DMG checked in on the coming Lynden's, a soda fountain that is opening in the former Kopplin's space.
Don Saunders of In Season will be taking over the former Kenwood Cafe.
And it looks like Tin Fish will be able to open for another three seasons.OPENS
Sparks is open in Bryn Mawr, cranking out some nicely stuffed pitas and pizzas.
Bullwinkle Saloon will once again help you get your drink on in Seven Corners.***** You better get on the ball. There are less than 50 tix still available for Happy Gnome's Firken Fest this Saturday. For $50 you get access to around 60 firkins of cask-conditioned ale from some 30 breweries. The tent opens at 1 p.m. and the event goes until 5 p.m., but the wise will be there from the start. ***** Heavy Table is hosting another North Coast Nosh, which tend to sell out so, again, get. on. the. ball. This one on April 14 will be held at Peace Coffee Roastery and feature a gaggle of new noshers: Alemar Cheese, Heath Glen, Gastrotruck, and Bliss Granola, among other veterans such as Gai Gai Thai. ***** It's farm dinner season! Dinner on the Farm posted its summer schedule, looking good with a sassy chef trio at Common Harvest in July and a Tyge Nelson dinner at Dave's Brew Farm in August. Also, the kids that started it all, Outstanding in the Field, are coming back to Little Foot Farm in August. ***** If you're looking for a way to burn through some frequent flyer miles, why not head out to NYC on June 7 where our local lobster hero Josh Thoma will be competing as the ONLY MIDWESTERNER in Tasting Table's Lobster Roll Rumble! He'll be going up against New Yorkers, Bostonians, Baltimorians (that's fun), among others who will probably laugh at his Minnesotaness . . . just before he moonwalks out the door with the top prize! Go Josh! ***** Congrats to the locals who are in the running for the annual James Beard Foundation Awards: Lenny Russo is up for Best Chef Midwest, Lynne Rosetto Kasper and Sally Swift** are up for their How To Eat Weekends, and our own Andrew Zimmern is up for his show! Winners will be announced May 4 and 7. ** And if you want to chat up the Splendid Table ladies in person, they'll be discussing the book live at the Prior Lake library on April 3. ***** It's maple syrup time at the Arboretum. This weekend you can join in on the tapping fun, dig a little pancake feast, and explore the sugar house while you get educated.