Well, now the pressure. Last week The FEED was given a national award from a magazine association and now I feel like we should up the sparkle-ante. Though truly, while awards are nice, it's really about love for the tribe in this watery state—you legions who sign up and click through to find out about old dive bars finding fresh life, donuts breaking ground in new neighborhoods, and local haunts which may or may not be boiling 400 lbs. of crawdaddies for fun this weekend. So thanks for pulling up a chair to this table—let's eat.
>> What's old is new again, but not too new. West Bankers are laughing for love that the favored Viking Bar has reopened. A group of pals have given the place a respectful shine and added a kitchen: look for sandwiches and dogs, that's all you need anyway. Live music, wood paneled walls, beer and a bump, there's respect for the history of the place. Check it out this weekend with a load of bands and a special our of Surly Asator Viking IPA.
>> Downtown Mpls kids looking for new lunch should be happy to hear that Eastside is opening for lunch. Check them out for some lunch-worthy bits like a king crab BLT, walleye "filet-o-fish" sandwich, or a smoked salmon everything bagel tartine starting on June 6th.
>> Remember that sweet private dinner club called 320 Northeast that I loved so much? Well, the city has pulled some pretty sneaky moves and shut it down after originally giving it approval for existing. Not psyched.
>> The rumors WERE true, and we SHOULD have gone in for one more burger. Il Foro has closed for good.
>> Southdale's only local restaurant, Z Italiano, has closed after a quick six months. The Italian spot was just down the hall from the movie theater, but owner Zach Saueressig said that there was just not enough traffic to sustain the business.
>> Cute little 128 Cafe in Merriam Park is going on hiatus on May 31 for some major renovations over the summer. Hopefully they'll reopen in fall with a fresh look, just in time to woo the neighborhood's college kids coming back to roost.
>> The Vikes will be serving up some cheffy treats at USBS this fall, from the likes of Zimmern, Gavin Kaysen, the Revival boys, and Ikes.
>> News broke this week that the ladies of Glam Doll Donuts would be bringing their particular sassy fried dough treats to Central Ave in Nordeast, in the new Red 20 building. The spot will have expanded food options and hopefully be open by winter (when we really NEED the donuts).
>> Before that though, Lu's Sandwiches will also be heading to the same block. Opening next month, the NE shop will have more seating and a splashier vibe. Now that I think of it, there is a dearth of good banh mi in the area, so let's go and try to rock the Lu'sicious Banh Mi Challenge which amounts to almost 2 feet/4lbs of sandwich!
>> Also headed to the hood, but not in the same building, is Eat Street's favorite breakfast haunt The Bad Waitress. Grabbing space in the under-renovation building at Central and 7th, the urban diner will open with more square footage and a full bar, sometime near November.
>> And since everyone is suddenly coming into their 'hood, the family behind hidden gem The Butcher Block is expanding and adding a real bar space. Look for Bar Italiano to open soonly.
>> Can it really be mudbug season already? Hail to the crawdad! Get over to Bent Brewstillery For Crayfish Boil this Saturday as they boil up some 400 lbs. of the little suckers starting at noon. Not ready to suck bugs? There'll be Swingin' Swine Jambalaya too. If you're already cabin bound, consider buying tix for the Strip Club Seafood Boil on June 7, which will be a multi-course event from JD Fratzke and the kitchen team. Rightly kicking off summer like a boss.
>> If you find yourself in town on Sunday night, and feel like a bit of a croon, head to Encore Karaoke & Sushi Lounge where the TRUEPenny bar team of Adam Gorski and Jon Olson will be serving up special liquid courage for you to finally, finally, take down The Rose.
>> Music and Movies in the Park kicks off this Monday at Lake Harriet Bandshell. Check out a couple of great local bands while you're noshing on Bread & Pickle, Hot Indian, or Rusty Taco treats.
>> I need to get you into the giving groove because Negroni Week is happening all across the country from June 6-12, and it's all for charity. While upwards of 3,000 US bars will be participating, you can head into around 20 MSP haunts to sip a classic cocktail and support the bar's chosen charity. There's all sorts of perks for Negroni-heads, like Hi-Lo Diner will also be serving Negroni milkshakes and Negroni pie, and Five Watt Coffee is throwing in with something called a Starter Pistol made with cold press coffee, Campari syrup, gin bitters, and atomized vermouth.
>> Hey also, if you use a bedazzled opener to pop the top on a Lady Beer that you've fished out of your hot pink cooler, you probably don't want to hear the amazing Kaleigh Dunn of Northgate Brewing as she breaks down women and craft beer on the Weekly Dish tomorrow morning.