Stay up to date on the latest from your favorite restaurants, bars and food purveyors. For a complete list of past openings and closings organized by month, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Now Open

  • EaTo (305 S. Washington Av., Mpls., helloeatompls.com) Downtown Minneapolis' Eastside restaurant is getting an Italian makeover when the new EaTo launches Friday, Aug. 6. On the food side, the James Beard-nominated chef Jamie Malone, formerly of Grand Cafe, is continuing her consulting role at this address. (She came aboard Eastside in 2018.) Malone is collaborating with chef Matt Henrickson on a menu of pizzas, fried meats, sandwiches, salads, housemade sausages and gelato. For drinks, cocktail dynamo Marco Zappia is crafting a menu of espresso drinks, aperitifs, digestifs, nonalcoholic cocktails and his spins on classics, such as a mandarin negroni. Read our coverage here.
  • El Norte Kitchen (Food truck, elnortekitchen.com/) Tucson-style burritos, fries and churros began as a pop-up two years ago. Now, proprietors Ben Allen, Tricia Allen and Elijah Allen have their own food truck.
  • A-Side Public House (754 Randolph Av., St. Pau, asidepublichouse.com/) A former fire station is now a spot for wings, sandwiches, coffee and pastries and more.
  • Soul Bowl (7122 Chicago Av. S., Richfield, soulbowlmn.com) Soul Bowl is expanding. The new location (7122 Chicago Av. S., Richfield) continues to focus on contemporary soul food (with vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options), although part of the menu (dishes like curried goat and oxtail stew) will take cues from neighboring Galaxy Foods, a Caribbean-West Indian grocery. Takeout and delivery, but no on-site dining. Opened Aug. 2. The first location is in Graze Food Hall (520 N. 4th St., Mpls.).
  • The Market at Malcolm Yards (501 30th Av. SE., Mpls. , malcolmyards.com/) The soon-to-be food hall has begun announcing tenants. Detroit-style Wrecktangle Pizza, Joey Meatballs from former Giulia chef Josh Hedquist, Advellum Vegetable Eatery, ice cream from Bebe Zito, and Del Sur Empanadas are among the first batch of vendors. Add to that Southeast Asian cuisine from chef Jamie Yoo at Abang Yoli. Opens Aug. 5.
  • Un Dito (4728 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. , 612-223-8639, undito.com/) Sicilian-style finger foods served on a four-season patio are a new addition to ie Italian Eatery in south Minneapolis.The first-come-first-served, 400-square-foot nook is open Thursday through Sunday.
  • Gatherings Cafe (1530 E. Franklin Av., Mpls., maicnet.org/gatherings-cafe/) The cafe inside the Minneapolis American Indian Center has reopened after a long pandemic hiatus, with executive chef Brian Yazzie leading the Indigenous food program.
  • Pau Hana (14435 State Hwy. 13, Savage, pauhanamn.com/) The team behind Lake & Irving in Minneapolis expands southward and plays up chef/owner Chris Ikeda's experience cooking in Hawaii to offer "HRC": Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, which has roots in Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific islands. Pau means "after," and Hana means "work," so think of it as a place for an after-work beer that just happens to fly in fresh seafood and fire up some pizzas in a woodfire oven. Opened Aug. 3.
  • Owamni by the Sioux Chef (Water Works, Mpls., owamni.com/) Opened July 2021, Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson's restaurant overlooks St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge as part of the Water Works Mississippi Riverfront park project. The four-season dine-in and take-out restaurant focuses on Native American cuisine. Read our coverage here.
  • Zoe's Bakery and Cafe (1400 Nicol-let Av. S., Mpls., zoesusa.com) Zoe's Bakery & Cafe has relocated from its original home in Minneapolis' Lyn-Lake neighborhood into spacious digs on the ground floor of a big new Eat Street apartment building near Loring Park.
  • Cardamom (Walker Art Center) The Walker Art Center's restaurant has a new name and new culinary team: Chefs and restaurateurs Daniel del Prado and Shawn McKenzie are partnering with the museum and opening Cardamom. The restaurant borrows overtones from the cuisines of the regions on the Aegean and Mediterranean seas and features a menu that focuses on herbs, spices and rotisserie meats and vegetables. Opened July 22.
  • Myriel (470 S. Cleveland Av., St. Paul, myrielmn.com/) Karyn Tomlinson, the fast-rising culinary star who lit up the kitchen at Corner Table with her refined and audacious cooking from 2017 until it closed in the summer of 2019 — and was the first female chef to win Cochon555, the national pork-centric cooking competition — has taken over the former Bar Brigade. Opened July 7. Read our coverage here.
  • The Misfits Collective (14889 Florence Trail, Apple Valley, 952-236-8115, themisfitscollective.co) The latest south metro restaurant from Eyes Wide Hospitality (Burgers & Bottles, Tequila Butcher, Whiskey Inferno) focuses on Detroit-style pizza and craft cocktails. It takes over the former PR Sports Bar. Opened July 5.
  • CHX/Pizza Shark (2210 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., chxmsp.com) As ghost kitchens began to take off last year, friends Frederick Huballa, Shawn Edwards and Marques Johnson took advantage of an underused kitchen to create CHX as a takeout-only business. Customers would line up for scratch-made chicken tenders and biscuits from a window on the side of the Pourhouse nightclub in Uptown Minneapolis. Now, those hand-breaded tenders, crinkly fries and ultra-flaky biscuits have a home of their own, and will share a dining room with sister business Pizza Shark. The restaurants take over the former D'Amico and Sons on a prime Uptown corner. Read our coverage here.
  • Rio Brazilian Steak House (7325 Currell Blvd., Woodbury, 651-739-9211, riowoodbury.com/) An all-you-can-eat Brazilian-style steakhouse comes to Woodbury.
  • Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls (Mall of America, masonslobster.com/) The fast-casual chain opened this summer on the mall's third level, and features more than lobster rolls. Lobster grilled cheese, lobster mac and cheese and homemade soups and salads will join the menu of six lobster rolls, from the classic, served chilled with mayo and lemon butter, to the lobster BLT roll. The first Mason's opened in 2014, and now has 11 locations on the East Coast.

