Mike Rakun’s newest restaurant Benedict’s Morning Heroes launched early this morning in downtown Wayzata. The owner of Mercy (and previously the chef of Marin) has opened a second eatery in the western suburb serving breakfast and lunch at 845 Lake Street East and will be open 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. The menu is updated diner fare with a full bar. The room is light, with bright pastels and a comfy vibe.
—Speaking of Wayzata, that’s where CōV’s original location has been for the past two years. The second outpost of the east coast inspired restaurant is opening any minute now in Edina’s Galleria, where the Barnes and Nobel used to be. The restaurant is owned by Dean Vlahos whose restaurant ownership includes the Champps and Redstone American Grill chains, as well as Blvd. Kitchen & Bar.
—In spicier expansion news, Hot Indian Foods is taking to the skyway for its next location. What began as a brightly colored food truck with handily carried Indian dishes like the “indurito,” an Indian burrito, will soon include two quick-service locations. A skyway lease has been signed, but owner Amol Dixit is staying mum on where exactly the new spot will be located. The new outpost will join the first counter-service only restaurant inside Midtown Global Market.
—There’s an adorable little bakery staffing up at 5401 Penn Avenue South. Lucky Oven Bakery is the work of Kristy Dirk, who worked at Red Wagon Pizza Company. Everything will be made from scratch and if plans progress on track, Lucky Oven could be open in time to purchase delectable holiday goodies to pass off as your own.
—Bar Brigade has expanded its hours. The wee restaurant in St. Paul’s Highland Park from owner Matty O’Reilly and chef J.D. Fratzke has added both a weekend brunch service and lunch hours as of today. The nearby St. Kate’s people should be thrilled about this news. The lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches and crepes. Brunch also includes crepes, French toast, savory egg dishes and more.