2014 Year in Review


Surly Brewing LogoSurly starts constructing a massive, $30-plus-million brewery and dining destination.

The Borough team stages a Coup d’Etat in Uptown.

Travail reopens and proves it rhymes with “prevail” for a reason.





Hola Arepa LogoHola Arepa says hola to crowds swarming its brick-and-mortar space.

The iconic Peter’s Grill space crows with the opening of Hen House Eatery.

Boneyard brings BBQ to Uptownites who wonder why there’s chicken on their waffles.

Heyday opens up, already in its, well, heyday.

Cro-wha? Snaking lines at Bogart’s Doughnut Co. prove the allure of brioche dough.



Adios, goat burrito—Lyn-Lake’s The Gray House closes.

6Smith and CoV draw in former patrons of the dearly departed Sunsets Wayzata.

Dunkin’ Donuts returns to Rochester—the first time out-state Minnesota beats the Twin Cities to a trend.

Corner Table moves down the block into La Chaya’s former home. 

The Broders expand their 50th-and-Penn monopoly with Porchetteria—but Bruegger’s hasn’t yet ceded the intersection’s fourth and final corner.

Stillwater ice-cream shop Nelson’s gets the scoop on a St. Paul location.



The Third Bird LogoLe Town Talk Diner reopens with a French twist.

Figlio bites the dust—again.

Bar Abilene closes in Uptown; fans of tableside guac head to Rosa Mexicano.

Kim Bartmann opens The Third Bird, her third restaurant in nine months.

La Belle Vie’s staff turns over as Johnny Michaels, Diane Yang, Bill Summerville, and Adam Eaton depart for other projects.

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2014 Year in Review