Announced / Coming Soon

  • Red Cow (1406 2nd St. SW, Rochester) The fifth restaurant in the Red Cow burger empire is branching out to Rochester, opening in a new mixed-use development across from St. Mary's Hospital. The 6,000-square-foot space will seat 130, plus a 50-seat patio. Opening Feb. 2022.
  • KJ's Hideaway (408 St. Peter St., St. Paul) Opening Sept. 17, KJ's Hideaway bings live music back to the former Vieux Carre in the historic Hamm's building.
  • Yum! Kitchen and Bakery (150 Snelling Av., St. Paul, yumkitchen.com/) Patti Soskin is launching her third venture in the street level of the Harper Apartments, a five-story mixed-use building at the southeast corner of Snelling and Selby avenues in St. Paul, in the spot formerly occupied by O'Gara's. A late October opening is planned.
  • Hope Breakfast Bar (The Shops at West End, St. Louis Park, hopebreakfast.com/) Creative pancakes and more are heading to the West End this fall, when the second outpost of Brian and Sarah Ingram's breakfast restaurant launches in St. Louis Park.
  • Lutunji's Palate Bakery & Cafe (1400 Park Av. S., Mpls., lutunjispalate.com/) With her cobblers, macaroons and upside-down cakes selling in grocery stores and in restaurants, Lutunji Abram is taking her business brick-and-mortar, with a forthcoming opening in Minneapolis' Elliot Park neighborhood. The project is in the fundraising stage to build out a space that will contain a kitchen, bakery case, counter and seating.
  • Bad Axe Throwing (Minneapolis City Center, badaxethrowing.com/) A second Minneapolis branch of Bad Axe Throwing will open this fall. The space will feature two dozen targets and a full bar, and it's occupying square footage that most recently was leased by Target.
  • Tom's Watch Bar (609 Hennepin Av., Mpls., tomswatchbar.com/) Tom's Watch Bar will bring life back to the large 6th-and-Hennepin space that was last occupied by Prime 6. Given the site's proximity to Target Center and Target Field, it's no surprise that the space is becoming a sports bar. Denver-based Tom's Watch Bar promises "all the sports, all the time" from 100-plus television screens. The menu covers the sports-bar gamut: burgers, wings, tacos, fried chicken, mac and cheese and loaded Tater Tots, plus a full bar. The opening date is a vague "2022."
  • Mr. Paul's Supper Club (3945 Market St., Edina) In his first venture into restaurant ownership, chef Tommy Begnaud will be blending his Louisiana roots with the sensibilities of a Midwestern supper club. The dinner menu will follow the classic supper club format — steaks, chops, seafood, pasta — peppered with Creole and Cajun touches. By day, a counter-service restaurantwithin-a-restaurant (dubbed Mr. Paul's Po'boys and Jams) will offer a variety of New Orleans sandwich standards (shrimp, fried oyster) as well as some supper club-esque newcomers (cheese curd, spaghetti-andmeatball), along with housemade sodas and slushies. Bittercube's Nick Kosevich is promising a cocktail menu that will place a contemporary spin on classic New Orleans libations. Opening in October.
  • All Saints (222 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. , allsaintsmpls.co) Two Esker Grove veterans, Denny Leaf-Smith and Kim Tong,are branching out from the Walker Art Center restaurant and opening All Saints. When their restaurant debuts in August, it will revive the charming space that was most recently occupied by Bardo. A wood-burning grill is going to be a central cooking component.
  • Farmers Kitchen + Bar (750 S. 2nd St., Mpls., farmerskitchenandbar.com) The work of the Minnesota Farmers Union, the restaurant — which is located in the former Spoonriver — will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with grab-and-go items, products from local food makers and farm-fresh produce, eggs and meats. Chef Kris Koch, a Patisserie 46 and Wolfgang Puck veteran, will be running the kitchen. Opening Aug. 24.
  • Buttered Tin (2445 NE. Marshall St., Mpls., thebutteredtin.com) By late July, the bakery/cafe will follow the breakfast/lunch format of its popular eight-year-old predecessor in St. Paul's Lowertown (237 E. 7th St., St. Paul).
  • Noa (77 S. 7th St., Mpls. ) A premium downtown Minneapolis restaurant address, dark for 14 months, is coming back to life. Noa is moving into the street-level IDS Center space that was most recently home to Mission American Kitchen. The restaurant is the work of Infuse Hospitality, which made its first incursion into the Twin Cities dining market in 2018 when it opened Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea in the North Loop. The menu will focus on seasonal California cooking, including tacos made with heirloom tortillas, salads, sandwiches and a wide variety of protein options. Read our coverage here.
  • Bellecour Bakery at Cooks (877 W. Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-228-1333, cooksofcrocushill.com/bellecour-bakery/) Scheduled to open August 12, this is an expansion of the popular bakery collaboration with Cooks of Crocus Hill to Cooks' St. Paul location. With that news comes some key personnel changes. Alexandra Motz has been promoted to pastry chef at Spoon and Stable (211 N. 1st St., Mpls., spoonandstable.com), and Diane Moua, who previously held that post, advances to pastry chef of Bellecour Bakery at Cooks, where she will focus on developing the Bellecour Bakery concept and look for growth opportunities.
  • Muffin Top Cafe and Mother Clucker's Pizza (1424-1428 S. Nicollet Av., Mpls., muffintopcafe.com/) Nicollet Diner owners and spouses Sam and Dion Turner have plans for the diner's original space, which opened in 2014. Their adjacent coffeehouse, Muffin Top Cafe, will expand into a portion of the diner's current footprint, and the remaining square footage will be remade into Mother Clucker's Pizza, which will focus on pizza, broasted chicken and sub sandwiches.
  • Nicollet Diner and Roxy's Cabaret (thenicolletdiner.com) The only 24-hour dining venue in Minneapolis is moving two blocks north to the longtime home of Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar. The diner will continue to operate on a 24-hour basis. At 77 seats, some lining a U-shaped counter, it will be slightly smaller than the current operation. It will occupy the northern portion of the Ichiban building's first floor. The remaining street-level space will be occupied by Roxy's Cabaret, a 100-seat entertainment venue. A summertime opening is planned.
  • Toma Mojo Grill (12977 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, tomamojogrill.com/) The fast-casual restaurant from Paul Backer and Michael Knox will celebrate Spanish and Portuguese culinary traditions, funneling roast chicken and roast pork (and vegan sausages) into sandwiches, plates and familystyle platters and pairing them with sauces and side dishes
  • Smack Shack (3801 Minnesota Dr., Bloomington, smack-shack.com/) Smack Shack owners Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald are converting the former Fuddruckers to another iteration of their lobster-centic restaurant and bar. The new location will have a capacity of 344 diners in its dining room, bar and patio.
  • Four Seasons hotel restaurants (Downtown Mpls.) When Minnesota's first Four Seasons Hotel opens Spring 2022 in downtown Minneapolis, its two street-level restaurants will be created by chef Gavin Kaysen and his Soigné Hospitality Group. The 222-room hotel is a featured element of the 37-story RBC Gateway tower at the confluence of Nicollet, Hennepin and Washington avenues, where a parking lot stood for more than 30 years. There aren't a lot of specifics about the restaurants. No names, for example, and no staffing announcements.
  • Angel Food Bakery (Texa-Tonka shopping center, St. Louis Park, angelfoodmn.com/) Chef/owner Katy Gerdes announced on Instagram that she's giving up her bakery's home at 9th Street and Marquette Avenue. There's a silver lining: The bakery, which grew out of the adjacent Hell's Kitchen restaurant, is relocating to the Texa-Tonka shopping center in St. Louis Park. Along with its full line of doughnuts, pastries, cupcakes, cookies and other sweets, the bakery will feature a coffee bar with a menu that will include kombucha on tap and tea lattes. The beans are coming from Folly Coffee, a small-batch roaster that's also located in St. Louis Park.Gerdes is also reserving part of the space to make a permanent home for FrioFrio (frio is Spanish for cold), the five-year-old paletas business that she and Chris Weber have been operating at summer festivals out of an eye-catching pedal-propelled cart. Read our coverage here.
  • Tattersall (River Falls, Wisconsin) Citing Minnesota's "restrictive liquor laws," Tattersall Distilling announced that it will open a destination distillery and a second production facility this fall, in River Falls, Wis.
  • Butcher & the Boar (TBA) Butcher & the Boar closed last fall after eight years anchoring the corner of 12th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Now, the Minneapolis-based restaurant group Jester Concepts is resurrecting it. Under the tutelage of owner Brent Frederick, chef Mike DeCamp and bar director Jeff Rogers, Butcher & the Boar will return as the meat-and-whiskey haven it once was, albeit in a different Minneapolis location. Frederick is searching for a new location,and aiming for an opening by the end of the year or early 2022. Read our coverage here.
  • Khâluna (4000 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., khaluna.com/) Ann Ahmed, the culinary talent behind Lat14 Asian Eatery (8815 7th Av. N., Golden Valley, lat14.com) and Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine (8600 Edinburgh Center Dr., Brooklyn Park, lemongrassmn.com), is opening a third restaurant. She's taking over the space — dormant since the start of the pandemic — that was formerly home to Harriet's Inn. The restaurant and bar will also feature a retail component, and that flexible space — with its own entry — will also be used as a gathering place for private events and cooking classes. Ahmed doesn't have a lot of food-and-drink details, and no opening date has been set. Read our coverage here.
  • El Travieso Taqueria (17633 Minnetonka Blvd., Wayzata, eltraviesotaqueria.com/) Hector Ruiz's counter-service taqueria is expanding to the west, with a spring 2021 opening.
  • Medium Rare (TBA, mediumrarerestaurant.com/) Steak frites are the star at this Washington, D.C.-based restaurant that is expanding to Minneapolis (and 26 cities nationwide). Medium Rare is currently seeking a location for its French-inspired prix fixe dinners and brunches.
  • Rand Tower Club (527 S. Marquette Av., Mpls., 612-688-4500, randtowerhotel.com/) Chef Andy Vyskocil, a 12-year veteran of Graves Hospitality who most recently launched the InterContinental Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Hotel, is overseeing the new Rand Tower Hotel's food-and-drink properties. The hotel's fifth-floor restaurant is scheduled to debut in April 2021. The 120-seat Rand Tower Club will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in its fifth-floor dining room. An adjacent patio, accessed through large glass doors, will be protected by a dramatic, glass-covered retractable roof. Read our coverage here.
  • The Get Down Coffee Co. (1500 N. 44th Av., Mpls., getdowncoffee.com/) Coffee is coming to a north Minneapolis barbershop. Houston White Men's Room, in the Camden neighborhood, is expanding in late spring 2021, and in collaboration with Dogwood Coffee will install a coffee roasting facility. The project is currently in the fundraising stage, nearing its $50,000 goal, which will help it become a multifaceted and diverse gathering space, a combination barbershop, retail store, coffee bar and cafe. Read our coverage here.
  • Vinai (1717 NE. 2nd St., Mpls., vinaimn.com) Chef Yia Vang, of the pop-up Union Hmong Kitchen, will open a brick-and-mortar in 2022. Named for the refugee camp in Thailand where Vang, 36, was born, Vinai is a "love letter to my parents," Hmong immigrants who "taught me about grace, taught me about hope, and taught me to how to persevere," he said. Read our coverage here.
  • Coquette & Colibri (200 NE. Lowry Av., Mpls., instagram.com/coquette_colibri/) Northeast Minneapolis is slated to get a new coffee shop and wine bar in two parts, when Coquette & Colibri gradually opens in the months ahead. First, Colibri Cafe will offer coffee, soups, sandwiches and baked goods sometime this coming winter. Next spring brings Coquette Wine Bar, with small plates, charcuterie, vegan items and, of course, wine.
  • Dayton's Food Hall & Market (700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. ) The massive former Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis is undergoing a $214 million renaissance. Most of the 12-story building will be transformed into offices, but retail is planned for the street and skyway levels, and the lower level (translation: basement) will feature a 45,000-square-foot food hall, connected to the two floors above with an atrium cut into the building's infrastructure. The ornate first-floor space that was the longtime home of J.B. Hudson jewelers is also being eyed for a restaurant, but no tenant has been announced. Originally slated for spring 2020, the project is still in the works. Read our coverage here.
  • Shake Shack (The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove) The city of Maple Grove has approved plans to bring Minnesota's fourth Shake Shack to a revamp of this shopping center. The outpost could open by the end of 2021.
  • Earl Giles Distillery (1325 Quincy St. NE., Mpls., earlgiles.com) The Minneapolis cocktail mixer and ginger beer company will open a distillery and production center later this year. The space will also be home to a 165-seat cocktail lounge with a 50-foot bar, a mezzanine for private events, and a kitchen with a 10-foot wood-fire oven for pizzas and other roasted bites. An indoor herb garden will provide garnishes for cocktails as well as botanicals for spirits like gin. And a gift shop will sell barware and Earl Giles products. Read our coverage here.
  • Chicken Guy! (Mall of America, chickenguy.com) Food Network behemoth Guy Fieri planned to open an outlet of his Chicken Guy! mini-chain at the Mall of America in early 2020, but has been delayed. The menu focuses on freshly prepared chicken tenders, which follow a brining formula that calls upon lemon juice, buttermilk, pickle brine and herbs. The chicken is pounded and breaded, and then fried or grilled. Read our coverage here.
  • Brick & Bourbon (12900 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, brickandbourbon.com) Overlooking Purgatory Creek Park, Brick & Bourbon will be located in the Elevate at Southwest Station Apartments currently under construction in Eden Prairie. It's the southwest metro's chance at menu items such as a candied bacon flight, chocolate cigars and Reuben soup in a crock.

