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  • Fresh Thyme in Bloomington          mspbj
  • 10-23 Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, a produce-focused grocery chain that was launched last year in Chicago, will enter the Minnesota market with a store near I-494 and 35W.
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  • Granite City stock drops on possible deregistering          mspbj
  • 10-23 Granite City Food & Brewery’s stock dropped nearly 6 percent Wednesday morning after the St. Louis Park-based restaurant chain said it is exploring deregistering its shares to reduce costs.
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  • Downtown Minneapolis McDonald’s will close          city pages
  • 10-23 If you work downtown, your Big Mac lunch this week might be your last — for a little while, at least. The only McDonald’s location in downtown Minneapolis has announced it will close its doors this Friday, though whether or not it will return is still up in the air.
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  • Jerabek’s has closed          city pages
  • 10-21 The week begins with some sad news out of St. Paul: Yesterday was the final day of service for Jerabek’s New Bohemian. They have served their last pot pie and poured their final cup of coffee. Saturday, the owners took to their website to let fans know that they would no longer be able to keep their doors open.
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  • Town Hall celebrates 16 years          city pages
  • 10-21 Fresh off their silver medal win at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last week, Town Hall Brewery is kicking off a weeklong celebration to mark their 16th anniversary. It starts tonight at 5:00 p.m. with the release of their Anniversary Ale, an American hopped red ale with chocolate and caramel malt undertones. Pints will be cheaper from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. so plan to get there early.
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  • Bryant-Lake Bowl turns 20          sw journal
  • 10-21 Though its 10-pin roots trace back to the 1930s, the Bryant-Lake Bowl as we know it is rolling up on its 20th anniversary. In 1993, a 29-year-old Kim Bartmann opened her hybrid bowling alley/theater/wine and beer bar in a pre-condo-era Uptown. In restaurant years, 20 is the new 80. But the BLB’s cachet among neighborhood dwellers and alt-type regulars hasn’t waned with its senior status. The cozy, come-as-you-are restaurant is an institution in an ever-changing neighborhood.
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  • Bernatello’s heads upscale          star tribune
  • 10-21 The frozen pizza market heads upscale and Bernatello’s goes along with the trend – even to the point of dropping its traditional brand name.
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  • UMAMI is here to stay          city pages
  • 10-18 The chefs of Travail are riding the crest of a crazy beautiful wave. At what seems to be their golden hour, this merry band of culinary mischief makers cannot be stopped. Here’s a quick catch up on where they’ve been and what we can expect to see next.
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  • We love Blue Moon          city pages
  • 10-18 For all the craft beer we have brewing in our fair state, you may be surprised to find that our collective beer of choice is actually a macro brew.
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  • Schell’s: The Next Generation          msp magazine
  • 10-18 The iconic Minnesota critters are the loon, the moose, the blue ox, the Hamm’s bear dancing through sky-blue waters, and of course the Schell’s peacock. When you go down to the gingerbread-fairy-tale mansion in New Ulm where they make the iconic Minnesota Schell’s beer, these stunning birds emerge fan-tailed and regal around every corner. So of course, when I got the chance to talk to the Marti family, the real-life direct descendants of brewery founder August Schell who still run the place, I had to ask about them.
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  • Haskell’s supersizing          mspbj
  • 10-17 Haskell’s announced plans Wednesday to open a 20,000-square-foot liquor store in The Grove shopping complex in Maple Grove, a store that would be twice as large as any of Haskell’s current locations.
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  • Taste of MN back in 2014          city pages
  • 10-17 Harriet Island will play host to a large-scale festival again next year with the return of Taste of Minnesota. The long-running music and food fest was shut down in 2010 due to bankruptcy, but will be back next July.
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  • Call them Caribruegger’s          mspbj
  • 10-15 Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s have selected the sites where they will open their first combined locations next month.
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  • Leather & Latte          sw journal
  • 10-14 Leather products and espresso drinks might sound like an unusual combination, but it makes perfect sense to the owners of Twin Cities Leather & Latte, opening at 2717 Hennepin Ave. S. in late September.
