When long-time University Avenue breakfast spot Bonnie’s Cafe closed earlier this spring, the loss was felt around the neighborhood. Now, the space will be alive with the sound of sizzling butter and clinking coffee mugs once again. Dubliner Cafe, an off-shoot of the pub next door, will open for business sometime this summer, according to Dubliner Pub’s Gerri Connelly. "The space has been buffed up," she said. "We are reusing some refinished booths and stools. We kept some of the original items, but put our own touch on it." The cafe will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and lunch and close at 3 p.m., when the kitchen will begin serving the pub for happy hour and dinner until 11 p.m.
"While the bar won’t be open during the day, if they really want a cocktail for breakfast, we can get them that," Connelly joked. An official opening date is coming soon. (And read upon the Bonnie's Cafe sad saga here.)
—La La Homemade Ice Cream is revamping the old Shoe Zoo space at 3146 Hennepin Avenue in Uptown according to Stephanie March of Mpls./St. Paul Magazine. In addition to ice cream, there will be a full soda fountain array of treats including milk alternatives, baked goods like cakes and pies, coffee, tea and more. The shop is expected to open later this month.
—Restaurants taking some summer hours off: Pig Ate My Pizza, Travail and the Rookery are all dark for their summer break (which annually follows that lake bash blowout.) So, we have to wait until after Wednesday July 13, when they'll come back and answer our questions about the possible new Kansas City style barbecue joint in Northeast.
—Restaurant Alma is gearing up for the big remodel / refresh (to go along with the new construction on the highly-anticipated cafe space next door.) Make those dinner reservations before August 12, when the restaurant will go dark until late fall/early winter.