Dollars to Dumplings: Tim Niver’s relentless hustle keeps his culinary mini-empire current and profitable

If you watch Tim Niver casually assemble an order of bucatini all’amatriciana, you might easily mistake him for a chef. “I love that browning effect on the garlic,” he says, the smell of pancetta filling the kitchen at Mucci’s Italian. “You get that slight tinge of bitterness and you can even find some of those … [ Read more]

Review: Meyvn brings an expert’s precision to bagels (and deli food)

Deli food looks remarkably easy to pull off. In theory: You make (or buy) some cured meats, you put ’em on bread with some cheeses and dressings and pickles, and presto! You’re charging $12‒15 for a sandwich. In reality, without a seriously dedicated in-house program for meat and someone with taste patrolling the food, things … [ Read more]

Saint Dinette team confirms bagel place for Lyn-Lake

Adam Eaton, chef at Saint Dinette, confirmed today an exciting development first reported by our own Steve Hoffman in the December issue of The Growler: that he, Laurel Elm, and Tim Niver plan to open a delicatessen featuring wood-fired bagels in the area of Lyndale and Lake in South Minneapolis. The space is 901 W. Lake … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people … [ Read more]

Trailblazers 2016: Tim Niver of Mucci’s Italian

Mucci’s Italian is among the unquestionable new bright spots in local dining this year. And to know why is to know Tim Niver. Reflecting on the last 12 months in Niver’s restaurant tenure, a lone, unmistakable question emerges: when was the last time anyone ordered lasagna in a restaurant? Niver recognized a huge blind spot … [ Read more]

Six Months at Mucci’s

A journal on the patient progress of St. Paul’s freshest Italian restaurant January 25 Meatballs are paraded through the dining room. The crowd deploys their cell phones above the dishes like a squad of bayonets, all at the same angle, in perfect lock-step. Flashes and clicks. Diners swoon. Hashtags fly. The Strip Club Meat & … [ Read more]

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Mucci’s Italian opening Friday

An announcement made via Twitter this morning confirms that Mucci’s Italian will officially open tomorrow evening, Friday, February 19, at 5pm. The opening will continue into the weekend, Saturday 5pm-11pm and Sunday 5pm-9pm, no reservations, walk-ins only. Followers of The Growler’s Instagram will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Mucci’s opening day via a #GrowlerDayintheLife takeover of our … [ Read more]

Strip Club Staircase Under Scrutiny

“Spiral stairway is not an approved means of egress from restaurant seating area. Discontinue use immediately.” The Pioneer Press reports this statement, among others, from city fire inspector George Niemeyer to Strip Club Meat & Fish owners J.D. Fratzke and Tim Niver. The staircase in the historic Maria Avenue building leads to the mezzanine (above), which … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20