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  • The Country Bar: $329K          mspbj
  • 10-14 The owners of an Uptown dive bar struggling to pay their taxes are trying to sell their business.
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  • Is Minnesota getting a beer glut?          mspbj
  • 10-14 Over the past few years Minnesota’s craft brewing industry has exploded, growing to more than 50 breweries. Local craft breweries produced 308,000 barrels of beer in 2012, an 80 percent jump from the previous year. (Minnesota now ranks 10th in the nation, one spot behind Wisconsin.)
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  • 4 mn breweries win awards          twin cities business
  • 10-14 Town Hall, Summit, Surly, and Schell’s won medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.
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  • Travail Kickstarter nets $255K          msp magazine
  • 10-14 Annihilate. Crush. Whatever you want to call it, Travail’s much buzzed about Kickstarter campaign ended yesterday with a grand total of $255,669, thanks to supporters. The goal? $75,000. Yeah, we’ll call that pure obliteration.
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  • Kowalski’s Turns 30          wcco
  • 10-13 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For the first time after his accidental death, Jim Kowalski’s family is talking publicly.
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  • Zombie Pub Crawl draws 30K          fox9
  • 10-13 MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Zombie Pub Crawl attracted 30,000 of the undead to the U of M West Bank on Saturday.
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  • Now Open: Crave          sw journal
  • 10-11 The latest business to open in Kam Talebi’s rapidly expanding Kaskaid Hospitality portfolio is Muse, a three-level, 23,000-square-foot events center in North Loop.
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  • Dining at Humphrey Terminal          mpr
  • 10-11 ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rising passenger traffic at the Humphrey Terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has attracted a new food vendor.
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  • Closed: Urban Tri          sw journal
  • 10-11 Urban Tri closed for business Sept. 29 at 50th & Bryant. The shop for tri-athletes opened in 2011 and sold racing bikes, swim gear and running apparel.
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  • First Avenue to buy Turf Club          city pages
  • 10-11 First Avenue has announced plans to purchase and take over management of the Turf Club. The venerable St. Paul venue has long been one of the best Twin Cities venues of any size, and it’s entering a new era after eight years under the ownership of Tom Scanlan. On October 15, the deal will officially go through.
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  • Whistler Soda is a throwback          city pages
  • 10-10 It’s always sort of a novelty when you go to places like Brasa, La Loma, or Gorkha Palace and they have Mexican Coke in a bottle. It’s impossible not to order one of these sodas for at least two good reasons: First, pure cane sugar soda tastes way better. Second, there’s just something fun and classic about drinking from a glass bottle.
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  • Shutdown hinders Blue Plate’s brewpub           mspbj
  • 10-10 For the second time in two years, a government shutdown is impairing Blue Plate Restaurant Co.’s plans for a new location.
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  • Booze adds $3b to mn economy          twin cities business
  • 10-10 An industry trade association said that the wine and spirits business directly supports 13,900 jobs in the state, including about 1,210 workers at wholesaler companies.
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  • Shutdown = No new craft beer          pocono record
  • 10-9 The partial government shutdown has closed an obscure agency that approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft beer industry.
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  • Patrick’s Bakery expanding          mspbj
  • 10-9 Patrick’s Bakery Café is expanding to Maple Grove.
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  • Total Wine to open 2nd store          mspbj
  • 10-9 Total Wine & More has signed its second Twin Cities lease as it prepares to enter the market later this year.
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  • Town Hall is one of the best brewpubs          city pages
  • 10-9 Since its inception, Town Hall Brewery has produced many award-winning beers including their Hope & King Scotch ale, which took home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011, and the Russian Roulette chocolate imperial stout, which took home the same award in 2008. Several brewers who got their start at Town Hall have gone on to open their own successful brewing businesses, including Jamie Robinson from Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub.
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  • Lines form around TC Chick-fil-A’s          star tribune
  • 10-9 Chick-fil-A, one of the country’s fastest-growing fast-food chains, has attracted dozens of Minnesotans to camp out for a chicken sandwich giveaway as it prepares to open its first stand-alone stores in the state.
