The Mill: Como Dockside is closing its doors

Patrons of Como Dockside Restaurant enjoy the scenery as they wait to place an order // Photo by Joe Alton, The Growler

Patrons of Como Dockside Restaurant enjoy the scenery as they wait to place an order // Photo by Joe Alton, The Growler

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 upscale full-service restaurant concept would be successful at the facility, but unfortunately, due to seasonality of the facility and competitive labor market we could see that long-term we’d need to adjust—and we felt a different vendor would be a better fit for this space,” said owner Jon Oulman in the city’s news release.

Aside from it’s year-round offerings, the New Orleans-inspired restaurant that opened its doors in 2015 was unique among other similar spots like Tin Fish or Sandcastle in that it held a full liquor license and an outdoor stage at the historic pavilion that hosted regular summer concerts. The city is looking into other options for the space, and hopes to get another operation up and running by next spring.

Drink

During demolition of the original site of the Rehoboth Beach Brewpub, Dogfish Head found the remains of an even older seafood restaurant the building housed long ago // Photo Courtesy Dogfish Head Facebook

During demolition of the original site of the Rehoboth Beach Brewpub, Dogfish Head found the remains of an even older seafood restaurant the building housed long ago // Photo courtesy of Dogfish Head Facebook

Dogfish Head Brewing in Delaware demolished the original site of the Rehoboth Beach Brewpub, ending a 22-year run of an oceanside staple. The Rehoboth Beach Fire Department hosted silent auctions leading up to the demolition with items from the old brewpub like beer signs, sections of the bar, and replicas of the booths up for sale.

Nye’s Polonaise Room, which closed its doors in April 2016 after a six decade-run, will be reborn as Nye’s by the original owners. The decision came after the owners were surprised by the distraught reactions to the closing. “We felt we had an obligation to bring it back,” co-owner Rob Jacob told City Pages. The new space will sit at 1,300 square feet, compared to the 11,000-square-foot space of the original, and will share the footprint of the old building with cocktail bar Sonder Shaker and two undetermined tenants.

The world’s oldest evidence of grape-based wine-making was discovered in the country of Georgia. At the site of a Neolithic village 20 miles south of Tbilisi, an international team of archaeologists found pottery used for making grape wine that dates back 8,000 years ago.

Republic will be celebrating Black Friday the best way, by tapping 44 rare barrel-aged stouts in a celebration of what they’re calling “Imperial Black Friday.” Starting at 11am and going ’til the taps run dry, the options will run from Lift Bridge Silhouette to one precious keg of 2013 Rum King.

Lawless Distilling is partnering with Bittercube and Cocktail Kingdom to host “Miracle at Lawless” on November 24, a holiday-themed cocktail pop-up complete with full holiday decor.

Food

A custom made cutting board for one of Sonora Grill's dishes. The restaurant is known for its creative Mexican eats // Photo courtesy Sonora Grill Facebook

A custom made cutting board for one of Sonora Grill’s dishes. The restaurant is known for its creative Mexican eats // Photo courtesy of Sonora Grill Facebook

Pepito’s is being taken over by the Sonora Grill team and converted into (PAUSA), according to The Heavy Table. Pepito’s has been on the verge of closing due to owner Joe Minjares health problems.

Jack Link’s, the brand famous for its jerky and Sasquatch mascot, now has a retail store in the skyway of the newly redone Target Center. The store of course has a full inventory of jerky as well as clothing, winter gear, and water bottles all branded with the Jack Link’s logo.

The previous home of Rosa Mexicano in downtown Minneapolis has been acquired by local soccer star Youssef Darbaki to be turned into Prime Six, a restaurant specializing in global cuisine. “It’s going to be the Pangea of food,” Darbaki told the Star Tribune. The restaurant is expected to open mid-December.

The Lexington is bringing back its brunch tradition, serving from 10am to 2pm Saturdays and Sundays. The stately establishment just recently reopened under new ownership after sitting empty since 2013.

Red Sauce Rebellion will open up in Excelsior in the spot previously occupied by Victor’s on Water. Though both are Italian restaurants, the new place will have a decidedly more relaxed vibe, focusing more on Italian comfort foods like meatballs and chicken Parmesan.

Duluth’s Old City Hall will house a new restaurant called “Sound,” which owners assure will be taking a very different path from past efforts the Blind Pig and Tycoons. The new establishment will be centered around high-end chefs crafting a reasonably-priced menu.

Culture

Olga Viso, the Executive Director of The Walker Art Center, will be resigning effective at the end of 2017 // Photo courtesy of The Walker Art Center

Olga Viso, the Executive Director of The Walker Art Center, will be resigning effective at the end of 2017 // Photo courtesy of The Walker Art Center

Olga Viso is stepping down as executive director of the Walker Art Center. After a controversial year following the installation and subsequent dismantling of “Scaffold” this June prior to the Sculpture Garden’s grand reopening, Viso has decided to resign effective at the end of this year.

Minneapolis became the first major U.S. city to elect two transgender candidates to city council. Andrea Jenkins will represent Ward 8, while Phillipe Cunningham was elected to Ward 4, beating out longtime council member Barb Johnson.

Owatonna, home to Owl City, lead singer of Cloud Cult Craig Minowa, and local weirdo Har Mar Superstar, finally has its own music venue. Minneapolis expat Mark Woodrich started booking shows this past summer at the Concert Club of Owatonna, previously a library in the old Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. So far it’s been a hit among locals, and surprisingly he’s even been able to lure music fans from the metro area for shows by the Pines, John Magnusson, and Dusty Heart.

First Avenue officially has its own Lego model, developed with custom Lego-builder Brickmania complete with the quintessential silver Prince star. The 98-piece set is available for $45 at First Avenue’s website, the ideal gift for those of us who love both music and building miniature models of our favorite local hangouts.

The works of Jason Moran will be on display in his first museum exhibition at Walker Art Center  April 26–August 19, 2018. The interdisciplinary artist focuses on the ways in which music can be manifested in physical spaces, creating multi-media “sets” featuring his sculpted works as well as collaborative performances with other visual artists.


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