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The best bars to cheer the nonstop action

With the US women’s team slated to cruise out of the group round after crushing Thailand 13-0 and Sunday’s 3-0 win over Chile, soccer fans won’t want to miss the women’s team with the most World Cup wins, four Olympic gold medals, and a slew of other accolades in action. For those who want to get out and support the clearly superior US women’s team (even though they still get paid less than the underperforming men’s team), here’s where to go until the tournament culminates on July 7.

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Plus, new coffee, canned French 75’s and more in the am intel

Treats Cereal Bar and Boba is now open with a grand opening party on Saturday. The Grand Avenue sweet shop is serving a whole slew of childhood’s favorite breakfast food crushed into ice cream and served up cold and sweet. Although there are cereal flavored treats around town, this is the first dedicated cereal serving shop. Familiar morning flavors are blended into soft serve and piled into flavored, freshly made cones. Plus, there will be boba tea, made with Autumnwood milk. Ice cream is available in the shop or by the pint to take home. The pristine space replaces a former hair salon at 770 Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. It’s shaping up to be quite the summer on Grand, what with the surge of love for Grand Old Day, and a soon-to-open Korean fried chicken restaurant. (This might just hold us off until the O.G. Cereal Milk arrives in August.)

  • Locally canned cocktails are shaping up to dominate this summer. Vikre, the distillery in Duluth’s Canal Park has launched Frenchie, a French 75 sort of drink that mixes rosé liqueur with Vikre’s juniper gin and lemon juice. It will soon be available in local liquor stores.
  • Next month will mark the end of an era in Saint Paul’s Highland Park. Snuffy’s Malt Shop, a favorite of family’s in the area for 36 years is shuttering the original location. The reasons for closing were in part that the building isn’t handicapped accessible and the rent was scheduled to go up. Owners haven’t ruled out finding another location. The shop will close after July 25. The other locations will remain in operation.
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There’s never been a better time to eat and drink in this gorgeous city by the lake

One of the most breathtaking cities in the state is suddenly having a bit of a restaurant revolution. Sure, Grandma’s and Fitger’s Brewhouse are still the classics, but there are a slew of new and intriguing restaurants and breweries that are worth the quick road trip up I35 to check out.

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Christina Tosi’s cereal milk ice cream, pie, compost cookies, and more are coming to North Loop for two magical days

The world famous dessert shop Milk Bar has tricked out a 1969 postal truck for a cross-country road trip this summer and Minneapolis’s North Loop will be just one of its stops. The iconic bakery from pastry chef Christina Tosi is packing up compost cookies, cereal milk soft serve crusted with cornflakes, Milk Bar pie, cake truffles, care packages, and swag for the All You Can Treat tour. The truck parks outside restaurants owned by friends of the bakery, so of course, Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon and Stable is on the list.

The treats are all available for just two days, Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3. The truck will be serving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

In addition to the treats in the truck, Milk Bar is partnering with the restaurant for some exclusive dishes.

Minneapolis is in the middle of the tour which unofficially kicked off in Austin, Texas and will be making stops in Dallas, Chicago, and Miami.

Milk Bar began as a bakery offshoot from Momofuku’s pastry chef, Tosi. It now has locations in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Boston.

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Food trucks, corgis, izzy scoops, and more

June has finally arrived and summer is in full swing. Let’s take a brief moment to highlight the incredible lineup of events on the horizon; this month, foodies have no excuse to be bored. Check out the itinerary below to see where and when you can get some of the best bites (and drinks) in the state.

Izzy’s People’s Flavor Awards: An Ice Cream Tasting Event 2019

Show dad a good time by taking him to this Father’s Day event. This once-every-other-year event runs on customer submissions: the people submit their candidates for ice cream flavors, Izzy’s creates a list of finalists, and the attendees choose their favorites based on 26 selections in 6 categories (Kids, Chocolate, Mix-Ins, Fruit, Specialties, and Non-Dairy).

When: June 16, 2019; 1- 4:30 PM

Where: 1100 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis

Pricing: $10 - $18

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: It’s a chance to try a ton of zany flavors that aren’t normally available.

Boom Island Brewing Company [Official] Boom Days

Thanks to the Boom Island Brewing Company, Minnesotans can look forward to a weekend full of beer, food, and corgis (yes, corgis, not a typo). The brewery is hosting its 6th annual Boom Days Bash to mark two great occasions: the Mississippi Riverside Cleanup Initiative and the release of the new brew, Cuvée de Boom. This three-day event will keep attendees of all ages busy, especially the free Corgi-petting session presented by the Corgi Racing Society on the last day.

When: June 14 to 16

Where: 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis

Pricing: Free

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: It’s free, there’s beer and freaking Corgis. Wild stumpy-legged, fluff-butt dogs couldn’t drag us away.

