Photo by Paul Vincent
>> Well, YeeHaw. Cowboy Slims is back open in Uptown. This version sits on the corner of Hennepin and Lagoon, where they chopped the top off of the old Social House space to make a rooftop patio. Big open windows on the main level showcase a truckload of western wooden kitschy fare. Winterize your DaisyDukes and get out there.
>> Shag Sushi is closed, the purple shag didn't track with North Loopers apparently. The space will be turned into a Rojo, which has chips and guac for days.
>> With all the excitement for the Halloween Surly Doomtree beer bus, I haven't heard the usual burblings of excitement for Darkness Day, which is this Saturday. Actually, it starts tonight with the campout (waterproofing is key, y'all) that ensures your place in line to get the coveted limited release Darkness stout. Well guess what campers, for the first time ever, the first 1,500 people in line will get wristbands allowing them to get TWO kinds of Darkness: six bottles of the original Russian Imperial Stout, and one bottle of a special edition barrel-aged Darkness in gold 750ml bottles. If you're more of a glamper than a camper, a limited amount of Darkness will hit shelves next week, with the special edition releasing in early December.
>> Don't you think that the whole market in a taproom is a trend to get behind? Shoppers gonna shop and sippers gonna sip, now the two can hang. Start off this Sunday at the Minneapolis Craft Market at Insight brewing. This market will move among breweries all holiday season, and it IS outdoors so: layer. If the brewery isn't as important, but there's still a need for beer, start with Saturday's Minne-Mile Night Market over in Longfellow. This one is a stroll over a few blocks and includes food and craft vendors, live music, art projects, film clips, and beer.
>> Under the Gird Your Loins tab: Jax Cafe is hosting a lutefisk dinner on Oct. 29.
>> Maybe tastier than that, is Cooks of Crocus Hills legendary Scotch & Steak class on Oct. 30. Get in that groove.
>> Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which means you are duty bound to get a little ghoulie, or at least, Get Your Treat On.
>> Planning Ahead: If you're looking for an opportunity to teach your kids about volunteering and service, People Serving People is a great place to start. The Minneapolis shelter helps families find a footing, the place is overflowing with kids in need. They have set aside Deccember 6th as Family Volunteer Together Day in which you and your kids can tour the shelter, participate in volunteer activities, and really see how helping people makes a difference. It's a wonderful place close to my heart.