Aaron Johnson

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week with a new video from the Sudden Lovelys, a hard-working duo out of Nordeast Minneapolis who are set to release a new album in March. We're als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Hola Arepa on Spam fried rice, resume padding, and the best bartender in town

    The kids inside the bright turquoise Hola Arepa truck might look fresh-faced, but these two are natural born entrepreneurs. Destined to own their own businesses, Christina Nguyen spent her childhood counting pretend bills and working for her family business, while Birk Stefan Grudem learned the valu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Nick Kosevich: A bitters-sweet cocktail tale, part 1

    When you walk inside and see a stout fellow with a curly, ginger beard standing behind the bar, dapper in a tidy vest, tie held in place with a glinting clip, waving his hands above a glass, you know the best show in town has begun. With a masterful twist, splash, vigorous shake, and a smile, h ... More >>

  • Movies

    June 6, 2012

    Summer movie preview

    A look ahead at the season's hottest films

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Best foodie sports bars

    Alma GuzmanAt Prairie Ale House, you can eat balls and watch football!​So we here at the Hot Dish hear that there's a big football game going on this weekend, right? Viewing sports outside the home can be fun, but foodies can get stressed about suffering through the typical sports bar sustenan ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 19, 2011

    Prairie Ale House introduces better class of pub grub

    Eden Prairie restaurant merges sports and great eats

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Town Talk Diner RIP

    Town Talk is silenced. ​The Town Talk Diner, the Hi-Lake icon that reopened in 2006, has shuttered again, reports the Heavy Table. Restaurateurs Tim Niver and Aaron Johnson revived the diner to rave reviews, but it has struggled since they sold their share of the business to their chef-partner ... More >>

  • Movies

    December 1, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon November '10

    Amu's Madras, Scusi, and more joined us this month...​OPEN Whisky Park, 15 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis Malone's Bar & Grill, 12635 Elm Creek Blvd N., Maple Grove Chocolate Celeste, 652 Transfer Ave., St. Paul Hibachi Buffet, 111 E. Lake St., Minneapolis Amu's Madras Cafe, 4920 Central Ave. NE, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    The Inn coming soon from the owners of The Strip Club

    The Strip Club crew takes over Subo.​Coinciding with Subo's recent closure comes the announcement that its space will become a new restaurant called The Inn, run by Tim Niver and Aaron Johnson, owners of The Strip Club in St. Paul and founders of the revived Town Talk Diner. The pair are partn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon October '10

    Tons of restaurant openings took place last month.​OPEN The Hanger Room, Willernie Poor Richard's Commonhouse (formerly Majors), Bloomington Burkhara Indian Bistro, Wayzata Gorkha Palace, Minneapolis Rice Paper, Edina Darbar Indian Grill, Minneapolis (former Indio) BLVD Kitchen and Bar, Minnet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Prairie Ale House coming soon to Eden Prairie

    Aaron Johnson, right, of the Strip Club is launching a new suburban pub!​ On the heels of great gastropup fare coming to the suburbs in the form of Robbinsdale's new Travail Kitchen & Amusements, Eden Prairie will be graced with a similarly casually ambitious venture from Aaron Johnson, a part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Strip Club's JD Fratzke cooks dinner for People Serving People

    Chef J.D. Fratzke, at left, with his Strip Club cohorts Tim Niver and Aaron Johnson.​ Since summer's already booking up fast with graduations and weddings and camping trips, you should think about making plans for Monday, July 19th, when chef JD Fratzke and his Strip Club cohorts are donating ... More >>

  • Movies

    April 14, 2010

    Kick-Ass doesn't live up to its name

    Comic movie not as clever as it imagines itself

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Town Talk Diner changes hands

    Fans to new owners: Don't screw this up!

  • Restaurants

    March 5, 2008

    Strip Club serves up meaty hedonism

    Enjoy the pleasures of the flesh in St. Paul

  • Restaurants

    June 7, 2006

    Fine Diner

    The revived Town Talk redefines the diner, with Champagne and fancy glassware for all

  • Restaurants

    July 20, 2005

    Talk Of The Town

    A trifecta of impending restaurant openings, and one departure