Rosa Mexicano opened yesterday. Now anchoring the other side of the street from Wondrous, this upscale, modern Mexican resto import is a national chain in whose Miami location, I've had some decent eats. And very, very decent margaritas. It has a sassy look and I have to say it's nice to see stuff opening in that neck of the woods that ISN'T a casino.
Zen Box Izakaya opened yesterday as well. The cute little Japanese spot opened on Washington near the Guthrie sporting bento boxes, ramen options, and most importantly Hitachino Ginger Brew on tap!! I may or may not have a particular love for this beer. Also significant, it is the only place in the Midwest where Asahi (the dry Japanese beer) can be found on tap.
Pat's Tap opens on Monday! The Kim Bartmann gastropub and skee-club has been doing some training meals, and I might have seen some sneaky menus of tasty looking vittles (fried green beans, goat cheese fritters, a duck burger) and a happy selection of bourbon.
Maeve's Cafe will open the doors this Sunday on 13th Avenue in Nordeast. The hood has been waiting for the coffeehouse/winebar to open and seem pumped for Mary Cassidy (of Audubon Coffee) to start plying her cold press.
Dunn Bros. has debuted a new cafe prototype called Provisions Cafe on 26th and Nicollet. The bakery/cafe is offering house made pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
It's Oktoberfest season! There is so much festing going on, you could tie the parties together, string them across the ocean, and walk to Deutschland. For real.
Black Forest Inn, the uber-fester, kicks it off tonight with Prost! night. Alphorns and burlesque in the same night, ja wohl, is followed by nine more days of merriment.
Town Hall Brewery is also throwing Teutonic fun this weekend. Under the tent there will be music, bison brats, hammerschlagen, liter mugs, and the release of the brewery's Oktoberfest Lager. Wilkommen!
Rauchfest by Harriet Brewing might not be an Oktoberfest in name, but it is in spirit. Rauch-style beer is a German smoke lager, and these guys will be releasing a small batch version on Saturday along with live music and German food.
And Mill City Farmers Market and Museum is getting in on it Saturday! Learn how to build a better bratwurst burger, throw in with the Edelweiss Dancers, and visit the beer garden in the ruins.
Also this Saturday, the first Mpls Beer Fest featuring lots of suds and snacks from food trucks.