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Restaurant Openings

Haskell's Wine Bar opened in the former Dunn Bros. spot off Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. In addition to wine, coffee is on the menu along with food items that pair well with both wine and coffee.


Sift Gluten Free Bakery has taken the spot at 46th and Bloomington in South Minneapolis. The store is in addition to Sift's wholesale business to coffee shops and other outlets. 


On tap this spring in Minneapolis’ North Loop will be First Draft, a bar where you pay by the ounce instead of a bartender. The beer bar with 54 taps will use a tap-and-chip system, which lets customers pour their own beer. Our only concern, who announces last call?


In mid-December Kyatchi opened its second location, this one across the river in the former Tanpopo Noodle Shop in Lowertown St. Paul. The team behind the concept are siblings Sarah and Sam Peterson, along with Chef Hide Tozawa, Kim Bartmann and Anne Saxton. The St Paul restaurant will have a full bar, along with sushi using sustainable seafood and their fabulous hot dogs


Sphere Kitchen + Bar opened in November on the second floor of the Fifth Street Towers as part of the building’s ongoing renovation. Hemisphere Restaurant Partners is the operator of the upscale bar, which boast a fireplace and hip décor. But since it is in the skyway, it’s catering more to the after-work crowd than late-night revelers. Hours are only during the work week, with an early closing of 8 p.m.


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s first location in Minnesota will be in Woodbury. The chain sports a nine-screen, full-service theater with about 1,000 luxury recliners and an attached full-service bar and restaurant, Vetted Well. The Minnesota Chief Operations Officer Bill DiGaetano said the theater is scheduled to open in May, and that they are currently hiring management positions as well as 175 workers. 


The neighborhood favorite Cafe Maude has been transformed into the Book Club by the team of Kim Bartmann and Asher Miller. The design inspiration came from vintage cookbooks, which show up as framed art. The succulent food is complimented by succulent plants charmingly hanging from light fixtures and lining window. 

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