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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.