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>> Well it looks like Nighthawks has brought Frito Pie to Nicollet Avenue. Chef Landon Schoenefeld's new spot opened to crowds on Wednesday with a menu of diner favorites like chopped chicken liver, chicken noodle soup, and a house pastrami sandwich that is LEGIT. There are also five kinds of hot dogs, a sexy double cheeseburger, and nightly Blue Plate Specials that include spaghetti & meatballs, pot roast, and meatloaf with "ketchup frosting." The space is open and airy, split into two rooms by the bar. The counter that runs along the kitchen line will eventually become Birdie, the chef's table.
>> Urban Bean has opened its new joint on Lake and Bryant in the old Jackson's gelato shop. It's clean and white, simple and minimalist, aside from the fetching illustration of Gary Coleman and Herve Villechaize on the wall. Expect the same great coffee, Chemex service, and the like.
>> Those madsters at Hell's Kitchen/Angel Food Bakery (see below) have launched Frio Frio, which is an ice lollies bike cart! Hey, thanks! Find them pedaling around festivals and soirees with zippy little $4 pops in flavahs such as avocado-lime, blueberry-yoghurt, grapefruit-carrot, and the PINATA, which is riddled with gummi bears and sprinkles. Look for them at Grand Old Day.
>> After a good long run, Sapor is closing in the North Loop. Julie Steenerson and Tanya Siebenaler were like pioneers on the Washington Avenue prairie when they opened that spot. They'll close at the end of June, with plans to leave the industry and live normal lives. Maybe pop in this weekend for some burnt ends on a steam bun. No word on who will go in the spot, but DAMN there are enough rumors and names floating around. Gee, who wants to open in the North Loop?
>> El Burrito Mercado has decided to close its Minneapolis location in the Midtown Global Market. The original location is still going strong.
>> Those boys at Travail never sit still. They've decided to take part of The Rookery and make a perma-popup (jumbo-shrimp? weirdly-normal? tiny-elephant?) by building out space with two tables for a total of 12 seats. There will be one seating, starting around 6:30, that will be ticketed at $200/seat (+$75 for wine pairings) for a three-hour spectacular, spectacular dining event. Book a few seats, book them all, the dinner theme and menu will change at the chefs' whim. There will be some sort of name for this new endeavor, making all of us who have to fit this stuff into a listing just a bit cranky. On a related note, my left shoe will now be known as Chauncey.
>> No less than THREE new booze delivery services have bubbled up to make sure your party never ends. Drizly, Drinkfly, and Minibar have all recently launched in town. Whom to choose? For the wider audience, Drizly makes sense because it is exclusively tied to Haskell's and all the locations that implies. But if you live in the downtown area, perhaps you'll choose the Minibar, which sports a simple $5 delivery fee (sweetly waived for the month of May). Drinkfly relies on stores that already have delivery, their app is just the quickest way to contact your local faves.
>> Hell's Kitchen, which has the deadliest bloody bar in town, is sweetening its game with a mimosa bar in time for Mother's Day. I am not one of those moms who wants a sugary smack in the kisser, but apparently there are some who want to deck their fizzy citrus sippers with candy and juices and sprinkles and the like. It's the same price, $15.95, for either drink spread. This momma's asking: where's my whiskey bar?
>> Forget soggy pancakes and runny hollandaise, give Mom the gift that keeps on giving. Head out to the Arb for the annual Auxiliary Plant Sale this weekend where you can find NOT ONLY herbs and flowers, but also mind blowing veg like lemon cucumbers, Mr. Stripey heirloom tomatoes, purple tomatillos, semi-long radishes, and Aunt Molly's ground cherries. Just think how hip her garden could be.
>> Happy Hoppy Planting Party is a whole 'nother kind of gardening, the kind that starts with planting and potluck and then ends in beer (now with a bottle share, later with a whole beer harvest). Join the gang at Might Axe Hops on May 23 to help the planting of the baby hops, tucking them into their little dirt homes may be the most important parenting you do this year, Chuck.
>> Mill City Farmers Market opens this weekend!! And Thursday's Minneapolis Downtown Market was a bit sad, so don't forget that IT'S ON HENNEPIN AVENUE THIS SUMMER.