The owners behind Eli’s Food & Cocktails have opened Beast Barbecue—with the clever tagline “Swine Dining & Smoked Eats”—in the old Legends Bar & Grill building in NE Minneapolis (825 East Hennepin Ave). In addition to serving meats smoked over oak, pecan and apple woods, they’ve teamed up with HeadFlyer Brewing and RockFilter distillery for signature drinks. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Hassan and Raja Ziadi, owners of Moroccan Flavors, have opened their second restaurant in the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Ziadi’s Mediterranean Cuisine took over the former Rabbit Hole location.
Also going into the Northeast neighborhood is Dogwood Coffee Co. at 1209 Tyler St. NE. This is the coffee roaster’s fourth location in the Twin Cities.
The former Heirloom location on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul is being taken over by yet another barbecue place, Bark and Bite, a former a food truck. The owners told the Pioneer Press they will run both a fast-casual and bar/dining room operations from the space. The exact timing of both sides of the restaurant opening is still up in the air.
One of the more unusual openings in the works has its sights on the former Station 4 building at Fourth and Sibley streets in St. Paul. Husband and wife team, Dariush and Sarah Moslemi has signed on to be a tenant with their restaurant/speakeasy/yoga studio, according to the Pioneer Press. The couple owns Sillwater’s Velveteen Speakeasy and Studio One Yoga. The Mediterranean-American restaurant will be named Bar Challa, while the basement speakeasy will be The Vaudeville.
Penny’s, the coffee chain started by U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, and two partners, signed a lease for its third location, this time in downtown Wayzata at 800 Lake Street East, according to the MSP Business Journal.
A strip mall in Apple Valley is the new home of Hawaii Poke Bowl, located at 7594 W. 150th Street. A second location is opening in Central Park Commons in Eagan.
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