Rustica Bakery plus cookies and cream in Wayzata
Rustica Bakery is expanding, quickly. The first true local artisanal bread and European pastry shop was once a standalone space at 46th Street in south Minneapolis. Now they’ve got a shop in Eden Prairie, a Mall of America cookies and ice creamery shop, and an upcoming Wayzata location.
The Wayzata location will also feature a cookies and creamery outpost, so this is obviously gonna be the hotspot for those post-soccer treats. We’ve spotted birthday cake cookies, house-made Pop Tarts, even Lucky Charms-flavored soft serve. Get in line.
Opens in late spring
Promenade of Wayzata at 250 Superior Boulevard
Another St. Paul project from Madison Hospitality
The group that brings you the backsliding Ox Cart Ale House, Fitzgerald’s (nee Salt Cellar), and Handsome Hog is working on a new concept in the Historic Lowry Building on downtown’s St. Peter Street.
The very talented Donald Gonzales, formerly of Forepaugh’s, has been hired as chef, so we’re excited to see what he’ll do, based on his prowess with world cuisines and reaching into his own Puerto Rican cooking experience.
Projected opening date late spring/ early summer
350 St. Peter St., St. Paul
A new New Bohemia
New Bohemia has also been on an opening spree with their can’t-miss Wurst+BierHaus concept.
They’re up to six locations plus a food truck, and the next spot will be near the Xcel Energy Center in the former Seven Corners Hardware building. The new location will have a Tattersall designed-cocktail menu, bocce courts and games, and even a 30-foot projection screen for watching the game, reports the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Why even bother with stadium tickets?
Opens at the end of January, and they’re projecting more locations this year, too.
222 W Seventh St., St. Paul
Can Can Wonderland opens today
In a spate of new restaurants and bars offering activities to go with your eats and drinks, Can Can Wonderland opens today. It looks pretty wild, with an 18-hole artist designed mini-golf course, art installations, cocktails designed by Bittercube (we spotted one inspired by Ambrosia salad), and lots more. We’ve seen it described as an “indoor Coney Island.” Can't wait. Watch for our first look, coming soon.
755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul
Update on Jun, Szechuan cooking on Washington Avenue
There are obvious signs of life at Jun, the long-awaited Szechuan restaurant going into the old Rojo space on Washington Avenue. A media preview has been scheduled for next week, and we’re looking forward to reporting back on exactly how fiery the fiery ring of fire is.
730 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis
Portillo’s officially opens this July
Though their Woodbury groundbreaking is today, you’re going to have to wait a while longer for hot, drippy, Chicago-style Italian beef. The first Minnesota location of the famed Chicago chain officially opens this summer.
8450 Hudson Rd., Woodbury