Updated September 13, 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 the best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot.
THIS WEEK’S GIST: The opening of Graze Provisions + Libations in the North Loop has set the Internet ablaze, and why not? This incredibly compact yet chic food hall brings together a number of well-regarded, local boutique food brands—Fish Bowl, Honey and Rye, Flagsmash, etc.—with a Jesse Held–constructed bar program designed to take maximum advantage out of both rooftop and ground floor outdoor dining areas. The styling of the location seems perfectly pitched to the young, upscale nature of the neighborhood, and it uniquely combines out-of-state management (an Ohio-based company) with homegrown talent.
RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)
Graze Provisions + Libations, 525 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis ■ A new North Loop food hall with an exclusive emphasis on chef-driven dining. Opened September 6, 2019.
Bread and Boba, Keg and Case at 928 7th St W, St. Paul ■ The talented team at iPho has opened a banh mi and boba tea shop at the Keg and Case food hall in the former MN Slice space. Opened September 5, 2019.
Lucky Cricket ■ Andrew Zimmern’s controversial Chinese-inspired eatery in St. Louis Park announced a two-week closure for unspecified remodeling on July 4. Re-opened August 25. Read our review of Lucky Cricket, “(Un)Lucky Cricket.”
Taberna Street Tacos, 3126 West Lake Street, Minneapolis ■ A new taqueria from the partners behind RAH’MN with a patio overlooking Lake Bde Maka Ska. Opened August 19.
Vann, 4016 Shoreline Dr., Spring Park ■ Chef Erik Skaar (Bachelor Farmer, Tilia) brings a Scandinavian-themed seafood spot to the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Opened August 10, 2019.
Innate Bakery, 1944 Ivy Ave. East, St. Paul ■ A tiny gluten-free, vegan bakery doing business under the Cottage Food Law in a small home in St. Paul. Opened August 1, 2019.
Kieran’s Kitchen, 117 14th Ave NE, Minneapolis ■ A new cafe, deli, and bar at the Food Building to replace the former Draft Horse, helmed by well-regarded chef Ian Gray. Opens August 2, 2019.
Bap and Chicken, 1328 Grand Ave., St. Paul ■ Bibimbap and Korean fried chicken dominate the menu in this new spot in the former Grand Shanghai location in St. Paul. Finally, a definitive answer to the age-old question, “What’s bappin’?” Opened July 29.
Due Focacceria, 475 Fairview Ave. S., St. Paul ■ The former Espresso Royale space has been reinvented as a combination Italian market and restaurant by the owners of Italian Eatery in Minneapolis. Opened July 23.
Rose Street Patisserie (fourth location), 882 West 7th St., Schmidt Brewery Rathskeller Building, St. Paul, ■ The rapidly expanding Rose Street Patisserie empire continues its growth with a second space in the former Schmidt Brewery complex on West 7th in St. Paul, this time in the Rathskeller building. Opened July 16.
Enji, 1320 West Lake Street, Minneapolis ■ The former Scena has become an Asian-inspired restaurant and club by Gene Suh, who owns Lyndale Tap House, Hammer & Sickle, Aloha Poke Co., and The Fremont. Opened July 15.
Alemar Cheese Co. at The Food Building, 525 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis ■ A well-regarded Mankato-based creamery has opened a facility at Northeast Minneapolis’ Food Building, taking the slot once occupied by Lone Grazer. Opened July 15.
RECENTLY CLOSED (Up to 2 Months)
Seventh Street Social ■ After six years of service, the West 7th Street restaurant is shutting its doors and reopening as an event space. Will close September 29.
Chicago’s Taste Authority (St. Paul location) ■ The West 7th location of Chicago Taste Authority shut its doors this month. Closed September 12.
It’s Greek to Me ■ After nearly four decades of operation, this Greek mainstay known for its plates of flaming cheese has called it quits. Closed September 9.
Sweet Chow ■ This restaurant / ice cream parlor duo has closed after a generally well-received year and a half in the North Loop. Closed September 3. Read our review of their ice cream sundae.
Tori Ramen ■ The pioneering pork-free St. Paul ramen shop is relocating to a spot on West 7th (to be announced) but its sister restaurant (and noodle factory), Tori 44, will remain open. Closed August 31.
Mama D’s Kitchen ■ Following the death of its founder, Midtown Global Market’s soul food emporium has closed. Closed July 31.
Kafe 421 ■ The Dinkytown stalwart has called it quits after 16 years in business. Closed July 31.
