The brothers Pilrain, the boys behind Roma Restaurant, Bar and Market in Willernie, MN, are hoping to finalize a deal to open Patriot's Tavern in the Liberty Village neighborhood of Stillwater. The spot they are eying is what used to be the Liberty House Cafe and Creamery. They are shooting for a family-friendly New England style tavern. The appetizer menu hits all the notes you would expect: crab cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, clam chowder, and chicken wings, along with conch fritters and a cheddar-onion dip. The vast array of dipping sauces for fries, onion rings, or anything dippable is mind boggling (from peanut sauce to gunpowder remoulade) so all you ranch freaks can get outside your dipping zone and try something else (see Down on the Ranch). The kitchen will also offer the wood-fired pizzas that put Roma on the map while venturing into the burger, sandwich, and steak realm. Look for a mid-October opening.
Question: Why are there no microbeweries in Minneapolis?
Answer: Because the city of Minneapolis makes you open a restaurant if you want to sell growlers (64 oz. bottles) to the public. Read the whole story at The Strib.
A vote goes to the Minneapolis city council on Friday to change the rules for brewing and selling to the public. The bill is sponsored by councilperson Gary Schiff. Lend your support and sign up at the Brew Beer Here Facebook.