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  • Famous Dave’s to add a dozen          twin cities business
  • 10-8 Famous Dave’s of America, Inc., recently announced that four of its franchisees have signed development deals to add a total of 12 new locations.
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  • Minnesota Wild courts foodies          twin cities daily planet
  • 10-8 For the last year or so, Global Groceries has been mostly about exploring ethnic grocery stores and community gardens, searching for the interesting, the foreign, and the exotic. Recently, I had what for me was one of the most colorful adventures since I started writing this column: a few hours inside the world of professional sports.
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  • Sustainable sushi on Nicollet          mspbj
  • 10-8 A sushi restaurant that plans to serve only sustainable fish is opening soon on Nicollet Avenue in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis.
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  • True Thai closed          city pages
  • 10-8 After legal woes and financial difficulties, True Thai may finally be closing its doors.
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  • Keen Eye Coffee now open          city pages
  • 10-7 Just kitty-corner to well-loved brewpub Northbound Smokehouse, Keen Eye Coffee quietly opened two weeks ago in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood. The shop is making its home in the same space that was once Tillie’s Bean, one of southeast Minneapolis’s few independent coffee shops at the time it closed.
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  • Lake Monster Brewing          city pages
  • 10-4 It’s been a good few months since a new brewery opened in the metro area, so the timing was just perfect for Lake Monster Brewing to come to the surface a few weeks ago. The company is operating with a slightly different model than most of our local breweries.
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  • Middle East eatery squeezes in          minnesota daily
  • 10-4 Mohamad Abdul Ahmad’s new restaurant is skeletal. It has no food yet — only the basics.
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  • Little Szechuan to expand          city pages
  • 10-2 Students, start your taste buds. Professors, ready your palates. Little Szechuan, the master of sizzling Szechuan-style heat, is opening its third location near the University of Minnesota.
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  • Aster Cafe to re-open in style          city pages
  • 10-2 After suffering major damage from a water main break nearly a month ago, Aster Cafe is finally ready to re-open in style.
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  • Seventh Street Social now open          city pages
  • 10/1 Seventh Street Social, a new contemporary comfort classics eatery that is in no way associated with Eat Street or Northeast Social, is now officially up and running in Highland Park.
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  • Top 5 late-night coffee shops in Minneapolis          city pages
  • 10/1 Whether you’re a student up late trying to cram for your next test, a writer trying to finish that last chapter, or just about anyone who likes the calm, nighttime ambiance of coffee shops, you know it can be difficult to find a good spot to work after dusk. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the location scouting for you, so you can get down to the work you should be doing.
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  • Bruegger’s opening MOA store          mspbj
  • 10/1 Bruegger’s Bagels is opening a new location in Mall of America’s recent expansion.
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  • 17K lbs of frozen pizza recalled          wcco
  • 9/30 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A central Minnesota pizza maker is recalling more than 17,000 pounds of frozen pizza products after they failed to put a known allergen in the pizzas on the label, the Department of Agriculture says.
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  • A Hard Cider Taproom Comes To Mpls          twin cities business
  • 9/27 Sociable Cider Werks hopes to open a taproom and begin selling its hard cider products commercially by late December.
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  • Now Open: Union Fish Market          city pages
  • 9/26 For now Union Fish Market will only be open for dinner. Chef’s specialties include butter-poached Maine Lobster with lemongrass consommé; skate wing with brown butter and roasted hazelnuts; and an Asian-inspired charred Dungeness crab dish with sesame, chili, lime, sambal, and sticky rice.
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  • New burger chain opens in TC          mspbj
  • 9/26 Fast-growing burger chain Jake’s Wayback Burgers hopes its nostalgic burger concept takes hold in the Twin Cities when it its first store here in early October.
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  • Robbinsdale: a foodie destination          minnpost
  • 9/25 The Minneapolis skyline is visible from Robbinsdale’s West Broadway Avenue, but unlike some neighboring first-ring suburbs, the little city has a flourishing downtown and a growing population.
