Fall restaurant openings: A season of promise

New eateries in the Twin Cities emerge with a change of seasons

Unlike the aforementioned closing of Joe's Garage, no one blinked an eye when Cowboy Slim's in Uptown closed last fall. But people did sit up and take notice when it was announced that, after about a dozen restaurants vied for the highly valuable space, the new tenant would be a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant from Jester Concepts, a.k.a. Brent Frederick and Jacob Toledo, whose latest claim to fame is the North Loop's Borough & Parlour. The plans for the space are ambitious and include a mezzanine lounge, multilevel dining area, a large bar, outdoor seating, and a pick-up window for late-night eats to go, something area residents and bar-hoppers will be sure to take advantage of often. As at Parlour, the bar program will revolve around sophisticated reworkings of classic cocktails and make use of fresh seasonal ingredients. Since Coup d'état is projected to open in late fall, the team still has a few months to work out the details of the menu, but if the rich, whimsical dishes at Borough are any indication of the caliber of food it'll be putting out, Coup d'état should have no problem filling all of its 300 seats.
The Walkway at 1320
W. Lake St., Minneapolis

Thomas Kim goes down the Rabbit Hole
Katie E. Holm for City Pages
Thomas Kim goes down the Rabbit Hole

The next few months should be busy and belly-filling as it is, but we'd be remiss not to mention a couple of promising new breweries and bars opening this season. Day Block Brewing Company near Gold Medal Park is slated to open sometime this fall, possibly inching into early winter. Sneak peeks of the brewpub revealed an Oktoberfest lager, a black IPA, and the Pilot IPA made with Cascade hops. Toward the end of October the Blue Plate Group (the Lowry, Longfellow Grille, Scusi) will open Loose-Wiles Freehouse in the North Loop serving a selection of their own house beers (which they plan to sell in growlers) as well as guest tipples from other local breweries. Chef Breck Lawrence is creating a wide-ranging menu with breakfast options such as pork belly eggs Benedict, Korean oysters Rockefeller for happy hour, larger plates like Ancho chile-braised short ribs, and bacon-topped brownies for dessert.

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