Beer, pizza, games
Another beer/sports bar this way comes. But at the new Rival House Sporting Parlour, which opened Tuesday in the downtown St. Paul DoubleTree by Hilton, guests aren’t relegated to sitting on the sidelines, er, bar stools. The new beer-and-pizza restaurant from Graves Hospitality (the same crew behind closed-for-relocation cocktail bastion Bradstreet Craftshouse) has dome-hockey tables, skee-ball machines and basketball games tucked throughout the 130-seat restaurant, plus a separate ping-pong room. The bar features 24 taps and beer cocktails from the Bradstreet team, while the kitchen specializes in wood-fire pizzas that Red Wagon pie guy Peter Campbell consulted on.
411 Minnesota St., St. Paul, 651-255-0645, rivalhousestpaul.com
Brewer starts small
Minneapolis is on the verge of another brewery opening. OK, there’s always an about-to-open brewery or three in this town, but Sisyphus Brewing has picked a date. The nanobrewery near Dunwoody College of Technology is slated to open July 11, with an oft-rotating selection of brews (enabled by an itty bitty two-barrel system) including a Brettanomyces series. Owner/brewer Samuel Harriman is starting small, with taproom hours initially limited to noon-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There are no plans to distribute or sell growlers, but Phase 2 calls for a 100-seat theater for live music and stand-up comedy (Harriman’s a bit of a funnyman himself).
712 W. Ontario Av., Mpls., sisyphusbrewing.com
Oakdale gets a Firkin
Last week, craft-beer emporium Four Firkins announced the location of its second store in Woodbury, which it teased this spring. Turns out, it’s in Oakdale. About to move on a Woodbury spot, founder Jason Alvey found a slightly better location a click north at 8338 3rd St. N. on the other side of the towns’ Interstate 94 border. A lease is inked on the 1,500-square-foot space, and Alvey hopes to begin construction soon, possibly opening the first week of September. Plans for more satellite stores, slightly smaller than the Firkins’ St. Louis Park HQ, are down the road, possibly in Burnsville or Maple Grove, Alvey said.