Corner Table ■ Corner Table was one of the foundational stalwarts of the Minnesota farm-to-table scene under both the original chef Scott Pampuch and the Thomas Boemer / Nick Rancone team that followed. Closed July 31.
Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar (moving) ■ The high-volume Minneapolis sports bar Mac’s is moving to 310 E. Hennepin Ave. as of early August. Closed at old location July 28.
Breaking Bread ■ One of the best-known Minnesota soul food restaurants, Breaking Bread, announced a closure this summer that may or may not be permanent – the non-profit that runs the restaurant hopes to reopen in autumn, but nothing definitive has been announced Closed July 25.
Snuffy’s Malt Shop (St. Paul location only) ■ The nostalgia (and milkshake) merchants of Snuffy’s has closed one of their numerous location, the high-profile spot in St. Paul that has been in business for nearly 40 years. Will close July 25.
MN Slice ■ Keg and Case’s pizza shop, operated by the Rose Street Cafe / Patisserie 46 group, has shut its doors. Closed July 15.
Famous Dave’s (Calhoun Square location) ■ Amid a local boom in serious BBQ, Uptown mainstay Famous Dave’s has shut down its Calhoun Square location, known as much for its live music program as its food. Closed July 13.
UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)
Jun Szechuan Kitchen and Bar, 730 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis ■ After a temporary closure, this dumplings and noodles spot is opening again in the North Loop. Opens September 15, 2019.
Black Walnut Bakery, 3145 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis ■ Baker Sarah Botcher is taking her cult-favorite wholesale baking business, known for its croissants, into a bricks-and-mortar space. Opens September 2019.
Forest to Fork’s Urban Wok, Keg and Case at 928 7th St W, St. Paul ■ A new, restaurant-focused side of the Forest to Fork mushroom and wild foods business in Keg and Case, featuring vegan and vegetarian stir-fry and noodle options. Opens September 2019.
Estelle, 1806 St Clair Ave, St Paul ■ The flavors of Southern Europe (Spain, Italy, Portugal) will be popping up in the former Bottle Rocket space in St. Paul. Opens October 2019.
Thr3 Jack, 729 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis ■ Six state-of-the-art golf simulators and elevated comfort food will define this new 200-seat restaurant in the North Loop’s soon-to-open Nordic mixed-use complex. Opens Autumn 2019.
FireBox Deli, 1585 Marshall Ave., St. Paul ■ This north Minneapolis BBQ favorite is opening an outpost at the busy intersection of Snelling and Marshall in St. Paul. Opens Autumn 2019.
Pearl and the Thief, 811 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis ■ This former Stillwater-based restaurant is in the process of relocating to downtown Minneapolis, colocating with the Moxy Downtown Minneapolis hotel and Ironclad Residential development. Opens Autumn 2019.
The Nordic Galley Group project, 729 Washington Ave. N., 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 Autumn 2019.
just/us, 275 4th St E, St. Paul ■ This chef-driven collective restaurant, open for about a year at 465 Wabasha Street, is reopening with support from crowdfunding. Opens Autumn 2019. Read our review, “Raw Talent.”
Snack Bar, 800 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis ■ The couple between 112 Eatery, Burch, and Bar La Grassa (Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre) are opening a New York–inspired pizza slice shop and wine bar in the former Be’Wiched space. Opens late autumn 2019.
Cajun Twist, 3761 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis ■ This Cajun-inspired restaurant will be moving from its current location at the trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park to the former Marla’s location in South Minneapolis. Opens December 2019.
Sooki and Mimi, 1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis ■ A new spot from Ann Kim’s restaurant group focused on tacos wrapped in handmade, traditional tortillas plus a basement bar. 2019.
Dayton’s Food Hall & Market, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis ■ Major new 40,000-square-foot food hall curated by Andrew Zimmern. 2019.
Unleashed: Hounds and Hops, 200 E. Lyndale Ave., Minneapolis ■ A dog-focused tap house, dog park, and eatery located near the Minneapolis Farmers Market. Early 2020.
Malcolm Yards Market, 501 30th Ave. SE, Minneapolis ■ A food hall that will capitalize on its proximity to Surly’s massive brewery/restaurant complex. Spring 2020.
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. Currently delayed; as per Dana Thompson (co-owner / COO of Sioux Chef), “We are at the mercy of the Park Board project and we keep getting notified that Waterworks has encountered a series of delays. As you know, this project is an archeological dig, so add that on to what it takes to open a restaurant, and there are a few challenges.” 2020.