Order Up! Cheese Holes and Louisiana Food Fare Fun

Alemar Cheese's Good Thunder cheese // Photo via Alemar Cheese Facebook

Alemar Cheese’s Good Thunder cheese // Photo via Alemar Cheese Facebook

Updated March 28, 2019

Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to [email protected]

All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot.

THIS WEEK’S GIST: Cook St. Paul has built a reputation for hosting some of the most noteworthy pop-ups in the Cities. The newest in the series, the Louisiana-themed ROUX 32, promises to continue the series’s trend of creativity and ambition. The dinner will be hosted by chef Justin Emil and the menu features two gumbos, an etouffee, muffalettas, and a lagniappe. The no-reservations dinner runs from 5–9pm on April 6 at Cook St. Paul and the menu is available online.

Two years ago, The Lone Grazer Creamery shut down and exited the Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis, leaving a massive cheese-shaped hole in its wake. That void will be filled this summer with the arrival of Alemar Cheese, a well-regarded Mankato-based company that has been producing artisan cheese since 2008. Alemar will be moving its operations from Mankato to Minneapolis, and while founder Keith Adams will visit frequently, on-site operations will be led by cheesemaker and business partner Craig Hageman.

RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)

Chef Justin Sutherland // Photo via Fire & Whiskey Facebook

Chef Justin Sutherland // Photo via Fire & Whiskey Facebook

Fire & Whiskey, 230 South Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI ■ Chef Justin Sutherland has opened yet another outpost in his growing greater metro empire. Fire & Whiskey offers a menu focused on steaks, cocktails, and Wisconsin cheese. Opened March 20, 2019.

Habanero Tacos Grill, 3223 E. Lake St., Minneapolis ■ 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 longstanding food truck of the same name. Opened March 18, 2019.

T-Icy Roll, 202 E. Superior St., Duluth ■ The second location for this Duluth-based Thai rolled ice cream concept. Opened March 13, 2019.

Sol Taqueria, 5447 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis ■ Tacos, elotes, burritos, and other traditional Mexican street foods are on offer at this newly opened spot. Opened March 5, 2019.

Demi, 212 N. 2nd St., Suite 100, Minneapolis ■ The latest from Gavin Kaysen’s restaurant group, which includes Spoon and Stable and Bellecour. Demi is small (20 seats) and focused on locally derived tasting menus. Opened February 15, 2019.

Beast BBQ, 825 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis ■ Another new barbecue spot, owned by the Eli’s crew and located in the former Legends. Formerly announced as Lipstick Pig BBQ. Opened January 31, 2019.

The Copper Cow, 5445 Eden Prairie Rd., Minnetonka ■ A new eatery from the Copper Hen team. Opened January 29, 2019.

RECENTLY CLOSED (Up to 2 Months)

Just/us // Photo by Sam Ziegler

just/us ■ Citing a major bump in rent, the St. Paul–based chef collective known for burgers and clever coursed meals plans to shut its doors next month. Will close April 20. Read our review, “Raw Talent.”

Salty Tart (Minneapolis) ■ As part of an overall downsizing, the acclaimed bakery Salty Tart has closed its Harriet Avenue location in Minneapolis and may close its airport location and Mill City Farmers Market stand (as per the Star Tribune.) Its Lowertown St. Paul location remains open. Closed March 26, 2019.

Northern Fires Pizza ■  This popular wood-fired farmers market pizza mainstay was slated this spring to revitalize a former Chinese-American spot on East Lake Street, but shelved its plans due to unforeseen “unreasonable requests” from banks (as per a Facebook post.) Opening scuttled March 25, 2019.

Forepaugh’s ■ Following the death from the flu of its chef, Kyle Bell, this more-than-40-years-old mansion-based restaurant shut its doors. Closed March 12, 2019.

D’Amico and Sons, Grand Avenue Location ■ After more than 20 years of serving pasta (and more), this Grand Avenue mainstay has shut its doors for good. Closed February 24, 2019.

