Back in August, The Growler reported that the new project, helmed by Gnome owner Tony Anderson and pastry chef Hollis Roads, would open at 1668 Selby Avenue in St. Paul in a former laundromat just two-and-a-half miles west of their popular craft beer bar.
Operations manager Emily Brink noted that while the 70-seat bar-bakery fusion is a definite departure from The Happy Gnome, craft beer and good food are still at its core. In fact, the concept and menu were inspired by St. Augustine of Hippo, a patron saint of brewers, who was born in present day Algeria (which also explains their logo/mascot).
Augustine’s will have 40 draft lines, in addition to lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with a “vegetarian, Mediterranean-inspired menu with just enough Midwest influence.”And don’t forget about the sweet desserts, fresh breads, and coffee from local roasters, Tiny Footprint.
For opening day, 10 of Augustine’s 40 taps will be pouring some rare beers from Indeed, including 2015 and 2016 Rum King, Whiskey Queen, and the first public tapping of Wooden Soul #9, a raspberry wood-aged blonde ale.