But like much of the year before it, the bigger, broader picture is openings. Lots and lots of openings. Of course, the chatter around the openings is that we are creating a bubble that will inevitably burst. But alas, the openings just keep on coming. In the latest spate, there's a trend. Local. Hyper-local and "farm to table." Nope, that trend's not over yet. And maybe, just maybe, the MN culinary scene is so hot, it's becoming it's own brand.
Here they are:
City Walk Plaza in Woodbury is getting a cocktail-forward scratch kitchen called Sovereign Kitchen and Bar. They say they're "farm to table" with the following menu sneak peeks: garden salad with fall kale and beet greens, homegrown heirloom tomato soup, rustic braised heirloom carrot short ribs and Kubocha squash puree with duck. They're even putting homegrown sugarcane into their cocktails. Did you know we could grow sugarcane around here? Now you do.
Cedar + Stone, Urban Table, is coming to the also new JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, "With a focus on artistically presented cuisine highlighting seasonal produce and regional meats and cheeses. The menu is inspired around Minnesota’s natural roots and will include items that fuse cultures while utilizing ingredients sourced within 200 miles. The restaurant has partnered with many local farms including Forest Farm, Spareboe Farms, and Anderson Farms and will be pouring Minneapolis-based Surly Brewing Co. and regional spirits."
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Opens late November
And the local just keeps on coming: Edina's SotaRol, from the people who brought you AgraCulture and Yogurt Lab, promises Asian flavors with an "Up North" appeal. "Fresh, affordable, and fast sushi rolls and Asian bowls." And, if they see your uncle Ed from Cloquet coming: Panko-crusted walleye will also be on offer.
And, they seem just as proud of what they won't offer as what they will. No MSG, no dyes, no peanuts, no gluten.
5005 Ewing Ave. S.
Finally, D'Amico and Partners is opening a catering event center near 4Bells in Loring Park, along the Loring Corners alleyway. The space will occupy about 7,500 square feet. No word on how local they'll be, but go ahead, try them. A Minnesota-themed wedding should be a piece of cake for any party planner worth her salt.
Opens early next year
1629 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.