—Downtown Stillwater’s LOLO American Kitchen & Craft Bar is opening two new spots. Sticking with their river-side roots, owners chef Brad Nordeen and general manager Joe Ehlenz plan to open in Hudson, Wisconsin, in a much larger space that will include patio seating. Mid October will also see the opening of a LOLO's annex at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Lolo joins restaurants like Stone Arch from prolific restaurant owner Ryan Burnet and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, Angel Food Bakery and Smack Shack, and Republic’s airport edition, which will open in a joint venture with McNally Smith College of Music this Saturday.
—Caydence Records and Coffee will open mid-October on St. Paul’s Payne Avenue after a lengthy restoration process to the historic building. Serving coffee from Bootstrap Roasters and pastries from bakeries around the Twin Cities, the owners, and former band mates, will attempt to curate as much local music as possible for the "record" portion of the business.
—St. Paul is finally getting a much-anticipated, dedicated ramen spot on Victoria. Tori Ramen will serve poultry based ramen recipes crafted by Chef Jason Dorweiler, whose partner partner Asiya Persaud will handle front of the house. Eschewing the ubiquitous pork broth that ramen is known for might be a bold move, but Dorweiler is confident in his recipes. Tori Ramen will focus exclusively on ramen and serve wine and beer as well as house made kombucha. The 25 seat restaurant is slated to open October 15.
—Blue Plate Restaurant Co.’s co-owners Stephanie Shimp and David Burley are continuing their take-over of the local food scene with, oh, just a handful of new restaurants, in the very near future. First up is Mercury, slated to open end of October in the former Brasserie Zentral space in downtown Minneapolis. Mercury promises to fill a gap in the downtown market which is lacking in mid-range, neighborhoody bistros. A few weeks later, the team will open the adjacent Shindig, a private events space in the former Foreign Legion.
— Hiring: Several spots are hiring around town: some old favorites, some brand new, and some revamped and almost ready to roll.
Young Joni is hiring for back of house positions including line, prep, wood fired pizza oven cooks, grill cooks and dishwashers. Stop by at their Job Fair over the next two days to apply and interview. The job fair will be held at Dangerous Man Brewing Company on Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12 from 9am - 3pm. Click here for more information or want to apply online.
Eddie Wu is looking for a new chef over at Cook St. Paul after Chef Taelyn Lang’s departure to pursue his dreams of owning a goat farm in Oregon. No lie.
Over at Tullibee in the upcoming Hewing Hotel, several positions are open in both the front and back of the house. Click here for more details.
And at the eagerly anticipated Cafe Alma, a slew of spots need filling. Click here for the Craig’s List ad.