The historic firehouse at the bottom of the hill on Grand Avenue, just off West 7th Street in Saint Paul will find new life as a wine bar. The 1870’s-era building was scheduled for demolition until neighborhood groups stepped in and petitioned for it to be saved. Now, developers have said that the Hope Engine Co. No. 3 will become a wine bar adjacent to the new Marriott Hotel being built next door. KSTP Channel 5 has the renderings of the planned development. The wine bar will occupy the main level while the upper level will be used as office space. Re-development is in the early stages and no word yet on when the bar would open.
- Vegan crepes and ice cream are available starting today at the new Crepe and Spoon at 339 22nd Avenue Northeast in Minneapolis. According to the Star Tribune, ice cream flavors are made with a base of coconut and almond milks while many of the vegan crepes will offer sweet and savory flavors. “Meaty” options are stuffed with products made at the The Herbivorous Butcher. Normal business hours are Wednesday through Monday. The shop is closed on Tuesdays and for Thanksgiving.
- The Bad Waitress Northeast is getting a major menu tweak. The diner with the full bar will get a supperclub style upgrade thanks to chef Obediah O’Connor (who worked at Cafe Maude and Bulldog N.E.). The new menu kicks off this Friday. The fat pancakes and breakfasts fans have come to love will still be available, but in addition to breakfast for dinner options there will be steaks and a wide array of cocktails to sip.
- CoV Edina opens today. This is the second outpost for the Wayzata-based restaurant serving New England-style food inside 3155 Galleria. The space is huge: 8,000 square feet and the interior design has skipped one holiday and slid right into the next with frosted evergreens, glittering ornaments and dangling be-bowed pinecones all over the place. It would make for a good stop post-Black Friday shopping at the nearby Southdale.