HOT TOPIC /// Sunday Sales
I have a really nice and thoughtful rant about this coming out in the April issue, but I will pre-empt it by telling you that I think we need to get off the pot and make Sunday Sales happen. The eating and drinking culture of this town is evolving, and so should the laws. It’s time to modernize and help foster the new food and beverage businesses that are helping to drive our economy. If you agree, sign this petition and let your voice be heard over the special interest groups. If you’re looking for a party with your political purpose, join the Minnesota Beer Activists on St. Patty’s Day for a really cool rally and fundraiser to support the cause.
-> BoneYard Kitchen & Bar opens tonight in the former Old Chicago space in Uptown. Kaskaid is singing a Southern song with a bit of twang (perhaps a scoush too much mee-maw and pee-paw?) but DMG got a sneak peek into the place and says “the food is promising”.
-> Lunds & Byerly’s Kitchen (pictured) in Wayzata has opened. It’s a one-stop-deli-café-shop with Butcher & The Boar charcuterie, a monster salad bar, iPad ordering of brick oven pizzas, local tap beer and more!
-> The reincarnation of the huge Enjoy! space is open in Apple Valley. Vivo Kitchen talks about using local, seasonal ingredients on a menu of pastas, chops, burgers, pizzas, flatbreads, and such. There’s a bit of a bourbon focus to the bar and some creative cocktails that thankfully extend beyond the Kinky mojito.
-> Yard House will open next Thursday in the West End with some 140 beers on tap, which you can drink from a yard glass (that long bongish looking glass … hey, remember J. Cousineau’s?) This is Darden’s big future growth vehicle, with a ton of locations in 20 states, and a massive menu of beer-friendly food.
/// COMING SOON
-> Hot Indian Foods, that food truck with Indurritos and a bit of sass, is taking over the Left Handed Cook’s space in the Midtown Global Market. Shockingly, this will be the only Indian food in the market, filling an oft-craved niche. They hope to be open by May 1st.
-> Seward Co-op is expanding in a big way! They’ve already taken over and started construction on the Franklin Creamery space, which will hold offices and kitchens and perhaps a small retail store. But there are also plans for a Friendship Store on 38th and 3rd, in the former Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, hopefully open by summer 2015. If you’re interested in learning more, there's a meeting on March 11 to launch the capital campaign.
-> Zimmy’s in Hibbing closed its doors yesterday. The Bob Dylan-themed bar was posted for liquor taxes and eventually lost its license. There’s hope that they can turn it around and re-open sometime soon.
-> Next Saturday marks the end of Kozlak’s Royal Oak in its current location. The old supper club has been looking for a new location since last summer, but have yet to land on one. Stay tuned.
-> It’s Lent and it’s Friday. Time to get YOUR FISH FRY ON!
-> Don’t forget to come out and walk for cake! You could win a seriously beautiful cake at Share Our Strength’s Cakewalk on Thursday. I will be hosting and drawing names from attendees to come up on stage and parade around for a chance to win a glorious confection made by the likes of Zoe Francois, Michelle Gayer, Patisserie 46, Buttercream, and more! Plus there will be tasty treats from top shops like La Belle Vie, Butcher & The Boar, and Restaurant Alma so get over there.
-> Sometimes on Saturdays, the kids over at Eat Shop have a guest bartender, you know … for kicks. This Saturday it will be LaDonna Hoy, executive director of IOCP, who will be donating all her tips (along with a portion of the bar sales) toward IOCP’s Minnesota FoodShare campaign. Let’s not forget that March is FoodShare month!
-> Dinner on the Farm has announced another cool event. They’ll be hosting a Nordic Cocktail Dinner on March 14 with Fika chef Dustin Thomas and Far North Spirits’ Solveig Gin (which is SUPER YUMMY). Your $65 spot is all-inclusive for this winter supper with a side of gin, and can include a tour of the mansion, but seats are limited so hurry.
Boneyard photo by Caitlin Abrams