I didn't feel like waiting till Friday to spill. I just didn't. (OK, maybe I forgot a couple of these last Friday and feel like I owe you. There. Are we square?)
Tea House at the U of M is now open. Apparently there are kissing booths and not one ounce of the old Baker's Square feel left. Plus dan dan noodles for $6.95 during lunch. Gophers like it hot.
The old Aster Cafe in the St. Anthony Main area is being resurrected by the cats from 318 in Excelsior. Matty O'Reilly, Tom Peterson, and their gang of merrymakers are busy polishing, painting, and scrubbing the space for a mid-May debut. They're bringing in 12 tap beers, a 40-bottle wine list, and a drinks program in collaboration with Dan Oskey. Food will be affordable and easy going, and live music should start some time in the fall.
Major's has closed their sports bar on 394 in Golden Valley in order to transform it into their new concept: Ciento, Tequila Bar/Mexican Kitchen. Funny, before it was Major's, it was Billfish, and before that wasn't it an El Torito or something?
Today's your last day to put in an FOH application for the new D'Amico project, tentatively named Parma 8200.
AND THIS just across my desk: Neil Guillen is out at SUBO. Guillen's sous chef and fellow countryman Geoff King will be taking over the line.
AND JUST THIS! Psycho Suzi's will be moving sometime this fall, most likely into the Gabby's location. But they'll stay open and kicking for the summer, so go get your tiki on.