Photo via New Bohemia Facebook
Golden Valley is the proud new owner of a New Bohemia Wurst + BierHaus. It revamped the old Godfather's space on the end of the Miracle Mile strip mall and offers the same huge lineup of beers and wicked sausages as the NE location, plus it looks like there's a new addition of pretzel bowl soup which could help take the chill off.
Badger Hill Brewing's shiny new facility and taproom are now open in Shakopee. You'll find the requisite pints, flights, and growlers of the 5-8 beers on tap at the space which is nestled between Canterbury and Valley Fair (yes, plan to drop your kids at the park and then park yourself at BHB this summer).
Du Nord Distillery debuts its new cocktail tasting room to the public today! Love this trend. You can head over this afternoon and enjoy cocktails made with in-house distilled Fitzgerald Gin and L'etoile Vodka. The drinks menu will be seasonal, but feature some timeless classics: today look for a Slaty Dog, Moscow Mule, or a Hot Gin Toddy among others. Food will come from food trucks and various local eateries, Ghandi Mahal, Le Town Talk, and Midori's are in the 'hood.
And you knew Betty Danger's Country Club opened, yeah?
Super sad to hear the Cedar Summit Farm has announced on its FB that it will cease production of dairy products as of next Friday, January 16. The farm store will be open through the end of the month, but it may run out of milk. They've been 100 percent organic and grass fed for nearly 13 years, way before it was a marketing gimmick, but Dave and Florence Minar have decided to end the dairy side of things for now. Their beef halves and quarters will still be available, and they hope to return to dairy practices sometime in the future.
Solera. You saw that right?
And Pracna? Pracna on Main, one of, if not THE oldest bars in town, has gone dark. There's all sorts of ballyhoo about new owners (NOT the Aster guys, btw) and possible reopens, but for now we'll just mourn the mini corn dogs, the great dark wood bar, and hope for the best.
Tryg's is also closing. In fact, right now, they are only open on Friday and Saturday nights starting with Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. The location will close at the end of the month for good, and be torn down for construction of a four- to five-story condo on the site. The Truelson family (Tryg who owned it recently, and his mom who owned it as Porky's Drive-In and Nora's) sold the property this summer.
Here's one on hold: Que Nha Vietnamese, known as one of the cult favorite pho spots, has closed. The owners, who also own Indochin, are planning on an extensive remodel and reconstruction that will hopefully have them reopen in 2016.
Cute little Solomon's Bakery has closed its Uptown location, but has moved to Grand avenue in St. Paul. I still think they make the best pain au chocolat in the world.
And Digby's in Plymouth has closed, but the Rosedale location remains open.
Steven Brown will soon be sporting a Frenchy moustache (or so I wish) to go with his new restaurant St. Genevieve, coming to the Lynn on Bryant space soon. Will we say Zhan-vee-ev or Jen-a-veev?
Dogwood is hosting farmers' market favorites Rise Bagel Co. at a pop-up this weekend in its E. Lake Street location (formerly Parka). Head over there for a shot at some freshly good morning dough on Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. You'll remember summer and markets for the five minutes it takes you to eat it, and that's a gift.
Take note, this Saturday is the first Mill City Winter Market of 2015, and there will be cocktail sampling all day courtesy of The Bachelor Farmer. Cocktails and markets: that's how we're going to make it through folks.
Sweetland Orchard is celebrating winter in the best way: They are a-wassailing. Get out there on January 17 for cider, a bonfire, and toast (real toast). Wassailing is an English cider orchard tradition that frightens away the evil spirits and blesses the orchard for a good harvest. Noisemaking, bonfires, and hanging bread from trees are the approved methods for this. Bring the kids, it's BYON (Bring Your Own Noisemakers) and get behind the good science.
What's a better cure for January than an Italian beef throwdown? Nuttin. Get over to Eastlake Brewery January 18 where newcomer Vin's Italian will throwdown against gnarly veteran Jakeeno's for saucy beefy supremacy. High noon kicks it off, and for $25 you get a pint glass, two beers, two sandwiches, and a front row seat to some serious chest thumping.