—Widely recognized as the best sushi restaurant in Minneapolis, Origami has decided to close its original North Loop location and sell the building. Luckily, the Uptown location with the incredible Japanese whiskey selection will remain.
—In ickier news, Bombay Bistro's downtown restaurant's Medical Arts Building location was shuttered by the Minneapolis Commissioner of Health for multiple violations. The restaurant voluntarily closed another location in the Park n Ride building near Macy's. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Cindy Weckwerth, a supervisor of the food, pools and lodging division of the Minneapolis Department of Health said, "If a restaurant scores over nine during an inspection, that's critical. They scored 80 [during an inspection in March] so it's kind of off the scale."
—Loring Kitchen & Bar has also made the decision to close its doors. There's still time to say goodbye. The final day of business will be December 14.
—Franklin Street Bakery will cease retail sales at its Franklin Avenue location. Wholesale business has been going so well that the business needs the space to focus entirely on that operation.
—One last closure of note: Abbott Northwestern hospital is booting McDonald's out of the building. Seems the healthcare provider has discovered that having a twenty four hour fast food shop might not actually be good for the overall health of patients and hospital workers. Le duh.
—Now for the fun stuff, seems a few lucky drinkers got a sneak peek at a new speakeasy that's popped up in the Lyn/Lake neighborhood. Volstead Emporium is behind an unmarked door at 711 West Lake Street - or so says Stephanie March of Mpls./St. Paul Magazine. Tomorrow would be an excellent opportunity to sample the 1920's style cocktails and the anniversary of Repeal Day.
—The Draft Horse (originally called Workhorse) in the Food Building in Northeast will open for business tomorrow. The restaurant shares an address with Red Table Meats and Lone Grazer Creamery. It's tasty company to keep. The largely locally sourced menu will be served Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
—Also opening soon is The Unofficial Dive Bar & Grill The un-Google-able name accompanies a new dive bar (is there such a thing) will open with craft beer and a come-as-you-are attitude at 3701 Stinson Blvd. on December 7. Stop by and get us a couple of kozes.