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Aside from showering your beloved with a cute cupcake from, say, Cupcake (cup-cake.com), or the Salty Tart (saltytart.com), or Cocoa & Fig (cocoaandfig.com), how about a going on a tap room tour for Valentine's Day? You could spend the evening in northeast Minneapolis, enjoying the brews at 612 (612brew.com), Indeed (indeedbrewing.com), Dangerous Man (dangerousmanbrewing.com) and Sociable Cider Werks (sociablecider.com), then end the night with a fantastic burger or a basket of fish and chips at Anchor Fish & Chips (theanchorfishandchips.com).
It's the work of Kaskaid Hospitality, the company that runs Crave, Union, Union Fish Market, Figlio and Urban Eatery. The kitchen is going to focus on Southern comfort food classics at affordable prices. The original plan was to open by March.
Lunds hasn't revealed a lot of details, but they're talking about a much smaller store, one emphasizing prepared foods. I imagine they'll be taking various to-go components from other Lunds/Byerly's stores and adding some new elements. It's a new step for the company, and I'm selfishly hoping that it will inspire them to incorporate some of the store's programs into their Highland Park Lunds, their closest store to my house. They're not closing their existing Wayzata store, this is in addition to that.
A reader on Twitter asks: What are some good local vegetarian/vegan restaurants in town?
There aren't a lot of strictly vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the Twin Cities, but there are many that make a concerted effort at appealing to those demographics. A few that I really appreciate are Spoonriver (spoonriver.com), Common Roots Cafe (commonrootscafe.com), Mill Valley Kitchen (millvalleykitchen.com) and the Birchwood Cafe (birchwoodcafe.com). For the B'wood, hurry in; the restaurant is temporarily closing later this month (last day: Feb. 22) for roughly 10 weeks while it undergoes an expansion/renovation. I'm also a fan of Galactic PIzza (galacticpizza.com).
Here's my tip on an inexpensive kid place, but it has a time-sensitive attachment: On Saturday (starting at 10 a.m.), Lynden's Soda Fountain (lyndens.com) is hosting its first-ever cheap eats event, selling hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches for $1, while supplies last.
For a kid-friendly, really-good-food environment, I'd go to Brasa (brasa.us), particularly the roomier outlet on St. Paul's Grand Avenue.
Have you tried indie-owned Olive's Fresh Pizza Bar, or Pizzeria Pezzo, both in downtown White Bear Lake? (olivesfresh.com, pizzeriapezzo.com). I'd start there.
Well, when it's -2, we can dream, can't we? Several markets are keeping summer alive with winter get-togethers. On Saturday, the Mill City Farmers Market (millcityfarmersmarket.org) is hosting its monthly winter market in the Mill City Museum (millcitymuseum.org). The Kingfield and Fulton markets (kingfieldfarmersmarket.org, fultonfarmersmarket.org) also host a monthly market, at Bachman's on Lyndale/60th in Minneapolis; the next one is Feb. 22. The main Minneapolis Farmers Market (mplsfarmersmarket.com) has an every-other-week outdoor market; the next one is Feb. 15. The bravest of them all is the St. Paul Farmers Market (stpaulfarmersmarket.com), which has an indoor/outdoor market every Saturday morning, all winter long, at the market's Lowertown home.
You and me both. It's particularly vexing in the winter months, when many places don't make a lot of allowances, space-wise, for people standing and waiting for a table. One place that I'd send you to that is high on my list of favorites is the year-old Lynn on Bryant; excellent food, accepts reservations (thelynnonbryant.com). And I've asked this before, but I don't mind asking it again: If Lucia Watson has figured out a way to accommodate reservations-seekers and drop-ins in her relatively small Uptown storefront (lucias.com), and has been doing it for years, why can't other restaurateurs follow her example?
I think it might be Richards Treat. It closed three years before I was born, so I have no first-hand knowledge of the restaurant -- which was a cafe, a cafeteria, a coffee shop and a bakery, all rolled into one -- but it was located on 6th St. near 2nd Av. in downtown Mpls, and it was owned by Lenore Richards and Nola Treat. My grandfather talked about it with great affection, he worked about a block away at Northwestern Bell telephone for many years. What fascinates me about the restaurant is that it was owned by two women at a time when women in ownership roles was a rarity. It closed in 1957 (the building was razed and replaced with a skyscraper) and the two women, who used their restaurant to train other women for work in the restaurant industry, retired.
Always. Travail Kitchen and Amusements (and the Rookery, the restaurant's more casual, drop-in bar/restaurant counterpart) opened to the public on Tuesday in its new home in downtown Robbinsdale (https://www.facebook.com/Travailkitchen). I can't wait to check it out. Also, the denizens of downtown St. Paul's skyway must be thrilled (I know I would be) to discover that Bars Bakery (barsbakery.com) has opened an outlet in the Alliance Bank Building. While we're on the subject of bakeries, the rebirth of Anoka's Hans' Bakery (http://hans-bakery.com/) is scheduled for Feb. 22.
Anything new, different and surprising. I'd love to see a gifted young chef -- Erik Anderson, perhaps, now that he's back in Minneapolis after his successful stint at Catbird Seat is over -- land in that spot.
I haven't heard. For those that don't know, the Warehouse District sushi restaurant has changed ownership. When I find something out, I'll be sure to get it into the paper.
We place a primary focus on the new, so I keep a running list of newcomers, or restaurants that have gone through some kind of change (ownership, chef, location). Fortunately, there is a near-bottomless list of material in these exciting restaurant boom times that we find ourselves living in.
The first list that comes to mind is Bill Summerville's deftly managed inventory at La Belle Vie (labellevie.us).
I would take a seat at the counter at Sea Change (seachangempls.com). Or I would drop in on one of my favorite Minneapolis lunch spots, Fika (fikacafe.net), and enjoy chef Dustin Thompson's beautiful forays into salmon.
I was wondering the same thing when I stuck my nose up to the window about two weeks ago and saw that it was still under construction. The original plan was to open by or close to the first of the year, but with restaurant projects, what's hoped for and what happens are two different things. But here's hoping it's soon, because I'm looking forward to seeing what chef Ben Rients is going to be doing.
I have great affection for Curry N Noodles in downtown Hopkins (currynnoodles.com). A newcomer you should check out is the Glen Lake Cafe (glen-lakecafe.com), serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thanks everyone. Stay warm.
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