1) St. Paul: Rival House Sporting Parlour, operated by the same folks that run on-the-move Bradstreet Crafthouse, is now open for business. In the kitchen is Bradstreet Craftshouse's executive chef Andy Vyskocil, who worked with Red Wagon Pizza Company chef/owner Peter Campbell to master the wood-fired pizza oven. There's also a menu of small plates to fuel long games of skee-ball, ping pong, table hockey, Clue, and more, plus televisions for taking in a game someone else is playing as well. Find Rival House inside the first floor level of the DoubleTree Inn in downtown St. Paul. Open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2) Downtown: Cafe Zentral, the skyway component to Russell and Desta Klein's ambitious culinary takeover of the Soo Line Building is now open. Downtown workers now have another grab and go breakfast and lunch spot available for their office dining. On the menu are pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. Full service Brasserie Zentral started serving in late April, and while the swanky wine bar downstairs, Foreign Legion, isn't quite open yet, there have been reports of private parties and occasional happy hour service. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3) Switcheroos: Inside the former Sunsets location on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, Dean Vlahos's Cru is now CoV. Restaurant runners insist that the name is a better fit for their concept. The Facebook page, still under the name Cru, suggests a seafood-heavy menu. Leading the kitchen is Cory York, a transplant from Florida, where he was the chef de cuisine at Deep Blu inside the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort. CoV will be open for business July 31st.
4) Roundups: Other recently opened Minneapolis restaurants include reopened Buster's on 28th, Sisyphus Brewing, Cask Cookhouse, Minnesota's first Wingstop, and Sundays at the taproom of Lift Bridge Brewery.
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