June 2021

  • Openings
  • White Squirrel Bar (974 W. 7th St., St. Paul, whitesquirrelbar.com/) This new live music bar serves cocktails and beer and features a rotating food truck roster. Opened June 1.
  • Saba Dhaba Do (1025 Currie Av., Mpls. , sabadhaba.com/) South Asian street food from a Pakistani-run kitchen includes spicy biryani, a chapli kebab burger and salads.
  • The Dripping Root (4002 Minnehaha Av., Mpls., thedrippingroot.com/) Catiesha Pierson's long-awaited juice bar, delayed by the pandemic and unrest in the neighborhood, has opened in south Minneapolis. In addition to fruit and vegetable juices, look for "very Instagrammable" smoothie bowls, chia seed pudding and kombucha on tap.
  • Surly Beer Hall and Beer Garden (520 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls., surlybrewing.com/destination-brewery/) Shuttered to the public since Nov. 2, Surly's sprawling destination brewery is reopening in stages. First up are beer service and the Surly food truck, while the full kitchen and pizza restaurant will follow in the coming months.
  • Purple Ice Cream (Keg and Case Market, 928 W. 7th St. St. Paul, purpleicecream.co/) "Ice cream for all ages" includes boozy adult floats and elaborate sundaes.
  • Stella Belle (325 W. 7th St., St. Paul, stellabelle-stpaul.com) A sister restaurant — and next-door neighbor — to Cafe Astoria. Stella Belle features housemade pastries, protein smoothies and a full menu of Mediterraneaninspired breakfast and lunch items, and chef/owner John Occhiato said dietary restrictions and healthy options will be a key focus. Opened June 3.
  • Papa's Rooftop (101 S. Water St., Stillwater, waterstreetinn.com) Get a bird's-eye view of the St. Croix River and downtown Stillwater at Papa's Rooftop atop the Historic Water Street Inn.
  • Falafel King (5500 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, falafelking.com/) Falafel King has expanded its kingdom to Brooklyn Center. The longtime fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant has converted a former Tim Hortons into its third location -- the first with a drive-through. The family-owned restaurant will continue to serve gyros, kebabs, shawarma and hummus plates, and the Brooklyn Center location will offer a large selection of Mediterranean pastries and traditional foods, too.
  • Sweet Science Ice Cream (3919 Market St., Edina, 612-217-0070, sweetscienceicecream.com/) The scoop shop has relocated from a counter at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul to Edina's 50th-and-France neighborhood, in the Nolan Mains mixed-use development. The shop accommodates up to 22 flavors of owner Ashlee Olds' all-natural ice creams. Opened June 4.
  • Duke's on 7 (15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka, dukeson7.com/) Craft & Crew, the company behind five popular Twin Cities restaurants, has converted the former Christos into Duke's on 7. The restaurant and bar will follow the model of other Craft & Crew properties and serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The company specializes in populist gastropub fare: burgers, rice bowls, Buffalo-style cauliflower, broasted chicken, brisket-stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese curds, biscuit-based brunch dishes and more, at approachable prices. Opened June 24. Read our coverage here.
  • Treats Cereal Bar & Boba (10340 Baltimore St. NE., #140, Blaine, treatsmn.com) Have your cereal in a bowl or ground into a milkshake at the second location of this innovative ice cream shop that also serves boba tea and waffles. A sibling duo opened the original location in 2019 at 770 Grand Avenue in St. Paul, where they made use of a special machine that grinds cereal pieces into a powder and infuses them right into the ice cream swirls. Opened June 19.
  • Revival (8008 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, revivalrestaurants.com/) The first suburban branch of Revival has moved into the Texa-Tonka shopping center, offering the same Southern-style menu (along with fried chicken there's fried green tomatoes, brown sugar-cured ribs, shrimp and grits, collard greens, mac-and-cheese, hush puppies, diner-style burgers and chicken and waffles) and a full bar. Opened June 16 Read our coverage here.
  • Side Chick (3006 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. , sidechickmpls.com/) Local food celeb Justin Sutherland ("Top Chef," "Fast Foodies") makes the leap from St. Paul and his flagship Handsome Hog, to Minneapolis with Side Chick, a fast-casual fried chicken and cocktails spot.
  • August Schell Bier Halle (1860 Schell's Rd, New Ulm, schellsbrewery.com) August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm, Minn., just opened its new visitor center and taproom, and there are 20 lines of Grain Belt and Schell's fan-favorite beers ready for you to sample. While you're there, take advantage of the brewery tours, available several times a day Monday through Saturday. Founded in 1860, the August Schell Brewing Co . is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the United States. Opened June 11.

