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>>Yo, the great Minnesota State Fair opened yesterday for all the business and all the things. Dara's got her Top 5 new foods in already, and we're just putting the finishing touches on our GET IT/SKIP IT guide to ALL 50 new foods and drinks. Check out our All Fair Coverage . . . we even made you a handy Google Map of the new foods, for your slogging pleasures.
>>Hefe Wheaties Beer made its debut at Fulton taproom this Wednesday. The limited release American Hefeweizen is an unfilered wheat ale in 16 oz. cans that are darn cute and look like a Wheaties box. You can only get the beer in cans to drink at the taproom (no growlers, no take-homes except your empty cans), that is until they start showing up in liquor stores by mid-September.
>>Little Szechuan in West End closed (although the Minneapolis and St. Paul hot pot spot are still sizzling) but . . .
>>. . . Blue Fox Indian is coming to take over the Little Szechuan West End place. It looks like Southern Indian with a full bar and some elegant touches.
>>Soveriegn Kitchen and Bar is fast-landing in the fast-vacant spot that was Thanh Do in Woodbury. Chef Shawn McDonald, a former employee of TD, has found some partners to take over and rebrand, remodel (lightly), and re-boot the space. Look for a launch date in September.
>>You know it's getting close to serious cooking season, where not everything is slapped on a grill, right? You might need to have your tools honed so that you're in shape for the coming feasts. Eversharp is a great kitchen store and knife shop, and during its sale from Aug. 27—Sept. 5, you can just get your blades sharpened while you shop deals to stock your drawers.
>>Perhaps you can't even bear the thought of being among the masses at the Fair one more day, maybe you want to cool your Manolos at the newly revamped and splashed up Champagne bar at Salut in Edina. They've opened the space up, brought in some high-top tables and given it serious swagger for those who like bubbles more than pronto pups.
>>You love your favorite restaurant like you love your spouse, truth. But sometimes you want to make it interesting, amIright? You want to add a little adventure to the mix and maybe do a little swappin', yeah? Well, Lyn65 and Haute Dish are up for it, yo. For two days, Sept. 1—2, the two restos will swap kitchens. Chefs, cooks, bartenders will all tranplant themselves (servers will stay, someone has to know table numbers) to the other's shop wherein the creative play will take place. The Lyn team will bring their dishes and stylings to North Loop, and Hauters will fire up Richfield with some real sass. At this Haute65/LynDish mashup you might find dishes like tater tot hotdish pizza or Remle Colestock: in a can. Bust a rut, make a rezzie.