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Restaurant Openings



Brothers and business partners Sameh and Saed Wadi of Saffron, World Street Kitchen and Milkjam Creamery fame, are teaming up with Thien Ly of Cajun Deli to open Grand Catch, a seafood restaurant in the old Grand Central building on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Cajun Deli is a Brooklyn Park-based restaurant serving Louisiana-style boils 

 

Funky Grits appears to really mean it this time. The long-awaited restaurant, with its blending of traditional soul food with original twists, is expected to open in early March at 805 E. 38th Street in Minneapolis. Some of those funky grits will also be vegetarian and vegan. 

 

Jason Dorweiler, the co-owner/chef at St. Paul's popular Tori Ramen, is opening a similar concept in the first quarter of 2018 at North 44th Avenue and Penn Avenue N., North News reports. The building's purpose will be twofold: half full-service restaurant, half noodle production house. Tori Ramen reopened recently after repairing damage sustained during a fire in December.

 

Green + the Grain has opened its third and largest skyway location, in U.S. Bank Plaza. The new location includes a frozen yogurt counter and seats up to 60, according to The Journal. Owners of the concept, Tiffany Hauser and Dustin Naugle, originally launched the concept as a food truck. The other Minneapolis skyway sites are in Baker Center and LaSalle Plaza.

 

Joining its former food truck peers Green + the Grain and Vellee Deli in the skyway is O’Cheeze, a grilled cheese concept that opened in the Baker Center. In addition to lunch, they also serve breakfast to hungry skyway-walkers. Owners are spouses Haley and Tony Fritz. 

 

The owners of The Copper Hen, Danielle and Chris Bjorling, are planning to open a second restaurant, The Copper Cow, in Minnetonka, during the second quarter of 2018. Burgers, boozy shakes and donuts will be the main draw.

 

Long-awaited by feline lovers, Café Meow has opened its doors on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The cat café has a eatery side for humans and a cat side for adoptions. Patrons can purchase coffee, tea or pastries on the café side and then for a $10 fee, take their refreshments to the cat side. Reservations are suggested, since only 10 to 15 people at a time can enter the cat zone. 

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