American Swedish Institute/Facebook Midsommer fun at the castle Midsommar

This event, sponsored by the American Swedish Institute (ASI), is based on an ancient Scandinavian tradition that celebrates summer and a new season for crops. There’s a strong focus on Swedish music and dance; plus, there will be culturally-appropriate clothing and accessories for sale. Of course, being on this list, we can’t forget the eats. ASI’s cafe, FIKA, will be there to dole out their own take on Swedish fair food.

When: June 15; 10 AM - 5 PM

Where: 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis

Pricing: Free for ASI members; $12 adults, $8 ages 62+, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: The Swedes really appreciate the fleeting nature of summer. This is a chance to frolic in the green with the whole family in the shadow of a Minneapolis castle.

The Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League [Official] Enjoy wine and music from this appropriately named band Bakkenalia: Perfect Pairings

The Bakken Museum, a space dedicated to medical electricity, is hosting an event for attendees to discover the science of food and drink. We know the event is legit because folks from the respected liquor store France 44 will be on hand to guide visitors through a host of different wine and cheese pairings. Get a good buzz going and enjoy music courtesy of The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League.

When: June 13; 6 – 9:30 PM

Where: 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis

Pricing: $10 – $30

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: France 44 is super cool and they’re a trusted purveyor of anything fancy. Plus, drinking in a museum is a kicky way to spend a night.

Taste of the Nation Hotlist [Official] Sample dishes from everywhere from Shack Shack to Terzo; Tattersall to Saint Dinette Minneapolis’ Taste of the Nation Hotlist

A collection of the best eating and drinking in the Twin Cities all contained in one space, with all proceeds going Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The organization aims to end childhood hunger within our lifetime. In addition to all that, enjoy live music or check out the live auction.

When: June 20; 7 - 10:00 PM

Where: 40 Power Street, Minneapolis

Pricing: $85

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: There’s no way it would ever be possible to visit all of these buzzy restaurants in one weekend, let alone grab a bite from each one in just one night. Plus, it feels good to know that the No Kid Hungry campaign is the real winner of it all.

Poster by DWITT for Beer Dabbler Kick off Pride weekend by dabbling in all the good beer 8th Annual Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride

Minnesota’s classic Beer Dabbler event is again kicking off Twin Cities Pride weekend to in Loring Park. With the purchase of admission, enjoy access to hundreds of craft beers and ciders, special performances, and Silent Disco. This year’s event celebrates the art and history of drag with some insanely cool performers lined up to turn up fierce factor to majestic levels.

When: June 21; 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis

Pricing: $50 Be sure to bring some extra cash for all the food trucks that’ll be there.

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: Insane amounts of beer, copious amounts of food, and a Prideful party that sells out quickly every year.

2019 NEFM Foodie 4 Mile

Food is even better after exercise. After completing this four-mile race, participants will be treated to a ton of great food options. Expect Equal Exchange, Eastside Food Co-op, Chowgirls Catering, Great Harvest Breads, and Seven Sundays Muslei at the finish line. Plus, snacks will be out in full force, including trail mix, wheat biscuits, and bananas.

When: June 22nd; 8 am

Where: BF Nelson Park, Minneapolis

Pricing: $25 - $30

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: It’s an incentive to get some exercise. Besides, eating always feels better after burning a couple hundred calories.

World Street Kitchen [Official] Tacos from World Street Kitchen, just one bite from one of the many trucks at this festival Uptown Food Truck Festival

This is it. The end-all-be-all of food truck events. Waltz right up to Lake & Hennepin in Uptown for no charge and indulge – preferably with a group so you can try a whole lot more – in over 65 different vendors. Wash it all down with the craft beer options that are available. After copious amounts of food and drink, digest it all with live music or games.

When: June 23rd; 11-9 PM

Where: Lake & Hennepin; Uptown

Cost: Free, plus the cost of food and drink

Why it’s worth your dollars: There’s a whole fleet of new trucks out on the streets and this is the best chance for finding a new favorite to compete for cubrside dollars.

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From University to Selby, two new spots to track down fresh noodles

Starting over after a three-month closure, St. Paul institution Taste of Thailand on Selby reopened this month with a new owner, a (soon-to-come) new name, and the same well-loved menu—with a few new additions.

After closing or selling Taste of Thailand locations across the metro area, former owner and head chef Lamphay Phetphrachanh found herself with more time to create new items: including perfecting a handmade noodle technique for noodles now used in Taste of Thailand favorites like pad see eew and pad kee maow gai.

Handmade noodles have also arrived at Magic Noodle, newly open on University Avenue where hand-pulled and hand-shaved noodles are at the center of the menu.