Lucky Oven ■ The neighborhood scratch bakery and breakfast shop had a brief but tasty run in the Armatage neighborhood. Closed February 9, 2019.

Mi Casa Su Casa ■ The metro’s only Mexican-Pinoy spot called it quits after a short run on University Avenue in St. Paul. Closed February 9, 2019. Read our “Bite of the Week: Chicken Adobo at Mi Casa Su Casa.”

UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)

Photo via Ox Cart Arcade and Rooftop Facebook

Photo via Ox Cart Arcade and Rooftop Facebook

Ox Cart Arcade & Rooftop, 255 E. 6th St., St. Paul ■ A reboot of the Ox Cart Ale House, featuring arcade games and boozy snow cones. Opens March 2019.

Elephant Bar, 213 E. 4th St., Ste. 100, St. Paul ■ A new restaurant by chef Lucas Almendinger replacing the former Hygga space in Lowertown, with some Pakistani flavor influences. Opens March 2019.

Bark and the Bite, 2186 Marshall Ave., St. Paul ■ The popular BBQ food stand (based in Sunny’s Market in Northeast) is moving to a bricks-and-mortar space in St. Paul in the former Heirloom location. Opens April 2019.

Giulia, 215 South 4th Street, Minneapolis ■ A pizza- and pasta-focused spot with tableside mozzarella headed by former Copper Kitchen chef Josh Hedquist, housed inside the upcoming Emery hotel (the former Restaurant Max space inside the former Hotel Minneapolis). Opens April 2019.

Taco Arcada, 1910 W Superior St., Duluth ■ The latest new concept from the Duluth Grill / OMC Smokehouse / Corktown Deli team, combining a bar, arcade, and “fresh-Mex” food. Opens Spring 2019.

Meseret Ethiopian, 3867 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis ■ An East African market and catering operation expands into the world of sit-down food service with this new restaurant concept on Minnehaha. Opens Spring 2019.

Hamburguesas El Gordo (reopening), 1731 S. Robert St., West St. Paul ■ The St. Paul location of the popular Mexican hamburger restaurant shut down after losing its lease; it will reopen in a larger location early this year. Opens Spring 2019.

JD Fratzke Supper Club at Artisan Plaza [Name TBD], 1223 4th St S, Cannon Falls ■ The next step for St. Paul mainstay J.D. Fratzke (Bar Brigade, Strip Club Meat and Fish) is a supper club–style restaurant at the already open Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls. Opens Spring 2019.

The Nordic Galley Group project, 729 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis ■ A four-restaurant food hall / incubator in the new Nordic development. Part of a series of Galley Group incubator spaces including spots in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit. Opens Summer 2019.

Alemar Cheese Co. at The Food Building, 525 3rd St. North, Minneapolis ■ A well-regarded Mankato-based creamery will open a facility at Northeast Minneapolis’ Food Building, taking the slot once occupied by Lone Grazer. Opens July 2019.

Graze Provisions and Libations, 525 3rd St. North, Minneapolis ■ A new North Loop food hall with an exclusive emphasis on chef-driven dining. Opens Summer 2019.

Minnesota BBQ Co., 816 Lowry Ave. NE, Minneapolis ■ A mostly catering- and takeout-focused BBQ spot by the team behind Travail. 2019.

New Vestalia Hospitality Concept [Name TBD], 1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis ■ A new spot from Ann Kim’s restaurant group focused on tacos wrapped in handmade, traditional tortillas. 2019.

Dayton’s Food Hall & Market, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis ■ Major new 40,000-square-foot food hall curated by Andrew Zimmern. 2019.

The Sioux Chef Restaurant at Water Works, On the Mississippi River, behind the Mill City Museum ■ A restaurant focused on American Indian cuisine as imagined by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef. 2019.

Malcolm Yards Market, 501 30th Ave. SE, Minneapolis ■  A food hall that will capitalize on its proximity to Surly’s massive brewery/restaurant complex. 2019.