Remember when restaurant openings were anomalous around here? When one place would open and everyone would flock to it for about a year? Yeah, we hardly remember those days either. Here's another roundup of new spots, and soon there will be another! But for now, these. Flock to them. You don't have much time before the next round of newbies rolls in.
If you're at a loss for where to get coffee and donuts in this town, well then, you're simply doing it wrong. On the heels of news about locally based coffee chain behemoth Caribou purchasing Krispy Kreme, comes news that Tim Horton's is on its way to the Twin Cities.
The Canadian coffee and donuts chain currently has two locations in outstate Minnesota, but it is now seeking franchisees in the cities. They're in competition with Dunkin' Donuts, which is growing similarly throughout Minnesota.
Banh to Bowls
We spotted Banh to Bowls "coming soon" to the downtown Minneapolis skyway in the space between Marshall Fields and Candy Land. That space has been a few different food operations including a Caribbean spot and a couple of different Indian restaurants.
Vietnamese cuisine has been slow to catch on with the fast-casual branding so many other world cuisines have seen lately, perhaps because it is already inherently fast-casual. Bep Eatery in the Fifth Street Towers building does a similar brand of Vietnamese cooking. Banh to Bowls is promising rice noodle salads, curry rice bowls, and the like.
Bambu Che, Coffee, and Tea
Chè is a Vietnamese word for beverages, dessert drinks, and puddings. Bambu is a national chain with multiple locations around the country, serving things like fresh coconut juice with longan, basil seed, coconut meat and pandan jelly; and fresh avocado with pearls, combo jelly, coffee brick jelly, and condensed milk.
28th and Nicollet
Red Rabbit and the Greenhouse
Chef Todd MacDonald has not given up on Italian. The high-profile chef who opened (and exited) high-profile, flash-in-the-pan Italian restaurant Parella last year is going to be back at the stoves pretty soon. But this time its in conjunction with savvy restaurateur Luke Shimp. Shimp is formerly of Blue Plate, and currently of the popular burger chain Red Cow.
Red Rabbit will serve pizza, pasta, and oysters and is set to open in the North Loop this fall. The outdoor cocktail garden, the Greenhouse at Red Rabbit will offer patrons a "majestic" outdoor cocktail garden with homegrown herbs plus mixology and an extensive wine list.
Opens this fall
201 Washington Avenue N., Minneapolis
A big American restaurant with an Irish name will be landing in downtown east (bigwigs and muckety-mucks have dubbed the area "East Town," and you can surely expect to see a hell of a lot of big money projects going into the concept as Vikings season draws near).
With room for almost 400 including the patio, and over 6,000 square feet, that's a lot of beers and burgers to appeal to stadium-goers. But don't expect a sports bar— the space will feel more urban and chic with an open kitchen and light color scheme. There will also be hand-carved meats for sandwiches. It is set to open around September.
Opens in September
550 Wells Fargo Tower
"Mill District All-Day Place" by Kim Bartmann
Score another one for East Town. Prolific restaurateur Kim Bartmann has filed a proposal for a roughly five-thosuand square foot breakfast, lunch, dinner and bakery establishment, reports Minneapolis Eater. Like many of her other restaurants (Pat's Tap, Tiny Diner, Barbette, Third Bird) the menu will be eclectic and focus on healthy and sustainable ingredients. It's unclear whether "All-Day Place" is a temporary moniker or if it will stick, but we rather like it.
No word yet on opening date
Corner of Washington Avenue and Park Avenue S.
Kata Organic Cafe
If you're tired of blowing your calorie count on eating out, Kata Organic Cafe has got you. Upstairs from a "fitness boutique" the cafe serves light, continental style breakfasts; salads and sandwiches (with greens and fruit on the side because French fries aren't on your diet) and Paleo-friendly dinnertime entrees like organic polenta with amaranth seed and wild mushrooms.
4279 Sheridan Avenue S.