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    November 7, 2014

    Heartland Farm Direct Market Morphing into Ballpark Friendly Deli?

    "The market is probably the coolest thing in the state, but it doesn't generate enough revenue to justify its existence." Chef Lenny Russo is talking about Heartland Farm Direct Market, the gem of a shopping experience adjacent to Lowertown's Heartland, where the same ingredients he uses in his ow ... More >>

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    November 4, 2014

    10 Reasons St. Paul Is an Underrated Music City

    When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    5 Best Bets For Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities

    It's that time of the year again when restaurants across the Twin Cities put together a variety of budget-friendly prix fixe menus. This time around, MSP Magazine 's Restaurant Weekhas added a few newbies to the roster of RW regulars, giving you the opportunity to get out and try something new witho ... More >>

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    October 9, 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. The week begins a wild new video from the new local hip-hop supergroup of Allan Kingdom, Spooky Black, Bobby Raps, and Psymun -- AKA thestand4rd. We've also got new clips fr ... More >>

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    September 24, 2014

    6 Local Ciders to Woo You This Fall

    As this crisp, pleasant, all-too-short time of year rolls around again, productivity is in the air. Kids go back to school, adults go back to regular work hours, we take our last trips to the cabin and start making dinner in the crock pot instead of on the grill, and suddenly every store smells like ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Saint Dinette pop-up offers a sneak peek at Tim Niver and J.D. Fratzke's next venture

    "We love our hugs here," says Strip Club co-owner Tim Niver. It's true. Stepping into Strip Club often feels like walking into someone's living room, where you're welcomed with a hug and a bite to eat. And as Niver opened the doors Monday night to a new experience -- a sneak preview of his new rest ... More >>

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    August 21, 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. Mark Mallman's brand new video emphatically launches this week. We've also got new clips from Spooky Black, Jay Simonson, Origami Bones, and a Minneapolis-laden video from M ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    The best Twin Cities concerts of the week: 7/28-8/3

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar!

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    June 2, 2014

    Music In Mears announces 2014 lineup

    With the Turf Club closed for renovations over the next few months, the more events that can pick up the musical slack in St. Paul, the better. The Music In Mears series returns for its 11th season of free music and fun set in the serene setting of Mears Park in Lowertown St. Paul. Between June 12 ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Red's Savoy vs. the Bulldog: Cheesesteak challenge

    Once a dish is declared "the best," how long does it stay that way? How long does that chosen taco or cupcake deserve to sit at the top of the mountain? A realistic answer might be "as long as the restaurant manages to stay in business." A more psychologically accurate answer might be "as long as ou ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    The Replacements to play Midway Stadium in September

    After 23 years away, the Replacements have a new Twin Cities date on the calendar.Last year, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson returned to the stage with guitarist David Minehan and drummer Josh Freese for three Riot Fest dates in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, and they just launched a series of 2014 ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Big names and a few surprises at this year's Share Our Strength cakewalk

    One of the tastiest charity events of the year is right around the corner. Every year, the best pastry chefs in the Twin Cities come out to support Share Our Strength in their fight against childhood hunger.This year, in addition to having the confections of pastry chefs like Diane Yang of La Belle ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Lenny Russo signs book deal for new cookbook

    It's been a big year for Lenny Russo.  From traveling Slovenia and filming a television show to surviving what could have been a deadly car crash to recommitting himself to health, the award-winning chef has hardly found a moment to stop moving. Now, he has finally announced what many fans have ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    The Artists' Quarter is closing

    Longtime St. Paul jazz institution the Artists' Quarter is shutting its doors at the end of the year. According to a Star Tribune report, the club was forced to end a three-decade run after its rent doubled in recent years.The basement venue -- named City Pages' Best Jazz Club this year -- is locate ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Midway Stadium sits on gigantic pile of horse shit, studies say

    As the St. Paul Saints gear up to move into their new Lowertown digs in time for the 2015 season, the city of St. Paul is beginning to plan for the redevelopment of the Midway Stadium site.SEE ALSO: Midway Stadium documentary captures storied ballpark's twilight [VIDEO] One factor making that effort ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013
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    January 2, 2013

    Louis Ristorante aims to revive St. Paul

    Cossetta's overhaul hopes to wake up the city's sleepy downtown with classic Italian cuisine

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    December 18, 2012

    Bullfrog Cajun Bar is now the newest Bulldog outpost

    Well, that was fast. With very little notice and a very quick turnaround time, the Bullfrog Cajun Bar next door to Butcher and the Boar on Hennepin has transitioned to become the Bulldog Downtown, the latest outpost to join the Northeast, Uptown, and Lowertown locations.Here are more details on the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Midway Stadium documentary captures storied ballpark's twilight [VIDEO]

    The St. Paul Saints will soon leave Midway Stadium behind for shiny new $27 million digs in Lowertown.SEE ALSO: Mike Veeck championing stadium for St. Paul Saints [FEATURE]Most agree that's good news. But for those who have enjoyed the quirkiness of the Saints' 30-year-old ballpark, there's somethin ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 12, 2012

    Colossal Cafe lives up to its name

    From small digs in Minneapolis to a big place and bigger flavor in St. Paul

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    August 2, 2012

    Colossal Cafe St. Paul adds dinner service

    See also:Colossal Cafe St. Paul: A First LookColossal Cafe expands to St. PaulBest Pancake: Colossal Cafe Colossal Cafe, breakfast darling and Best Neighborhood Cafe in St. Paul, announced this week that it is also adding dinner service to its St. Paul location. After securing a beer and wine list, ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Top 10 farmers markets in the Twin Cities

    See Also: Top 10 street eats in the Twin Cities Top 10 breakfasts in the Twin Cities One of the thrills of living in Minnesota in the summertime, apart from the fact that the chance of snow is quite slight, is the delight of freshly picked peas, beans, tomatoes, corn and other vegetables and fruit ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    St. Paul Saints to become St. Paul Aints on Minnesota Atheists night

