Escape MSP opens new Lowertown St. Paul location

Clocks, locks, and incriminating evidence—sounds like a TV show thriller, right? Well, as of January 26, it’s a new business venture opening up in St. Paul. For those who enjoy mystery, secrecy, and mental puzzles, Escape MSP is a heart-racing experience that also focuses on team building. “We’re absolutely excited,” Chris Rennie, marketing manager for … [ Read more]

Heartland restaurant to close on New Year’s Eve

Fine dining in the Twin Cities has been dealt yet another blow: the Star Tribune reports that Heartland Restaurant in Lowertown St. Paul will close at the end of the year. The restaurant first opened in 2002 in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood, and in 2010, moved to its current 26,000 sq. ft. location on the north … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Alex Kuno

Grapes. As simple as these small globular berries are on the outside, the historical nature of the juices inside run much deeper. For Greek and Roman civilization, wine was more than just a fermented drink—it was godly. Dionysus (the Greek god of wine) and Bacchus (the Roman equivalent) are associated with grape harvesting, winemaking, drunkenness, … [ Read more]

The Buttered Tin announces major expansion

The Buttered Tin announced that it will soon be expanding capacity by 50%, reports Minneapolis Eater. Alicia Hinze, The Buttered Tin’s owner, recently leased the space adjacent to her bakery and restaurant, and said once that wall is opened up, they’ll be able to add 50 additional seats. The Buttered Tin opened in 2013, just before Lowertown experienced its … [ Read more]

SW Craft Bar ups its beer game with cask selections

SW Craft Bar (formerly Señor Wong) underwent a major rebrand late last year, to reflect the restaurant’s increasing focus on craft beer, cocktails, and exotic dishes. Today, they announced another element of their new identity: the addition of cask beer to their 25 craft beer tap lines. “We are really looking forward to showcasing cask … [ Read more]

Big names bring the blues to 2016 Lowertown Blues Festival

Now in its third year, the Lowertown Blues Festival returns to Mears Park on Saturday, July 23, for the Twin Cities’ largest, free blues festival. This year’s main-stage lineup includes some of the biggest names in blues and soul music: Booker T. Jones Bernard Allison Group Corey Stevens Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials The … [ Read more]

Handsome Hog brings ‘Bourbon and Smoke’ to Lowertown

This gem is opening next week! Come for the ???? short rib and stay for the ????cocktails. @handsome_hog #mysaintpaul pic.twitter.com/9CJfv0bG5W — Magdalene Nitschke (@HelloMagdalene) March 17, 2016 The tagline for Handsome Hog is “Bourbon and Smoke”, and the new eatery by Carol March (Public Kitchen + Bar) in the former Bin Wine Bar space features plenty … [ Read more]

Dark Horse Bar & Eatery Now Open in Lowertown

The team behind Muddy Waters in Lyn-Lake has opened Dark Horse Bar & Eatery at 7th Street and Wacouta Ave., bolstering the already strong lineup of new restaurants to have taken root in Lowertown this year. Here’s the lowdown: It feels like Lowertown: The former home of Twin Cities Magic & Costume has the exposed brick, … [ Read more]

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