Culinary partners J.D. Fratzke and Matty O’Reilly part ways with a handshake

A quest for work-life balance has led to an amicable parting of ways at one of the metro’s most prominent restaurant groups. J.D. Fratzke, the chef-entrepreneur whose work at The Strip Club Meat and Fish made him a regional standout, has worked as a culinary director over the past three years for Matty O’Reilly to … [ Read more]

The Mill: Sturgill Simpson, Band of Horses headlining Hinterland Music Festival 2018

The tiny Iowan town of St. Charles will once again host the fourth annual Hinterland Music Festival on August 3 and 4, this year with its biggest and most diverse lineup yet. At the top of the bill is Grammy-winning country and roots singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson and folk rock group Band of Horses. Other performers … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2017: J.D. Fratzke & Matty O’Reilly

The restaurant game has never been an easy one. But the last decade of dining in the Twin Cities has thrown innumerable challenges at restaurateurs—a cook shortage, a minimum wage debate, food costs and rent on the rise, and diners possessed of a fickle, Instagram-fueled, hit-the-hot-new-joint-once-and-never-return mentality. In the face of these challenges, the partnership of … [ Read more]

Boozy cold press coffee to hit shelves this May

The market is chock full of coffee beers, coffee liqueurs, coffee-flavored energy drinks, caffeinated mixed drinks, and even a beer/coffee hybrid, but Bad Larry’s Cold Hard Coffee, due out in May, is something new altogether. Clocking in at 6% ABV with a 180mg dose of caffeine (the average cup of coffee carries about 100mg), Bad Larry’s … [ Read more]

Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?

What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is that beer is booming and more bars are taking note that selection matters. But … [ Read more]

Republic–Calhoun Square closing on October 12

Sad news for fans of Republic’s Calhoun Square location. The notable craft beer bar and restaurant is closing its doors for good on October 12. Republic co-owner Matty O’Reilly confirmed the closing in an email to The Heavy Table, detailing the reasons behind closing and what’s next for the food entrepreneurs. Read excerpts from O’Reilly’s e-mail … [ Read more]

Four Years on Seven Corners: A Profile of Matty O’Reilly

Matty O’Reilly, shaved clean from his chin to the top of his head, relaxes in a high-back chair at the bar at 318 Café. Behind him, on a narrow stage framed by wood beams and soaked in late-afternoon light, members of the Daisy Dillman Band test their mics and tune their acoustic guitars. A couple … [ Read more]

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