New restaurants for MSP
Dining at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will soon get even better — and more local. More than 25 new options will appear over the next 20 months, as the airport overhauls food courts in each of Terminal 1’s concourses. The Blue Door Pub, which specializes in Juicy Lucy (or “Blucy”) burgers, is coming in August, and fast-casual Peoples Organic will open in October. The fun and funky Hi-Lo Diner will open in March 2019. PinKu Japanese Street Food will appear in August 2019. Tattersall Distillery will serve cocktails and small plates by July 2019. The Blue Plate Restaurant Co. is opening Bottle Rocket in November 2019. The Cook & the Ox steakhouse will debut in August 2019, Mexican-centric Zona Cocina is set for November 2019, and casual City Point Bar will materialize in July. A number of national fast-food chains will also appear, including Auntie Annie’s and Chick-fil-A.
Take the train in Europe, with up to five days free
Eurail is offering up to five free days for train travel in Europe. The Extra Days Promotion applies to first-class tickets for all Eurail Passes, including the Global Pass, Selected Passes and One Country Pass. For example, the Global Pass, which can be used in 28 countries, starts at $1,206 for a month of travel plus five free days, which are worth about $200. The four-day Eurail Select Pass for Austria and Germany costs $282 and includes one free day, worth about $71. Book by March 31; travel within 11 months of booking. Info: eurail.com/en.
Curling sweeps America
The sport of curling has popped up at a broad array of locations this year. Snake River Brewing in Jackson, Wyo., installed a curling sheet in its slopes-facing front yard. Patrons can play for free. The American Club Resort in Kohler, Wis., has a curling rink in its courtyard, available to groups by reservation but free to guests on Friday and Saturday afternoons. In Quebec, the Fairmont Le Château Montebello is offering a “Go Canada Package” with rooms from $150 Canadian (about $115 U.S.) and access to its curling sheet. But among the more unique locales for curling is the rooftop bar at the Gwen, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago. The ice is synthetic and the stones have ball bearings to help them glide, but the facsimile has transformed the fifth-floor terrace into an outdoor attraction in an unlikely season. Admission is $25 a person, including 30 minutes of curling time and a cocktail; smaller stones are available for children.
New York Times
Dog dies in overhead bin
A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. United said Tuesday that it took full responsibility for the incident on the Monday flight from Houston to New York. In a statement, United called it “a tragic accident that should never have occurred, as pets should never be placed in the overhead bin.” Passengers reported that they heard barking during the flight and didn’t know that the French bulldog had died until the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport. United spokesman Charles Hobart said the flight attendant told the dog’s owner to put the pet carrier in the overhead bin because the bag was partly obstructing the aisle. Hobart said United is investigating the incident; the cause of the dog’s death was not immediately known.