Masa saying “adiós”
Sorry to report that stylish Masa (1070 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., masa-restaurant.com) is closing, after a 10-year run. The D’Amico-run restaurant is doing it right by announcing a closing date (Oct. 24), allowing fans to drop in for a final taste of the kitchen’s skillfully prepared Mexican fare and the bar’s excellent margaritas.
A Riverplace exit
Mattie’s on Main (43 SE. Main St., Mpls.) has closed. The Riverplace restaurant, from owners Dean Schlaak and Thomas DeGree of the neighboring Wilde Roast Cafe (65 SE. Main St., Mpls., wilderoastcafe.com), opened in June 2014.
Rock Elm Tavern (16605 County Road 24, Plymouth, rockelmtavern.com) is up and running in the space most recently home to Digby’s. Owner Troy Reding, a Blue Plate Restaurant Co. vet, is serving a half-dozen specialty burgers, a short list of steaks and chops, house-made Tater Tots with bacon ketchup and a long stretch of craft beers on tap. Lunch and dinner daily.
Loring Park has a new breakfast and lunch diner: Eggy’s (120 W. 14th St., Mpls., eggysdiner.com), owned by Magellan Development Group.
The restaurant is located in the first floor of the new LPM Apartments tower, which was built by the Chicago-based company. The covers-the-bases breakfast/lunch menu (including a $6.50-and-under kids’ menu) is served daily, and includes shakes, smoothies, fresh-squeezed orange juice and coffee from Milwaukee’s excellent Colectivo Coffee.
The second outlet of Yum! Kitchen and Bakery (4000 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, yumkitchen.com) is now open in the former home of Pairings Food & Wine Market (6001 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka), serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Bogart’s Doughnut Co. (904 W. 36th St., Mpls., bogartsdoughnutco.com) has launched a counter in the IDS Crystal Court (80 S. 9th St., Mpls.), open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The metro area’s first Hy-Vee supermarkets have opened (7180 10th St. N., Oakdale, and 8200 42nd Av. N., New Hope, hy-vee.com), and with their arrival comes the store’s Market Grille restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Eastside (301 Washington Av. S., Mpls., eastsidempls.com), by restaurateur Ryan Burnet (Barrio, Bar La Grassa, Burch Steak and Pizza Bar) and chef Remy Pettus, debuts Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. The restaurant will serve dinner daily, along with a weekday (4 to 6 p.m. happy hour).
Oct. 5 is the opening date for Masu Sushi & Noodles (14638 Cedar Av. S., Apple Valley, masusushiandrobata.com), serving lunch and dinner daily.
Now this sounds like a party. Ramen Attack: Heroes Edition is all about ramen and Japanese-style street snacks, prepared by chefs John Ng (Zen Box Izakaya), Jack Riebel (soon-to-open Lexington) and Jorge Guzman (Surly Brewing Co.) of Minneapolis and Justin Carlisle (Red Light Ramen by Ardent, Milwaukee) and Keizo Shimamoto (Ramen Co., New York City).
Cooking demonstrations will be led by chefs Diane Yang (Spoon and Stable) and Thomas Boemer (Corner Table, Revival) of Minneapolis, plus Kenshiro Uki (Ramen Lab in New York City).
Tickets ($40) buy select food, drink and other benefits, and proceeds benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Mill City Museum (704 S. 2nd St., Mpls.). Advance tickets only, available at eventbrite.com.