West End

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Figlio's Closing Marks a Trend for the Capricious Kaskaid Hospitality

    The newest reincarnation of Figlio, this time at the West End, will be closing its doors at the end of October. Kaskaid Hospitality, the parent company behind not only Figlio, but also Union, Crave, Urban Eatery, and Boneyard, made the announcement late last week that Figlio would be remodeled and r ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Minnesota State Fair: Top 10 places to poop

    Note: This post is written by Jake Nyberg, partner at threevolts creative production studio and the handsome fella pictured at left (or above if you're reading this on a mobile device). Follow him on Twitter here. Much thanks to Jake for sharing his humor and, um, experiences with us. -- Aaron Rupar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Shag, a '70s-themed sushi restaurant, to hit the North Loop

    Just when you thought it was impossible to squeeze another sushi restaurant into the Minneapolis city limits, BOOM, another one has dropped down from the heavens -- and this one's got a theme. Straight from the folks who brought you Rojo Mexican Grill in the West End and the soon to open Ling & Lou ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2014
  • Restaurants

    April 9, 2014

    Southern discomfort at Boneyard Kitchen & Bar

    Diners might have a bone to pick with the new Uptown restaurant from the owners of Crave

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Month in Review: Open, closed, coming soon October '13

    NOW OPENBang Brewing2320 Capp Rd., St. PaulEat Street Buddha Kitchen and Lounge2550 Nicollet Ave., MinneapolisThe Hideout3301 Central Ave. NE, MinneapolisIzzy's Ice Cream - new Mill District location1100 2nd St. S., MinneapolisKitty Corner Cafe806 Washington Ave. SELake Monster Brewingavailable on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Free fro-yo at Forever Yogurt this weekend

    It seems like everywhere you look these days, yet another frozen yogurt shop has sprung up, replete with fresh fruit and sweet toppings. Recently another fro-yo spot joined the ranks, this one at the Shops at West End. See also: Top 5 frozen yogurt shops in the Twin Cities

  • Arts

    September 4, 2013

    Singin' in the Rain gets lost in the flood

    The charms of the Bloomington Civic Theatre can't set this musical afloat

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    Yard House coming soon to St. Louis Park

    The Shops at the West End are cashing in on the beer boom in a big way. Joining Cooper Irish Pub, Figlio 2.0, and who could forget, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar (and Grill? Maybe Toby is just lukewarm on the grill part), is a new outpost of a California-based bar chain called Yard House.See Also:Lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Figlio to host summer beer series

    Figlio, in its new incarnation at the Shops at the West End in St. Louis Park, is partnering with some favorite local breweries to host a summer beer series, featuring monthly tastings and food pairings from Figlio's executive chef J.P. Samuelson. The events will take place on Thursdays each month t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2013
  • Restaurants

    January 23, 2013

    Raku Sushi finds success with tradition

    New Japanese fusion restaurant borrows from a few too many influences, but does traditional favorites well

  • Restaurants

    November 7, 2012

    Figlio returns with old favorites

    The former Uptown institution gets a St. Louis Park makeover

  • Movies

    June 13, 2012

    Rock of Ages, Tom Cruise get nostalgic for '80s hair metal

    Star-clogged film degrades rock and musical theater

  • Calendar

    June 13, 2012
  • Restaurants

    December 28, 2011

    Little Szechuan brings fiery Chinese to St. Louis Park

    New location ups the ante when it comes to decor

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Guess where I'm eating?

    ​Every Monday, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant--it's up to you to guess which one. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (be sure to leave your email address--it won't be visible), will be entered into a pool, and periodically we'll draw names and award a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Little Szechuan now open in West End

    Danielle LenzLittle Szechuan opens a second location!​West side Chinese food lovers rejoice! A new branch of St. Paul's famed Little Szechuan opened yesterday in St. Louis Park's West End, next to Cooper Irish Pub. The new digs have an upscale feel to match the other West End restaurants and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon July '11

    This month was rough for closings...​NOW OPEN RedRosa Italian Grille Asian Taste Pandolfi Indian Garden Wilde Roast The Six15 Room Cru in Grand View Lodge Gather Kinsen Mill Valley Kitchen

  • News

    June 22, 2011

    Best summer film events in the Twin Cities

    48-Hour Film Project, Twin Cities Film Fest

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon June '11

    Republic, Wise Acres, and more opened this month.​NOW OPEN Republic (221 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis) Candy Alley (4813 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis) Casper & Runyon's Nook (reopened at 419 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul) Bullfrog Cajun Bar (1111 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis) Bread & Pickle (Lake Harri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon May '11

    Forum goes to the grave, but Rachel's *finally* opens...​NOW OPEN Morgan's New World Tavern (14201 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville) The Nicollet (1931 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis) Glory Days Bar & Grill (500 Fifth Ave NW, New Brighton) Modern Times (3200 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis) Sugar Pop (MSP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon April '11

    Stabby's departs as Stillwater comes alive with dining options...​ NOW OPENShanghai Bistro 324 S. Main St., StillwaterFirst National Green Room 215 S. Main St., StillwaterSoprano's Italian Kitchen 5331 W 16th St., St. Louis ParkCowboy Jack's2801 Southtown Dr, BloomingtonAmerican Burger Bar825 Henn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon March '11

