The Mill: Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace soon to open in the Duluth Folk School

The Duluth Folk School, which found itself a permanent home in the Lincoln Park Craft District on West Superior Street last spring, is soon opening its very own cafe and teaching kitchen, to be called the Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace. According to Russell Crawford, beverage director for the cafe, the menu will feature in-house roasted … [ Read more]

Surly Pizza Upstairs opens this Friday

Starting this Friday, Surly will be serving up made-to-order New Haven-style “apizzas” in the second floor space of their Minneapolis brewery, with their aptly-named new restaurant, Surly Pizza Upstairs. Executive chef Ben Peine, general manager Dan DiNovis, and Surly founder Omar Ansari put their heads together when it came time to decide what should take … [ Read more]

Chef Lenny Russo takes the reins of Wayzata’s ninetwentyfive

Chef Lenny Russo is back in action as the new executive chef and director of food and beverage at ninetwentyfive, the restaurant attached to the Hotel Landing in Wayzata. Previously, six-time James Beard nominated Russo ran St. Paul’s former Heartland, which closed New Year’s Eve in 2016, and worked to revamp The Commodore’s kitchen and … [ Read more]

Former New York chef Rikki Giambruno to open Hyacinth on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue

Chef Rikki Giambruno returned to his native Twin Cities from Brooklyn, New York last fall with one aim: to bring the freshest, brightest cuisine of southern Italy to St. Paul with his soon-to-be Grand Avenue restaurant, Hyacinth. “The food is going to have that feeling of being light, healthy, vegetable-heavy, and simple, but at the same … [ Read more]

The Mill: Hotels, restaurants, and distillery anchor downtown Stillwater revitalization

Downtown Stillwater has seen some massive changes since the old lift bridge closed last summer, rerouting traffic to a spiffy new interstate bridge down the St. Croix in Oak Park Heights. With less congested downtown streets has come an influx of new restaurants, bars, and two boutique hotels bookending the historic river town. Both hotels, … [ Read more]

Tradition & Transcendence: The modest virtuosity of Shigeyuki Furukawa

Shigeyuki Furukawa is turning a cylinder into a plane. I don’t know the exact geometry of it, but I do know that it looks much more like magic than like mathematics, and that it is happening before my very eyes. With the tips of the fingers of his left hand, he is holding a peeled … [ Read more]

MSP well-represented on longlist of James Beard Awards 2018 semifinalists

The James Beard Award Foundation released their longlist of semifinalists for their 2018 honors Thursday morning. Minneapolis–St. Paul was well represented, placing seven entries in the regional powerhouse category of Best Chef: Midwest. For national honors, the 2010 Best Chef: Midwest, Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma, nabbed his second consecutive semifinal nod for Outstanding Chef nationwide. … [ Read more]

The Mill: Kale Thome has big plans for a little barbecue joint

Minnesota Barbecue Co. is the next big thing to hit Northeast Minneapolis, in a space no larger than 800 square feet. Kale Thome, Minnesota Barbecue’s founder and former executive chef at Travail, is leading the way, with a take-out-only concept that is virtually opposite of his last venture. He says that after spending so much … [ Read more]

So long Wild Onion, Red Rabbit is coming to Grand Avenue

After two decades on Grand Avenue, St. Paul’s Wild Onion Bar & Restaurant is closing its doors on March 31 and will be transformed into Red Rabbit, the second location of Luke Shimp’s Italian eatery concept. “It’s been a great run! In the restaurant business, to be successful for 20 years is quite an accomplishment,” … [ Read more]

Saint Dinette team confirms bagel place for Lyn-Lake

Adam Eaton, chef at Saint Dinette, confirmed today an exciting development first reported by our own Steve Hoffman in the December issue of The Growler: that he, Laurel Elm, and Tim Niver plan to open a delicatessen featuring wood-fired bagels in the area of Lyndale and Lake in South Minneapolis. The space is 901 W. Lake … [ Read more]

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]