Another happy trend was the ever-growing number of restaurant-sponsored outdoor festivals, including memorable events hosted by the Bachelor Farmer, Smack Shack, Zen Box Izakaya, Borough, Butcher & the Boar, Barbette and Travail Kitchen and Amusements.
Ups, downs at Mickey D’s
Both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul said goodbye to their McDonald’s franchises in 2013. But Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport saw the return of Golden Arches. McDonald’s lost its lease in Terminal 1 in 2011, and is back with a 24-hour operation near the entrance to Concourse D.
Scooping it up
Ice cream fanatics had a lot to celebrate in 2013. Honey & Mackie’s brought small-batch ice cream-making to Plymouth. Izzy’s Ice Cream opened a second scoop shop in a showy building (designed by Duluth architect David Salmela) on Gold Medal Park. And quality-crazed Sweet Science Ice Cream started making pints of its premium product available in the tasting room and tea bar at Verdant Tea.
On the move
When it relocated from New Hope to Plymouth, the 37-year-old Sunshine Factory gained a new name: the Factory Bar & Grill. Spill the Wine left the still-in-flux neighborhood between the Guthrie Theater and the doomed Metrodome and headed to the border between Lyn-Lake and Uptown. After an 18-month hiatus, the Mill City Cafe has a new home, an expanded menu under a pair of chefs, Matt Kempf and Tommy Begnaud, and a new name: the Mill Northeast. Speaking of revivals, the Ideal Diner and Adbul’s Afandy came back to life, the former in the same northeast Minneapolis location, the latter in Stadium Village near the University of Minnesota.