Butcher & the Boar patio will stay cooking all winter long. Also on the agenda: Oktoberfest finales and a buffet of comedians come to town.
The Twin Cities' top patios will be tested this weekend when low temps dip into the 30s. Butcher & the Boar will be ready: The meat palace recently equipped its outdoor patio with a heated all-weather German-style tent. And they plan to keep it open year-round.
Chef Jack Riebel is calling it a "Bavarian winter beer garden." Sounds tough.
Check it out Sunday during the restaurant's first annual Boarfest. The all-day Oktoberfest-ish celebration will feature all of Butcher & the Boar's favorite things: bourbon, beer, brats and bands. Performers include Tim Mahoney, City on the Make, Jack Brass Band and more. Oktoberfest beers will be flowing, and Riebel himself will be grilling the boar brats and shucking oysters.SPEAKING OF OKTOBERFEST
There's still time to check out some of the original Oktoberfest shindigs.
The Black Forest Inn closes out its 10 Days of Oktoberfest celebration this weekend with themed nights that include music and bier specials: Berliner Night (Fri.), Freudian Slip Night (Sat.) and Drain the Keg Night (Sun.). (1 E. 26th St., Mpls., 612-872-0812, www.blackforestinnmpls.com)
Over at Gasthof in northeast Minneapolis, the bar has erected not one but two giant tents in the parking lot. As always, there's polka, brats, sauerkraut and beer. Gasthof won't shut them down until Oct. 13. (2300 University Av. NE., Mpls., 612-781-3860, www.gasthofzg.com.)BUFFET O' COMEDY
Fresh on the heels of Louis C.K.'s sold-out shows this week, the next few days are shaping up to be a busy time for touring acts coming to the Twin Cities.
Steve Byrne: The Korean/Irish comedian is riding high after TBS recently ordered a second season of his sitcom "Sullivan & Son," in which he plays a half Korean/half Irish bar owner. He's bringing his physical brand of comedy to the Mall of America. (8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., House of Comedy, $18.95-$22.95.)
Anjelah Johnson and Jo Koy: Together, these two are gonna be trouble on the "BFF Tour." Johnson is known as the MADtv alum who went viral with her obnoxious Bon Qui Qui fast-food character. Koy's flippant humor owes a lot to his Filipino mother (he does a hilarious impersonation of dear old Mom). These two are masters of ethnic stereotypes, for good and for worse. (8 p.m. Fri., State Theatre, $33.50.)
Frank Caliendo: These days the rotund comedian is most famous for his so-so impressions during NFL games (though he does do a great one of Charles Barkley). His TV time means he's probably big enough to do a theater, but the comic will return for one night only to Acme Comedy Company. (7 and 9:30 p.m. Thu., Acme, $28.)