May 2021

  • Openings
  • Lake & Bryant Cafe (821 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-659-4450, lakeandbryantcafe.com/) Sanjeev Azad's new cafe, which opened in May, features globally inspired dishes done his way: "extremely spicy" breakfast noodles, a chicken tikka sandwich, huevos rancheros, tofu bánh mì, crêpes and cheesy shakshuka. His espresso creations bring the flavors of fennel, black peppercorn, cardamom or saffron into specialty lattes. "I call it a 21st-century diner," Azad said. "We eat these things all the time, and there's no reason to go to five different places to get all of these things. People ask me, 'Is it Indian-based? Mexican-based?' I'm like, no, this food is based on simplicity and integrity and we all love to eat them."
  • Keg and Case Market (928 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-443-6060, kegandcase.com) New vendors have joined the West Seventh market in the former Schmidt Brewery. Poppin' offers flavored popcorns, pretzels and pizza. R+R Cultivation hooks you up with organic, sustainably grown mushrooms. Cold-pressed juices, smoothies and salads are on the menu at Juice Wisely. Jerusalem Mix is a build-your-own hummus bar. There are burgers from Jumbos and Thai food from Som Thai. And, on June 30, chef Josh Hedquist brings his build-your-own pasta counter, Joey Meatballs, to St. Paul. (He's also opening a Joey Meatballs at Malcolm Yards.)
  • Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks (3500 NW. 124th St., Coon Rapids, tonomn.com) A third location for the Philly cheesesteaks and Sicilian-style pizzas has opened in Coon Rapids. The first two Tonos are in Maplewood and St. Paul.
  • Arturo's Pizza (18 NE. University Av., Mpls., arturospizzaminneapolis.com) The Murray family, one of the Twin Cities' most enduring dining dynasties, has branched out beyond the Silver Butter Knife Steak for Two and opened Arturo's Pizza, serving New York-style pizza. Read our coverage here.
  • Soul to Soul Smokehouse (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., soulsmokehouse.com) There's another newcomer at Midtown Global Market, started by three longtime friends — Anthony Simmons, Charles Robinson and Jewuan Marshall. Smoked meats, wings, sandwiches and a hefty variety of sides round out the scratch-made menu, accented with sweets like pecan bourbon butter cake and banana pudding.
  • Dessertopia (20 W. 66th St., Richfield, dessertopia2021.com) Ebony Turner's retail sweets shop in the Hub shopping center has a menu anchored by cupcakes, plus cinnamon rolls, mini Bundt cakes and cannoli, too. Opened May 22.
  • Herbie Butcher's Fried Chicken (735 E. 48th St., Mpls., herbiebutchersfriedchicken.com/) The brother-sister team behind Herbivorous Butcher, the first vegan butcher shop in the U.S., has expanded into meatless fried chicken. Opened May 21.
  • Coconut Whisk Cafe (901 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., coconutwhisk.com) Bella (Nhi) Lamhas come full circle with Coconut Whisk, her line of vegan and gluten-free products. Lam began selling her baking mixes at farmers markets three years ago. Now, her brick-and-mortar storefront features an all-vegan, gluten-free menu. The cafe will serve items like waffles and mini pancakes on a stick and bubble tea as well as Coconut Whisk mixes. Lam also will sell items from other BIPOC, women and locally owned brands. Opened May 20.
  • Rooftop Bar (515 Washington Av. N., Mpls.) The North Loop's latest is located on the top of the four-story Maytag Building. Managed by the team behind Nolo's Kitchen and the Basement Bar, the open-air destination serves beer, wine and a long list of cocktails, including favorites (margaritas, daiquiris) from the bar's slushy machine. Chef Peter Hoff is preparing sandwiches, appetizers and salads.
  • Betty Danger's Animal Farm (2501 NE. Marshall St., Mpls. , bettydangers.com) The only Twin Cities bar and restaurant equipped with a Ferris wheel — has been rebranded. "Tonight we're going to party like it's 1984," reads the cocktail menu, one of many Orwellian references that the fun-loving operation is now tossing around. The food menu continues to include playful bar fare. Opened May 2021.
  • The Butcher's Tale (1211 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. , butcherstale.com) One of the prime locations in downtown Minneapolis is back in business, just in time for patio season. Kaskaid Hospitality's the Butcher's Tale is now open in the former Butcher & the Boar space with a fresh look and an updated menu, but familiar faces. Chef Peter Botcher and general manager Chad Waldonare back, along with several other key staffers. They're serving up favorites like the smoked long rib and fresh seafood, as well as housemade sausages and locally sourced charcuterie and wagyu beef. Opened May 2021.
  • Augustine's (1668 Selby Av., St. Paul, augustinesmn.com) When Augustine's reopened May 20, the restaurant welcomed new culinary leadership and a different format. In 2016, owners Howie Melco, Tony Anderson and Anne Marie converted a former laundromat into a gastropub and bakery. Earlier this year, the trio hired Lenny Russo as a consultant, and the former Heartland chef/owner is transitioning the operation into a neighborhood bistro. Russo has recruited Derik Moran, the talent who spent a decade running the kitchen at the Dakota, as the restaurant's chef. Toni Luschen, longtime pastry chef at the former Lucia's Restaurant, is Augustine's pastry chef. Mega Hoehn,Russo's spouse and the front-of-house face at Heartland, has signed on as general manager. Moran said that the French bistro's menu should change every three to four weeks, and that its 12 to 15 items will be evenly divided into small ("not 'tapas' small," he said) and large plates.
  • Animales Barbeque Co. (1315 Tyler St. NE., Mpls., animalesbarbeque.com/) Chef Jon Wipfli's in-demand barbecue has expanded to a second northeast Minneapolis brewery, Bauhaus (the first location is at Able Seedhouse + Brewery).
  • StormKing Brewpub and Barbecue (618 N. 5th St., Mpls., stormkingbrewpub.com/) Opened in May, Jordan Smith (chef/owner of Black Sheep Pizza) revives his Eat Street barbecue concept in the North Loop's former ONE Fermentary & Taproom. The menu includes barbecue standards like brisket, chicken and ribs, sandwiches and all the sides you'd expect — coleslaw, fries, potato salad, etc. In addition to Rapids Brewing Co. beer, there's also a tidy selection of craft cocktails and wine.
  • Gray Fox Coffee (1477 W. Lake St., Mpls., grayfoxcoffee.com/) The whimsical downtown Minneapolis coffee shop (801 Marquette Av. S.) is growing, with a new outpost in Uptown. Read our coverage here.
  • Mi-Sant Kitchen and Bakery (1881 Hwy. 36, Roseville, mi-sant.com) Expanding from Brooklyn Park, croissants, sandwiches, milk tea and more Vietnamese specialties are making their way to a former Baker's Square. Also find them at 8450 Edinburgh Centre Dr., Brooklyn Park, 763-355-5947. Read our coverage here.
  • Nellie's Ice Cream (2034 Marshall Av., St. Paul, nelsonsicecream.biz/) Izzy's 20-year-old cafe closed in April 2020 (its Minneapolis headquarters followed that August), but the residents of Merriam Park won't have to go without an ice cream parlor. The family behind Nelson's Ice Cream's two locations, in Stillwater and St. Paul, is expanding. Nellie's Ice Cream is a sister business to the first two, but with an entirely new focus: ice cream cookie sandwiches. Read our coverage here.

