The Mill: Como Dockside is closing its doors

Como Dockside is closing its doors, with opportunities for one last lakeside po’ boy lasting until its final day on Wednesday, November 22. The closure was decided after the restaurant and the City of St. Paul determined that they couldn’t keep up with the year-round business model. “We had hoped a year-round staffing model and … [ Read more]

New day at Nighthawks: Local restauranteur takes over management at the popular late-night spot

Nighthawks Diner, located in the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis, is officially under the management of Bartmann Group, which also manages hotspots around town like Tiny Diner, Red Stag Supperclub, and Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theatre. The restaurant’s future became uncertain in January when it lost its chef Landon Schoenefeld, though this move signals good things … [ Read more]

East Meets West: Minneapolis restauranteurs are crossing the river to join in St. Paul’s restaurant resurgence

The Twin Cities are born of the same mother and, like most siblings, took very different paths in life. The two cities have taken such different trajectories in the last century and a half that it seems the only thing they have in common now is the river. St. Paul, the firstborn, has long been … [ Read more]

Chef Paul Berglund takes on culinary director role at Ann Kim’s restaurant group

When James Beard Award–winning chef Paul Berglund left The Bachelor Farmer’s kitchen this August after a successful six-year run, it wasn’t clear when he’d resurface in the Twin Cities dining scene. But just a short month later, the lauded chef is back. Berglund is taking on the newly created role of culinary director at Vestalia Hospitality, … [ Read more]

The Mill: Blue Door Pub taking over Country Bar, opening location at MSP International

  September 20—September 26 Blue Door Pub is bringing its signature jucy lucys to Uptown Minneapolis and to the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport. The owner of The Country Bar in Uptown, Todd Smith, confirmed to City Pages that the bar’s last day of service would be this Saturday, September 30. Smith also confirmed that he would be leasing … [ Read more]

Haute Dish has closed, Loring Pasta Bar sold and will reopen LRx: Loring & Pharmacy Bar

Just days after Victory 44 closed its doors, another lauded Minneapolis restaurant, Haute Dish, has shuttered. The last day for the North Loop restaurant, which built a reputation for playful twists on classic Midwestern cuisine, was Monday, July 31. Owner David Walters spoke with the Star Tribune’s Rick Nelson about the closure, expressing his gratitude for … [ Read more]

The Mill: HopCat opens, craft brewers join forces, and HOTTEA yarn bombs MOA

July 26–August 1 HopCat, the lauded chain of craft beer bars, opened the doors of its new downtown Minneapolis location with 80 beers on tap, and many more in bottles and cans. This past week also saw craft brewers digging in for the long haul. Bent Paddle made a permanent home for itself in Duluth … [ Read more]

The Iowa pork loin at The Original on 42nd is Hawkeye-approved

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag. One of the easiest things to love about the Hawkeye State is the regional sandwich quirks. Iowa is the home of Maid-Rites, also called loose-meat sandwiches, which are just crumbled … [ Read more]

Saint Dinette’s quail is St. Paul’s underrated fried bird

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag. You’ve no doubt already gorged on a certain fried bird up on Cathedral Hill, and as well you should have. But next time the urge strikes you, there’s one … [ Read more]

Chef Erick Harcey to open new, approachable South Minneapolis restaurant

South Minneapolis residents still toasting the news that Venn Brewing Company is opening a neighborhood taproom on the corner of 46th and Hiawatha have even more to celebrate today. James Beard-nominated chef and owner of Victory 44, The Dirty Bird, and Upton 43, Erick Harcey, is planning on opening a new, yet-to-be-named restaurant in The CAPP building, a … [ Read more]

StormKing Barbecue has the right mindset for brisket

Welcome to Plate Of The Week, a journal about memorable dining experiences in the Twin Cities. Which plate can’t you stop thinking about? Let us know @growlermag.  It’s a common refrain from Twin Cities diners, a problematic mindset, born of nostalgia for better plates in better cities. “The X in Minneapolis is nothing compared to the same in Y.” … [ Read more]

Tim McKee announces Market House Collaborative, a new food hall for Lowertown St. Paul

Chef, restaurateur, and current fishmonger Tim McKee, flanked by chef Lenny Russo, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, chatted Wednesday afternoon with a group of reporters about McKee’s upcoming Lowertown project, Market House Collaborative. “I grew up in St. Paul. I’ve always had a special affinity for St. Paul,” McKee said. “I’ve been watching the … [ Read more]

Plate of the Week: Artisan Sandwich at Rise Bagel Co.

A dreary Wednesday morning. Downtown Minneapolis clogged with diverted highway traffic fighting through lane closures on every street. And then the rain enters the mix—grinding the sluggish, honking mess of cars to a halt. The antidote: bagels. Real bagels. Not those puffy, bagel-shaped dough cakes that pass for bagels around here. I’m talking burnished on the top, close-textured, but … [ Read more]

Plate of the Week: Union Kitchen’s ‘w/Purple Sticky Rice’

First, the colors. A massive mound of purple sticky rice. On either side, cups of red Tiger Bite sauce and green scallion sauce. An orange tangle of carrot and daikon dressed in vinegar. Then, grilled sausage in small patties and meat on a skewer. Next, ditch your silverware—grab at it, swipe some meat, pinch some rice, drizzle … [ Read more]

Pull into Town Hall Station, Edina’s new craft beer bar and restaurant, starting June 16

The Town Hall family is expecting. With sibling locations—Town Hall Brewery (Seven Corners, just east of downtown Minneapolis), Town Hall Tap (South Minneapolis), and Town Hall Lanes (also in South Minneapolis)—the new Town Hall Station is set to open June 16 in Edina as a casual beer bar and restaurant. Located at 4500 Valley View … [ Read more]