard frozen breakfast item from our freezer? I don't know, crack some eggs? This Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm making 200 waffles, freezing them, and seling them from a stand in front of my house.
The Showplace Icon movie complex in the hot hot West End is finally open today. More than just your average flix-house, there's all sorts of fancy shmancy seating, lounges, and bar snacks. I bet if you spill a martini your feet still stick to the floor.
Il Gatto will open on Monday the 23rd. You can still see the ghost of Figlio in the space, but it has morphed into something slicker, more steamlined. I couldn't find the bathroom, though. No pink arrow.
The Nicklow family is resurrecting the Shorewood Inn as the Shorewood Bar & Grill on Monday, November 30th. The iconic Fridley restaurant has been closed for a couple of years, but the next generation of Nicklows have given it a scrub and polish with hopes of luring the next generation of Fridlians for casual Greek/American food.
Cafe Brenda is closing after a venerable 23 year run, which by and large kick-started our local farm to table movement. For more than a few years there have been murmurs of it being for sale, but it looks like the final dish will be served December 5th.
Cafe Agri, a restaurant with a very similar food ethos, has announced its official closing date: November 29. To use up some of its wine inventory, it will be offering $1 glasses of vino on its final nights, post-Thanksgiving.
If all you want to do is chow on sushi, but the chicken finger set won't let you indulge, Sushi Empress Lisa Edevold feels your pain. At Lisa's Tiger Sushi 2, every Sunday is Tigger Sunday. Not only do kids 8 and under eat for FREE, but you can call ahead and reserve a table-top DVD with kid movies. Kids over 6 years old get invited into the kitchen for a sushi lesson while Mommies can indulge in a special cocktail called "Mommy's Little Helper". A parent herself, Lisa want to provide a place where the kiddos are free to be.
The Blue Plate crew is doing their part to fuel the shoppers who fuel the economy this Black Friday. Their 3 Squares, Edina, Longfellow, and Highland Grills will open at an ungodly hour to feed the power shoppers some sweet deals. From 4-5 a.m. you get any breakfast entree FREE, from 5-6 a.m. you get 75% off any breakfast entree, from 6-7 a.m. you get 50% off any breakfast entree.
If you're not attending one of the kajillion glitzy charity events on Saturday night, maybe you want to take in something a little more laid-back for a good cause. Jazz 88 is throwing a late night fundraiser dinner at Corner Table. The 9:30 seating will run you $50 for four courses with wine pairings, and damn if the menu doesn't include cheese and potato pierogies. Much better than shrimp puffs you're likely to find at the fancy ball.