The Mill: Misfit Coffee to bring its coffee trailer ethos to cozy brick-and-mortar spot

Minneapolis’ Urban Bean Coffee has sold its Lyndale location to Misfit Coffee, which is currently operating a coffee trailer regularly parked near Gold Medal Park, at a counter inside the Weisman Art Museum, and at various pop-ups around town. True to its coffee truck (or trailer, rather) roots, Misfit’s vision for the space is less … [ Read more]

The Mill: Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace soon to open in the Duluth Folk School

The Duluth Folk School, which found itself a permanent home in the Lincoln Park Craft District on West Superior Street last spring, is soon opening its very own cafe and teaching kitchen, to be called the Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace. According to Russell Crawford, beverage director for the cafe, the menu will feature in-house roasted … [ Read more]

The Mill: New grilled cheese spot offers opportunities to former convicts

Coming to south Minneapolis this spring is All Square, a new restaurant bringing together social responsibility with a side of good old fashioned grilled cheese. The concept, referred to as “guilt-free comfort food,” was founded by Emily Hunt Turner, a civil rights attorney who’s worked in housing, architecture and public policy. The aim is to … [ Read more]

The Mill: Ursa Minor Brewing to open in Duluth’s Lincoln Park ‘craft district’

Duluth will be getting a new brewery this summer in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Ursa Minor Brewing just began the build-out of their taproom and five-barrel brewery at 2415 West Superior Street, and stated that they “hope we will be ready to start sending pints across the bar by mid-summer.” The trio behind the effort, … [ Read more]

The Mill: Gavin Kaysen announces this year’s Synergy Series lineup

Traci Des Jardins, Ludo Lefebvre, Jeremy Fox, and Daniela Soto-Innes are the next lineup of chefs to grace the kitchen of Spoon and Stable for Gavin Kaysen’s 2018 Synergy Series. Here’s what you need to know about each of these star chefs: Earning a reputation as the “vegetable whisperer,” Jeremy Fox was the head chef of … [ Read more]

The Mill: Pepitos taken over by El Burrito Mercado, to be called El Burrito Minneapolis

The restaurant formerly known as Pepitos has been taken over by the family behind St. Paul’s El Burrito Mercado, and will reopen as El Burrito Minneapolis. Investor/entrepreneur Ward Johnson, who purchased the building with partner business Eddie Landenberger, said in a press release that Pepitos held a special place in his heart. “My wife and … [ 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]

The Mill: Wadi brothers to open a St. Paul seafood spot, Grand Catch

The brothers Wadi—behind food-truck-turned-brick-and-mortar World Street Kitchen and the next door Milkjam Creamery in South Minneapolis—have announced that they are turning their sights to St. Paul to open a Cajun seafood spot on Grand Avenue. Sameh and Saed Wadi are joining forces with Brooklyn Park-based Cajun Deli owner Thien Ly to open Grand Catch, which … [ Read more]

The Mill: Blue Door Pub opening Wednesday in Lyn-Lake

The newest Blue Door Pub location in Lyn-Lake is set to open to the public Wednesday. The burger joint took over the space after the Country Bar closed its doors in September. When news broke that Country Bar would close, owner Todd Smith said he was approached by representatives from the restaurant group that owns … [ Read more]

The Mill: Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque serves its last meal in downtown Stillwater

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar in downtown Stillwater served its last plate of jerk wings on Saturday, after news broke last week that the restaurant would be closing. It was initially reported that the decision by the building’s landlord caught owner Tim McKee and chef Shawn Smalley by surprise, although McKee has since come … [ Read more]

The Mill: All-girl school of rock in the works in St. Paul

Finally, some news we can all get on board with: Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero, St. Paul visual artist Chris Larson, and female musician Corey Avery have proposed a rehearsal studio space catered specifically to girls between ages of six and 15 who want to rock. “It’ll be all about empowering these girls,” Barbero … [ Read more]

The Mill: Community gives back to Minnesota man who gives to the homeless

Every night for over 12 years, “Sandwich Man” Allan Law has been passing out sandwiches to homeless people on the streets of Minneapolis. Until now, he’s operated out of the back of his van, keeping supplies in 20 coolers at his Edina apartment and a few area storage units. But unbeknownst to him, a volunteer … [ Read more]

The Mill: Saint Paul Winter Carnival will have its palace after all

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival will not be without its palace this year, thanks to the efforts of private donors. After initial plans for record-breaking million dollar ice structure fell through due to lack of funding, sponsors stepped forward to ensure that visitors of the free festival experience have their frozen castle. The Saint Paul … [ Read more]

The Mill: McNally Smith College of Music closure leaves students, faculty with uncertain futures

McNally Smith College of Music abruptly announced that it will be closing December 20, immediately following the end of the semester. The news first came as an email to the faculty late on December 14 from board member and co-founder Jack McNally. McNally informed staff that they wouldn’t be able to cover their Friday paychecks, … [ Read more]

The Mill: Bent Paddle building new taproom and pilot brewery

Bent Paddle Brewing is relocating its taproom to a larger space in a historic building right across the street from its current production brewery. The move will result in an expansion both for the taproom and for production, with the addition of a seven-barrel pilot brewing system for more experimental small-batch brews. There will also … [ Read more]