"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
?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 >>
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 >>
Joy SummersJoia Sodas premieres at Strip Club Meat & FishMonday 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 >>
Polish Delight is downright delightfulThe 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 >>
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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 >>
Andy LienInn from the coldStep 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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