>> Dark Horse Bar & Eatery is the newest entrant to what is now known as "The Lowertown Scene". The cool looking spot shares some ownership with Muddy Waters, and so it vibes, but this pony has its own show. The menu is very global eclectic, with Irish mussels next to Turkish fig balls, Singapore noodles and Indian curried rice bowls, burgers, pizza, gnocchi, and steak among the menu items. This could be wildly awesome or super confusing, let's get over and find out.
>> Good Grocer is open on Lake Street in an area of town short on fresh food. This project sounds so cool, the store is founded on the mission of helping people who want to eat fresher, better food, but can't always afford it. They invite people to become members of the store, and work hours in exchange for a significant discount on foods. The savings on labor are passed on to keep food items affordable.
>> Seward Co-op has opened their Friendship Store. The full service grocery store is at 38th St. and 3rd Avenue, in the former Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The Central neighborhood has also been lacking in fresh food options.
>> Finally putting to bed any rumors of resurrection, the cult favorite Curry n Noodles in Hopkins has become Tibet Corner. The new shop is serving Tibetan and Indian food, including momo, pakora, Tibetan Cho-Mein, tandoori roti, butter chicken, channa masala, palak paneer, and such.
>> The big news that rocked our socks yesterday, La Belle Vie is closing on October 24. Since the news got out, they've been nearly booked solid for the final days.
>> Sonora Grill in Midtown Global Marketplace is already closed. Their full service location in Longfellow is fueled by mezcal and going strong.
>> The Commodore SWEARS it's about to open, on October 27th. Believes it when I sees it.
>> There are still general admission tickets available for Meritage Oysterfest this Sunday! Get there and slurp some bivalves from Rappahannock, drink the limited edition Summit Oyster Stout, and find out who will reign supreme in the celebrity chef mother shuckers oyster shucking contest.
>> All next week, starting Monday, Lucia's is celebrating the season by offering a special Harvest Week prix fixe menu. For $70 you'll get four courses with pairings, featuring Keepsake Ciders. Vendors and farmers will also be on hand during the week to chat about their goodies.
>> Out in Waconia, Schram is Minnesota’s first brewery/vineyard and it’s a beauty. Plus, they know how to throw a good time, and there’s nothing like celebrating the grape harvest with a huge fire! Head out for the Annual Harvest Bonfire on October 17 where they’ll be releasing their new Bonfire red blend with live music, food trucks, fire dancing, cigar rolling, and general haymaking.
>> Solo Vino is hosting their Autumn Tasting on October 18. These tastings put you in a room with hundreds of bottles of wine (this time from Spain) to taste and discuss. Travel the regions, learn about what you like, then check it off the list and order a case on the spot for a great price. It’s the best way to stock up your wine cabinet for the coming entertaining season.
>> Also, go stuff your pumpkin.