Also in the western suburbs, 318 Cafe owner Tom Peterson converted a former bakery into the neighborhood-minded Glen Lake Cafe.
Second iterations of Acqua, Bar Louie, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Surdyk’s Flights, Origami, Rojo Mexican Grill and the Blue Door Pub also materialized.
Wine bar, plus
When the Broder family — brothers Thomas, Charlie and Danny and mother Molly — opened Terzo, the companion to their 19-year-old pasta bar and 31-year-old deli, they showed the Twin Cities exactly what a wine bar could (and should) be, and then some.
Other significant openings
The jam-packed year of restaurant debuts also included Eat Street Buddha Kitchen Lounge, Groundswell, Lake & Irving, Mason’s Restaurant and Barre, Milton’s, Prairie Tap House, Royal Bangkok, Seventh Street Social, the Tangiers, Teque Arepa, Vitali’s Bistro and Vo’s.
Jamie Malone of Sea Change joined the prestigious fraternity of Food & Wine magazine’s annual “Best New Chefs” issue, the first Minnesotan to be so honored since 2006.
A “Top Chef” first
It took 11 seasons, but Minneapolis finally fielded its first “Top Chef” contestant in 2013: Sara Johannes. The Shoyu chef did well for herself, competing through the ninth episode before being eliminated.