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High demand causes new St. Paul vegan restaurant to close temporarily

J. Selby’s, a new vegan restaurant in St. Paul, has closed temporarily due to a shortage of staff and food, according to a Facebook post.

The eatery opened on April 15.

“Our opening week has left us at a place where we are unable to provide you all, our customers, with the service, the food, and the experience you deserve,” the post read in part.

The restaurant, owned by Matt Clayton, shut its doors on Friday at 4 p.m. and has not given a timetable for re-opening.

J. Selby’s is, however, holding a meatless “burger” cookout in its parking lot across the street from the restaurant on Wednesday (April 26) from 4 to 7 p.m. Patrons are asked to bring their own buns – because, well, they’re low on buns.

“We are going to close…so we can better prepare ourselves for the large crowds we expect in the future,” the post continued. “We apologize deeply for this, but we want to make sure that the experience you get here at J. Selby’s is the one you deserve.”

New culinary project featuring restaurant dream team to debut in Uptown this summer

A new cafe and culinary project featuring a dream team of chefs, baristas and cocktail masters is set to open in Minneapolis this June.

Lynhall, in the 11,500-square-foot space that formerly housed the Soo Visual Arts Center at 2640 Lyndale Avenue S., will house a “market-inspired” cafe as well as an incubator kitchen for startups, a kitchen television studio and a private dining area.

In the cafe, pastry chef Katie Elsing, formerly of Icehouse, will be baking sweet and savory pastries and artisan breads to go along with a craft coffee menu featuring Equator Coffee, which will be designed by Tyler Lanzi, formerly of Dogwood Coffee.

Chef Shane Oporto, the former Chef de Cuisine at La Belle Vie, meanwhile, will handle the regular cafe menu, which will include a mix of roasted meats and vegetables in a fast-casual environment.

The Bittercube team – which has created cocktail programs at restaurants such as Cafe Alma, the Hewing Hotel and Can Can Wonderland – will design the drinks at Lynhall.

On the television side, former KSTP reporter Eric Gislason will oversee a project targeting startups who are seeking professional-grade equipment ready for production and packaging. The high-end television equipment will be available for incubators to promote their products, and any packaged goods may be sold in Lynhall’s marketplace.

“There is such a strong community of talented makers,” founder Anne Spaeth said in a release. “Our goal with the incubator kitchen is to foster entrepreneurship, good food and community in an effort to keep it strong.”

Lynhall is expected to debut on June 14.

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