Prairie Dogs pop-up at First Course [MENU]

It's on Chicago Avenue, so they'll have to serve one dog Chicago-style, right?
It's on Chicago Avenue, so they'll have to serve one dog Chicago-style, right?

One man has helped open dozens of successful area restaurants, including Rye Deli. The other flourished with small plates at a wine bar after learning the art of fine dining at D'Amico restaurants. What do you get when you bring these two minds together? You get a Prairie Dogs pop-up, of course.

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Craig Johnson and Tobie Nidetz will bring their pop-up to the people on

Thursday, October 3rd, as a way of introducing their forthcoming restaurant, Prairie Dogs

Hot Dogs & Handcrafted Sausages.First Course Bistro

on Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis will be transformed into this Prairie Dogs pop-up, which will feature -- you guessed it -- hot dogs and handcrafted sausages. 

Johnson was inspired by the availability of quality ingredients and the food scene's newfound respect for old-fashioned butcher shop techniques. The pair jokingly call their style farm-to-dog. Although it's a celebration of meat, everything will be sourced from local purveyors -- you won't find any of those mystery meat shenanigans the store bought sausages try to pull.

Wondering what they'll serve? Nidetz and Johnson shared this sample menu with us:

Hot Dogs
All beef natural casing on a steamed poppy seed bun
The Prairie Dog
Classic Chicago Style with all the trimmings (mustard, onion, relish, tomato, pickle, celery salt) $3.25
Pliny The Elder
Duck fat fried dog, foie gras mousse, currant apple relish $7.50
Handcrafted Sausages
Spicy Merguez
Lamb sausage, piquillo peppers, feta, mint aioli, soft bun $6.00
Backyard Brat
Char grilled, soft bun, sauerkraut, onion, mustard and relish $4.50

The pop up will go from 4 to 9 p.m., or until the dogs are gone. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook.

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