April 2021

  • Openings
  • (701 N. Washington Av., Mpls., 612-208-1547, fuzzystacoshop.com/locations/minneapolis-mn-washington/) The Texas-based taqueria has expanded north to Minnesota, with a North Loop restaurant that features the chain's Baja-style cuisine.
  • (530 W. Main St., Anoka, krownbakeryandeatery.co) Spouses Eva and Fari Sabet have sold their 10-year-old business to a pair of longtime friends, Madison McCormick and Sharaya Mickelson. McCormick is a five-year Krown veteran, and Mickelson was most recently making baked-goods magic atP.J. Murphy's (now La Boulangerie Marguerite) in St. Paul. "It's going to be very much the same pastries and foods," said Eva Sabet.
  • (289 E. 5th St., St. Paul, bullvinos.com) The Lowertown real estate that was most recently home to Octo Fishbar has a new tenant. The Brazilian steakhouse Bullvino's is the work of Marcio Demorais and Nathan Uherka,who are partners in Grill Hall Churrascaria (9695 63rd Av. N., Maple Grove, grillhallusa.com). The format is familiar to anyone who is acquainted with the popular Fogo de Chao chain: For a flat price ($44.95), diners can feast on a dozen cuts of beef, lamb, pork and chicken, sliced from skewers that servers carry around the dining room. For $54.95, diners can add four prime meats.
  • (920 E. Lake St., Mpls., oasismidtown.com) A mother-and-son team offers groceries from East Africa and the Middle East -- spices, sauces, drinks and desserts -- as well as butcher services. The Mediterranean grill features traditional sandwiches (gyros, falafel, Greek Philly), kebabs, salads, plates and platters. You can create your own bowls, too. Owner Amina Deble and general manager Warsame Warsame are no strangers to restaurants. Deble ran the East Village Grill in Minneapolis for decades, and Warsame has worked alongside his mother since his teens.
  • (5401 Penn Av. S., Mpls., cafeceresmpls.com/) The collaboration between pastry chef Shawn Mc Kenzieand chef Daniel del Prado that debuted late last year in Linden Hills, is already in expansion mode with a second location in the former Lucky Oven Bakery.
  • (Delivery only, 612-682-4525; 763-270-3455, eatstayd.com) The metro has a new delivery-only option with Stay'd, operated by the team behind St. Paul restaurants Rival House and Citizen. Stay'd specializes in modern takes on comfort-food classics (think shrimp scampi and Gouda mac and cheese or gin-cured roast salmon, from $12), as well as sides, salads and desserts.
  • (740 E. Lake St., Wayzata, stalkandspade.com/) Launched on Earth Day in a former Starbucks, Stalk & Spade takes on the McDonald's model with the first in a burger franchise that has no meat or dairy on the premises. From Steele Smiley, founder of the salad chain Crisp & Green. Choose from meatless burgers, faux-chicken sandwiches and nondairy shakes, sundaes and cones.
  • (739 E. Lake St., Wayzata, josefinawayzata.com/) The former Bellecour in Wayzata reopens as an Italian restaurant and pizza takeout spot helmed by Martina and Colita chef Daniel del Prado, with a menu inspired by the cuisine of Rome. "It's Italian, but we're trying to focus on the region," del Prado said. "It's pork heavy. Amatriciana is from Rome. Cacio e Pepe is from Rome. Rice fritters. We're doing our interpretation of salt cod fritters. But heavy on pasta, heavy on vegetable sides, and pizza." Opened April 14. Read our coverage here.
  • (Food truck, muddytiger.com/) A husband-and-wife team, Andrew and Jyotiee Kistner, introduce to Minnesota Marathi Indian street food, which hails from the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Refreshing bhel puri (puffed rice, mango, chickpea salad), a double-decker Bombay sandwich with veggies and green chutney, and stir-fried Tawa chicken on a toasted hoagie are some of the menu items.
  • (1491 N. Stillwater Blvd., Stillwater, 651-571-3937, mavericksbeef.com) Chef/owner Timothy Hughes has opened a second location, this time in a Stillwater strip mall storefront that most recently housed a pair of side-by-side restaurants: Mac Me Cheese and a Taco's Fresh location. Find the same menu as the original Maverick's, which is home to an exceptional roast beef sandwich, along with open-faced turkey and pork sandwiches, fries, onion rings and shakes and malts. . Read our coverage here.
  • (200 Southdale Center, 2C, Edina, 952-405-9830, yumisushibar.com) Southdale's latest will be familiar to fans of this sushi-focused operation, which has outposts in Excelsior and St. Paul. It's takeout-only for now, from 4 to 8 p.m. daily.
  • (200 Southdale Center, 2C, Edina, 952-405-9830, yumisushibar.com)
  • (6439 S. Lyndale Av., Richfield, lyn65.com) The first-rate neighborhood restaurant and bar opened in an aging strip mall in the fall of 2014. Time is running out, because the last day of service is April 10. At the current address, anyway. General manager Nicole Ranallo confirmed that the restaurant is relocating, but couldn't offer many details. One tidbit Ranallo shared is that the proposed nearby space is twice as large as the current location. Read our coverage here.

