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St. Paul Area Round-up



Matty O’Reilly’s restaurant empire could expand to the Como Park Lakeside Pavilion. The St. Paul City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission were poised to act on the request as of deadline. A counter-service restaurant would replace Como Dockside, which closed last year. O’Reilly is involved with six restaurants, including Bar Brigade in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood, the Upper Landing’s City House and Republic in the Minneapolis West Bank area. The new restaurant is tentatively referred to as Spring Café. Some big changes could be coming for those who enjoy dining by Como Lake. Weekday closures during the winter could be allowed, under a proposed agreement. That would allow for weekend-only brunches.

The full bar could go away in favor of beer, wine and a few selected cocktails. Weekday openings could be pushed back from 7 to 11 a.m. There could also be a bigger share in revenues for the city. The requirement for performances at the pavilion would remain. 

Slow cold-weather business was a factor in Como Dockside’s closing. The new place could open in April.

The Grand Central space is being reborn this spring as Grand Catch. Thien Ly and Sameh and Saed Wadi have announced a return of seafood in the form of Cajun-style fish boils and other fare with a Middle Eastern/Vietnamese twist. That’s good news to those who fondly remember the long gone One Fish Two Fish that was where Pad Thai is now. The Wadi siblings are known for the food-truck-turned-Uptown-spot World Street Kitchen and the Milkjam Creamery ice cream shop. Ly owns the Cajun Deli in Brooklyn Park. 

Just/Us has opened in the former Red Lantern spot at Wabasha and 7th streets. Promised is a rotating menu that is heavily chef-driven. The new place will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays for dinner only at this time.

Not far away, Dual Citizen Brewing Co. has opened at the southwest corner of University and Raymond avenues. Head brewer Max Filter and general manager Tim Kessler are cousins and veteran home brewers. They’ve studied in Munich and Chicago. Filter has worked in Colorado. Patrons can get their food at the Naughty Greek next door.

Hodges Bend is opening in the West Midway/Prospect park area, serving breakfasts and lunches. The new place has hit objections and was going to St. Paul City Council legislative hearing as of deadline. 

The well-liked El Tapatio food truck now has a brick-and-mortar sibling. La Tapatia has opened in Roseville on Larpenteur Avenue, just north of the Como neighborhood. Abraham Ponce and his mother, Martha Leticia, who is also the executive chef, co-own the spot. 

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