Craig Johnson and Tobie Nidetz have long been a part of the Twin Cities food scene and have been working on opening a handcrafted sausage joint for the past year or so. This weekend, they came that much closer to finally realizing that dream. Prairie Dogs is now open in the former Gray House restaurant space and serving tasty twists on dogs like a Banh Mi, Chicago and Korean style dog. They are only calling it a soft opening for now. The liquor license should come through in the next couple of weeks and allow for them to start pouring the craft beers that they are ready to tap (along with affordable wines.) Call ahead for hours (612) 223-8984.
Meanwhile, Mon Petite Cheri Bakery is running on all cylinders inside the former Himalayan restaurant space on Franklin Avenue in Seward. They are serving baked goods along with breakfast, lunch and Dogwood Coffee Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.