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Continued: Smack Shack finds a parking space

  • Article by: MICHAEL RIETMULDER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 8, 2013 - 8:54 AM

Burger exotica

Former Blue Plate Restaurant Co. minority owner Luke Shimp has slated a Feb. 18 opening for his new Red Cow restaurant. The beer/wine/burger joint will land in the old Blockbuster near 50th and France, with 36 taps and a cuvée wine system Shimp says will keep 24 of its 32 wines in a pressurized tank, preventing oxygen exposure. Besides bovine, Red Cow will offer elk, bison, salmon and other gourmet burgers.

3624 W. 50th St., Mpls.

Fat Tuesday, and a good cause

Downtown Minneapolis gets a taste of New Orleans on Saturday, when the Mardi Crawl pub crawl runs through 10 Warehouse District bars. Organizers of the roving Mardi Gras-themed party have paired with Feeding America to donate three meals for each general-admission ticket purchased.

8 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $19-$39, 21-plus, 612-874-8892,

Michael Rietmulder writes about nightlife.


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