When Ian Gray announced the closing of the Gray House in May, legions of fans were disappointed. Until then, it had seemed the Gray House avoided the restaurant curse afflicting 610 W. Lake St. (once occupied by Risotto, among other failed ventures). Business was solid, and Gray's $20 prix fixe was ... More >>
Around 2 a.m. on October 27, 2012, Paul Bueltel and a friend were sitting in Bueltel's father's vehicle on the side of a road in Coates consulting a GPS system when a car pulled up behind them.Unsure who was in the car, Bueltel began pulling away. But then the vehicle turned on its em ... More >>
After a three year break, Hard Rock Cafe is returning to Minnesota -- and this time it's headed for the Mall of America. The Orlando-based franchise recently posted listings on its corporate website for general manager, restaurant operations manager, kitchen manager, and sales manager positions at ... More >>
Each week, we'll interview two of the chefs participating in our 2013 Iron Fork competition. On November 7th, these six culinary masterminds will go head to head to see who can create the most appetizing and healthful dish using a secret ingredient provided by Lunds. For more information on the ... More >>
Are you the kind of douchebag who shouts sexist comments at random women you see walking on the street in Minneapolis?SEE ALSO: Craig Newmark speaks about "Craigslist Killings" at victim's memorial If so, this clever Missed Connection ad may have been written about you.
Wausau's first gay pride parade, scheduled for tomorrow, has been canceled because of concerns about anti-gay sentiment in the community.SEE ALSO: Gay Applebee's employee brutally beaten, asked not to return by manager because of negative PR The decision to cancel comes just over a week after Wausau ... More >>
A downtrodden black hole of a real estate development and a struggling, seemingly snakebitten professional sports franchise -- some might say it's a perfect match.THE BACKSTORY: Block E blight: There's only one business left insideAccording to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report, the Timb ... More >>
Yesterday, The Awl published a story by the Star Tribune's Maya Rao about her trip to the sausage fest otherwise known as Williston, North Dakota.SEE ALSO: Legendary North Dakota: Top 8 Reasons No-Dak Is So Damn Sexy! Williston is located in oil-rich northwestern North Dakota, a region so starved of ... More >>
In the search for the Twin Cities' best culinary creations, we often come across dishes that stop us mid-bite and force us to reflect on the level of thought and artistry chefs put into their work. The efforts of the chefs are often laborious, and the end results are regularly consumed before the fu ... More >>
One of the last tenants in the downtown eyesore that is Block E may be on its way out.Yesterday, the blighted downtown retail complex's AMC movie theater lost an appeal in federal court to extend its low-rent lease. It isn't clear whether that means the theater will negotiate a new agreement or c ... More >>
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Panoramio/matchboxNDHard Rocked for nearly a decade. That giant guitar hanging off the side of Block E will strum its last chord at the end of this month. The Hard Rock Cafe--part of an international chain of eateries known more for their music memorabilia than their food--had almost a 10 yea ... More >>
www.breastaurants.comA new uniform company claims to be "The Breast in the Business!"Breastaurants--yep, that's really a word--are big business. While casual chains like Applebees and such have been slumping, restaurants that hire busty women to serve their beers and burgers while wearing pee ... More >>
photo by Saed WadiSameh WadiSaffron's Sameh Wadi has a lot on his proverbial plate. He was named as a semifinalist for the "Rising Star Chef of the Year" James Beard Award and was invited to cook at the awards ceremony this May. He's also collaborating on a family book of Palestinian cooking ... More >>
Another tenant bites the dust.Hopefully that Block E casino idea will fly, because it's clear that fewer and fewer businesses can succeed at the troubled downtown development. Applebee's is the latest casualty, closing its doors Sunday after being in business at the skyway location since 200 ... More >>
Farrely brothers fulfill their raunch quotient again
Block E in 2007In the 80s, Block E was a raw but creative district where arty types and punks milled about Rifle Sport Gallery and Moby Dick's bar, but the city flattened it in '88 into a parking lot. Coming up on the 10th anniversary of its uninspired corporate reincarnation that included ... More >>
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