    A second Sweets, the loss of legendary lutefisk at Pearson's, and more...​ NOW OPEN Pollo Campero (1570 Robert St., West St. Paul) Sweets Bakeshop II (4747 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis) Urban Eatery (2730 West Lake St., Minneapolis) Boiler Room Coffee (1830 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis) n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon February '11

    The return of Heidi's, the loss of Liberty, and more...​OPEN Heidi's (2903 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis) The Lowbrow (42nd/Nicollet, Minneapolis) Andiamo Ristorante (1629 Lena Ct, Eagan) University Buffet (225 University Ave. W., St. Paul) Pasta Zola (Eden Prairie Center, Eden Prairie) Hima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Sopranos Italian Kitchen to replace Ringo's with JP Samuelson at the helm

    The Sopranos move into Ringo's grave.​Kaskaid Hospitality, parent company of the CRAVE restaurant chain, is having a busy winter. After recently taking over Palomino's space downtown, the Talebi brothers are planning to launch Sopranos Italian Kitchen with chef J.P. Samuelson, most recently of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Cooper Pub & Restaurant: Happy hour of the week

    The awe-inspiring bar at Cooper​Cooper Pub & Restaurant1607 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park952.698.2000Hours and Details:DrinksDaily, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.Sunday - Thursday, 10 p.m.-midnight $3.25, $3.75, $4.25 Tap beers $4 Rail drinks$4 JamesonFoodNightly, 10 p.m.-midnightMonday - Friday, 2-6:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Restaurant Roll Call, 2010

    The first new restaurant of 2011 opened January 1, a Fridley outpost of the Himalayan Restaurant.​When one restaurant closes...another two or three seem to immediately replace it. In 2010, we lost several eateries that we'll dearly miss, as well as a few we probably won't. Here's a rundown of ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon January '11

    More Thai, wings, and French pastry arrived in the Twin Cities this month.​ OPEN Hazel's NE (2859 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis) Naviya's Thai Kitchen (2812 W 43rd St., Minneapolis) Cocina del Barrio (5036 France Ave. S., Edina) The Herb Box (Eden Prairie Lifetime Fitness) Buffalo Wild Wings (200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Ringo to close this weekend

    Goodbye Ringo--or should we say, au revoir or adios?​On the heels of Sauce's closure, another West End tenant will shut its doors: The Star Tribune reports that Ringo has announced it will close after service on Dec. 18. The news is disappointing, though not surprising--here's why:

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

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

    Warm up! Two coffee shops and a tea bar opened this month.​ OPEN Steepery Tea Bar (783 Radio Dr., Woodbury) Peace Coffee (33rd and Minnehaha, Minneapolis) Jack's (former Java Jacks at 46th/Bryant, Minneapolis) Dogwood Coffee (Calhoun Square, Minneapolis) Falafel King, (former Porky's on Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Ciento tequila bar and Mexican kitchen RIP

    That was quick!​100 tequilas weren't enough to keep Ciento in business. The Mexican eatery opened this summer in a former Majors off of 394, just north of St. Louis Park's booming West End, and already Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine is reporting that it's closed. Initial reports put Ciento a di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    RIP Sauce Pizza & Wine; Little Szechuan II coming soon

    Crystal GrobeSauce Pizza becomes a Rojo party room.​After barreling into St. Louis Park this summer and making Minneapolis's Sauce Soundbar change its name to the less-snazzy Cause, Sauce Pizza & Wine has closed. The owners also operate the adjacent adjacent Rojo Mexican Grill and have decid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Crave coming downtown, replacing Palomino

    Jana FreibandCrave St. Louis Park's sushi counter.​The old workhorse, Palomino, is finally being put out to pasture. The Star Tribune reports that the ever-expanding local chain, Crave, plans to take over the prime downtown Minneapolis space by next spring.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    West End to lure shoppers with wine bar, crepes, 24-hour diner

    Coming soon to St. Louis Park: Le Crepe Nanou, Wine Loft, and Huey's 24/7 Diner​St. Louis Park's West End shopping complex is already a restaurant mecca, home to Cooper, Crave, Ringo, Rojo Mexican Grill, Sauce Pizza and Wine, and Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. If those aren't options ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Rojo Mexican Grill opens today at West End

    Photo: Crystal GrobeIce cold margaritas await at Rojo.​Hot on the heels of their Sauce Pizza and Wine opening, restaurateurs Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt are opening Rojo Mexican Grill today in the West End.  When your dad is the founder of Chi Chi's, like Michael McDermott's is, expec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Crave's Japalac is a throwback to pre-Prohibition days

    drinkerific​ Japalac $8.95 Crave West End 1603 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park 952.933.6500 website The renaissance of classic cocktails continues, this time at Crave in St. Louis Park. From the alternate universe that is the West End complex, this drink is a bit of a ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Sauce Pizza opens; makes Sauce Soundbar change its name

    Studio LagunaThings get saucy at SLP's West End.​On the heels of Toby Keith's recent West End debut, two Arizona-based restaurateurs with Minnesota ties, Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt, have opened Sauce Pizza & Wine in the St. Louis Park shopping park. The opening is already having a big ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    January 20, 2010

    Crave, Cooper, and Icon bring convenience to St. Louis Park

    Taste is often lost in the strip-mall dining experience

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2009
  • Music

    February 25, 2009
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    August 8, 2005
  • Books

    May 5, 2004

    Beneath The Kilt

    Scabrous Scotsman Alasdair Gray uncovers the national character

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    November 15, 2000
  • Movies

    October 2, 1996
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