—Do you know the legend of St. Paul's The Original Coney Island Restaurant & Bar? It's a restaurant that hasn't held regular business hours since 1994 and supposedly, served some of the best coney dogs in the city. Walking down St. Peter Street it's possible to peer into the windows and observe a tidy restaurant that seems ready to open at any given moment. Every once in awhile, they will open the doors and welcome guests in for a bite. That time this year is now. According to the restaurant's Facebook page, those doors will swing open for two days this month. Will it really happen? Stop by tomorrow to see if it's true and if those coneys live up to the legend.
—Luxuriating over a meal and cocktails inside Saint Dinette, it's easy to imagine how awesome it would be to score a loft above the restaurant. On Friday February 12, Rayette Lofts are hosting a Valentine's Day inspired happy hour with the help of Erik Eastman of Easy & Oskey and Saint Dinette's Adam Eaton. From 6-8 p.m. Eastman will be mixing Old Fashioneds and Eaton will serve some decidedly off-menu BBQ ribs in the lofts Sinatra room.
—Sad to report that after fifteen years, the little First Course Bistro in South Minneapolis has closed.
—Eden Prairie's Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano made it fourteen years on Flying Cloud Drive, but it has also shuttered.
—Stephanie March of Mpls./St. Paul Magazine reports that Green + the Grain, the health-conscious one-time food truck is expanding to a second Minneapolis skyway location in the old Cousin's Subs spot across from Vellee Deli.
—Eden Avenue Grill is being remade as The Hilltop, with a redesign by restaurant heavyweight design firm, Shea Inc. New chef James Nielson has been brought on to work with long-time chef Bruce Bjorkman and will refresh the menu (while retaining a few fan favorites.) Look for the restaurant to debut this spring.
—Pinot's Palette is opening in St. Louis Park at the end of this month. Wine and paint fans can enjoy both along with some Red Table Meats.