All the December Food News That’s Fit to Print

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I’m sure you’ve organized your life around the intricacies of racket issue calendars, so this must come as quite a shock. When can we expect more restaurant news in December?

It’s true: RRR is available as an early holiday gift, as it won’t be out in the final week of 2022. It’s as up-to-date as it can be by the end of the year, and if I say so myself, there’s still a lot of good stuff here.

thank you for reading! See you in 2023!

In session


After closing down Prieto in October, Chef Alejandro Castillon’s spot is taking off again this week with a new name (Chesas) and a new concept (Vietnamese and Latin tapas). The soft opening phase of Chelas (4751 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis) begins on his December 22nd. Follow us on Instagram for the latest updates.

Vincent Chloe

Chef Vincent Francal’s casual new French restaurant opened this month. That’s right, he revived Vincent his burger. The atmosphere at his 700 Third St. S. in Minneapolis is cozy, comfortable, and warm. (Click here for reservations)


Uptown’s former Amore, now known as Pinoli, is running under new owner Kim Bartman. The space is currently undergoing renovations, but you can grab the entire “Italian-inspired menu” for takeout now (pickup is at the Barbette).

Barbeque Chicken

Globally popular Korean chicken chain bb.q Chicken has opened uptown (1500 W. Lake St.). “It was the first meal I had with her birth mother,” South Korean adoptive franchisee Emily Claus said earlier this month.It’s quite a story — and chickens are hell. It looks like


Now open at the North Loop Galley Food Hall. It’s a little spot called Ottimo by former Minnesota Twins sous chef Duran Ross. His globe-trotting menu includes Smash His Burgers, Ricotta His Wontons, and Rigatoni with Meatballs.

The Elusive Botanical Bar

Opening December 28: Dashfire Distillery’s new Northeast cocktail lounge, Elusive Botanical Bar. Located in the same building as Tattersall (1620 Central Ave. NE, Dock #10/Suite 152), this spot is run by Tyler Kleinow and Robb Jones (Meteor bar), who consult on the menu, and his Jeff bar. Rogers (Former Beverage Director at Jester Concepts).

credit: Tides Lounge & Rooftop

closing or closing

Tides Lounge and Rooftop

Ties Lounge and Rooftop, an ambitious project by a Gen Z trio that opened at Nicollet Mall this summer, has closed “indefinitely” this month due to “unforeseen circumstances.” No word yet on what will happen to the former Randall’s Restaurant/Rojo Mexican Grill space.

east sidebar

Two and a half years later, the East Side Bar, which opened in 2020 on the same day Governor Waltz closed restaurants due to the pandemic, closed on December 23. This is where we were all mentally.This seemed like something would happen.Everything would be shut down for a week or two and then things would go back to normal.October 2020, this The situation until “In a nutshell, it was awful. Really fucking awful.” They did their best! It was bad timing.

kiefer coat

Man, this is hard. After nearly 40 years, Keefer Court owners Sunny and Paulina Kwan have announced that their Chinese kitchen and bakery will close at the end of the year. West Bank staples have been serving communities since 1983. I can’t thank you enough for all your contributions in making Kiefer Court what it is today.

Erte & The Peacock Lounge

Erté and the Peacock Lounge, which has been in Northeast Minneapolis for 21 years, also announced that December 31st will be its last night of service. “From locally sourced ingredients made from scratch, to the people who eat in our chairs, to the art on our walls, to the music that fills the spaces we love, we are with you every little business. I love to celebrate and advocate for ,” they said. Read goodbye.

lemongrass tie

Chef Ann Ahmed has decided to close his first restaurant, Lemongrass Thai, after 18 years, telling Mpls. I feel like I’m doing something.” But the news isn’t all bad! For example, another meal with lemongrass is until the end of March. another…

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just announced

Ann Ahmed Rolling Park Project

…In the same story, the Khâluna/Lat 14 chef confirms that he will take over the location that was formerly 4 Bells. There aren’t many details yet, other than hoping the new concept will arrive in 2023.

UHK pop-up

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo That’s the sound of Union Hmong Kitchen, who brought a new pop-up concept to the famously haunted Lynn Lake address. Slurp Pop Up Noodle Shop at 901 W. Lake St., the former home of Mucci’s/Meyvn/Tinto Cocina/Spill the Wine, serves traditional Hmong dishes such as mushroom he ramen, fried noodles, and khao pun. increase. Slurp opens his January 4th. Here’s the whole scoop.

Animals Brick and Mortar

Here’s a meaty story for you: Animales BBQ is about to open in a brick-and-mortar building. Jon Wipfli (Animales) teams up with Billy Tserenbat (Billy Sushi) to bring this place to life in North His Loop or Northeast Minneapolis. Look for it this summer.

SK Coffee

SK Coffee co-founder Sam Kjellberg told Southwest Voices earlier this month that he didn’t want to open a coffee shop unless he could have “something like a Misfit shop.” Luckily, Misfit closed earlier this year and opened a turnkey coffee shop at 2401 Lindale Avenue in Minneapolis (this space has been his coffee shop for over 30 years). SK hopes to open by February.

