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>> Woodbury has a new spot bringing the triple-b: burgers, bourbon, and beer. Tamarack Tap Room opened this week in the former Champps spot. They've tricked out the joint with some barnwood and beer signs, along with some 70 taps and a loaded menu of creative burgers and tavern fare (with help from consulting Chef Junior of Bulldog NE). They're cutting their own fries, serving Wild Acres chicken on the menu, and pouring Hirsch Small Batch Reserve ... Come on hipsters, won't you give Woodbury a chance?!?!?!
>> Time and tide. After more than 35 years, Ronally's Pizza in Woodbury is now closed.
>> I know you think I'm crying wolf, but no, this time for real! The Commodore Bar will re-open this summer! The gorgeously art deco bar originally opened in 1920 and still carries the vibe of the times. You could sit where Zelda sat. They're finishing up restoration of the interior and have begun hiring. Cathedral Hill is getting all the swag.
>> Bonicelli Kitchen will open on Filmore Street in Nordeast this summer (not too far down the block from Sociable Cider). Laura Bonicelli, who has been operating a kick-butt fresh meal delivery service for a while now, has found a new home that will include a 40-seat bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There's also plans for a grab-n-go market on-site, as well as chef's garden. Check out her Kickstarter to help keep things grooving.
>> Erick Harcey's upcoming Linden Hills restaurant has a name: Upton 43 will have cutting edge design by RO/LU and a preoccupation with vegetables. The grab-n-go chicken shop on the side will be called Dirty Bird. The compound should be open by end of summer.
>> I never said, but DiNoko's deep dish pizza vacated the partnership with Bar Zia that brought them downtown. Wasn't really working. But now it seems that DiNoko's will rise again in the former Parkway Pizza spot on 42nd Avenue S. The website predicts a May 15 opening.
>> Chef Sarah Masters has left Barbette and is headed north to open and run her own place! Mr. Robert's Resort will be a Northwoods playground in Pengilly, MN (north of Mille Lacs, ya know) with a full bar, restaurant, cabins, and rv sites on Swan Lake. In the 90 seat supperclub she'll play around with Midwest modern comfort food and vacationers will reap the benefits.
>> Pracna on Main is coming back real soon, like May. The space will be reopened by owner John Rimarczik with a limited menu while he figures out what to do with it. He's applied for MORE patio space, to include the area in front of the theater, and additional liquor license coverage so that one might bring one's beer from the bar to the theater. Now we're talking, I could maybe handle It Follows if I was hugging my beer. Maybe.
>> Lakes & Legends might be our first right-downtown brewery. The taproom and destination brewery plans to open on the ground floor of the swank new LPM apartments off of Loring Park sometime this summer.
>> New Foods at Target Field! Here's our guide to finding the Thumbs-Up and avoiding the Thumbs-Meh.
>> Because they can't, they won't, they don't stop, Cossettas is rolling out another food expansion. They're adding a rosticceria section to the already bustling mini-Italy on West 7th. The new section will offer roasted meats and rotisserie chicken by the pound or in sandwiches.
>> It's time to step up, folks. Local chef Tommy Begnaud was t-boned by a drunk driver on his way home from work March 25th, crushing his car and plenty of bones in the process. His hip was broken in 6 places, along with ribs and vertabrae. He's a chef, and he can't chef from the wheelchair he's currently in, so head over to the Go Fund Me page his pals set up to help with his medical costs. Throw some salad his way.
>> Brunch Report: Rabbit Hole's monthly brunch lands on April 19, and sports a Hawaiian Elvis attitude. And new to the scene, Red Wagon Pizza is launching brunch this weekend with some tasty bits like French toast stuffed with Taylor ham, strawberry rhubarb jam, and cardamom cream cheese whip or Seven Layer Brunch Bowl with black beans, cilantro lime rice, house fried tortilla, slow poached eggs, colby jack cheese, pico de gallo, and guac. RW will serve brunch on Saturday, Sunday, and Mondays (for all those service industry peeps who work weekends) from 9am - 2pm.
>> Can it really already be the 11th annual Hotdish Revolution this weekend? This Sunday, bring your best effort to Nordeast and compete for the honor of top hotdish whether it be in the spicy, vegetarian, or tater tot excellence category. Yes, there is a Jello salad contest for you grannies, and plenty of Nordeast beers for the rest of us.
>> Maybe hotdish isn't your thing, you're more about sippin' mash and talkin' trash (read: please report to me). So Sunday could mean a sippin' bonanza for you at Whiskey on Ice at the Depot where your $75 ticket will get you access to over 100 whiskies from around the world. Master classes with distillers are extra, but when's the next time you'll get to sip with that guy from Glenmorangie.