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Restaurant Openings




Jinx, you owe me a soda and a permanent spot—umm, skip the soda and make that a tea. The popular food truck, Jinx Tea, is parking itself in a brick-and-mortar location on France Avenue in Minneapolis next month. Milk-infused bubble tea and tea-centric, non-alcoholic cocktails are their specialties, along with cold brew coffee and teas sourced from small farmer cooperatives in China. 

 

Jon Smith Subs, a fast-casual franchise out of Florida, has opened its first unit in Minnesota at 15190 Bluebird St. NW, in Andover. Combo meals include chips or cooked-to-order fries. 

 

Penny’s Coffee’s Linden Hills location on 44th Street in Minneapolis added a bakery/café staffed by Shawn McKenzie, formerly with Burch. Penny’s Wayzata location—the company’s third—is schedule to open June 1. 

 

Afro Deli is now in the skyways of St. Paul’s downtown in the Alliance Bank food court. AfroExpress on Fifth Street is the third location, including another in St. Paul and one on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The restaurant describes itself as a fusion of African, Mediterranean and American food, prepared halal. 

 

Madison Restaurant Group is reopening and rebranding Ox Cart Ale House as Ox Cart Arcade, a social spot for one-handed eating, arcade games and boozy snow cones, according to Twin Cities Eater. Justin Sutherland, the Charlie Awards Outstanding Chef for 2019, heads up operations for the group of restaurants which includes Handsome Hog and Public Kitchen. 

 

Cargo Food Authority, which opened its first location in the lobby of downtown Minneapolis’ Target Center in late 2018, has opened its second outpost directly outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. The restaurant, owned by Williston Holding Company, is a food-hall style restaurant, bar and live entertainment venue featuring repurposed shipping containers, retro-fitted as fully operational kitchens, serving food-truck style food.

 

Due Focacceria, doing business as Due in St. Paul, is converting the former Espresso Royale at Randolph and Fairview avenues into an Italian Eatery. Work on the building is underway as is the licensing process. 

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