St. Paul’s first plant-based restaurant, J. Selby’s, now open

All vegetarians and vegans have their own reasons for choosing a diet free of meat and other animal products. For former physician Matt Clayton, it was simply to run faster. “It’s not complicated at all,” he chuckles. “I was very stagnant in my half-marathon time and was looking for something to give me an edge … [ Read more]

Now Open: BlackStack Brewing

For the Johnson family of St. Paul, it’s always been about the beer. In the 1990s, Scott Johnson owned All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company that helped bring European classics like La Trappe, Tripel Karmeliet, and Pauwel Kwak to Minnesota. Johnson eventually got out of that business, but he’s always loved beer. It’s a passion … [ Read more]

Before and after in St. Paul’s newly renovated Palace Theatre [PHOTOS]

Photos by Aaron Davidson The Palace Theater will re-open in downtown St. Paul on Friday night to host local hip hop artist Atmosphere for its first official concert. Just over 100 years will have passed since the venue originally opened as a 3,000 seat vaudeville house, which has sat vacant since 1984 when it was … [ Read more]

Sidhe Brewing to close on Mar. 25, new brewery to open in Lowertown’s Station 4

Sidhe Brewing, a two-barrel nanobrewery operating on Payne Avenue in St. Paul’s East Side for nearly two years, announced Friday it will officially close on March 25. Co-founder and head brewer Kathleen Culhane cited the hard-to-find location and the lack of foot traffic as major factors in the decision to close Sidhe Brewing, but this isn’t the end … [ Read more]

Photos: Bottle Rocket now open in Mac-Groveland

Bottle Rocket, an updated concept from the Blue Plate Restaurant Co. in the former Scusi space, is now open at St. Clair and Fairview in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood. “The feeling is casual and carefree,” says Blue Plate owner Stephanie Shimp, via press release. “It’s in the space, it’s in the menu, it’s the easy answer to … [ Read more]

The (not so) complete history of Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant

Given St. Paul’s colorful past, it shouldn’t be surprising that the city’s first resident of European descent was a bar owner with legal troubles, and the first building was his eponymous bar. Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant’s early years are shrouded in mystery. Here are things the historical records seem to agree on: He was born … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman

Ever since taking office as the mayor of St. Paul back in 2006, Chris Coleman has been tasked with being the voice of a diverse community, presiding over the capital of Minnesota, and making a case for himself as the cooler of the two mayors in the Twin Cities. And no better case can be … [ Read more]

St. Paul liquor stores could soon be open past 8pm

For some people, as 8pm rolls around, the night has just begun. Not so for St. Paul liquor stores and taprooms. According to a report by MPR, St. Paul requires off-sale liquor purchases to end at 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 10pm on Friday and Saturday, while neighboring Minneapolis and most surrounding suburbs have a … [ Read more]

Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music

In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city … [ Read more]

New York Times digs St. Paul’s ethnic diversity (and cheap eats)

The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler (aka Lucas Peterson) recently paid St. Paul a visit, and had glowing things to say about the culture and history of Minnesota’s capital city. Like a middle child, St. Paul is given short shrift, especially where travel coverage is concerned. It’s time to reverse that dynamic. St. Paul is a dream … [ Read more]

Food opera is a thing, and it’s coming to St. Paul

The relationship between sound and taste is the inspiration behind the upcoming St. Paul Food Opera, a series that will be taking place in October and mixes food, music, and art, reports the Pioneer Press. St. Paul restaurants Tongue in Cheek, Saint Dinette, Golden’s Lowertown, Brake Bread, and Izzy’s Ice Cream will create dishes for … [ Read more]

Hello, Minneapolis! Love, Saint Paul

Visit Saint Paul, the city’s official convention and visitors bureau, is honoring the two-night engagement of Adele at Xcel Energy Center July 5–6 with a heartfelt plea to its twin city across the river:

Two new theaters coming soon to a neighborhood near you

If all goes according to plan, two new theaters will have opened their doors in Minneapolis–St. Paul by this winter, reports City Pages. On West Seventh Street, Ryan and Tina North have just saved a historic theater from the wrecking ball. The Garden Theater originally opened exactly 100 years ago as a movie house, but … [ Read more]

Tongue In Cheek adds weekday brunch menu

Beginning next Wednesday, June 15, Tongue In Cheek on Payne Avenue will expand its brunch service to five days a week. Wednesdays through Fridays from 11am-2pm, patrons will be able to order pork belly hash, Belgian waffles, and new dishes like Here’s Johnny (pictured above), a pork rillettes eggs Benedict. A special brunch package will … [ Read more]

MN United reveals stadium renderings, announces liquor license

Minnesota United FC has unveiled new renderings for its upcoming stadium in Midway St. Paul, reports MPR News. The new images come days after the team got two of its three asks from the Legislature: a liquor license and a property tax exemption for the stadium. “This is a catalytic opportunity for Saint Paul and … [ Read more]