Updated April 11, 2019
Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot.
THIS WEEK’S GIST: In our February 28 edition of Order Up! we noted the proliferation of game-centric spaces, and it’s worth noting that the trend is continuing to expand with the announcement of Thr3 Jack, a golf simulator-focused spot coming to the North Loop’s Nordic mixed-use development. Could there be something to the “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach of superseding customers’ phone addictions with bigger, bolder, more attention-grabbing screens? With the continuing rise of tablet-driven ordering systems, is this even a trend, or rather a full-on paradigm shift toward digitally focused communal gathering spaces? If you want to get out into the field and throw yourself into the heart of the beast, Ox Cart Arcade and Rooftop is now open, just in time to catch a classic spring-in-Minnesota mini-blizzard. But of course, they’ll be there once the snow melts, too.
RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)
Giulia, 215 S. 4th St., Minneapolis ■ A pizza- and pasta-focused spot with tableside mozzarella headed by former Copper Hen chef Josh Hedquist, housed inside the Emery hotel (the former Restaurant Max space inside the former Hotel Minneapolis). Opened April 3, 2019.
Bark and the Bite, 2186 Marshall Ave., St. Paul ■ The popular barbecue food stand (based in Sunny’s Market in Northeast) has moved to a bricks-and-mortar space in St. Paul in the former Heirloom location. Opened April 9, 2019.
Ox Cart Arcade and Rooftop, 255 E. 6th St., St. Paul ■ A reboot of the Ox Cart Ale House, featuring arcade games and boozy snow cones. Opened March 28, 2019.
Fire & Whiskey, 230 S. Knowles Ave., 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 long-standing food truck of the same name. Opened March 18, 2019.
Breakfast Bar, 319 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis ■ Shrimp and grits, breakfast burgers, and lobster and waffles are among the items of interest on this new breakfast spot’s menu. Opened March 15, 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.
RECENTLY CLOSED (Up to 2 Months)
Martha’s Daughter ■ After a high profile but rocky run in Duluth, Martha’s Daughter has closed its doors—the concept will live on as a series of pop-up dinners in Duluth, Superior, and beyond. Closed April 9. Read our Duluth and Superior food roundup, “Taste of the Twin Ports.”
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 April 20. Read our review, “Raw Talent.”
Northern Fires Pizza, 4301 East Lake St., Minneapolis ■ 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.
UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)
Don Raúl, 4953 Xerxes Ave., Minneapolis ■ A new restaurant for Hector Ruiz (Cafe Ena, Rincon 38, Costa Blanca), opening at 50th and Xerxes. Menu features dishes including Tacos de Pato (duck tacos), Lechon (pork tenderloin medallions), Skuna salmon, and more. Opens April 2019.
Loon Cafe, 426 Saint Peter St., St. Paul ■ A second location for the 37-year-old Minneapolis stalwart of the same name, located in the former Great Waters location. Opens early May 2019.
Elephant Bar, 213 E. 4th St., Suite 100, St. Paul ■ A new restaurant by chef Lucas Almendinger replacing the former Hygga space in Lowertown, with some Pakistani flavor influences. Opens Spring 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.
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 Summer 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 Summer 2019.
Alemar Cheese Co. at The Food Building, 525 3rd St. N., 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. N., Minneapolis ■ A new North Loop food hall with an exclusive emphasis on chef-driven dining. Opens Summer 2019.
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 Summer 2019.
Minnesota BBQ Co., 816 Lowry Ave. NE, Minneapolis ■ A mostly catering- and takeout-focused barbecue 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.