Updated September 25, 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: The upcoming re-opening of the food hall at Rosedale Mall comes on the back of the opening late last year—and rapid closure, this July—of the previous concept, Revolution Hall. The new edition, called Potluck MN Food Hall, seems to be made of sturdier stuff: Tenants include a Smack Shack outlet, Grand Ole Creamery, a biscuit spot co-helmed by television and radio host Jason Matheson, and other concepts that are considerably more rooted in the local community than the flavor-of-the-moment Piecaken-esque stuff that defined the previous iteration. The question that this (and all food halls, for that matter) seem to raise is this: Are you distributing your risk by opening a wide array of concepts all at once under a shared roof? Or bundling it and upping the stakes?
The key, it seems, is building an ecology of restaurants and other businesses that support one another, feeding off of each other’s clientele, reputations, and energy. It’s been fascinating to watch Keg and Case recalibrate its mix since its opening late last year (shifting toward more moderately priced lunchable options like the newly opened Bread & Boba and O’Cheeze), and to witness the generally favorable reception won by Graze Provisions + Libations in the North Loop, where locally rooted brands with existing followings seem poised to take advantage of killer in-house bar program and chic indoor/outdoor seating options. If Rosedale Mall can get the balance right and trade on its existing fan bases, it may yet become a success story in a market segment that bundles big risks with big rewards.
RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)
JUN Szechuan Kitchen & Bar, 730 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis ■ After a temporary closure, this dumplings and noodles spot is opening again in the North Loop. Opened September 15.
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.
Bread & 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. Read our Bite of the Week on their Grilled Pork Banh Mi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pizza Nea ■ One of the metro’s first and best-regarded Neapolitan-style pizza restaurants has called it quits after 17 years. Close September 21.
Copper Pot Indian Grill ■ This Indian food mainstay has closed after seven years in business. Closed September 18.
Chicago’s Taste Authority (St. Paul location) ■ The West 7th location of Chicago Taste Authority shut its doors this month. Closed September 12.
Delicata (Reopened as Foxtrot Burger Spot) ■ This Matty O’Reilly spot in Como Park closed for the State Fair and reopened as a burger joint. Closed/reopened September 10.
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 nonprofit 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. Closed July 25.
UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)
Hope Breakfast Bar, 1 S Leech St., St. Paul ■ Approachable and elevated breakfast options will be the mainstays of this soon-to-open St. Paul breakfast spot. Opens September 26, 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 brick-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.
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.
Dayton’s Food Hall & Market, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis ■ Major new 40,000-square-foot food hall curated by Andrew Zimmern. 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.” 2021.