Pisco the Night Away The Rookery $11 You hear it before you see it: raucous music blaring and cheerful light spilling from tall flung open windows -- you've made it to the party on an otherwise sedate and sleepy main drag in Robbinsdale. Being at Travail and the Rookery feels like being a fly on th ... More >>
Walter Happel, a Newport resident and longtime janitor who most recently worked at the Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School in St. Paul, faces a felony count of interference with privacy for allegedly sticking his perverted head under a bathroom stall while a 12-year-old student was in there on February ... More >>
Robbinsdale is quickly gaining a lot of national attention and this time it has nothing to do with the Travailian revolution that's been going on over there. This week, USA Today named St. Petersburg Restaurant & Vodka Bar to its list of the 10 best vodka bars in the country. See also: ... More >>
The new Uptown vodka bar delivers real-deal Russian fare
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the team for this year's winter Olympics yesterday, and it's a doozy: 230 members, the most for any nation in the history of the winter games.The country is amping up for international competition, sure. But the team list also sparks some rivalry between states, ... More >>
What better way to warm up mid-winter than with a little vodka and some beautiful art? The current exhibition at the Museum of Russian Art follows the tale of the Romanov family and the legacy of their lost empire, and to celebrate the exhibit and face the frigid season with a bit of Russian flair, ... More >>
The chefs of Travail are riding the crest of a crazy beautiful wave. At what seems to be their golden hour, this merry band of culinary mischief makers cannot be stopped. Here's a quick catch up on where they've been and what we can expect to see next.See Also:Oysterfest: Third times the charm for M ... More >>
The summer of 2013 got off to a very stormy start in the Twin Cities.Early during the morning of June 21 and again later that night, the metro was hit by windy first-day-of-summer thunderstorms that left cars crushed, houses damages, and hundreds of big old trees uprooted. At least 500,000 Xcel Ener ... More >>
Aaron Porter shows little concern for health and personal safety in the pursuit of his musical passions. The Prizefighters' guitarist and frontman recently took a pilgrimage to Kingston to explore the roots of the island's rich musical history. "I did the two things that you're not supposed to do if ... More >>
There are a few things you'll want to know before heading out to Pig Ate My Pizza, the new restaurant in the former Travail space (also owned by the same guys). First, parking is easy on main street, but the entrance is actually in the back, past the dumpsters and through a short, pig art-adorned ha ... More >>
We distill what local watering holes serve up the best Scotch, gin, tequila, vodka, and more
The name Total Trash breeds expectations that band's output will be loud, gnarly, and ugly. Verily, these Minneapolis punks scream and thrash their way through 60-second train-wrecks about slutty girls and blowjobs. It's not music for the squeamish -- and that's meant as a compliment."I really like ... More >>
Since the "shall issue" permit law went on the books a decade ago, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has recorded five instances of permit holders justifiably using a firearm. During that same timeframe, permit holders have committed 124 firearm-related crimes.RELATED COVERAGE:-- More Minnesotans ... More >>
This morning, Ninzel Banks became the second north Minneapolis toddler killed by a stray bullet in the last six months.Banks, 5, was hit about 8:35 a.m. while sleeping on a couch in a home on the 4500 block of Bryant Avenue North.Relative Robert Tolliver is staying at the house. Tolliver told the St ... More >>
As the three-day weekend looms, it's time to scrape off those grates and get ready for grilling. The key to a carnivorous cookout is a high-quality cut of meat. While it's not hard to pick up a chub of hamburger from any old grocery mart, buying meat from a butcher shop not only ensures quality but ... More >>
Cop killer Ronald Schneider won't be getting out of prison anytime soon. Schneider, a 70-year-old convicted of murdering a Robbinsdale police officer in 1985, is one of just a few men currently in the Minnesota prison system unaffected by the 1993 law mandating life without parole for killing a cop ... More >>
When going about making dinner reservations, what are the factors you typically consider? Style of food, ease of parking, and table availability all share equal power in the decision-making process, but a new study conducted by a Washington, D.C., think thank reveals information that may make you ... More >>
The James Beard award semifinalist list was announced today, and on the list were some familiar names. The awards were established in 1990 and named for chef, food writer, and celebrated lover of life, James Beard. The awards are the highest honor available to food professionals. Part of why the ... More >>
Steven E. Meyer marks the city's 31st homicide of the year.A 36-year-old Eden Prairie Man was fatally shot this this weekend in north Minneapolis, marking the city's 31st homicide of 2011. Steven E. Meyer was shot in the abdomen Saturday afternoon and died hours later at North Memorial Medi ... More >>
The local range and shop hosts "Girls with Guns" expo.
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Travail too busy? Try Nonna Rosa's next door.If you drove all the way up to Robbinsdale and found the lines too long for a table at the new gastropub, Travail, your next best bet is to head down the block to the cozy Nonna Rosa's. It's not the kind of restaurant that's necessarily worth the ... More >>
Skin art for local foodies
Nick VlcekSzechuan at Tian Jin: Worth a trip to the suburbs.This week's Dish features Travail Kitchen and Amusements, whose unique, gourmet gastropub fare makes it worth the drive to Robbinsdale from elsewhere in the metro. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, here are four more foodstuf ... More >>
OPEN Haute Dish, Minneapolis Aster Cafe (under new management, Matty O'Reilly of 318 Cafe), Minneapolis Nonna Rosa's, Robbinsdale CLOSED Cooqi, Minneapolis Rizzo's (aka Il Vesco Vino), St. Paul Porky's Northeast, Minneapolis
Robbinsdale's best-known restaurant, Thistles, closed on New Year's Eve 2009. Very soon, the owners promise, an authentic Italian restaurant, Nonna Rosa's, will take its place at 4148 West Broadway. Nonna Rosa's is named after chef and co-owner Francesco Suglia's mother, Rosa, and he'll be ru ... More >>
Charles StewartMaybe Charles Stewart, a guy with rap sheet that includes convictions for drug offenses and unlawful possession of an assault weapon, wasn't the best person to punish his 4-year-old son for misbehaving at day care. The 31-year-old Mounds View man has been charged with felony ... More >>
Photo: minnemomIn 1920, streetcar ridership in the Twin Cities was 238 million. Today, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Como‑Harriet Streetcar Line and Excelsior Streetcar Line are all that remain of the once mighty system. And Friday, the Minneapolis City Council may have made another mode ... More >>
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