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>> StG, or St. Genevieve, is now open in the former Lynn on Bryant space. Word to the wise, they haven't officially launched lunch yet. So for now, it's 5:30 start time for bubbles and tartines at Steven Brown's new neighborhood French buvette (a.k.a. the homey place where you want to land after a hard days work and tuck into some good cooking that you'd never do at home.)
>> Chef Erick Harcey secretly opened his modern Swedish restaurant, Upton 43, the other night in Linden Hils, after what has been a SLOG (not a Swedish term). Be prepared for Harcey's modern cooking mashed up with the dishes he grew up with in his grandparent's kitchen. So yeah, Swedish meatballs make an appearance, but they're with potato puree and charred cucumber (!) The space is bright and white, but really celebrates the original timbers and beams from the former hardware store. Dinner daily, brunch coming.
>> Piada opens their fist Minnesota location in Chanhassen this weekend. It's a fast-casual using fresh ingredients, and they are all about pastas, flatbreads known as piadas, and wraps made for you fast while you wait. Their next location will open at the MOA later this season.
>> If you're headed out of town this next week, and are dreading time at the airport because you don't have enough miles or ka-ching to hang out in those swankly airline clubs, you are in luck. The Escape Lounge has opened near the G concourse and it's a club for everyone. You simply pay an easy little fee (pre-book for $40/person, $30/kid) and you can chill with oodles of wicked fast wifi, tons of outlets, comfy chairs, complimentary snacks and booze, and less masses. They open as early as 4am. Treat yo'self.
>> Some of us winter in the islands, others of us winter in an ice cream shop. The kids from java truck Misfit Coffee have hunkered down for the season inside of Izzy's Ice Cream in the Mill District. They've got some tasty espresso, plus a host of wintery special drinks: the Mayan Chata-Lata has horchata with spiced chocolate and the Coco-Mint Con Panna is nothing short of a double shot espresso poured over homemade creme de menthe whip cream and drizzled with dark chocolate sea salt syrup. Game on, Winter Warlock.
>> Curling is a beer drinkers sport for sure, so it seems super smart that the Chaska Curling Center has opened with a Crooked Pint Ale House attached to it. CP has all the basics covered, burgers, fries, wings and the like, which is great before sliding across a big sheet of ice. Go throw stones, then throw back suds.
>> The Marin Ice Bar opens this Friday, maybe it can act like a snow beacon and get us some of the white stuff. While we wait, let's sit on the ice throne, take selfies in the ice frame, and warm our faux fur Uggs in front of the firepits whilst sipping the night away.
>> Louie's Wine Dive in Uptown is closed, but rumors have New Bohemia looking to take over the spot. One might wonder what that would do to neighboring Prairie Dogs (which has far better sausages IMHO)?
>> Le Cordon Bleu, whose cooking schools have launched local luminaries like Mike Brown of Travail and Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart, has announced that they will cease operations and close all schools by the end of 2017. Schools have had a hard time drawing students who can get real world experience in short-staffed kitchens, plus there are some for-profit college regulations looming that didn't look good.
>> Hey gang, there's been a change-up in the closing date of Chiang Mai Thai. Instead of closing on Dec. 23, they have to push the last day to Dec 22 to deal with logistics. So if you were planning on getting in one more basil stir fry, get it done by the end of Tuesday.
>> Lucid Brewing has announced that with the move from Minnetonka to their new brewery in Minneapolis, they will rebrand as North Loop BrewCo. It's just so much cooler, no? Conspiracy theorists have been trying to prove that Lorenzo Lucid was shot earlier this year in a freak beer-biathlon training accident that's being covered up. RIP, man. North Loop BrewCo. will kick off the shiny new prettiness with its anniversary ale, Halucidation (a Belgian Triple brewed with local Frontenac Gris grape must) which releases this Sunday at a big shindig at the old brewery.
>> If you haven't made your Christmas cookies yet, you probably won't be making them sober anyway. So why not gather with a gaggle and hit up Cooks of Crocus HIll's little Cookies and Cocktails class this Saturday where you can alternate between a bourbon milk punch and salted peanut butter filled chocolate cookies? Seems like a win-win to me.
>> Looking for a holiday party with a different flavor? Bau Haus Brew Labs is tossing their 2nd Annual Sweatin' to Mariachi Christmas Bash on Saturday at the brewery. Wear your sweaters, or don the vacation-Santa look, and join in for Latin dance tunes, a real mariachi band, Mexican hot chocolate, BEERS, and more. Bring a sweet toy for sick kids and get your first beer free!
>> Then on Sunday, haul your cookies (proverbially) over to Dolly's Hard Candy Christmas Drag Brunch happening on the Union Rooftop. Dress up in your best Dolly-wear (remember what Dolly says: The higher the hair, the closer to God!) to win prizes or just enjoy $10 bottomless mimosas while drag performers get you sobbing over Coat of Many Colors.
>> You might as well just skip the rest of the week of work. Get over to Able Seedhouse & Brewery on Dec. 23 to squeeze out any last bit of grinchiness in your bod, by throwing ALL IN to the Carols & Barrels Sing Song Sang Along. Carols, cookies, beers, pies, and generously loud music that will have you belting out tunes with table mates. For this one, you have to commit.
>> Two pop ups this week want to help you with your holiday baking: Power Corruption & Pies will bring Salty Tart tasty bits to Hola Arepa on Monday starting at 3pm. Look for the chocolate peppermint pie if you are buying for me. And then Restaurant Alma's bakery pop-up will run at the restaurant on Dec. 23 from 3-7pm with all those fruitcakes, bread, cookies, faux-reos, and pastries for the browsing.
>> Next Friday's Feed, brought to you by the Yule Log, will feature all the NYE ballyhoo you can handle.