Updated October 10, 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: This seems to be the year of second chances—the returns of Lucky Cricket and Jun complement the reboots of Cook St. Paul (now with a lunch/dinner emphasis), the Fitz (formerly Fitzgerald’s), and Foxtrot Burger Spot (formerly Delicata). There’s no single winning formula when it comes to opening and maintaining a thriving restaurant, and the willingness of restaurateurs to take a second stab at success should be embraced—perfection sometimes happens right out of the gate, but more often it’s won through struggle and a willingness to change approaches midway through a challenging project.
RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)
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. Opened October 7.
Snack Bar, 800 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis ■ The couple behind 112 Eatery, Burch, and Bar La Grassa (Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre) have opened a New York-inspired pizza slice shop and wine bar in the former Be’Wiched space. Opened October 6.
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. Opened September 26.
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. Opened September 15.
Graze Provisions and Libations, 525 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis ■ A new North Loop food hall with an exclusive emphasis on chef-driven dining. Opened September 6.
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.
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.
RECENTLY CLOSED (Up to 2 Months)
Funky Grits ■ On the heels of a triumphant Minnesota State Fair tour, the South Minneapolis grits restaurant is shutting its doors and reinventing itself as a community cafe in a new location on Bloomington Ave and 37th Street. Closed October 5. Read our story about black-owned restaurants, Minnesota Soul.
The Dough Room ■ The new and swanky pizza (and more!) Wayzata restaurant has called it quits. Closed October 5. Read our review of their margherita pizza.
Seventh Street Social ■ After six years of service, the West 7th Street restaurant is shutting its doors and reopening as an event space. Closed September 29.
Libertine ■ After five years in (and on the rooftop of) Calhoun Square, the Parasole group-owned restaurant Libertine has shut down. Closed September 29.
Elephant Bar ■ A few months into its opening run, Lowertown’s Elephant Bar has shut its doors. Closed September 24. Read our review of their kebab roll.
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; Tori Ramen will occupy the spot. 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 (the former Chicago Taste Authority location) but its sister restaurant (and noodle factory), Tori 44, will remain open. Closed August 31.
UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)
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 Autumn 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 Autumn 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.
Baldamar, 1642 County Road B2 West, Roseville ■ Aged beef and giant, Manny’s-esque desserts are the highlights of this upscale restaurant near Rosedale Center, owned by Randy Stanley (of 6Smith in Wayzata). Opens October 16, 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.”
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.
Ichigo Tokyo Crepes, 3758 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis ■ Fish Bowl Poke’s move into the North Loop’s Graze project opened up this spot next to Ramen Kazama; a popular Japanese-style crepe pop-up is seizing the opportunity and opening its bricks and mortar location. 2019.
The Lumberjack, 123 North 2nd St, Suite 102, Stillwater ■ Axe throwing, board games, and comfort food are among the key draws at this upcoming Stillwater restaurant. Late 2019.
Pajarito (Edina location), 3910 W 50th St, Edina ■ A second location of the popular West 7th modern Mexican restaurant is opening up in the former Tejas space in Edina. Late 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 Water Works 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.