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>>Primo Plates and Pours is open in Long Lake, taking over the former Birch's spot. A little bit of red paint, some arrancini, a few meatballs, some calamari and bucatini, and grazie! We got an Italian restaurant.
>>Macaroni Grill has finally and fully left the metro as the Roseville location shut its doors last weekend.
>>The hockey dads were agog this week when they heard that local legend Lou Nanne was opening a steakhouse! So hold on, he's just a partner (you know, like Manny Villafana ain't slinging cow at Manny's), but the Lou Nanne Steakhouse will land in Edina, in the former Macaroni Grill off of France. Michael McDermott (Rojo, Shag Sushi, Ling & Louie's) is the man behind the plan, but he's wisely brought on chef Josh Hill, who funny enough used to run Manny's.
>>The sour beer trend is finding purchase locally, enough so that Oude Oak might just be our first all-sour brewery when it comes to pass.
>>Chef Stewart Woodman is heading out. He's parted ways with the Kaskaid clan and is heading south, to Rochester. As of next Tuesday, Woodman will be part of the Kahler Group, overseeing kitchens for the local hotel collection. He just better not mess with the solid medieval core of Lord Essex Tavern. Just kidding, go ahead. Chef seemed excited to be taking on the new project and mentioned that for a while he will be commuting. #Helluvadrive
>>The historic Fitgers Brewhouse in Duluth is undergoing a bit of change. Owner Rod Raymond is buying out partner Tim Nelson, and legendary brewer Dave Hoops is stepping down. Nelson, who is a founding member of the MN Craft Brewer's Guild, will be taking some time off to plan his next venture. No word as of yet where Dave Hoops might land. Remember how excited we all got in 2012 when Fitgers announced plans to expand to the metro? Maybe he could do that. Please.
>>Oh for the love of bi-valves . . . Meritage OYSTERFEST tickets are on sale!!! The date is October 11, the sucking is real. Do not pass up those Platinum Passes for unlimited oysters if you think you can eat as many as me.
>>I know you've often wondered, can you pole vault at a bar? Yes, yes you can . . . if that bar is Brit's on Saturday. Head up to the rooftop where Brit's Pub Vault will be in motion starting at 9:30 a.m. It's free to watch and the athletes are serious: vaulters be badass. I'm not saying that pole vaulting will become the next bar game, but I'm not NOT saying it either.
>>Day Block Brewing is getting all kinds of porky at its Porktoberfest Block Party on Sunday. Your $10 ticket includes a $5 eat and drink voucher to be used for freshly brewed beers, pork belly sliders, porky brats with sauerkraut, bacon steak BLT sammies, and pretzles (for when you need a pig-break). Live music, too!
>>Did you know that for 39 years, there's been a free corn feast at Valleyfair on Labor Day weekend? Well there has. And since you've been missing out, why not get down there and sneak one more ride on the screamer before stuffing your face with free corn? There's also a corn eating contest, live music, and an outdoor BBQ for the fun of it all.
>>Maybe you think it's too late to get into the SOLD OUT Sept. 19 Autumn Brew Review with all your craft-beer sippin' buddies. Well it's not. You can still have access, special access even, if you buy your VIP Pass from Get Knit Events. For $95, you get transportation to and no-wait access into the fest, plus a three-course beer-pairing brunch at Town Hall Brewery before the fest. That's called building a base, chums.
>>And this weekend at Ren Fest: Steampunk, Pirate Activities, Spaghetti Eating Contest, Keg Toss, Garlic Farmer.