Five featured bowls of noodles are currently available, ranging from thin, tender Shanxi shaved noodles to spicy Chongqing noodles served swimming in chili oil. Diners can expect a wait if they’re hoping for one of the five signature bowls; but the menu also features a wide selection of traditional Chinese dishes.

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O’Shaughnessy Distillery would complement neighboring Surly’s mega-brewery

Plans are in the works to add a distillery in Prospect Park with an onsite cocktail room. The O’Shaughnessy Distillery would be located just behind Surly Brewing, and not far from the site of the planned Malcolm Yards food hall, suddenly making this mostly industrial part of town, a neighborhood to watch.

Behind the distillery are cousins Michael and Patrick O’Shaughnessy, who would rehab an existing building that was once a potato processing facility. Makes sense, then, that one of the first-distilled spirits would then be a potato-based vodka. Other products would include American and Irish gin, rum, Irish-style liqueurs, an Irish single-malt whiskey, and an bourbon.

The site comes with ample space for outdoor seating and a parking lot. (Important considering the Surly Brewery is often overflowing its own generous lot.)

The Wall Companies [Official] A rendering of the planned distillery

O’Shaughnessy Distillery is in the early stages and no projected opening date has been released yet.

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There area few more Bistro La Roux boils planned

Bistro La Roux, the Circle Pines restaurant packed with New Orleans flavors, has announced it will close on June 29. The vet-owned business began as a food truck by chef Tim Glover, Cajun to Geaux. He fast built a following of fans craving jambalaya and gumbo that weren’t about to play Minnesota nice on the spice scale. The restaurant first opened in 2014 and expanded in 2016 with the addition of space for live music.

On the menu were alligator bites, po’ boys, Commander’s shrimp, etouffee, and other dishes not always commonly found on this end of the Mississippi River.

A Facebook post included a heartfelt message of gratitude announcing the closure after five years of good times. For the remainder of its time, Bistro La Roux will host a few more boils and the return of a few favorite specials that ran in the restaurant.

After June 29, Glover said that the Cajun to Geaux truck will likely ride again in some form.

This is the saddest post that we will ever write. We regret to inform you that Bistro La Roux will be closing after...

Posted by Bistro La Roux on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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If Mucci’s isn’t expanding to Uptown, somebody just wasted a lot of money on a sign

A sign has been installed on the side of the building on the corner of Bryant Avenue and Lake Street confirming the worst kept secret in the restaurant industry: Mucci’s Italian is opening a second location. The location, which was most recently Meyvn has been vacant since the end of May when the restaurant owned by Tim Niver, chef Adam Eaton, and general manager Laurel Elm. Niver, a well known fixture in the Twin Cities dining world, also owns a second restaurant, Mucci’s. His co-owner in that venture is Chris Uhrich. The different ownership collectives might have something to do with Niver’s borderline epic denials of anything actually happening in this space.

When reached for comment today he said he could not confirm that he was working on a second outpost of Saint Paul’s homey little red sauce restaurant. When conforted with the obviousness of the sign, he could be heard walking outside and declaring, “Holy shit! Someone put a Mucci’s sign on the side of this building!” He then promised to share news when - and if - there was ever any available.

Mucci’s is a cozy space with a black interior and a reputation for wait times and a zero reservation policy. Inside, the menu is packed with grandma approved foods and a fried pizza dough. The pizzas expanded to the grocers freezer section in 2016.

The sign was spotted by tipster Matthew Steen. If you see any restaurant happenings we need to know about, email minneapolis@eater.com with tips.

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Michelle Gayer steps away from The Salty Tart

Michelle Gayer has left The Salty Tart and turned over operations to James Beard Award winning chef, Tim McKee. McKee has in turn brought in another well-known pastry chef to usher the Lowertown cafe into a new era, Adrienne Odom. Gayer, who had already closed the bakeries two other locations in Minneapolis, told the Star Tribune that she needed a break.

Odom comes to the job with plenty of pastry experience and laurels, having worked for the Parasole restaurant group, La Belle Vie, Solera, and more.

Gayer first came to the Twin Cities to help run a commercial baking operation after gaining wide acclaim for her pastries at Charlie Trotter’s iconic restaurant. Realizing she wanted her own place, Gayer first opened The Salty Tart in 2008 as a stand inside Midtown Global Market. Opening the Saint Paul location, inside McKee’s Market House Collective, was the realization of a long held dream to have a cafe serving The Salty Tart’s delicacies alongside savory dishes in a chic setting.

Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities Guests can expect to see few changes with the chef switch

That dream accomplished, Gayer said she’s looking forward to a new era of being able to actually sleep in, cook for her kids, and take care of herself. She’s also going to be working for Taher, Inc., the large food service company.

Meanwhile, guests can expect to see little to no changes at The Salty Tart Saint Paul for now.

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