    SEE ALSO: St. Paul Saints move one step closer to building Veeck-land in LowertownOn August 10, the St. Paul Saints will risk offending Him in order to accommodate the Minnesota Atheists.On "A Night of Unbelievable Fun," the Saints will become the St. Paul Aints. They'll wear custom-made jerseys san ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    Downtown St. Paul has become a whole lot whiter over the past decade

    Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently put together a list of the "fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods" in the country, and one of them is downtown St. Paul.Granted, Petrilli's characterization of these neighborhoods as "gentrifying" seems to be inappropriate. He uses race data b ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 19, 2011

    Amsterdam Bar and Hall is a Dutch treat in St. Paul

    Rock club also offers an unusual menu

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    July 28, 2011

    Corpse Reviver #2: A drink to bring the dead back to life

    Chad LarsonCorpse Reviver #2: Not just for breakfast anymore​The Corpse Reviver was at one time an entire family of drinks. Corpse Reviver, or just Reviver, sometimes was the name given to drinks designed to be the "hair of the dog that bit you," meaning a drink to get you through that rough Sunda ... More >>

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    July 27, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Junkyard Empire releases 'Acts of Humanity' Saturday at 7th St. Entry

    ​It's not all that common these days that a band takes a real stand on a political message, much less forefronts it as the most prominent piece of their music. Granted, that's probably for the better, particularly given how easy it ease to ruin perfectly good music with a half-cooked ideology or t ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Bin Wine Bar: Happy hour of the week

    The beautiful bar at Bin​Bin Wine Bar400 Sibley St., Suite 150, St. Paul651.224.9463Hours and Details:Daily, 4-7 p.m.Buy 2 cheeses, get 1 free$4 La Baronne Rouge and La Baronne Blanc wines by the glass$3 Grain Belt and Grain Belt LightMears Park has a variety of spots where you can grab a drink an ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Saint Paul Art Crawl, Curtiss A's John Lennon tribute: Freeloader Friday

    Photo by wwarby via Flikr​ Once again we find ourselves fast approaching a weekend filled with tons of free things to do. The entire city of St. Paul will be loaded with free art shows, concerts, parades, demonstrations, wine tastings, and more thanks to the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Other events of n ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    DWITT reflects on life as a rock 'n' roll artist

    ​You may not recognize David Witt's name, but it's very likely you've seen his work plastered on street posts and bulletin boards around town -- especially if you frequent the West Bank.

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    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 >>

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    September 22, 2010

    The Boxcar closes after dispute with landlord

    Robert MeyerThe bar at The Boxcar.​Musician-restaurateur Johnny Solomon hit a rough patch lately, between a recent hospitalization and subsequent eviction from his home and business, the Boxcar, in Prescott, Wisconsin. The Hot Dish caught up with the Communist Daughter front man by phone as he ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    8-bit music fest, Hotel dance night: Freeloader Friday

    Image by tao_zhyn​It's a long weekend for most of us here in the Twin Cities, and in many ways the next three days mark the end of summer. It's your last chance to check out the Minnesota State Fair, and for some it's the last weekend before school starts up again. But fear not: There is still ple ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Lowertown First Fridays kicks off the weekend

    Barbara EvanSilly girl​This week St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood is hosting another Lowertown First Fridays, an art crawl featuring local work in studios and galleries. Participants include artists with space in the Jax and Northwestern buildings, the Lowertown Lofts Artist Co-op, and the Ti ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market--the tour

    Michelle LeonHeartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market is now open.​With much buzz and anticipation, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market recently opened its doors. In the century-old Market House warehouse in Lowertown, a revolution is taking place as Lenny Russo plays master improvise ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

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

    It's been a busy month in restaurant news...​ OPEN Olive's, Marine on St. Croix Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Robbinsdale Surdyk's Flights, MSP Airport Heartland (move to Lowertown), St. Paul Simple Sandwich, Minneapolis Moe's Burger Heaven, St. Paul Patisserie 46, Minneapolis

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    July 13, 2010

    Faces Mears Park: Take the tour

    Michelle Leon​As another restaurant settles into Lowertown, a renaissance is taking place in the once desolate dining landscape. In the spot that was formerly home to LoTo, David Fhima brings updated American cuisine with a focus on local farm-fresh food to the scene. Fhima's scope is wide, as Fac ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Best of Hot Dish: June 7-11

    Martino!'s/flickr​Happy Friday! This week the writers at Hot Dish have been working hard to make sure you are up to date on the food scene. Here are a few of our favorite things, in case you missed them:~ The ever fascinating Sven Sundgaard talks to Monica Wright about his choice of eats.~Cub take ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Lenny Russo: Chef Chat, Part 3

    ​ While Lenny Russo takes on his biggest endeavor yet, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, opening in Lowertown next month, he took the time to talk to Hot Dish, and shared one of his favorite recipes, in the third part of our series. You can read Part 1 and Part 2, here if you missed t ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    FACES by David Fhima: Coming Soon

    ​As reliably as the sun rises and sets and the local lakes freeze and thaw, restaurateur/chef David Fhima opens and closes restaurants. This time, he's taking back control of LoTo in Lowertown, St. Paul, which he ceded to Lifetime Fitness awhile back and remaking it as FACES, serving a menu of ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Vines and Steins: Coming Soon

    ​Along with its E. Sixth Street neighbor Barrio, Bulldog St. Paul has been a big part of Lowertown's recent nightlife revival. The Pi Press reports that the Bulldog's owner, Matt Lokowich, is now making plans to add a wine and cheese shop around the corner in the O'Connor Building. Lokowich ho ... More >>

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