March 2021

  • Openings
  • The Fair on 4 (Mall of America, 402 E. Broadway, Bloomington, mallofamerica.com) The creators of Victoria Burrow, where guests can play mini golf and throw axes between bites, have launched a new concept at Mall of America that's meant to evoke the state fair, year-round. The 35,000 square foot space, with a live music stage and indoor patio, offers fair-themed activities such as go-carts, hammerschlagen, an arcade and more axe-throwing. Fair cuisine includes cheese curds, corn dogs, pizza and cocktails. Opened March 2021. Read our coverage here.
  • Sanjusan (33 N. 1st Av., Mpls., sanjusanrestaurant. com) Add another property to chef Daniel del Prado's growing portfolio of restaurants. He's just opened Sanjusan in the North Loop, taking over the street-level home of Kado No Mise,which has moved upstairs and is now sharing the second floor with chef Shigeyuki Furukawa's Kaiseki Furukawa and Gori Gori Peku whiskey bar. At Sanjusan, del Prado is fusing Italian and Japanese traditions. The smallish menu starts with a series of small plates, followed by four pastas and six Neapolitan-style pizzas. Opened March 2021.
  • The Clover (14845 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, theclovermn.com) Chefs/co-owners Tyge Nelson and Stephan Hesse (of Pajarito) and business partner Charlie Burrows have transformed a former Rudy's Redeye Grill, with a menu focusing on sandwiches built with slow-smoked, thin-sliced beef and a long list of comfort foods with a twist. Opened March 15. Read our coverage here.
  • AxeBridge Wine Co. (411 Washington Av. N., Minneapolis, axebridgewineco.com/) The team behind Schram Vineyards in Waconia and Schram Haus Brewery in Chaska has opened a North Loop winery in the Internet Exchange Building. The winery offers a variety of new and familiar varietals, including Syrah Rose, Marquette and Frontenac Blanc, leveraging locally harvested grapes. There's also a large patio and indoor tasting bar, and its kitchen serves a selection of small bites. Read our coverage here.
  • Paku Ramen (3401 Louisiana Av. S., St. Louis Park, pakuramen.com/) The latest ghost kitchen is a delivery-only setup working out of Park Tavern, from chef Colin Kohl. The menu includes ramen bowls, gyoza, seaweed salad and yakitori, with a top price of $15. Opened March 11.
  • Rök Eatery (882 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-528-7273, rokeatery.com/) Nordic, Japanese and sustainable cuisine from chef Adam Prince has opened in the Rathskeller at the former Schmidt Brewery.
  • Stepchld (24 NE. University Av., Mpls. , 612-354-7409, stepchld.com/) Stepchld — and its adjoining speakeasy-like craft cocktail bar Hyde — has taken over the former JL Beers space. "All of the menu items are basically a step removed from their origin," said brand director Kamal Minneapple. "For example, we're doing birria for lunch, which is usually a Mexican dish but ours uses berbere spices from East Africa. We're trying to think outside the box. We want to surprise the taste buds, to give you something that you know but veer a little to the left or the right." Opened March 2021. Read our coverage here.
  • MB Foodhouse (3346 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. , 612-217-0735, mbfoodhouse.com/) This POC/queer/woman-owned startup specializes in Tex-Mex specific to the El Paso region.
  • Flavortown Kitchen (Delivery only, guysflavortownkitchen.com/) The latest celebrity-powered delivery-only restaurant is attached to "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" star Guy Fieri. The menu includes wings, burgers and deep-fried appetizers. Two kitchens serve the metro, one in Maple Grove and the other in Burnsville. Read our coverage here.
  • King Cajun Boiling Seafood (712 University Av. W., St. Paul, 651-493-8575, kingcajunboilingseafood.com/) After training at a seafood restaurant in Vietnam, chef Thien Do brought his love of the Cajun seafood boil to Minnesota. Last summer, his restaurant was heavily damaged and looted in the riots. It took 9 months to rebuild, and has now reopened.
  • The Fabled Rooster (520 N 4th St., Mpls. , 612-470-4820, thefabledrooster.com/) Joining Graze Provisions + Libations, the North Loop food hall, with a stationary stand is this food truck that specializes in Southern food and barbecue.
  • Closings
  • Pagoda (1417 SE 4th St., Mpls., pagodadinkytown.com) After a 13-year-run, the Dinkytown restaurant closed March 30 to make way for an apartment complex. The development also claimed next-door neighbor McDonald's, a 57-year-old Dinkytown landmark that closed in Dec. 2020.

February 2021

  • Openings
  • Slurp Noodle Shop (1300 NE 2nd St., Mpls., exploretock.com/unionhmongkitchen/) Union Hmong Kitchen's takeout pop-up at Dangerous Man Brewing runs Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through March 13. Khao poon, trumpet mushroom congee and instant-style (but very much not instant) ramen are on the menu.
  • Fare Game (4820 Chicago Av., Mpls., faregamene.com/) Chef Jason Sawicki's smoked and rotisserie chicken, housemade bologna, cauliflower tacos, mac and cheese and more are popping up in south Minneapolis, in the Parkway Theater former home of El Burrito and Pepitos. Takeout only as of Feb. 18.
  • Prieto Taqueria (4751 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-315-5147, prietotaqueria.com) Chef Alejandro Castillon's Lake-and-Lyndale taqueria closed in 2020 to head to a new location in Minneapolis' Tangletown neighborhood. Now with more casual counter service for tacos, cocktails, plus a ceviche and raw bar.
  • Chip's Clubhouse (272 S. Snelling Av., St. Paul, 651-330-1617, chipsclubhousemn.com) Owner Tara Coleman is also the force behind next-door neighbor Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit, and she and chef Gina Mangiameli are focusing the Chip's Clubhouse menu on pork belly ramen, fried chicken, beef pasties, peanut butter-chocolate pudding and other affordable, comfort classics for a reason. "It sounds so basic, but it's what we grew up eating, and it's what we like to eat when we go out," said Coleman. "We wanted to create something for the neighborhood." Read our coverage here.
  • High Pines Brewing Co./Tipsy Steer Roseville (2704 Snelling Av. N., Roseville, 651-200-3581, highpinesbrewing.com) A new, family-friendly taproom has taken over a former Joe's Crab Shack, featuring the handiwork of brewer Matt Faulkner. The Tipsy Steer is running the kitchen, offering "local, sassy brew food." The Tipsy Steer is in expansion mode (there's one in Blaine, and it opened a second location in south Minneapolis late last year). Brick-oven pizza, burgers, tacos, salads and shakes are their signatures, available now for dine-in, with delivery and to-go coming soon.
  • Sooki & Mimi (1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis, 612-540-2554, sookiandmimi.com/) James Beard Award-winning chef Ann Kim and her husband/co-owner Conrad Leifur are opening a Mexican-inspired restaurant in the former Lucia's space. The menu will focus on the handmade heirloom corn tortillas that the couple have enjoyed during their frequent travels through Mexico. Opened Feb. 2021. Read our coverage here.
  • Brother Justus Whiskey Co. (3300 5th St. NE., Mpls., 612-886-1658, brotherjustus.com) The six-year-old craft distillery, which has been riding out COVID-19 by making and donating hand sanitizer with two other local distilleries as a founder of All Hands MN, has scaled up. The company opened a 14,000-square-foot spot overlooking Columbia Park and Golf Course in northeast Minneapolis. After a soft-launch of takeout during the shutdown, the whiskey-focused cocktail room with drinks by Jonathan Janssen is now offering whiskey, plus cheese and charcuterie pairings from House of Gristle, as of Feb. 5.
  • El Camino Taco Deli (7565 France Av. S., Edina, 952-405-6167, elcaminotacodeli.com/) The local Mexican fast-casual deli concept, which started in Burnsville, has opened a second location Jan 30 at Edina's Centennial Lakes Plaza. El Camino offers family-style meals to-go based on family recipes, plus tacos, fresh salsa, queso and more available deli style. The name is a tribute to co-owner Paul Pershica's stepfather's 1972 El Camino.
  • Closings
  • Burch Steak and Pizza Bar (1933 Colfax Av. S., Mpls. ) Burch, the dynamic steakhouse and pizzeria owned by spouses Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre, will not reopen. The boisterous, two-level restaurant has been shuttered since mid-March 2020, when Gov. Tim Walz temporarily closed the state's dining rooms in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Becker and St. Pierre also own top-rated 112 Eatery in downtown Minneapolis and Bar La Grassa and Snack Bar in the North Loop. All have remained temporarily closed since March, but Becker said that he's confident that they will return. Read our coverage here.
  • Harriet's Inn (4000 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., harrietsinn.com/) The south Minneapolis restaurant remained closed through much of the pandemic. Now, the address has found new life in Ann Ahmed's forthcoming Khâluna.
  • Atlas Grill (200 S. 6th St., Mpls. ) The Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Minneapolis' U.S. Bank building has closed.
  • Bus Stop Brewhouse (620 S. 4th St., Mpls. ) A bus station-themed burger spot in the Wells Fargo complex in downtown Minneapolis has closed, along with sister restaurant Cargo Food Authority, after the parent company filed for bankruptcy.
  • Cargo Food Authority (600 N 1st Av., Mpls. ) The "graffiti-tagged shipping yard turned food authority" in Target Center and sister restaurant Bus Stop Brewhouse have both closed after the parent company filed for bankruptcy.

