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>> Rumors have been circulating that Ann Kim, of Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza fame, was working on something in Nordeast. Then Dangerous Man excitedly tweeted out that they were getting a PL next door, and the crowd went wild. Kim told me that she has indeed signed a lease for the space at 165 13th Ave. NE, but that the restaurant she intends to put there is "in the very early stages of concept development, and that no firm decisions have been made about the menu, let alone the name." So, potentially NOT A LOLA. I say be excited that Ms. Kim is in the 'hood, but stay tuned to see what she's bringing. You know what they say when you assume . . .
>> The food truck revolution has certainly brought us some seriously kicked up bar food, but that doesn't mean you can't get some A-Game out of a truck. This Sunday Red River Kitchen will be parked at Fulton to churn out a five-course meal for 40 lucky diners. The seated, plated, coursed dinner will come right from the truck at the hands of chef Keven Kvalsten, and each course will be paired with a Fulton beer. We're talking Kabocha squash soup, duck rilletes, steak, and more for $50 (including tax and tip and beers).
>> If you didn't get enough fresh hopped fun at last weekend's Harvest Beer Fest, or you missed it and all its lush fresh good times, you can mosey over to Town Hall Lanes for its Fresh Hop Festival with a culling of 23 fresh hopped beers that love the harvest.
>> Vote Yes on 2 is raising funds this weekend to battle evil ratios with a party at Crema tonight. For $30 you get craft beer and wine, DJ fun, plus bites from the neighborhood, including Blackbird, Grand Cafe, Lowbrow, Pizzeria Lola, and more. There's also a sit-down dinner at Cave Vin on Sunday for $70, with courses by Corner Table, Lola, Terzo, and Tosca.
>> Did you know that you could hang at the Soap Factory's Haunted Basment and sip your fear away? Without a ticket even? The over-21 public is welcome at the bar on weekends, where cocktail legend Johnny Michaels will be pouring drinks this weekend.
>> Don't forget to get your European wine habit a boost this weekend at Solo Vino's first annual Austrian-German wine tasting. There is so much good wine to be tasted! Get over to the St. Paul Athletic Club where you'll be able to sip a ton of varietals that take you way past Riesling. Tickets are $35.
>> IMPORTANT NEWS: Shaun of the Dead is indeed being shown at Bauhaus Brew Lab on Oct 22. Pub?
>> Wanna see some serious Kobayashi action? Ok, well the hot dog master won't be in attendance at the Hiroshima Dogs Japanese Hot Dog Pop-Up at Libertine, but plenty of other notables will, and they'll be stuffing their faces. It looks like Mike Brown of Travail, Jack Riebel of The Lex, Mike DeCamp of La Belle Vie, Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish, and Will Serlin of Masu will be competitive eaters in an epic battle to see who can chow the most dogs in 10 minutes. The pop-up lasts all weekend, with the hot dogs debuting after 9 p.m. in the back black room (recently dubbed @BlackBoxUptown) but the contest will happen that Friday night at 10 p.m. (with yours truly emceeing). But the real story is about the wicked cool dogs that Tim McKee is messing around with, like the Megladon with garlic-peanut sauce, jalapeños, and nori . . . or The Destroyah with spicy beef short rib, miso-wasabi mayo and habañero masago. The Gigan dog has Ja Ja Men, which is a spicy pork and green pepper miso sauce, sounds worthy of a movie monster name.
>> The benefits of organizing. Someone has pulled together an official Twin Cities Donut Crawl. Plunk down your $25 and on Nov. 8 you can join the group as they start with coffee at Five Watt before heading to Bogarts, Mel-O-Glaze, and A Baker's Wife. You get coffee, a shirt, one special donut per shop, a punchcard for more coffee, and a goodwill high: proceeds are going to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. Also: there's a limited number of VIP tix for $65, which get you a sassy hoodie and some extra donuts.