With the State Fair and Labor Day on the calendar, it's a weekend void of beer festivals. That's not to say there's no beer activity in the Twin Cities (and beyond), just that you'll have to visit the taprooms and your favorite stores, bars, and restaurants. Plus, as next weekend marks official hop ... More >>
Jesse Held has a packed schedule. His daily duties often start with getting his two daughters on the school bus around 8:30 a.m. and frequently keep him on the go until 3 a.m. He may only have two shifts a week behind a bar, but he's expertly managing the beverage programs at many establishments: Pa ... More >>
Cafe Zentral, located on the skyway level of 5th St. and Marquette in the Historic Soo Line Building, is the newest addition to the Zentral empire that's rapidly overtaking the block. After Labor Day, Foreign Legion, the company's upcoming wine bar, will join Cafe Zentral and Brasserie Zentral to fo ... More >>
While it was time to go back to school and work after a cool Labor Day weekend, it was also time for the Twin Cities food scene to go back to business as usual, post-State Fair. Here are the best stories from Hot Dish this week:
Many amateur videographers put themselves into action last weekend at Riot Fest Toronto as the Replacements played their first gig in 22 years. As we wait for an official release of a live document of the show -- local filmmaker Rick Fuller was on the scene to record it all -- these 16 snippets can ... More >>
Chalk it up as yet another reason why the first day of school shouldn't happen until after Labor Day, if at all possible.REMEMBER! Not the Onion: Fox 9 runs story about helping outdoor workers stay hydrated with water [VIDEO] With the help of MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, some Patrick Henr ... More >>
Longtime St. Paul punk and metal venue Station 4 might be getting more of a makeover than what it originally bargained for. Back in June, the Lowertown club announced it would be closing for the summer to get a long-overdue renovation to its air conditioning system. Shows on the books moved to other ... More >>
The hot summer sun soaking into our pale skin is nudging us towards the beach. What better way could there be to spend the day on the beach with a picnic lunch prepared by Doug Flicker? Today, Sandcastle is open for business. See also: Bread & Pickle's battle for beer
St. Paul's punk and metal haven Station 4 is taking a breather in a move to make future club-goers breathe better in the future. While there's something oh-so-punk about sweating your face off in the confines of a club during the height of summer, the owners taking measures to replace its ventilatio ... More >>
In case Labor Day madness caused you to miss out on this week's news from the Hot Dish, don't worry, here's a recap of our top stories.~Hoping to feast royally without spending a lot of scratch? Check out our picks for the best cheap eats in the Cities.~Two of our cheap eat picks earned th ... More >>
As a holiday, Labor Day is rife with contradictions: one works all year to receive a single lousy holiday -- just one fucking day -- celebrating the worker, but that day falls at a spot on the calendar when venturing out anywhere to do anything out of the usual is sado-masochistic at best ... More >>
Another fine week of food and drink news has flown by as quickly as a summer day. Here's a few recent stories we wouldn't want you to miss.~ We take a whirlwind tour of the MN State Fair food stands and share our adventures in this story, as well as a delicious slideshow.~Also reporti ... More >>
Summer is upon us and with it the inexplicable desire to eat outside in the hot sun, preferably using only our hands. Summer is conducive to many a hand-held culinary experience in Minnesota: ice cream cones, hot dogs, and just about anything you can get your greasy hands on from a food truck or the ... More >>
One of several angel figures found inside a bag containing a dead newborn.After the body of a newborn baby girl was found floating in the middle of Mississippi River, cops revealed only that she'd been wrapped in a plastic bag. Now it turns out that the bag contained several items, in what seems ... More >>
It's all State Fair...It's been over a week of political seed art, grilled corn, deep-fried things on a stick and the Hot Dish's fave, buildings and buildings full of livestock. Yep, it's the State Fair folks, and this week's round up is all about the great Minnesota get-together. Here are some f ... More >>
Happy Labor Day weekend! Some may call this the unofficial end of summer, but let's not be hasty. We still have a few weeks of warm weather left, and you can even relive the best of summer by catching up on our most popular Hot Dish posts, including guides to the State Fair, a look at Minneso ... More >>
In my recap of the Pizza Luce Block Party from this weekend, I remarked that the free fest might end up being the highlight of the summer concert season. But it looks like we'll have a few other worthy contenders before the season is up -- two more late summer block party lineups have been reveal ... More >>
We were excited to hear the news that restaurant consultant Tobie Nidetz is partnering with a real estate attorney and first-time restaurateur David Weinstein to take over the former Auriga building to build a "Montreal-style" deli. We wanted to know more about the project . Nidetz, the sel ... More >>
Thirteen of ClubsTime to pedal.On Monday, we were so on board with the whole Bike Walk Week thing. But then, a steam bath worthy of Mekong Delta melted the roads and turned our heads to mush. And now that Bike To Work Day is finally here, we have a different issue: It feels more like Portland out ... More >>
We should not forget the blast.
by Travis AndersonPucker up and die, dammit: Shirley Venard and Steve Hendrickson in "Vigil" at Pillsbury HouseThere is an unwritten law that thou shalt not open a new show over a holiday such as Labor Day weekend, which makes a lot of sense: with the tail end of summer having arrived much too fa ... More >>
Photo by erin.kkr via flickr.comAfter a long, hot weekend at the State Fair, there are plenty of other outdoor activities where you can give your sore feet and sunburned shoulders a rest. For example, Grumpy's downtown is offering up another Monday night double-feature film event at their Drinky ... More >>
Minnesota's economy will completely fall apart in about seven months and we can only point our fingers at the obvious: those nasty little scoundrels heading back to school before Labor Day.
While riots raged across the river in downtown St. Paul, Harriet Island was the picture of a calm, sunny day filled with fans enjoying music and celebrating a day off of work.
Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Atmosphere, Billy Bragg, and Steve Earle join in on the RNC fun.
MPD: "Drive down Nicolet, herd the assholes down this way. Any blocking of traffic, any blocking of anything, arrest them."