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A Look Ahead at the Twin Cities’ Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2023

It’s Eater’s tradition to end the year with a survey of local food experts (editors, writers, reporters, and a select few others) about the highs, lows, and surprises in dining over the past 365 days. Today our panel will take a look at the most exciting restaurant debuts planned for 2023. Any thoughts to share? Feel free to add them in the comments.


Stephanie March, Food and Dining Editor Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

Along with the row of potential big-name restaurants arriving in the North Loop, some cool stuff is coming.

Mecca Bos, Food Writer, Chef, Founder of Hidden BIPOC Foodways

Whatever Yia Vang is trying to do.

Em Cassel, editor and co-owner racket

Oh I have to name a few. I can’t wait to see what former Travaillian Alex Althoff, Sarah Julson and Nat Moser do with her Dahlia. I’m so excited about the Animales bricks and mortar being made (we need ribs in the winter!). A last-minute addition to this list — good thing I’m late in responding to the survey!!! — is the Ann Ahmed restaurant in the old 4 Bells space. (Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Just had the scoop this week.)

Natalia Mendez, Eater Twin Cities Contributor

We can’t wait for Tap In to open in Spring 2023. I’m a huge fan of multi-purpose spaces that you can visit to catch food, nice drinks, or even catch a live event. doing.

Trish Gavin, Bar Master, Eat Street Crossing Beverage Director

Most exciting — Eat Street Crossing. I’m partial, lol. To be honest, that’s what I’m most excited about, even if I didn’t work there. Nice to see Diane Moua build her own restaurant. I can’t wait to see Dashfire’s Cocktail Room open under his Jeff Rogers splendor.

James Norton, Editor and Co-Founder of the Heavy Table Newsletter

Possibly the restaurateur debut of pastry master Diane Moua, a fusion of home-cooked Hmong cuisine and French-inspired pastries (a Southeast Asian flavor). The region has already taken a big hit with Southeast Asian-influenced food, and spots like this make Minnesota hard to ignore, even from a coastal perspective. I’m good at it!

Ali Elabady, Eater Twin Cities Contributor

The Bar and Cart Lounge and Restaurant will open in the former Kyber Pass space, with Beverage Director Larina Young and former Kyber Pass owners bringing you something undeniably new and fresh.

Alex Lodner, Eater Twin Cities Contributor

We are so excited to open Herbst in St Paul. We can’t wait to see what they do with that cool space.

Eater Twin Cities Editor Justin Jones

I’m looking forward to seeing what Diane Moore does next year. Taro and yuzu croissants and Hmong home cooking?! I’m really on the edge of my seat. Alternatively, zip up your snowsuit, trek to Slurp for saucy noodles, and pop out to Eat Street Crossing for a honey butter fried chicken sandwich and ramen.