Here’s a break from the recent gloom and doom in the Twin Cities restaurant industry. Four exciting restaurants open their doors with a range of trend-forward options. Each one is built for takeout, as well as the fast dining that is certainly going to be what keeps people going through the Minnesota fall and winter ahead.
Huge lines at their two food trucks led to a stellar opening day for these hot chicken specialists, the subject of a recent Minnesota Monthly profile. They opened Tuesday, September 15, at 11 a.m. and were already sold out by 6:30 p.m.
300 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul
Wendy’s House of Soul
Owner Wendy Puckett has been through a lot. She was shot in the face by a pellet gun last November, there was unrest and damage in front of her location on Broadway in north Minneapolis, and she lost her lease. Exhausting. Her new spot in the Harrison neighborhood has beautiful art, positive vibes, and those same addictive SOUL ROLLS: sort of an egg roll shell stuffed with whatever flavors she’s excited by. 1825 Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis
Sidebar at Surdyk’s
As previewed in my story on the new cheese shop inside Surdyk’s, the wine bar is open this week. Big garage door opens to the patio, plus a gorgeous copper bar for when we’re allowed to sit at a bar again. The menu looks terrific: of course, a cheese board and meat board, but also frites, cheese curds, a Nicoise Plate, Lobster BLT, and a burger too. 303 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
We’ve been waiting to see what the team behind Martina and Colita would open up in the old Rose Street Patisserie space in Linden Hills. We’re getting what they call a “Mediterranean Pizza” place. What’s that mean? Well, there will be Neapolitan Pizzas, and also an Argentinian/Sicilian pizza which features toppings on a focaccia-type dough. Space to dine-in, but lots of takeout expected here. 2811 W 43rd St., Minneapolis