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  • New Spyhouse opens in NE          city pages
  • 9/25 Bathed in early morning sunlight, Spyhouse Coffee at the corner of Broadway and Central in Northeast Minneapolis is bustling.
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  • Verdant tea house, calm lifestyle          minnpost
  • 9/23 Slender and soft-spoken, David Duckler doesn’t look like a spy. And he’s probably not. But it was a boost from the CIA that started him on the path to opening a tea house in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.
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  • Tips on opening a restaurant          minnesota business
  • 9/19 A veteran of many openings, most recently Marin in Minneapolis, bar manager Mike Rasmussen talks launch strategy
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  • MN Cheesefest hits its stride          city pages
  • 9/17 While last year’s inaugural event resulted in long lines and too little cheddar for the sampling, this year’s Minnesota Cheesefest at the Minnesota State Fair grounds was quite the opposite.
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  • Envy owners in court over taxes          mspbj
  • 9/16 Owners of the shuttered Envy nightclub were in court Friday to face tax-evasion charges that they under-reported revenue by nearly a quarter-million dollars over three months.
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  • MN chef’s show starts Sat.          mspbj
  • 9/13 A Minnesota chef is the star of a new Food Network show that debuts Saturday. Heartland Table features Amy Thielen cooking from her home in rural Two Inlets, north of Park Rapids. The show gives viewers a look at the former Manhattan chef’s recipes for Midwestern dishes like fried bologna, rhubarb spears and blueberry lemon pie.
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  • Top 10 Places to Eat in NOLO          city pages
  • 9/12 As its ubiquitous, chic loft condominiums suggest, the North Loop is quickly becoming a hot spot for trendy Minneapolitans. Bordered by the new Twins Stadium to the southwest, Hennepin Avenue to the southeast, Plymouth Avenue to the northwest, and the Mississippi River to the northeast, the heart of this warehouse-district-in-metamorphosis is increasingly popular for its budding food scene, which includes a number of Best Of winners. In case you’ve missed all the excitement, here are our top ten favorite spots to grab a bite in the North Loop.
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  • Caffetto keeps brewing          minnesota daily
  • 9/12 It’s not often you stumble upon a drooling French Mastiff named Skinny when wandering through a coffee shop, but when you’re at Caffetto, it’s just part of the routine. Catering to local artists, musicians, mathematicians and French Mastiffs alike, Caffetto is one of few remaining coffee shops doubling as an intellectual and artistic hub.
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  • Bang Brewing will open doors          twin cities daily planet
  • 9/11 Beer will be flowing on Fridays and Saturdays at Bang Brewing Co. in south St. Anthony Park starting this weekend. The doors to Bang Brewing, 2320 Capp Road, will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. First up on the beer list is Bang’s launch beer, Neat, a “very pale ale.” Bang will serve pints at the brewery and have growlers available for take away, according to proprietor Sandy Boss Febbo.
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  • True Thai could lose liquor license          mspbj
  • 9/9 South Minneapolis restaurant True Thai could have its wine and beer license revoked if the owners don’t pay delinquent state taxes dating back to May.
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  • Egg business expands to TC          duluth news tribune
  • 9/9 Locally Laid, a pasture-based egg operation in Duluth, is expanding. Just a year after its eggs first landed on shelves at Whole Foods Co-op and Homecroft Foods in Duluth, Locally Laid eggs is expanding in the Twin Cities area.
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  • Lake Monster craft beers debut          mspbj
  • 9/6 The newest brews to hit the burgeoning Twin Cities beer market arrive next week. But be warned: the label might scare swimmers. Entrepreneurs Matt Zanetti and Matt Lange are calling their new Minneapolis company Lake Monster Brewing.
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  • Fulton brewing up expansion          business wire
  • 9/4 Fast-growing Fulton Brewing Co. is significantly expanding with a long-term lease for a 51,000-square-foot industrial building in Northeast Minneapolis.
