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]