Is this the year of the ramen shop? It's shaping up that way as Ippindo Ramen is now up and running at 817 Washington Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis. The Stadium Villiage situated restaurant is serving steaming bowls of the Japanese noodle soup for around $10 a pop. There are also a few small sharables including steam buns, dumplings and salads. Initial reviews put the value somewhere above Cup o' Noodles, but below the other ramen shops in town. Has ramen hit the crudo eyeroll stage already?
—Ike's Food & Cocktails newest location in Bloomington is now serving just off of 494, between Highway 100 and France Avenue (the brief Blue Point location.) Look for the same burger and fry love that launched a million cravings at the original downtown Minneapolis location.
—Seward's Co-op Creamery is taking a break starting on July 4. After parting ways with opening chef Lucas Almendinger, the restaurant has made the call to temporarily shutter. A statement for the restaurant promises, "Renovations occurring inside the Creamery Café will improve the employee and customer experience." The cafe has struggled to find its footing as a place with local, sustainably raise, fresh food and that actually tastes good and create a convivial dining experience.
—The Como Park Grill has closed after 11 years of serving at 1341 Pascal Street North, over by the State Fairgrounds and Como Park.
—Lulu's Deli has shared the location of its new home. The one-time Merriam Park spot for kofta, falafel and fantastic French fries is moving into the former Acme Deli location on St. Clair Avenue, a couple of blocks off of Snelling in St. Paul. Owner Rouzbeh Toliati told the Pioneer Press that he will draw on his Iranian family recipes for more dishes at this new restaurant - which might not retain the name of the former spot. The location is small and is in need of upgrades (hence the crowdfunding campaign we reported earlier.) They have raised $750 of a $10,000 goal. No opening date has been announced.