Gavin Kaysen will get local with a new restaurant, Demi

Chef-owner Gavin Kaysen is among the few who set the bar for fine dining in Minnesota. He opened the massively ambitious Spoon and Stable in 2014 and was swamped with buckets of accolades; Bellecour, which followed in 2017, has similarly garnered good reviews and upped the game for dining in the western suburbs. Both spots … [ Read more]

Review: Hyacinth’s Debut is Crisp, Collected, and Charming

Hyacinth has got the glow. It’s one of those restaurant things that just happens once in a while: think of Martina, or Hai Hai, or Saint Dinette. The vibes are good, the rumors are all cheerful, and once the doors are open, all the buzz is positive. And then you go, and: yep, the hype … [ Read more]

Review: 3rd Street Tavern in St. Peter is helping to relight the torch of real barbecue

Step by painful step, Americans are reclaiming the proud culinary heritage of barbecue. Barbecue’s roots are deep, intertwining the foodways of the Caribbean’s indigenous people, traditions arising from the institution of Southern slavery, and regional variants that have become synonymous with hospitality in places as far flung as the Carolinas, Alabama, Texas, and Missouri. To … [ Read more]

Restaurateur Tom Forti on the Iron Range’s deep food cultures

The Iron Ranger is a small, independent restaurant located on the corner of Grand and Lexington avenues in St. Paul, and it has only been open for a couple of months. But its footprint is much larger than it seems. Its story ties into the four-generations deep heritage of Hibbing’s Sunrise Bakery, and is therefore … [ Read more]

Embracing limitation at The Draft Horse

“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” says Geoff King. “We’re just trying to showcase these ingredients.” The Draft Horse opened in the Food Building in Northeast Minneapolis two months ago with a straightforward mandate—show off the meat and cheese. Located down the hallway from Red Table Meats and The Lone Grazer Creamery, the café … [ Read more]

New craft beer restaurant taking flight at MSP

Craft beer lovers from around the world are about to be treated to some of Minnesota’s finest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Stone Arch, a new Minnesota craft-beer restaurant that will be located in the former Chili’s space in the airport mall, near the entrance to Concourse F, is on pace to open this summer … [ Read more]

Origami Restaurant Closing in Downtown Minneapolis

Origami Restaurant announced today that it will be closing its doors in downtown Minneapolis on December 23. The authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine restaurant opened 26 years ago and has since raised the bar for sushi establishments in the Twin Cities and around Minnesota. It says its Uptown location will remain open. Here’s the full release: … [ Read more]

St. Paul City Council to vote on loosening liquor license laws for restaurants

St. Paul restaurants, new and established, may soon have an easier time obtaining a full liquor license. On Tuesday, November 10, the St. Paul Charter Commission passed an amendment to the City Charter that would allow more licensed restaurants an opportunity to obtain a full liquor license. The catch? The city will have to redefine what it means to … [ Read more]

The Blue Door Pub is Opening a Third Location

The Blue Door Pub is opening a third location just north of the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, reports Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Blue Door’s co-owner Jeremy Woerner confirmed the company signed a lease for 1514 Como Avenue. H/T bizjournals.com

Dessa Dishes with Chef Alex Roberts

Photos by Stacy Schwartz There are few professions in which a trim physique could be considered a liability. Alex Roberts is a clear-eyed, dark-haired chef who looks like a Crossfit devotee (which he is). During Obama’s first presidential run, Roberts’ soul food restaurant Brasa, was a regular destination for the campaign volunteers. Stately older black … [ Read more]