Gambit Brewing Company

Opening a new brewery in 2022 is certainly a gamble, as Gambit Brewing founder Josh Secaur said earlier this month, “Breweries are always kind of a risk.” Head to the former 12welve Eyes Brewing space (141 E. Fourth St., Suite LL2, St. Paul). “The idea is to let the community drive where we want to go,” he says Secaur.

painted turtle

No more sandcastles on Lake Nokomis. It’s time for The Painted Turtle to shine next year. The new concept came from the people behind Unleashed Hounds and Hops, an indoor/outdoor dog park/human restaurant. Thanks to their partnership with La La Ice Cream, they now have a full ice cream shop and Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company has also been dropped as an early partner. Here’s the whole scoop.

Progress of the Fima North Loop Initiative

Chef David Fima says he’s still “one winter away from opening,” but the name of his new multi-level project in the North Loop is Maison Margaux. The chef shared some updates on Instagram this week.[ing] Retaining a Minneapolis vibe, it’s the world’s coolest underground bar, a modern take on a Parisian brasserie, a Ralph Lauren-inspired event center, and a three-story masterpiece with a neighborhood terrace. We talked to him about this project in January with Fhima.

In production

bar cart

Mpls. St. Paul Mag took a sneak peek at the Bar Cart opening in the former Khyber Pass space. (They wanted a pre-Christmas debut, but we’re working through the issue.)

Millie’s Wine Bar & Bistro

“My personal obsession with everything is that I want a giant cheese board,” Milly’s Brandon Witzel said earlier this year. “Come here, pick as many cheeses and meats as you want, go into town for a couple of hours, and have a couple of bottles of wine.” There is a lending library and lots of plants (and a giant cheese board).

Bold unfolds

More Bonnieud! A popular Argentinian pizza and empanada spot, he just moved from his original smaller space to a larger spot on 38th Street and Nicollet, but in Minneapolis he’s looking to add two new locations. (This is good news for someone like me who often walks past locations in South Minneapolis and says, “Hmm, too busy!”) The first suggestion was his 30 seat at 1519 Como Ave. SE, his former home. is a restaurant. To Oaks TW Hardware. The second is uptown at 2935 Girard Ave. S., the old SotaRol Asian Kitchen space. Biz Journal has the whole scoop.

Seoul Lao

Popular food truck and pop-up spot Soul Lao has its sights set on a brick-and-mortar store at Sibley Plaza in West 7th, St. Paul. “We want to create a supportive environment where young chefs can shape their careers and neighbors can share plates of Lao sausage, sticky rice and spicy papaya salad,” reads Soul Lao’s GoFundMe page. “There’s nowhere else we’d like to put our roots.” The planned opening date is April 2023. You can donate to GoFundMe here.


Before moving into the old Sen Yai Sen Lek/Dipped and Debris space, Francis, the vegan burger joint that made a name for itself at Sociable Cider Werks, straight away Ready to open. They are still finishing construction. It looks like it will open in early 2023.

D’s Banh Mi

It has a sign at D’s Banh Mi, taking over the old snack shacks on 38th Street and Cedar. Brothers Dylan, Dion and Dustin Tran were filming for the November opening. I contacted Brother D to get the latest information. Read his April chat about plans for the space here.

Eat Street Crossing

Construction is still going on at 2821 South Nicollet Avenue at Eat Street Crossing, a food hall leading to a long-vacant Old Arizona studio space. From chef Jung-gu and his wife and business partner Linago, who make up his two-fifths of the team behind the food hall, the ramen shop stands up in a small space adjacent to his ESC. Bring on his ramen shop.

50th and Bellecour Bakery in France

Crocus Hill/Bellecourt Bakery’s third cook will head to 3945 Market Street in Edina, joining locations on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and North Loop in Minneapolis. Chef Gavin Kaysen wrote in an Instagram post, “We have lots of exciting details to share with you when the time is right… Stay tuned and we look forward to seeing you in our new space.

Diane Moore in action

busy Bellecour Bakery’s Diane Moua announced last month that she was stepping down from her role as Bellecour’s executive pastry chef to open her own bakery and cafe that combines Hmong home cooking and Southeast Asian flavors with her perfect French pastries. did. “You see chocolate croissants here and there, but I like to use coconut and yuzu,” she told Eater Twin Cities with a synopsis.

wildflyer coffee yeast

Wildflyer Coffee has teamed up with non-profit organization RS Eden to open a second shop in St. Paul’s old Fresh Grounds Cafe space. “It lifts upwards in everything we do,” Camerarer told Luckett about their next location, which is set to open by March. We are 98% on the way to our goal.

Forks Alley Coffee

Similar youth non-profit coffee shops News: The Futsal Society, an organization that serves as a lower barrier option for kids who want to play soccer, will open a coffee shop in Rolling Park. Southwest Voices has the scoop. Look for an early 2023 opening.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Great news about Bde Maka Ska: Eat Street’s amazing Pimento Jamaican Kitchen will reopen next summer in a redesigned pavilion. Get ready for jerk chicken on the beach in 2023!

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