Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant up for sale in Sauk Rapids

A year and a half after opening its doors, Urban Lodge Brewery & Restaurant in Sauk Rapids is up for sale. Owner Roy Dodds announced his decision to sell both the business and property Wednesday morning, citing both health issues and difficulties to succeed in a competitive market as his reasons for selling. In a statement … [ Read more]

Northern Brewer alums opening Arbeiter Brewing in South Minneapolis

Three Northern Brewer veterans and a brewer from Town Hall are working to bring a new brewery to life in South Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood. This fall, Arbeiter Brewing (German for “worker”) will open in the former Harriet Brewing space on Minnehaha Avenue. Though they’re in the earliest stages of building out the 15-barrel brewery and … [ Read more]

Lyft-branded beer debuting in Chicago, includes ride discounts

Lyft, the popular rideshare service, is working with Chicago’s Baderbräu Brewing Company to release cans of its own Lyft-branded beer in the Chicago market. “We know through data that nightlife is one of our largest business segments, especially going out on a Friday or Saturday night,” David Katcher, general manager for Lyft in the Midwest, told … [ Read more]

‘The Wiz’ is coming to the Children’s Theatre Company stage

Tie up those laces and get ready to ease on down the road: “The Wiz,” the 1978 film adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” featuring a singing, dancing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, will be brought to the Children’s Theatre Company stage in an exciting collaboration with CTC and St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre. “It is … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Local Soccer in Minnesota

Minnesota has an enduring—but complicated—history with soccer, with teams like the Kicks, Stars, Strikers, and Thunder rising up and fading away. But as these teams have come and gone, the state’s fans and amateur players never let the dream of pro soccer in Minnesota die. It’s these believers who effectively paved the way for the … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Craig Cohen

When Craig Cohen and his father Jeffrey first emerged as interested buyers of the old Schmidt Brewery in 2007, their partnership was initially unexpected for many in the West Seventh neighborhood. Jeffrey, a well-known real estate developer in the 1980s, was located in Maine, and Craig had returned to Minnesota nine years prior to recover … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Gavin Kaysen

When Gavin Kaysen began taking reservations at Bellecour, his French bistro and second restaurant endeavor, the first two months were booked in just one day. Kaysen told Eater that when he saw the reservations cascading in, it was “honestly one of the most humbling things I’ve ever seen.” It was clear then that he had … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: Ann Kim

In a different life, Ann Kim could be running a Jimmy John’s with her husband and business partner Conrad Leifur. She considered the idea when she was a struggling stage actress working for the Hennepin Theatre Trust. She had a dream of opening her own restaurant, a dream that was scoffed at by those around … [ Read more]

The Mill: McNally Smith College of Music closure leaves students, faculty with uncertain futures

McNally Smith College of Music abruptly announced that it will be closing December 20, immediately following the end of the semester. The news first came as an email to the faculty late on December 14 from board member and co-founder Jack McNally. McNally informed staff that they wouldn’t be able to cover their Friday paychecks, … [ Read more]

The Mill: Bent Paddle building new taproom and pilot brewery

Bent Paddle Brewing is relocating its taproom to a larger space in a historic building right across the street from its current production brewery. The move will result in an expansion both for the taproom and for production, with the addition of a seven-barrel pilot brewing system for more experimental small-batch brews. There will also … [ Read more]

Bandits of brewing: Modist expands to make room for more modifying

Whether it’s brewing heretofore impossible beers, or poking at Big Beer with their marketing mischief (Dilly Dilly, anyone?), the dudes at Modist Brewing are all about pushing the limit. So when they found themselves bumping against the capacity limits of their brewery, there was only one thing to do: expand in a big way. “Every … [ Read more]

The Mill: Book Club opens in Armatage

Book Club, a West Coast-inspired eatery led by restaurateur Kim Bartmann and chef Asher Miller, is opening today at the former home of Cafe Maude in the Armatage neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Miller, who has worked with chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Andrew Zimmern, is crafting a varied menu with everything from lemon herb chicken … [ Read more]

The Mill: New supermarket to open in North Minneapolis

A full-service supermarket and wellness center will be opening mid-December in North Minneapolis. The North Market is filling a hole in a neighborhood that previously relied on scattered convenience stores for its groceries. MPR News reports that the closest full-scale supermarket to the North Market is three miles away, making it difficult for those who … [ Read more]

The Mill: Mortimer’s Bar to add a music venue

Mortimer’s Bar & Restaurant, the longstanding South Minneapolis dive bar taken over in June by Nightingale owners Jasha Johnston and Carrie McCabe-Johnston, will be adding on a music venue in the bar area. The renovation to add a stage and separate dining area is underway, with the first show tentatively scheduled for December 27. McCabe-Johnston … [ Read more]

Northern Brewer Minneapolis adding ‘tasting bar’ for homebrew and wine

Roseville homebrew supply company Northern Brewer is expanding its South Minneapolis retail location into a full homebrewing experience, complete with a new tasting bar that will sample featured beer and wine recipes. Samples from the new tasting bar will be free and limited to three-ounce pours. Brews available during the week of the store’s opening … [ Read more]