Photo by Caitlin Abrams
This coming week has no less than three festive holidays for you to celebrate. The first is for sweet geeks, the second for paranoid classicists, and the third for those who like to skip through the clover and drink a wee bit of the lucky liquor. If the idea of that much revelry—and that many revelers—throws you into a tailspin, there's also a nice new steakhouse in which to safely tuck yourself.
>> City Works has opened in the new downtown Mayo Square, with some 90 beers on tap. They got a nice local representation, plus a lot of craft brews from all over the country. There's a modern American tavern menu, tall comfy chairs, and a whole wall of big screens. This seems like a no-brainer for pre-gaming sports and when the ladies all come into town to see Mama Mia.
>> Lou Nanne's Steakhouse plans to throw the door open wide next Tuesday the 15th. Carved out of the old Macaroni Grill in Edina, the spot is named for the local hockey great, though former Manny's chef Josh Hill is cooking your steaks. It's an upscale casual joint, so if you feel like you want to wear your old jersey, g'head.
>> Blue Plate's Scusi in St. Paul will officially close its doors after service on Saturday night. The local restaurateurs plans to keep the space, do a little remodel, expand to a full bar, and relaunch it with a new concept sometime this summer.
>> Ann Kim came out with the deets on her coming NE restaurant: Young Joni to the stage! Look for three wood-fired cooking vessels, two bars (one in the front, one in the back alley) and one piano (hope hope hope).
>> Happy Birthday Summit Beer!!!! It was just 30 fast years ago that Mark Stutrud and pals applied to the Brewers Association and were told: maybe you shouldn't. Dauntless, they went forth and brewed, rolled their first keg across the street to a bar and forever changed the way we raise our glasses. Cheers to the mighty mighty Summit! Celebrate by popping the top on their new 30 Anniversary Double IPA.
>> The Vinny Rides Again! That's right, the Vincent burger is officially back in action at Cooper Pub in the West End. Vincent Francoual's eponymous burger vanished with his restaurant, but you can't keep a stuffed patty down. Francoual, who now helms the Cara Irish Pub kitchens, promises to spread the burger love over the other pubs soon, but for now it's only at Cooper.
>> Best Cheese in the World? Literally? How about Emmi Roth Grand Cru Surchoix from Wisconsin which took home the top title at the World Championship Cheese Contest. This is the only US cheese to win the world title since 1988. Good on ya neighbors!
>> Monday is PI Day! At Seward Coop you can celebrate your love of maths on 3.14 with a tasty slice of pie. They've got key lime pie on special for $3.49 a slice.
>> Are you wary of the Ides of March? Do you look suspiciously at your friends and sit with your back against the wall? If so, you might have a Caesar complex and probably should just get over yourself and invite your pals from the senate to join you at The Third Bird. They are putting on a mighty feast in celebration of all things Roman. Get your tickets and reserved seating for a three stage Roman style feast by chef Brian Hauke for $65, lets hope you won't require the use of a vomitorium to make more room.
>> Already planning to kick it a little green next Thursday's St. Paddy's Day? You'll have no want for company as the thousands gather in St. Paul for a parade that starts at noon, and in Mpls. for a parade that starts at 7:30. If you're looking to pre-game this weekend, there's always the LuckyPalooza happening on West 7th this Sat. the 12th.
>> Spring semester is upon us and it's time to register for the best school learning ever created: Better Beer Society University. Weekly classes start on March 30 and run through May 25, and your curriculum includes: beer history and geography, common beer vernacular, beer science, and beer business, not to mention PE where you exercise your elbows with beer glass raises, every few minutes.
>> This is one to get tickets to, real fast like: Burgers n Brews at Saint Dinette promises to be a better Monday than most. Five regional brewers will be in the house serving their tasty brews while chef Adam Eaton offers up three special off-menu burgers for the noshing. Of course there will also be bar snacks, french fries, and milkshakes, plus the general happiness that burgers evoke in humans, all for $50 on March 28.
>> Market of the Week: The HeArt Market Art Sale at the Casket Arts Bldg. in NE this Sunday uses the sales from local artists to benefit the Land Stewardship Project. Buy art, help farms, eat well with pretty things around you. Simple.