Update: We've got a few more details on the new Black Sheep location. Read on to find out about the slightly expanded concept and some tasty libations.
What with Merchant moving in and Bachelor Farmer expanding and Brut eyeing some real estate in the area, the North Loop is getting plenty of press. But one North Loop eatery has turned its attention south to Eat Street, where coal-fired pizza will soon hit the plates of every south Minneapolis resident who knows what's good for 'em.
That is to say, Black Sheep Pizza will soon take over the space vacated by the short-lived Eat Street Buddha Kitchen, and, if their reputation for crispy, bubbly, brilliant pizza holds fast, bring a bit of stability to that corner of Nicollet and 26th.
Owners Jordan and Colleen Smith already have two Black Sheep locations in the Twin Cities -- one in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, the other in downtown St. Paul -- so the Eat Street location will be the third point of a delicious pizza triangle. For those of us who love this pizzeria's blistery, slightly blackened crust topped with meatball, ricotta, and garlic or with oyster mushroom, smoked mozzarella, rosemary, and garlic, or good lord just any other topping give it to us now now now -- this is an empire we're happy to see grow.
The third location will also bring a few new offerings to the table. In addition to a full bar (the other two locations only serve beer and wine), Chef Jordan Smith is adding in a wood char-broiler behind the bar to grill steaks, chicken, and sausages, which will be served alongside Black Sheep's fresh focaccia and pickled peppers.
And for all of you drivers whining about parking, Smith says they've reserved three spots behind the building for takeout customers, a lot on 27th with roughly 40 spots, and they'll be using the same valet service offered at other Eat Street restaurants.
Smith says the pair are aiming for a late-November to mid-December opening.
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