Unless you've been trapped under a turducken carcass, you may have heard that Nye's Polonaise will be closed by the end of summer. There are already plans for turning the historic Naugahyde-decked Polish piano bar and restaurant into dust, making way for yet another very tall, very shiny condo structure. I don't buy into the very crafted mythology that the place was dead and done and not "making it" anymore, that's a load of crap from people who are killing their golden goose to pay for other sins. Though there is still the hurdle of the Historic Preservation Society, it seems like a done deal that will replace an iconic piece of character with another gross display of soulless greed. My friend Lynne has an idea, and she's got the chutzpah to make things happen, I just wish they'd hear her out.
Also closing is Sontes in Rochester. Lots of people used that as a beacon for eating when heading down Mayo way; it had a great wine list for sure. The last day will be New Year's, and then the current chefs/owners will work to change the space over to Grand Rounds Brewing Co. with beer brewed on-site and locally sourced pub eats.
Gyst opened last week, and it's a celebration of fermentation! If you don't know how to do a fermentation bar (you fool), think of it as a wine bar with meat and cheese boards, a few sandwiches and some other snacks, and a really great wine list.
Red Wagon Pizza Co. finally opened in the former In Season space with a shiny new bar, big flamin' oven, and sweet black bar stools (which are reminiscent of Nye's, btw). The menu's sporting some of those great market fresh pies, but also a few salads and skillets cooked in the oven.
Is Korean food coming to Uptown? There's a bit of scuttle this morning about Hoban Korean Restaurant from Eagan opening in Uptown (found by our intrepid Burl Gilyard of TCB). It looks like they'll be taking over the Design Within Reach spot on Hennepin to create a 138-seat full-service, full-bar eatery. Dara loves them for their roiling hot pots of spicy soup, and you can get ready for beefy, smoky short ribs, chewy fresh mandoo dumplings, kimchi dolsot bibimbap, and more!
Brasa has a slick Christmas-to-Go program in which all you have to do is dial and pick up for a really tasty feast. Sage butter roasted chicken, Berkshire ham, candied yams, cheddar scalloped potatoes, and more can all be yours for $26 per person. Call to order by December 15!
You've got till the end of this month to vote in our Readers' Poll for Best Restaurants, so go on and do right by your faves. To entice you, we've got a bunch of $100 gift cards to give away to anyone who completes the survey. Watch for your name every Friday!
Um . . . DONUT DAY 25K! This is just a free fun-run of donut lovin' folks who will gather this Saturday for a run that includes donuts. There are 5k, 10k, and 17k routes and they all pass various donut shops (which you should pop in and visit, duh). The race starts at 8 a.m. at Lake Nokomis, register so they can giggle at how many donut runners live here.
This Saturday's Bake Sale at the Union Depot will let you celebrate people who don't tear down old historic buildings, while you enjoy some tasty pastry items. There will be a tree lighting afterward with music, caroling, holiday photos, and fireworks! And no one is going to stop you from wandering through the beautiful park and landing for a hot chocolate (and a whiskey) at St. Paul Grill while you make some holiday memories, people!
OR you can pop over to Grand Avenue for the Grand Meander and shop small at the many local stores, such as the amazing Golden Fig. They'll also have carolers, fire truck rides, Santa sightings, trolley rides, and a soup tasting during which it is appropriate to stroll and slurp your way down the ave.
The Walker is turning British again, with the launch of its special pop-up pub menu that coincides with the British Arrow Awards. The showings run tonight through January 4, during which the pub will feature tasty bits like Scotch eggs, fish 'n' chips, and a round of specialty Brit beers.
It's time to take a breather and treat yo'self. Tatemakers: Vitamin Joy is happening on Tuesday, December 9 and you should come along and reset your head before the holiday rush really gets you. Yes, the bar will be ready for you.
But if you're heading to The Guthrie's new comedy of manners play, The Cocktail Hour, know that you can sip and sample martinis from Easy & Oskey from 6-7:30 in the Target Lounge (4th floor) on Tuesday, December 9. Free samples and you don't even need a play ticket to attend! Cheers!
It seems that Vincent has received a wind fall of white truffles, and he's sharing them with you! On December 17, Vincent will hold a White Truffle Dinner to benefit Seond Harvest Heartland. The four-course dinner will run you $200 and feature wine pairings by Jack Farrell of Haskell's. You'll get to tuck into dishes like Tarbais beans with sunchokes and poached eggs in white trulle "pesto," and veal with white truffle, and cheese fondue with white truffle. It's for a good cause to boot.
Two great things going on at Terzo . . . first, the wine bar is now open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., serving their luscious porchetta along with a few sides and salads. Inside, not outside at the window like in summer. AND second, they're hosting the annual Broders' Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner this Sunday for $110, with goodly sounding dishes like charred baby octopus, squid ink risotto, lobster taglierini. Call for rezzies!