January 2021

  • Openings
  • Arepa Bar (920 E. Lake St., Mpls. , 612-353-4885, arepabarmpls.com/) After spending several years in chef Jack Riebel's kitchen at the Lexington, chef Soleil Ramirez struck out on her own, using the Midtown Global Market as a launchpad. Her cheery counter-service setup, which opened Jan. 6, offers a quick glimpse into her native country's cooking with dishes that range from slow-braised beef with black beans to a long list of arepas. Read our coverage here.
  • La Boulangerie Marguerite (1279 Randolph Av., St. Paul, 651-699-9292, la-marg.com/) The former PJ Murphy's has the same team -- Francois Kiemde and Meliss Borgmann-Kiemde -- but changed its name, look and menu, too. French breads and pastries are the new specialty.
  • La Tapatia (2730 Snelling Av. N., Roseville, 651-253-6175, lafamiliatapatia.com) Abraham Ponce Delgadillo and his mother, head chef Martha Ponce, are cooking up burritos, tacos and tortas in three styles (street, Cali or Tejano) at this newly relocated Mexican restaurant.
  • Boludo (530 S. 4th St., Mpls., 612-259-8380, boludo.com/) Facundo DeFraia has taken his Argentine empanada and pizza spot to a second location, downtown in the former McKinney Roe. The new location's spacious kitchen more than doubles the capacity of the original Boludo's tiny, taxed-to-the-limit operation. Opened January 2021.
  • Galapagos Bar and Grill (3508 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-259-8380, galapagosmn.com/) A new restaurant serving traditional Ecuadorian dishes opened Jan. 27, 2021.
  • Spinning Wylde (915 Seventh St. W., St. Paul, 651-260-7173, spinningwylde.com/) The cotton candy vendor has leapt from its stand in Keg & Case Market, across the street to its own brick-and-mortar spot. The kitchen is still being built, but you can purchase cotton candy from a vending machine out front.
  • Midori's Floating World Cafe (2129 E. Franklin Av., Mpls., facebook.com/Midoris-Floating-World-Caf%C3%A9-122215324492817/) The Japanese restaurant's longtime home on E. Lake St. was so severely damaged during the civil unrest after the police killing of George Floyd, the owners don't know if and when they can return. In the meantime, they are popping up for takeout Friday through Sunday at the Seward Cafe, beginning Jan. 2.
  • Closings
  • Christos (15600 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka) Closed Jan. 10 to make way for Duke's on 7. The Eat Street location in Minneapolis remains open. Read our coverage here.

December 2020

  • Openings
  • Café Cerés (3509 W. 44th St., Mpls., cafeceresmpls.com/) Penny's Coffee closed its Linden Hills location on Dec. 13, but the building won't stay dark for long. Shawn McKenzie, the gifted pastry chef who has made Penny's a destination for all things butter and sugar, is taking over the site of her former employer (she left in October) and opening her own place, Café Cerés, within the next few weeks. Other Penny's locations in Minneapolis and Wayzata remain open. Read our coverage here.
  • Red's Savoy (400 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul, savoypizza.com) The famous local pizza chain that opened in downtown St. Paul in 1965 is returning to its roots. After leaving its 421 E. 7th St. address in 2017, Red's Savoy once more has a location downtown, this time in Treasure Island Center (formerly the Macy's building). Read our coverage here.
  • Tipsy Steer Hiawatha (5000 Hiawatha Av., Mpls., 612-353-5945, tipsysteer.com/) "Local sassy brew food" in Blaine just opened a Minneapolis outpost, at 50th and Hiawatha. Look for burgers and sandwiches, pizzas, sunnies and chips, shakes and more. Opened Dec. 16.
  • MrBeast Burger (Delivery only, mrbeastburger.com/) Another delivery-only restaurant from Virtual Dining Concepts (they're behind Mariah's Cookies, too) is linked to MrBeast, a YouTube stunt star and philanthropist.
  • Crumbl Cookies (11623 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove, 763-777-7527, crumblcookies.com) Specialty flavors of big, decadent cookies rotate in and out each week at this to-go cookie chain that's new to Minnesota.
  • Mariah's Cookies (Delivery only, mariahcareyscookies.com/) Mariah Carey launched a delivery-only cookie company that kicked off Dec. 4 in 30 markets, including the Twin Cities, in partnership with Virtual Dining Concepts, restaurateur Robert Earl's portfolio of delivery-only brands that operates from existing kitchens throughout the country. In addition to five signature cookies (chocolate chunk, triple chocolate chunk, Heath Bar, lemon cooler and spiced oatmeal raisin), there are rotating flavors for holidays.
  • Hark! Cafe (430 N. 1st Av., Ste. 150, Mpls., 612-354-7098, harkcafe.com) A plant-based, gluten-free bakery and restaurant owned by two best friends, a baker and a chef, comes to the North Loop. Breakfast and lunch, weekend brunch (pancakes, oyster mushroom frittata) and baked goods such as bagels and brownies are available for takeout.
  • Side Hustle (1124 Payne Av., St. Paul, 651-508-1654, sidehustle.cafeastoria-stpaul.com/) The folks behind St. Paul's Cafe Astoria are in residence at Cook Saint Paul with a pop-up focused on Filipino cuisine, sandwiches and toasts and "bits in bowls." Open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch.
  • The Cluckery (590 W. 79th St., Chanhassen, 952-934-6127, thecluckery.co) Tequila Butcher's new ghost kitchen makes chicken tenders and sandwiches, biscuits and sauces for delivery and pickup.
  • Union Hmong Kitchen (693 Raymond Av., St. Paul, 612-431-5285, unionkitchenmn.com/) Union Hmong Kitchen has moved to Mid-City Kitchen for takeout and delivery until chef Yia Vang's restaurant Vinai opens in spring 2021. Look for the usual favorites, such as Hmong hotdish and sticky rice, plus spins on bar food like fish sauce-soaked chicken wings and the "Hilltribe" fried chicken sandwich. Relocated from its last residency at Republic, Dec. 4.
  • Fire & Nice Alehouse (2700 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-259-8060, fireandnicemn.com) Nearly two years after a fire set back plans to open in the former Heyday spot, this pizza-and-beer restaurant has finally launched with thin-crust, wood-fired pies to go. Pizzas are named after Minnesota icons: the Prince is topped with figs, Gorgonzola and prosciutto; the Kirby Puckett with goat cheese cream sauce and spicy fennel sausage. Appetizers of roasted garlic cheese bread and roasted vegetables, and beer to go round out the menu. Opened Dec. 4.
  • Med Box Grill (600 Market St., Chanhassen, medboxgrill.com) A longtime Turkish food truck in the Twin Cities has gone brick and mortar, with bowls and plates for doner kebabs, spicy chicken, falafel and more. Opened Dec. 1.
  • Bebe Burger (704 W. 22nd St., Mpls., bebezitomn.com) A weekend-only burger trailer outside the ice cream shop Bebe Zito has been drawing long lines for brisket-and-bacon patties topped with gooey American cheese, for only $5.95. Read our coverage here.
  • Whiskey and Soda (527 S. Marquette Av., Mpls., 612-688-4500, randtowerhotel.com/) A speakeasy-inspired bar at street level in the new Rand Tower Hotel focuses, obviously, on whiskey. In the center of the bar is a tower that will showcase dozens of varieties of whiskey. The opening menu will be an all-day, something-for-everyone format that will also be available as takeout. In spring, when Whiskey & Soda segues into its prescribed role as the hotel's lounge, the menu will evolve into a small-plates framework. Read our coverage here.
  • Closings
  • Zoe's Bakery & Cafe (821 W. Lake St., Mpls. , zoebakerycafemn.com/) The Uptown coffeeshop closed late 2020. According to the website, it's only closed "for now."
  • Republic (221 Cedar Av., Mpls. ) The longtime beer emporium in Cedar-Riverside closed its dining room Nov. 9, and halted takeout in early December. It is unclear whether the closure is permanent, but the building is for sale.
  • Aesop's Table (919 N. Dale St., St. Paul, 651-488-6591, aesopstable.com) After 34 years, this family-run St. Paul deli closed Dec. 23. (Its barbecue/catering side will continue to operate from a trailer.) Coming soon in its place: Nikkolette's Macarons.
  • Iron Tap* (140 W. Main St., Waconia, 952-442-4447, irontapmn.com) Waconia's craft beer and barbecue spot is taking a break, as of Dec. 24. "With the current closure and restrictions we simply can't continue until the restrictions are lifted or our federal government comes in with some relief," said an announcement on Facebook. "We will be back."
  • Cast & Cru* (5185 Meadveille St., Excelsior, 952-767-9700, castandcru.com) The restaurant at the Old Log Theatre closed Dec. 20, with plans to reopen in the spring. "The nature of our business is bringing people together to enjoy good food and warm hospitality, but we remain in a time when it is recommended that gatherings should be avoided for the health and safety of the community," said an announcement on Facebook.
  • Pillbox Tavern* (400 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul, 651-756-7566, pillboxtav.com) This tavern in the Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul is taking a break from takeout and delivery until indoor dining reopens.
  • Holman's Table* (644 Bayfield St., St. Paul, 612-800-5298, holmanstable.com) The restaurant at the historic downtown St. Paul airport will halt operations until dining restrictions are fully lifted, according to a statement.
  • Rock Elm Tavern* (16605 County Rd. 24, Plymouth; 15641 Grove Cir. N., Maple Grove, 763-208-4451; 763-205-9784, rockelmtavern.com) While the owners renegotiate the Plymouth location's lease, which expires in February 2021, Rock Elm Tavern has suspended operations as of Dec. 22. The Maple Grove location is taking a break until March 2021. In the meantime, pop-ups and a ghost kitchen out of Maple Grove are in the works.
  • McDonald's (407 15th Av. SE., Mpls., mcdonalds.com) The iconic Dinkytown location of McDonald's has closed. Read our coverage here.
  • Truce (Multiple locations, Mpls. and Wayzata, drinktruce.com/) As of Dec. 20, Truce, the organic juice bar, has closed its three locations, in Minneapolis' Uptown and North Loop and in Wayzata. "The juice business is not an easy one, and we simply cannot see a path forward without compromising the integrity of our values or product, especially given the pandemic-led uncertainty ahead," the company said in a statement on its website.
  • Simply Steve's Mobile Food Truck (Mobile, facebook.com/SimplyStevesFoodTruck/) After 10 years slinging Cajun turkey burgers and burritos, this early addition to the local food truck scene has closed as of Dec. 6.
  • Penny's Coffee (3509 W. 44th St., Mpls.) The coffee shop closed its Linden Hills location on Dec. 13, but the building won't stay dark for long. Shawn McKenzie, the gifted pastry chef who has made Penny's a destination for all things butter and sugar, is taking over the site of her former employer (she left in October) and opening her own place, Café Cerés, within the next few weeks. Other Penny's locations in Minneapolis and Wayzata remain open. Read our coverage here.
  • Ol' Mexico (1754 Lexington Ave N, Roseville) After 41 years, the Roseville Mexican restaurant has closed.
  • Peace Coffee shops (Multiple locations, Mpls.) The Minneapolis-based roaster is not reopening its three stylish downtown Minneapolis coffee outposts. Two are located in the Capella Tower at 225 S. 6th St. (both opened in 2015), and the third, which debuted two years ago, is in AT&T Tower at 901 Marquette Av. All have been closed since the start of the pandemic in March.It's a different story at the company's 10-year-old south Minneapolis shop (3262 Minnehaha Av. S.), which is getting a makeover. Peace Coffee has teamed up with Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis-based specialty coffee company that works to provide job stability to homeless youth and end youth homelessness. Read our coverage here.
  • French Hen Cafe/Moonflower Pizza* (518 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-222-6201, frenchhencafe.com/moonflower-pizza) The breakfast-lunch cafe and nighttime pizza pivot have both gone into winter hibernation, starting Dec. 20. Beginning in January, the kitchen will host pop-ups. First up: Viva Cubano sandwiches. French Hen will return, according to a post on the restaurant's Instagram, but "without relief, we cannot survive a Minnesota winter with takeout." Read our coverage here.
  • Wayzata BrewWorks (294 Grove Ln. E., Wayzata, wayzatabrewworks.com/) After five years on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, this Wayzata microbrewery announced its closure Dec. 8, citing the financial strain of the spring shutdown and a mandated reduction in capacity during the summer.

