1) St. Paul: The Eagle Street Grille team will open The Salt Cellar, an upscale steak-and-seafood restaurant with an emphasis on classic service and menu items— from cocktails to entree— on the corner of Western and Selby. Look for it to open in October. 1y3 Western Avenue, St. Paul.
2) Switcheroos: Dueling Piano Bar Shout House will move from Block E to a larger space with a soundproof sports bar and VIP area in the Wyman Building this fall, likely before the end of October. It's taking over the first space of nightclub Epic, and a separate tenant will open up on the second floor. 110 N 5th Street.
3) Lyn-Lake: Following the closure of Cause, new bar Iron Door Pub will open. Two managers from Mac's Industrial Sports Bar will open the Uptown establishment, planned to start serving on September 1. Expect a remodel of the space and 24 beers on tap. 3001 Lydale Avenue South.
Shout House. [Photo]
4) Lake Minnetonka: The historic Old Log Theater will rebrand its restaurant as Cast & Cru. The in-house bar and restaurant's upgrade will come as part of a $2.5 million facelift, in part to make the restaurant more upscale and a "destination" separate from the theater. It'll will serve modern American cuisine when it's ready in August, some sourced from the theater's two-acre garden and orchard, and will offer both quick bites for late-arriving show attendees and multi-course tasting menus. 5185 Meadville St, Excelsior.
5) Woodbury: Craft beer shop The Four Firkins will open an outpost off the I-94 Radio Drive exit this September. There will be weekly beer tastings on Friday and Saturday plus classes on things like brewing, beer history, and styles. 8338 3rd Street North, Oakdale.