A new chapter has begun at 128 Cleveland Avenue in St. Paul’s Merriam Park. Stewart’s softly opened over the weekend with a limited food menu, but a full bar. Starting tomorrow, the restaurant that was once the 128 Cafe will be open for real. Chef and owner Max Thompson will be rolling out the new dishes and ushering in a new era for the neighborhood eatery. Plus, there’s finally parking!
Herbie’s on the Park also opened over the weekend. The elegant restaurant is named for Herb Brooks, the hockey player and coach best known for leading the Miracle on Ice team. The full bar specializes in Moscow Mules, but they are also serving a tasty Old Fashioned served with a brandied cherry in the ice. The menu is casual enough for a weekday work lunch, but formal enough for a meal before the theater. Try the walleye cakes and the burgers. Tasty stuff.
Mrs. Dumpling is eyeing a December opening in Lyn/Lake. The Growler first reported that the tasty flavor pockets have found a permanent address in the old Milio’s Subs location. Most days it’ll be a casual spot, but on Fridays and Saturdays, they’ll open up street side service until 3 a.m. Our drunk food dinner prayers have been answered.
Now, this is not to be confused with Dumpling , our other beloved little tasty bombs that started at the farmers market. They are also under construction. If you want to meet up with them and check out how things are going, there’s the LOCO DUUK 2 pop up happening at Gigi’s this Saturday.
Great news for Korean BBQ fans, Sum Dem is taking shape at 735 East 48th Street in Minneapolis. In addition to deeply flavorful charred meats and funky kimchi, owners are also promising some vegetarian options as well. We’re staying tuned for more details.
The Standish-neighborhood’s beloved Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub is getting into the food truck game and its bringing its beer on the road. In addition to parking downtown and at events, the food and beer on wheels will allow the restaurant to expand its catering offerings. These guys are going at it hardcore, too. The truck launches in November.