November 2020

  • Openings
  • Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks (1580 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, tonomn.com/) Three years after the legendary St. Clair Broiler closed, a new restaurant is finally reviving the storied space on the corner of St. Clair Ave. and Snelling Ave. in St. Paul. Tono Pizzeria + Cheesesteaks opened its second location Dec. 5 in the spot that formerly housed the 61-year-old diner known for its burgers and malts. (The first location is in Maplewood.) Philly-style cheesesteaks and Sicilian-inspired thin-crust pizzas are on the menu. Read our coverage here.
  • Wildflyer Coffee (3262 Minnehaha Av., Mpls. , wildflyercoffee.com/) Peace Coffee's 10-year-old south Minneapolis shop has gotten a makeover. The company has teamed up with Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis-based specialty coffee company that works to provide job stability to homeless youth and end youth homelessness. The shop will employ at least 20 young people on an annual basis. Read our coverage here.
  • Machi Machi (2015 E. 24th St., Mpls. , 612-721-6677, unitednoodles.com/) Unideli, the popular ramen and barbecue pork counter inside United Noodles has closed. In it's place? Machi Machi, a Taiwanese tea brand with international outlets.
  • Northern Fires Pizza (1839 E. 42nd St., Mpls., 612-424-1428, northernfirespizza.com/) Chef Arie Peisert has matriculated his thriving business — which serves farmers markets using a mobile wood-burning pizza oven — into a takeout-only brick-and-mortar establishment. The pizza relies on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Read our coverage here.
  • Revolver Ribs (Delivery only, instagram.com/revolverribs) Hot Indian chef Janene Holig's new rib-centric ghost kitchen delivers ribs in five flavors -- for now, with more to come. On the first menu: kung pao, beer cheese, salt and vinegar, apple butter BBQ and Thanksgiving (stuffing spice rub with a side of gravy). Opened Nov. 27. Read our coverage here.
  • Vivir (1414 Quincy Av. NE., Mpls., 612-345-5527, vivirmpls.com/) The northeast Minneapolis space that was home to Popol Vuh has come back to life as a Mexican market, deli and cafe. Chef/co-owner José Alarcon, working with pastry chef Ngia Xiong, offers seasonally minded dishes, tortas and salads, guava glitter rolls and mole cupcakes, and all-day breakfast. Opened Nov. 24.
  • Clucker's Crispy Fried Chicken (Delivery only, crispycluckers.com/) Kaskaid Hospitality has made room in its Crave restaurant kitchens for a second delivery-only side-project (aka ghost kitchen) devoted to fried chicken meals and sides. The chicken is brined in sweet tea and buttermilk, and only lightly spiced for "Midwesterners' moderate palates." Kaskaid's other ghost concept is all burgers -- it's called Toasty Buns.
  • Burgers & Birds (Delivery only, burgersnbirds.com/) A new ghost kitchen operating from Book Club in Minneapolis' Armatage neighborhood offers six kinds of char-grilled burgers, woodfired grilled chicken and sides, via daily delivery.
  • P.S. Noodles (510 Groveland Av., Mpls., 612-886-1620, psmpls.com) A new ghost kitchen from Jester Concepts, P.S. Steak is now P.S. Noodles, with a lightly Japanese menu of ramen, yakisoba and dumplings. "We've learned a bit from the previous shutdown," DeCamp said. "We realized people don't really want to eat a $60 steak out of a cardboard box." Read our coverage here.
  • Dirty Sams (1115 2nd Av. S., Mpls., 612-353-6207, monellompls.com/) Jester Concepts' Monello, the modern Italian restaurant in downtown Minneapolis (and its basement counterpart Constantine) kept two of its pastas on the menu. Otherwise, it's taken on a new name — Dirty Sams — and put out a new menu of hearty sandwiches that could easily feed a family. Opened Nov. 23. Read our coverage here.