Last year marked the biggest boom ever in Twin Cities restaurant openings, and 2016 is showing no signs of a slowdown. Here are five new and coming soon places, plus one sad iconic closure.
A Second Location for Black Coffee and Waffle Bar
Marshall Avenue will get another big boost when Black Coffee and Waffle Bar moves in next door to the newly opened Heirloom Restaurant. Their first Como Avenue location is known for its many incarnations of waffles and good coffee from local roaster Dogwood.
Black Coffee and Waffle Bar
Opens around April
2180 Marshall Ave., St. Paul
Northern Waters Restaurant
From the people who brought you the excellent Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth comes Northern Waters Restaurant. The Smokhaus is a wee but mighty deli tucked into the DeWitt-Seitz Marketpace Building. At almost any time of day, crowds crush in for a taste of their superior smoked fish, smoked pastrami, smoked turkey. Pretty much anything you can smoke, they got it. This little sandwich shop boasts a 45-person staff and a devoted cult following. And now, they are also a full service restaurant.
For years, Northern Waters’ food-obsessed staff have been dreaming of a putting their passion for sandwiches onto plates. The restaurant menu will have a Scandinavian influence and like the deli, will rely heavily on locally sourced ingredients.
Menu sneak peeks include chowder with Lake Superior fish and herring roe, soy and sambal salmon satay, and pork belly over polenta and green chile.
The restaurant is following the lead of many progressive new restaurants and will eliminate tipping.
Northern Waters Restaurant
1608 Woodland Ave., Duluth
Walker Library Space Proposed as New Restaurant
The long-vacant Walker Library on Hennepin is being proposed as a restaurant, the Star Tribune reports. The proposal doesn’t include details on the restaurant, other than a permission request for a wraparound deck. In addition to a library, the 105-year-old building has been used as a clothing store, office, spa, and as several different restaurants over the decades.
2901 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis
A Second Location for Green and the Grain
The great little quick-serve salad restaurant Green and the Grain is getting a second skyway location. These salads are big and satisfying enough to substitute for a sandwich, and the ingredients are crave -worthy enough that you''ll even want to. The second location will open in the Roanoke Building sometime this spring. The first location is in LaSalle Plaza. Green and the Grain has a food truck by the same name.
Green and the Grain
Opens in spring
109 Seventh St. S., Minneapolis
Second Location for Cafe Zupas
A second location of Cafe Zupas is opening at the end of February in Maple Grove. Zupas specializes in fast casual, all-scratch soups, salads, and sandwiches. The first location opened in Woodbury in September.
Opens late February
11669 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove
East Side Lunds/Byerly’s is Closing
In a sad turn of events, the open since 1971 East St. Paul Lunds and Byerly’s is closing. The once wall-to-wall carpeted store has been losing money, said company spokesperson Aaron Sorenson. The Pioneer Press reports that the store will close after business hours on March 6, so there’s still time to have one last nostalgic shopping spree.
Closes March 6
1959 Suburban Ave., St. Paul