Updated January 31, 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 depth of a Minnesota winter usually sees more retreats than advances in the realm of food, and street food pioneers Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer of Chef Shack are part of the 2019 departure trend. The life and business partners closed their Seward restaurant (Chef Shack Ranch) for all but catering late last year, but only recently did they announce that they’ll also be selling their food trucks—some of the first to debut on the Minneapolis–St. Paul scene over a decade ago. It’s no exaggeration to say that Chef Shack helped inspire a local street-food revolution and the businesses that have emerged—everything from high profile bricks-and-mortar spots like Hola Arepa and World Street Kitchen to hundreds of other food trucks of all descriptions—have dramatically changed the Minnesota food scene for the better. Carlson and Summer aren’t leaving the business entirely; they’ll be moving down to their Chef Shack Bay City restaurant and catering operation in western Wisconsin.
This week saw the opening of The Copper Cow, an expansion into the Minnetonka market by the team behind The Copper Hen Cakery and Kitchen on Eat Street. The menu is dominated by salads and seriously dressed-up burgers including one topped with duck confit and another that hits the table completely deep-fried. Its glitziest highlight might be the Donut Burger, a “local beef patty and local thick-cut bacon, cheddar, fried egg, and maple syrup aioli, nestled between two house-made sour cream donuts,” as per the restaurant’s Facebook page.
RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)
The Copper Cow, 5445 Eden Prairie Rd., Minnetonka ■ A new eatery from the Copper Hen team. Opened January 29, 2019.
Market BBQ (moving from current location), 220 Lowry Ave. NE, Minneapolis ■ The venerable Eat Street BBQ joint has picked up stakes and moved into a fresh new location in trendy Northeast. Opened January 9, 2019.
P.S. Steak, 510 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis ■ The former La Belle Vie space will see an injection of culinary ambition with this 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). Opened January 7, 2019.
Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine at Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis ■ 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. Opened January 2, 2019.
Union Kitchen at Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis ■ Yia Vang’s Hmong-cooking-meets-Minnesota-fare concept moves from pop-up to medium-term residency, kicking off the Sociable Cider Werks on-site food truck program. Opened December 31, 2018. Read our profile of Yia Vang and our coverage of the Sociable residency program: “The Very Visible Yia Vang” and “‘Chef Incubator’ food trailer coming to Sociable Cider Werks”
Bus Stop Burgers and Brewhouse, 620 S. 4th St., Ste. 130, Minneapolis ■ Blended burgers and craft beer from the team behind Target Center’s Cargo Food Authority. Opened December 30, 2018.
Pizza Karma, 8451 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie ■ Naan-based pizza created by James Beard winner and chef Raghavan Iyer. Opened December 17, 2018.
Piggy Bank, 2841 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis ■ The latest in a long, fast-moving string of restaurants to try their hand at the Old Chicago location on Hennepin Avenue. Menu is a mix of burgers, flatbreads, vegan fare, and wings. Opened December 14, 2018.
RECENTLY CLOSED (Up to 2 Months)
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. Closed January 24, 2019.
Hasty Tasty ■ Well-received smoked meats and craft cocktails weren’t able to keep the lights for this newly arrived Lyn-Lake resident. Closed January 10, 2019. Read our “Craft Cocktail: Of the Northern Fashioned at The Hasty Tasty.”
Pearl & the Thief ■ This popular Southern-themed spot in Stillwater has closed to relocate to downtown Minneapolis. Closed December 31, 2018. Read our “First Look: Pearl and the Thief brings Southern comfort to Stillwater.”
Blue Moon Coffee Cafe ■ A 24-year-old stalwart of East Lake Street wraps up its long run. Closed December 31, 2018.
Dalton and Wade ■ A lovingly curated whiskey menu couldn’t keep the doors open for this North Loop-located, Southern-focused Minneapolis spot. Closed December 31, 2018.
Draft Horse ■ The Food Building’s resident tavern-style local fare-fueled eatery has called it quits. Closed December 30, 2018. Read: “Embracing Limitation at the Draft Horse.”
Prime 6 ■ This sprawling behemoth of a concept, opened in Minneapolis’ City Center in February 2018, never fully clicked with diners. Closed December 18, 2018.
UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)
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. Opens mid-February 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 February 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. Opens early 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.
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.