Quang Restaurant, the family-owned, 30 year-old icon of Minneapolis dining is closing for a spell starting this Sunday. The family has decided to give the building a renovation that’s expected to last until mid-summer. For six days fans will have to hold onto those pho cravings while the first part of the remodel is underway. After that, the changes will happen incrementally. Quang first opened in 1989 in a small space by chef and owner Mrs. Truong. A mom of seven kids, she worked to pull the family up and out of poverty, creating an impressive legacy in the process. The restaurant has been feeding Minneapolis in hearty portions at attainable prices ever since. The restaurant eventually moved from the small space into its current address at 2719 Nicollet Avenue. This is the first major renovation to be made since that time.
—Union Kitchen is back and serving inside its new, semi-permanent home. The Hmong-cuisine pop-up from chefs Yia Vang and Chris Her is currently cooking outside of Sociable Ciderwerks inside a trailer. Food is served from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight and starting at noon Saturday and Sunday.
—In other pop-up news, Cook St. Paul has added a Hawaiian pop-up on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ono Hawaiian Plates will serve macaroni salad, rice and some kind of meat: maybe chicken katsu maybe beef stew.
—One more pop-up, just because it’s been way too damn cold. For those that have been surfing cheap airfares for tropical climes, Lawless Distilling has gone beachy serving frosty fun drinks like one with edible sand garnishes and dressed up the dark room in tropical colors. It should be warm enough this weekend to sport that back-of-the-closet resort wear.
—Just when it seemed like the North Loop might be maxed out on restaurants, news of an approaching food hall arrived. The parking-challenged neighborhood is getting Graze Provisions & Libations at 525 3rd Street North that will be entirely stocked with eateries, unlike other halls that also have retail shops. The two-story space is eyeing a summer opening.
—A closing of note for littles who love their dolls and the deep-pocketed grown-ups that indulge them, the Mall of America American Girl store is closing, and along with it, the cafe that served people and accessorized-to-the-max dollies.