Overheard at the host stand the other day, guest was loudly on the phone:
G: Yeah, did you find a blue and green iPhone, I might have left it there a few hours ago.
H: Yes, we have your phone up here at the host stand.
G: Could you just run that over to me? I'm down the road at this other bar.
H: Um, well actually I can't leave the restaurant. But the phone will be here for you until we close around 11 p.m.
G: That is ridiculous! Of course you can, just drive down here and bring it to me.
H: I'm sorry ma'am, I can't leave the host stand.
G: (frothy inaudible rage) Dammit! Who do you think you are? Do you know who I am? (More slurring cursing). You have just lost our business forever!
Service does not equal servant.
Wilde Roast Cafe is now open in its new riverside spot in St. Anthony Main. The space has more room to breathe, a nice homage to Oscar, and a lovely patio. The kitchen and menu has been expanded, but the creme brulee French toast is still king.
Muddy Waters (old web) has launched in its new location up the street next to the Lyndale Tap. Its a fun open vibe they're kicking, and a peek at the menu reveals some interesting dishes: fried mortadella sandwich with Gruyere and a fried egg, bender braised pot roast, yucca fries with chimmichurri, and a muddy burger with chicken fried bacon, bbq sauce, and blue cheese. Yowza.
My bad on jumping the Pandolfi Gelato news last week, I was just so excited to share!!! My source and I misunderstood each other, the permits are still in play and it is hoping to open this weekend. My apologies to the peeps who trucked it out there and walked away sans gelato.
CLOSED TO OPEN
Amu's Madras Cafe has closed (after being named CP's Best Indian 2011) and has been relaunched as Indian Garden. You know the space; it used to hold Udupi and Nala Pak. The manager, Varun, called to tell me that there had been a change in partnership and that they've added plenty of halal meat to the menu, are offering both North and South Indian dishes, and the owners put in a few 47" flat screens and some new curtains.
Not a resto, but a good site, Simple Good and Tasty has been sold. Lee Zukor, who created the site and help culture the discussions on sustainable, healthy eating, has sold the site to a partnership that includes Karl Benson, the owner of Cooks. For those who are ardent fans and find themselves a little lost, there will be a meet and greet with the new team at Cook's on June 28. It will be interesting to see where they take it, and more interesting to see what's next on Zukor's plate. He's a class act and one of those guys who brings out the good in people.
It's Back to the 50's this weekend at the fair grounds, which means my father-in-law should be firing up his Rocket 88. I'm psyched to go because it's the first official sampling of State Fair food on the grounds! Open concessionaires include Sweet Martha's, Blue Moon, Giggle's, O'Gara's, Dino's Gyros, and a whole mess of others.
If you feel like road tripping, this weekend is the eighth annual Leinie Lodge Family Reunion over Chippewa Falls way. Free and open to the public, you can tour the brewery, check out new summer brews, snack on free food and listen to live music from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday.
Or stay local and eat global at this weekend's Taste of KFAI is support of the cool radio station you should be psyched to have in your town. Snack on the goods from Marla's, get down with a burrito from Taco Taxi, and hopefully find something with chutney from Khyber Pass. Don't doubt that there will be great music to nosh by.
And also, go check out the Shark Week drink at the Seward Pizza Luce.
OH, and also, Stone Arch Bridge fest this weekend!