Tim Niver

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2014

    J.D. Fratzke on Saint Dinette, River Culture, and Mixing Business with Friendship

    The indomitable duo of a St. Paul prandial powerhouse is now officially a trio. The Strip Club Meat & Fish manager, Tim Niver, and chef, J.D. Fratzke, have brought in a third partner, Brad Tetzloff, for their new venture, Saint Dinette. Tetzloff hopped behind the line about a year ago at the Strip ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Month in Review: Open, closed, coming soon September '14

    NOW OPEN Agra Culture Kitchen & Press (City Pages First Look) 2939 Girard Ave. S., Minneapolis Aki's Bread Haus Bakery (City Pages First Look) 2506 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis Buster's on 28th (re-open after re-model) 4204 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis Cafe Zentral Soo Line Building, Marquette & 5 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Blue Plate responds to minimum wage increase by dipping into servers' tips

    On August 1, Blue Plate Restaurant Company notified employees at each of its eight locations (including the Freehouse, the Lowry, and Longfellow Grill) that as per Minnesota's incremental minimum wage increase, wages would indeed be raised by $0.75 per hour. The good news didn't last. After telling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Barman Dan Oskey leaving the Strip Club Meat & Fish for Hola Arepa

    After an impressive seven-year run behind the bar at the Strip Club Meat & Fish, where he was repeatedly recognized for his intriguing concoctions, divine tonics, and quick boyish smile, Dan Oskey is ready for something new. When Hola Arepa opens its brick and mortar location this summer, Oskey ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    March 26, 2014

    Spring 2014's fresh crop of Twin Cities eateries

    The season's most anticipated restaurant openings

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    November 20, 2013

    The Strip Club owners to open "upscale flannel" restaurant in Lowertown

    The news got out a little earlier than Strip Club Meat and Fish owners would have liked, but it's true: They are looking to open a new restaurant. Initial reports suggested that this would be a second outpost of their beloved Maria Avenue spot, but it turns out this is an entirely new concept, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Top 10 Bloody Marys in the Twin Cities, Part 2

    Last week we published our first installation of the various superlative bloodies around town. Some were thick, some were smoked, some were stacked, some involved a D.I.Y. spirit, and others involved spirits other than vodka. You have waited with bated breath and now we're ready to reveal our final ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Nguyen and Grudem of Hola Arepa talk Twitter rumors and a brick-and-mortar location

    "A lot of people have never even heard of arepas, but people really received them well," says Birk Stefan Grudem, co-owner of Hola Arepa. "We still get people coming up and asking, 'What is that? Is it spicy?' And then they taste them and they like them. I love that!" See Also:  Hola Arepa on ... 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

    August 13, 2013

    Strip Club Meat & Fish owners to open new spot in Lowertown

    We knew they were working on securing a location for the a new restaurant concept, but J.D. Fratzke and Tim Niver, owners of St. Paul's wildly popular Strip Club Meat and Fish, were mum on details. Now, the Star Tribune is reporting that they are set to sign a lease in St. Paul's Lowertown neighborh ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Bid to win dinner with Chris Kluwe at the Strip Club

    After penning his colorfully eloquent letter in support of gay marriage, Chris Kluwe has been everywhere. From CNN to peddling his own line of T-shirts to the cover of Out magazine, Kluwe has taken full advantage of his moment to speak out about the right of all Americans to marry. As Election Day a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Top 10 craft cocktail bars in the Twin Cities

    There's never been a better time to be a drinker. It's become almost mandatory for every new restaurant of a certain price point to employ a master mixologist behind the bar. These days you can't swing a shaker without smacking over a few bottles of handmade bitters. While the craft cocktail movemen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Strip Club Meat & Fish pours the metro's first cocktails on tap

    Ever on the cutting edge of the craft cocktail revolution, the Strip Club Meat & Fish has added two new drinks to its menu. The drinks are versions of summer favorites experienced bar-goers have likely tasted before; what's unique is the way Strip Club is serving them--on tap.The idea began with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Top 10 romantic restaurants in the Twin Cities

    ?The theater of dining is an excellent way to set the stage for an encore, maybe even a standing "O" that extends far into the following day. The only thing you need other than a willing partner is a restaurant up to the task. A perfect date-night dinner is a delicate balance of fine food, complimen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Out of the Inn--where are they now?

    What has happened to the talented staff since the Inn closed its doors?​Certain restaurants create a mythology that lives on long after the lights have gone out. These restaurants become a symbol of a special place and time, a nostalgia that inspires late-night tales over too many cocktails of "Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Strip Club hosts Joia All-Natural soda reception [RECIPE]

    Joy SummersJoia Sodas premieres at Strip Club Meat & Fish​Monday evening Tim Niver and staff hosted a party to celebrate the launch of Joia sodas, the new effervescent beverage with all-natural ingredients developed by resident mixologist and onetime City Pages Best Bartender Dan Oskey. The ki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Polish Delight Cocktail at the Inn, 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 55

    Polish Delight is downright delightful​The Polish Delight cocktail from the Inn in downtown Minneapolis tastes like a lingering spring kiss. Bison Grass vodka, ginger, and apple-and-scallion simple syrup are slurried within a sparkling white white and served with a fresh lemon curlicue. The fruit ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 2, 2011

    The Inn a welcome respite for downtown diners

    Part fine dining, part neighborhood pub

  • Restaurants

    January 19, 2011

    Prairie Ale House introduces better class of pub grub

    Eden Prairie restaurant merges sports and great eats

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    The Inn: A tour of the bar and menu, part 2

    Andy LienChef Tyge Nelson & Tim Niver​ The food menu for the Inn is intentionally simplistic, listing entrees and few ingredients.  "There are five usual dishes on any menu," Tim Niver explains. "Chicken, beef, pork, fish, and veg. We have each of those."  Eschewing the resume-like m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    The Inn: a tour of the bar and menu with Tim Niver

    Andy LienInn from the cold​Step inside the Handicraft Guild building just off Ninth and Marquette. Shake the snow from your hair, rub your hands together as the feeling starts to return to your fingertips, and return the smile that greets you at the door of the recently opened Inn. Chances are goo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Restaurant closings of 2010--some we'll miss, others we won't

    May these restaurants Roast In Peace.​This past year saw the closure of many restaurants we'll miss--and others we won't. We've compiled both lists here: Most Regrettable Restaurant Closings of 2010 • Pak Zam Zam We'll miss the chapli kabab, chicken biryani, and the best dal in town. • Th ... 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

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    March 10, 2010

    Piccolo's small plates enable chef to flex creative muscles

    Doug Flicker's new restaurant is pint-size, but not on taste

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    2010 Restaurant Preview

    Want to feel better about the economy? Check out this list of restaurant projects in the works.

  • 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

    October 10, 2007


    Restaurant Massacre in St. Paul; Top-Secret Most-Ambitious-Restaurant-Ever Debuts in Minneapolis—What a Season!

  • Restaurants

    May 2, 2007

    Cheap is the New Hot

    Got Champagne tastes and a Grain Belt budget? Welcome to the Minneapolis of your dreams.

  • Restaurants

    October 18, 2006

    Weirded Out by Wine

    Is ordering wine in restaurants making you crazy? Dear Dara prescribes anti-psychotics.

  • Restaurants

    July 26, 2006

    Tipping Point

    Bad service? Whatever your peeve, don't get mad, get management.

  • 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

  • Restaurants

    December 5, 2001

    Tempest in a Bottle

    Why Aren't More Wine Lovers Brown-Bagging It?

  • Restaurants

    August 22, 2001