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>> Whimsical St. Croix Chocolate Co. in Marine on St. Croix could open in its expanded space any time now. The shop’s retail location will move to the old Olive’s pizza place on Judd Street, but they’ll still make chocolates in the old spot. The owners are just waiting on some licensing sign-off.
>> Jorge Guzman's refined dining concept atop the brewery bar at Surly, Brewer's Table is officially open for biz, and if early reciepts for its more casual downstairs brother are any indication, spots will go fast for the 85-seat pork jowl and duck heart slinger.
>> Try not to cry, East St. Paul's family-owned pizzeria/ drive-in Romolo's just announced that on June 14 it's flipping its last pie.
>> Meanwhile, perpetually-about-to-sell Lee's Liquor Lounge owner Louis Sirian finally pulled the trigger on a sale. The buyer, Craig Kruckeberg, a Lee's regular, and CEO of Blooming Prairie truck customizing company Minimizer, bought Lee's and the building it's in with plans to keep the general dive-y chic aesthetic the same with some modernizations like accepting credit cards and a patio.
>> Gosh, Cider Week at Town Hall has been epic, yeah? If you've missed the hottest beverage in town, fret not. There's still time to quaff. Tonight is the cider class at Republic 7 Corners, and Saturday rolls in with the 2nd Annual Bicycle Cider Crawl starting at 11 a.m. This all ends with a toast at the multi-patio Cider Fest on Saturday, which gives you an insider's taste of some local specialty ciders, plus sips of the good stuff from all over world.
>> Grand Old Day is this weekend! You know you love a good meander down the ave. This year you can happen upon the Beer Dabbler Bash & Bazaar right in the heart of the action. The area, also sponsored by The Current, will have tons of craft beer, room for dancing, and some downright ballyboo in the form of human foosball. Get at it in the US Bank lot next to Anytime and Caribou.
>> DO NOT skip out on the Share Our Strength HOTlist event on June 11. Get your tickets soon, because they sell out. This is one of those nights that you get to snack from tables manned by the top dawgs in local kitchens, and the proceeds go to feeding hungry kids, so it's a win-win. The list of eats and drinks is stacked: Foxy Falafel, Heyday, La Belle Vie, Monello, Parella, Rabbit Hole, Alma, Spoon & Stable, Bogart's Doughnuts, Tasttersall, Bittercube, and so many more. Pro Tip: Spring for the $100 VIP ticket, which gives you early access, more chat time with chefs, less line time.
>> If you miss tickets on the big ticket event, an order of the humble negroni can help Share Our Strength's cause as well. It's Negroni Week nation-wide and that's a fine reason to call anytime #negronioclock. Start your day off with Five Watt's cold press version, raise a glass at Red Cow North Loop or La Belle Vie, or hit Eat Street Social for a whole menu of bitter treats.