Minnesota Restaurant Openings and Closings in 2019: A Timeline

A three meat platter from Beast BBQ // Photo via Beast BBQ Website

A three meat platter from Beast BBQ // Photo via Beast BBQ website

No one document can capture the complexity of the restaurant scene in Minnesota, which is still in the midst of historic expansion, and the rapid evolution of diner expectations as dollars shift from traditional white tablecloth experiences to more modern concepts. The timeline that follows is a continually updated snapshot of some of the most noteworthy and commented-upon openings and closings of the year.

Updated April 11, 2019

The Year in Restaurants 2019

January 2, 2019
Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine Opens

Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine Opens

A major expansion of the popular Moroccan Flavors stand into the former Rabbit Hole location in Midtown Global Market, Ziadi’s features lunch and dinner service.

January 7, 2019
P.S. Steak Opens

P.S. Steak Opens

The former La Belle Vie space now boasts a new, steak-focused concept featuring high-flying talent including Mike DeCamp of Jester Concepts (who spent a decade in La Belle Vie’s kitchen) and Wyatt Evans (formerly of Heirloom)

January 9, 2019
Market BBQ Opens

Market BBQ Opens

The venerable Eat Street BBQ joint has picked up stakes and moved into a fresh new location in trendy Northeast.

January 10, 2019
Hasty Tasty Closes

Hasty Tasty Closes

Well-received smoked meats and craft cocktails weren’t able to keep the lights for this newly arrived Lyn-Lake resident.

January 24, 2019
Chef Shack (trucks and restaurant)

Chef Shack (trucks and restaurant)

Street food pioneers Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer closed their Seward restaurant late last year, but only recently did they announce that they’ll also be selling their locally famous food trucks. Their Bay City, WI Chef Shack restaurant remains open.

January 29, 2019
The Copper Cow Opens

The Copper Cow Opens

A new eatery from the Copper Hen team, already known for its deep-fried hamburger.

January 31, 2019
Beast BBQ Opens

Beast BBQ Opens

Another new barbecue spot during a boom time for the genre, owned by the Eli’s crew and located in the former Legends. Formerly announced as Lipstick Pig BBQ.

February 9, 2019
Lucky Oven Closes

Lucky Oven Closes

This neighborhood scratch bakery and breakfast shop had a brief but tasty run in the Armatage neighborhood.

February 9, 2019
Mi Casa Su Casa Closes

Mi Casa Su Casa Closes

The metro’s only Mexican-Pinoy spot called it quits after a short run on University Avenue in St. Paul.

February 15, 2019
Demi Opens

Demi Opens

The latest from Gavin Kaysen’s restaurant group, which includes Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and Bellecour in Wayzata. Demi is small (20 seats) and focused on locally derived tasting menus.

February 24, 2019
D’Amico and Sons (Grand Avenue) Closes

D’Amico and Sons (Grand Avenue) Closes

After more than 20 years of serving pasta (and more), this Grand Avenue mainstay has shut its doors for good. Six other Minnesota locations remain open.

March 5, 2019
Sol Taqueria Opens

Sol Taqueria Opens

Tacos, elotes, burritos, and other traditional Mexican street foods are on offer at this newly opened spot

March 12, 2019
Forepaugh’s Closes

Forepaugh’s Closes

Following the death from the flu of its chef, Kyle Bell, this more-than-40-years-old mansion-based restaurant shut its doors.

March 13, 2019
T-Icy Roll Opens

T-Icy Roll Opens

The second location for this Duluth-based Thai rolled ice cream concept.

March 15, 2019
Breakfast Bar Opens

Breakfast Bar Opens

Shrimp and grits, breakfast burgers, and lobster and waffles are among the items of interest on this new breakfast spot’s menu.

March 18, 2019
Habanero Tacos Grill Opens

Habanero Tacos Grill Opens

A new taqueria opening on a part of East Lake Street that’s still relatively devoid of Mexican food options. This is a jump to bricks-and-mortar for a long-standing food truck of the same name.

March 20, 2019
Fire & Whiskey Opens

Fire & Whiskey Opens

Chef Justin Sutherland has opened yet another outpost in his growing greater metro empire, this time in New Richmond, WI. Fire & Whiskey offers a menu focused on steaks, cocktails, and Wisconsin cheese.

March 28, 2019
Oxcart Arcade and Rooftop Opens

Oxcart Arcade and Rooftop Opens

A reboot of the Ox Cart Ale House, featuring arcade games and boozy snow cones.

April 3, 2019
Giulia’s Opens

Giulia’s Opens

A pizza- and pasta-focused spot with tableside mozzarella headed by former Copper Kitchen chef Josh Hedquist, housed inside the Emery hotel (the former Restaurant Max space inside the former Hotel Minneapolis).

April 9, 2019
Martha's Daughter shiitake ramen // Photo by Becca Dilley

Martha’s Daughter Closes

After a high profile but rocky run in Duluth, Martha’s Daughter has closed its doors—the concept will live on as a series of pop-up dinners in Duluth, Superior, and beyond.

April 9, 2019
Bark and the Bite Opens

Bark and the Bite Opens

The popular BBQ food stand (based in Sunny’s Market in Northeast) has moved to a bricks-and-mortar space in St. Paul in the former Heirloom location.