Nordeast will be hopping this weekend with artists cutting loose and patrons cutting checks. Really, there is local art to be supported on many levels, and if you buy even the tiniest token, you get a sticker which will earn you a free beer at the Fulton taproom. Then, feel free to support the art of dancing at distilleries, the art of farmers in markets, and the art of mezcal so sipped by a river under a full moon. Whirl on, beautiful ones.
>> The long awaited Rose Street Patisserie from John Kraus and Elizabeth Rose is now open behind Upton43 in Linden Hills. The soaring space faces a wall of glass that just lets in the delicious light, all the better to highlight the counter display cases artfully showing pastries, cookies, meringues, bon bons, and more. But it's not just about the sweets, there's a brief menu of savory things such as quiche, pizzas, and sandwiches (I might have had a grilled cheese that was an oozing beauty yesterday), and breads of course. There's upstairs seating on a mezzanine that overlooks a clear patch in the plastered walls, where movies can be projected. This is gonna be fun.
>> Those delicious Thai masterminds from On's Kitchen have opened a spot in the Mpls skyway. Put Pad Ga Pow on your habitrail path for scratch-made noodle soups, salads, stir-fry, and curry now available in the old Sky Bites spot in the Highland Bank Court Building above LaSalle.
>> Jefe Urban Haceinda opened this week on the Stone Arch Bridge end of St. Anthony Main. From Jeff Arundel, who also owns neighboring Aster Cafe, the spot is warm and inviting with a Mexican street food menu (and a gringo-loving Jucy Lucia that is stuffed with a poached egg!) and whole patio load of tequila and mezcal flights.
>> Spitz is a new doner shop, kinda, opened in NE in the old old WIlde Roast spot. It's a national chain, but with local owners, and it's really got a Mediterranean street food with beer and sangria gig going on. We're talking wraps and sandwiches, a couple of bowls, all made with spit roasted meats or falafel. There also seems to be a few loaded fries options, I'm all in for Street Cart Fries topped with garlic aioli, feta, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini, and meats.
>> Stem WIne Bar has popped the doors open in NE, just across from Surdyk's. Open W-Su, the small and elegantly styled place offers some 30 wines by the glass and many more by the bottle. A small plates menu plays along.
>> Early this week, Scena Tavern closed after 6 months in Uptown. Owners talked of reconcepting and reopening at some later point. Who wants to put money on a Dude Bro bar?
>> Bittercube and Lawless Distilling Co. are teaming up to launch a cocktail room at the distillery in Seward. Biking to booze on the Greenway, life is grand ain't it?
>> Joan Ferris and her beau chef Jay Sparks have announced that they will be opening their long-rumored restaurant, Lovechild, in LaCrosse, WI. They plan to take over a former Hooter's and open sometime in the fall. The D'Amico veterans have years in the biz and if LaCrosse gets them, all the luckier for Wisco.
>> Hey, wanna buy a bar? The Nomad World Pub is for sale. Property and business all in for under a mil, that's not bad.
>> Hey, wanna buy a drive-in? Galaxy Drive-In in SLP is not opening for the season and is on the block. Know what I want? Someone to tear that glitzy crap down and rebuild the Wagners Drive-In that was there before and use great ingredients to make drive in burgers. Is that too much to ask?
>> If you've done beer bus tours, but are looking for more than just a ride, consider this St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour put on by the MN Historical Society. Brains AND brews will be on point as you tool around town and learn about the history of brewing in the capitol city. Stops at Flat Earth, Great Waters, and Summit don't hurt. It all kicks off this Saturday, but runs once a month all summer.
>> Find yourself with a glass of the good stuff at St. Genevieve on Sunday night to kick off their Salon Series, just like the smart set will do.
>> Spring Mondays should not be wasted, so use them to do good and feel good. For instance, check out Borough's Picnic for a Cause on May 23, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Head barman Jesse Held's sister, who was diagnosed with Leukemia, has battled with the disease for years and is now happily in remission!
(It's Art-A-Whirl in NE Mpls, this weekend ... break it down for me sistahs)
>> Indeed Brewing's Whirlygig is a monster celebration of music and beer, plus the Blue Door Pub kids will once again be burgering, this year with a DIY totcho bar! Plus, Natedogs!
>> Above them, on the third floor, Chowgirls Lounge will be hosting a loungey situation where you can cool your barking feet, let your kids run a tiny bit amok with activities, plus snack sip and still shop.
>> Bauhaus Brew Labs is turning into The Liquid Zoo all weekend. Friday kicks off the haus band and food trucks, Saturday turns into a giant music fest and pop-up record shop, and Sunday is all arts and craftsy, in a tattoo-graffiti way.
>> At Domo Gastro's Backyard Bash, it's all about Asian street food, pig roasting, local beers, and late night DJ vibes.
>> Grumpy's NE is a great hang during AAW, what with the Brian Oake, the demon dogs, the music, and the whiskey.
>> 612 Brew has a great patio that will be loaded with beer, bands, and food trucks.
>> Dangerous Man is making a beer garden out of the neighboring lot, and planting it with food trucks, music, and a special collaboration brew "Blutpakt" they created with Surly.
>> By the end of your art walking on Saturday, you will want to do some art dancing at Tattersall Distillery. There will be large scale light and projections installations + DJ sets and live bands + stellar cocktails that are as good as drinkable art.
>> And there's Psycho Suzi's, Bonicelli Kitchen will have special opening patio time, Betty Dangers will be spinning (and there's a Tiki Tram running to Suzi's + Donny's), The FOOD Building will have art and food, find beer + brisket under the tent at Sample Room, The Anchor's got stuff, it's a hot hood.
>> PS ... Don't forget your FREE Metro Pass.