>> The Modern Cafe will cease to exist as Jim and Patty Grell's Nordeast pot roast institution. The business has been sold and the couple will bow out after service on Saturday, so ending their reign on 13th Avenue. No news has been released about the new owners and their plans, but it better be good is all I'm sayin'. Big shoes.
>> Warmish weather brings optimism for home runs and dreams of hitting for the cycle, and margaritas, of course. New to Target Field this year, besides Molitor's charge, will be a Barrio Bar just inside of Gate 6. It will serve margaritas, tacos, and other Latin bites among rail seats, high-tops, and a loungey area.
>> Joe Rolle is the new main guy at Il Foro, plus here's an update on The Lexington and the upcoming Hotel Ivy projects . . . all rolled into one convenient post.
>> Pip Hanson Goes To London! Not a jaunty rom-com or buddy flick, but an actual sad/not sad thing that means one of our favorite bartenders leaves us, but promises to come back.
>> This seems like a brilliant match-up to me: CSA fair at a brewery. Right? This Saturday, head out to Maple Island Brewery for the River Market CSA Fair where you can quaff a pint and chat up some farmers. Is there really a better way to spend a spring afternoon?
>> The sun has been shining, the snow has been melting, and the pizza has been baking! A to Z Produce & Bakery relaunched their farm pizza nights as of last Tuesday! WE MADE IT!!!
>> Saturday is a magical food nerd day folks: it's Pi Day. That's because it's 3.14 on Saturday, but super unicorny spectacularly it also happens to be 3.1415 this year! And that's NEVER going to happen again, so you might as well eat some pie. Seward Co-op is celebrating this nerd-pie convergence by offering a $3.14 discount off all pies. Muddy Paws Cheesecake is throwing an Epic Pi Day hootenanny at their shop all day, with live music, free coffee, and slices for $3.14 (if cheesecake as pie is wrong, I don't want to be right).
>> It's the Once A Month Brunch at The Rabbit Hole this Sunday, and I think you'll not want to miss it. The hand-drawn menu looks pretty compelling, what with the Hall & Oatcakes, the crabburito with crispy soft shell crab, and the hash"ish" with seared pork belly, buttered kimchi, and roasted jalapeño hollandaise. GET IT because the family is skipping town after that and TRH will be closed from the March 17—24.
>> If you're hosting Easter brunch, and want a great ham, think about reserving one of Tim Fischer's hams through Cooks of Crocus Hill. You need to do so by March 27, but those Fischer Farms heritage hams are slow smoked with applewood and fully cooked.
>> Let’s start with Liftbridge Irish Coffee Stout. Specially brewed, this limited release beer is made from Silhouette stout aged in whiskey barrels, which is then blended with milk stout and infused with locally roasted Five Watt cold press coffee. Look for it at Rival House is St. Paul and Dan Kelly’s in Minneapolis.
Starting Early . . . Saturday March 14
>> Lucky Palooza in St. Paul
Block party on West 7th, from 2-11 p.m. Live music, food, stunt bikes and plenty of beer. Highlights: Burger Moe’s will have an ice bar and fire pits, The Liffey will have full breakfast and full bar at 8am and Bennet’s Chophouse will have Reuben soup, Reuben egg rolls, and soda bread!
>> Morrissey’s in Uptown
They’re doing a Magical Medallion hunt with other local businesses, winner gets $500.
>> Jake O ‘Connor’s in Excelsior
Join in the Luck of the Lake 5k Fun Run, then stay for the tent party with live music (U2 cover band), food and drink specials.
The Big Day . . . Tuesday, March 17
>> 49th Annual St. Paul Parade
Starts at 12 p.m., goes along 5th from Wacouta to Rice Park. St. Paul Grill will have a street cart serving Reuben sliders, plus Guinness and Jameson Gingers starting at 10:30 a.m., Pazzaluna will be offering grilled corned beef and cabbage sliders.
>> Minneapolis Parade
Starts at 6:30 p.m., goes along Nicollet Mall from 11th to 5th. There’s a big party following, called Blarney Blast, at the Normandy Inn. But also check out Brit’s and The Local for hot scenes and specials.
>> Merlin’s Rest
On Tuesday, the pub opens at 9 a.m. with Full Irish Breakfast, corned beef and cabbage dinner starts at 12 p.m., bag pipers throughout the day. All this plus dancers and bands on the 14/15.
Tuesday: No cover, no price increases, same HH, corned beef and cabbage, 6:30 p.m. parade on Nicollet Mall.
>> Kip's in SLP
Friday: Whiskey tasting with Keiran. Saturday: bar opens at 8 a.m., green beer, bagpipe band. Tuesday: bands and lunch specials.
This is the new pub on the side of Dixie’s on Grand, it will be opening for the first time on SPD.