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Northeast is Getting The Bad Waitress, Glam Dolls Donuts and Lu’s Sandwich

Unconventionally glazed doughnuts, massive pancakes and bahn mi are upgrading brunch and lunch this winter.

Those empresses of impressive dough are expanding.
Those empresses of impressive dough are expanding.
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The Bad Waitress Diner and Coffeeshop, known for its use of organic and local products and, ironically, great service, is opening a second location on the outskirts of downtown Minneapolis. The Journal broke the news about the expansion into the newly reconstructed 700 Central building at the corner of Central and Seventh Street in Northeast. The new location will be spacious at 3,500 square feet and will offer dinner table service and a full bar. Owner Andy Cohen (not that Andy Cohen) told The Journal he and his wife Mary have been searching for a second location for over a year. "We’re really excited about the neighborhood and the project itself," he said. Opening date is planned for November.

Inside The Bad Waitress Diner

Nicollet Avenue neighbor Lu’s Sandwich is coming over the Northeast too. The Bánh mì shop will move into their second home in the Red 20 building in June. Owner Quang Pham promises the tight menu will be similar to the Nicollet Avenue offerings but the new location will turn the vibe up a notch with a more upscale feel and add craft beer and wine. There will also be outdoor seating so you can enjoy your bubble tea al fresco.

But that's not all folks. Glam Dolls Donuts is opening its second location in the very same building. Just like on Nicollet Avenue, you won't have to go far to get dessert after your Bánh mì. Co-owners Teresa Fox and Arwyn Birch hope to open by December. "We'll definitely be expanding the menu," Fox told The Journal. They are adding beer, wine and champagne to an expanded brunch menu. That means the meant-to-be pairing of Sriracha glazed doughnuts and mimosas could be in our near future.