Restaurateur Kim Bartmann is offering a way — literally — to raise your glass to Women’s History Month.
During March, Bartmann’s Barbette (1600 W. Lake St., Mpls., barbette.com), Trapeze (1600 W. Lake St., barbette.com/trapeze), Red Stag Supperclub (509 1st Av. NE., Mpls., redstagsupperclub.com), the Bird (1612 Harmon Place, Mpls., thebirdmpls.rocks), Book Club (5411 Penn Av. S., Mpls., bookclubrestaurant.com), Tiny Diner (1024 E. 38th St., Mpls., tinydiner.com), Pat’s Tap (3510 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., patstap.com) and Gigi’s Cafe (824 W. 36th St., Mpls., gigisuptown.com) will feature by-the-glass wines made by female winemakers from Oregon, Washington state, California, South Africa, Italy and France. In addition, Trapeze will be pouring a retooled Old Cuban cocktail, crafted from Appleton Estate Signature Blend by rum maker Joy Spence.
Milkjam Creamery (2743 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., milkjamcreamery.com) owners Sameh and Saed Wadi are also observing Women’s History Month by once again renaming their shop’s ice cream flavors “after strong, positive female role models.”
The women highlighted this year include film director Ava Duvernay (Oreo-infused milk with Oreo chunks and salted peanut butter), cookbook author Ina Garten (orange coriander milk with candied Fruity Pebbles cereal), singer Dessa (Oreo chunks with peanut butter-banana), the late actress Carrie Fisher (toasted coconut) and a dozen others. A portion of sales will be donated to the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota (wfmn.org).
Meanwhile, Modist Brewing Co. (505 N. 3rd St., Mpls., modistbrewing.com) is observing International Women’s Day — that’s Friday, March 8 — by releasing a zero IBU (International Bittering Unit) hazy IPA that’s being dubbed “Has that line ever worked for you before?!” Created by the women at Modist, the brewery plans to donate $1 of each pint sold to Pink Boots Society (pinkbootssociety.org), a nonprofit that supports women working in the craft beer profession. Another $1 per pint sold will be donated to And Now She Rises (andnowsherises.rocks), a nonprofit organization that provides resources to domestic abuse shelters. The party starts at 6 p.m., with live music by Ashley Dubose. Instead of a cover charge, be sure to bring a book to donate to the libraries of local women’s shelters.
Openings and closings
The Cookie Cups (3412 Shoreline Dr., Wayzata, www.thecookiecups.com), open less than a year, is already in expansion mode.
Owner Nicole Pomije plans to take her playful bakery — which specializes in cookies shaped like mini cupcakes — to a second west suburban location.
“I had every intention to expand, just not expand so soon,” she said. “But this location turned out to be the right location.”
When the second bakery (600 Market St., Chanhassen) opens, Pomije plans to offer mini pancakes — yes, pancakes (blueberry, banana) in the shape of cupcakes — at both locations. The new location will also offer the original location’s full line of savory cups, including mac-and-cheese, breakfast frittata and deep-dish pizza iterations. Be on the lookout for an early June opening.
Stop in on April 6 for the shop’s anniversary celebration, when Pomije will offer free samples of her greatest hits, including fudge brownie, s’mores, banana-chocolate chunk and cookies-and-cream.
Afro Deli (720 Washington Av. SE., Mpls. and 5 W. 7th Place, St. Paul, afrodeli.com) has added a second downtown St. Paul location, opening on the skyway level in the Alliance Building food court (55 E. 5th St.), serving lunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. The quick-service setup features sambusas, salads, sandwiches and a half-dozen entrees (lamb gyro, chicken curry), all at $9-and-under prices.
Fifteen-year-old My Burger (myburgerusa.com) is opening its sixth Twin Cities location at 10997 Red Circle Drive in Minnetonka. Doors open next week.
Attention, Rosedale shoppers: Portillo’s (1800 County Road B2, Roseville, portillos.com) is now up and running in the northwest corner of the mall’s parking lot. The Chicago-based chain — which specializes in hot dogs, burgers, beef and sausage sandwiches, chocolate layer cake and other delights — now operates three Twin Cities locations.
Crisp & Green (crispandgreen.com) is landing a fifth Twin Cities location. The casual restaurant — which specializes in salads, grain bowls and smoothies — is opening later this spring at 11704 Elm Creek Blvd. N. in Maple Grove, in the Village at Arbor Lakes retail development.
Sorry to report the closing of La Fonda de los Lobos (3665 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Eagan), which closed its doors on Feb. 28. The Trujillo family’s Mexican restaurant had roots reaching back to the mid-1970s.
Another closing: O’Cheeze (705 Marquette Av., Mpls., ocheeze.com). Co-owners Haley and Tony Fritz opened their brick-and-mortar skyway location of their popular grilled cheese sandwich food truck of the same name a year ago. “We have decided to dissolve that location in hopes of pivoting a different direction,” they shared on social media. “The trucks will be going full steam this summer. ”