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  • Yard House coming soon to St. Louis Park          city pages
  • 9/4 The Shops at the West End are cashing in on the beer boom in a big way. Joining Cooper Irish Pub, Figlio 2.0, and who could forget, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar (and Grill? Maybe Toby is just lukewarm on the grill part), is a new outpost of a California-based bar chain called Yard House.
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  • Buffalo Wild Wings to Expand to the Philippines          business wire
  • 8/28 Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ: BWLD) will expand to the Philippines with the announcement today that the company has signed a development agreement with one of the country’s premier restaurant operators to open restaurants later this year. The brand, built on wings, beer and sports, previously announced international expansion plans to Canada, Mexico and the Middle East.
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  • Travail plans a restaurant          city pages
  • 8/27 Travail’s co-owners Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg have been keeping busy this summer, but somehow between all the sauce-slinging and smoke-spooning at Pig Ate My Pizza, barbecuing at their block party, and planning the upcoming Rookery, plus the return of the re-vamped Travail (whew), the trio has also found time to come up with a concept for a month-long pop-up restaurant, reports the StarTribune.
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  • One Two Three Sushi opens in Dinkytown          mspbj
  • 8/27 One Two Three Sushi, the quick-service Japanese concept from the company behind Masu Sushi & Robata, has opened its third location, in the Dinkytown neighborhood of Minneapolis.
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  • Burger King delivering in Mpls          pr newswire
  • 8/27 MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Spokane, Washington to discover why TASTE IS KINGSM from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK® Delivers program. Guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER® sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.
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  • Mystic Lake bets on bars          mspbj
  • 8/26 Mystic Lake Casino Hotel this weekend officially launched three gaming-floor bars, its first big expansion since scrapping a ban on alcohol sales last fall.
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  • More Crooked Pint Ale Houses          mspbj
  • 8/26 Green Mill Restaurants Inc. owner and CEO Paul Dzubnar plans to open his first Crooked Pint Ale House outside of Minnesota next year.
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  • Wedge Co-op survey aids expansion plans          sw journal
  • 8/22 The Wedge Co-op is wrapping up a survey that will inform the decision on where to locate a second store. The survey checks the distance shoppers travel to The Wedge, asks how The Wedge compares to other grocers, and seeks input on social causes The Wedge should champion. To choose the next location, staff are studying the demographics of natural food shoppers and the density of its membership around the metro area.
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  • Hammer & Sickle coming          city pages
  • 8/21 Hammer & Sickle, a new Russian-influenced restaurant, will be moving into the former Kinsen Noodle space on Lagoon Avenue. The hearty food will definitely carry us through our long winters, and a little vodka won’t hurt.
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  • Food trucks hit roadblocks          mspbj
  • 8/21 Twin Cities food trucks are getting hot and cold responses as they try to expand to the suburbs.
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  • Taco Bell bringing breakfast to Minnesota          mspbj
  • 8/16 Yo quiero waffle tacos? Taco Bell Corp. is betting big that you do. The Mexican-style fast food company is planning to begin serving breakfast at all of its nearly 6,000 locations – including those in Minnesota – by mid 2014, according to its largest franchisee, Alabama-based Tacala LLC.
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  • Surly Brewing CEO talks          finance & commerce
  • 8/15 Not many small companies can claim to be the driving force behind a new state law. But then, not many companies have enjoyed the rapid rise of Surly Brewing…
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  • Granite City Reports 11.8% 2Q Increase in Revenue           business wire
  • MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. (OTCQB: GCFB), a casual dining restaurant group, today reported results for the second quarter ended July 2, 2013.
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  • Caribou tries a new look in Minnesota’s cabin country          mspbj
  • Caribou Coffee recently opened a location in Detroit Lakes, the heart of northern Minnesota’s cabin country. But this shop looks a little different than those down here in the Twin Cities.
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  • Cupcake coming to St. Paul, Eagan          pioneer press
  • 8/13 Big news on the Cupcake front: The Minneapolis-based bakery is opening two new east-metro locations in the next few months — one in St. Paul’s Merriam Park neighborhood and one in Eagan…
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