Since the pandemic forced St. Paul’s Keg and Case Market to close down in 2020, it has had some time to plan its return. When the food hall and market broke onto the scene in September 2018, it became a destination for gourmet local fare and small businesses, transforming the historic former Schmidt Brewery at 928 W. Seventh St.
With a host of new vendors, plans for summer entertainment, and new events on the horizon, Keg and Case is making a bold reopening on May 1.
The food hall is welcoming three new vendors at the start of May. There’s the natural health store Brand Builders Market, Purple Ice Cream’s out-there ice cream flavors, and a traditional candy store called Valley Sweets.
Following those openings will be Jerusalem Mix (a Mediterranean café with a “build-your-own hummus bar”), and Poppin’ (gourmet popcorn, pretzels, and pizzas), both opening May 15.
Starting June 1, visitors can check out the juice bar Juice Wisely, and Jumbos, a new sausage and burger joint. Restaurant Som Thai, serving up classic Thai cuisine made in-house, will make its debut June 15. Brian Ingram, owner of Keg and Case mainstay Woodfire Cantina, is behind two of these new concepts: Purple Ice Cream and Jumbos.
This will also be a chance to visit some old favorites, including Clutch Brewing Co. Also new: Visitors can now roam freely throughout Keg and Case and around the food hall’s outdoor spaces with their Clutch Brewing beer or hard seltzer.
Among the others returning to Keg and Case are Five Watt Coffee, Forest to Fork, House of Halva, O’Cheeze, Pastamore, Pimento, and Woodfire Cantina. A few vendors—Bread & Boba, Revival, Spinning Wylde, and Sweet Science Ice Cream—will not be returning to Keg and Case in 2021.
Its re-opening also marks the start of summer entertainment programming. For the occasion, Keg and Case has revamped its park, adding a new stage and lawn games. Visitors can expect to catch live music from a lineup of DJs in the park Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting May 6.
In June, Keg and Case is launching a live music series, dubbed “Summer Sessions,” featuring local performers. They will also have “Throwback Theater” movie screening nights. Keg and Case also has family and kid-focused programming lined up. To view their full summer schedule, visit kegandcase.com/events.
“We’re excited to reopen the market with a new round of vendors and entertainment for guests of all ages,” said Gates Lindquist, executive director of Keg and Case, in a press release. “With our new outdoor music series and movie nights, Keg and Case hopes to become a true community hub, giving guests an opportunity to eat and shop from local entrepreneurs while enjoying the day with family, friends and neighbors.”
Starting May 1, Keg and Case’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check in with individual vendors for specific hours.