Bonchon will open inside Bloomington’s Mall of America. The wildly popular Korean fried chicken chain has one other Minneapolis outpost in Uptown (inside that former Davanni’s space on Lake Street, across from Calhoun Square.) The new stand is on Level 3 in the South Side food court. In addition to the headline-grabbing chicken, there are other dishes to get excited about like takoyaki, udon noodle soup, and more. The new stand will begin opening with limited hours.
New Sushi and Bar in the Works at Southdale
Southdale also has plans for a new eatery. Yumi, a Japanese restaurant will open in early 2020 from the owners of Agra Culture, Sotarol, La Grolla and Yogurt Lab. This will be the third Yumi location, with the original in Excelsior, and another planned for St. Paul in November of this year.
Travail’s Extended Pop-Up Plans Aren’t Over Yet
Kua is still going strong inside Travail’s long-running pop-up location on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis’ Kenwood neighborhood. While there are plenty more days to get a taste of the Mexican collaboration with chef Gustavo Romero, the chef collective is already looking ahead. This was expected to be the final pop-up in the temporary location, as Travail continues to built its new home back in Robbinsdale. However, it seems there will be one more restaurant-in-residence at the in-between location. After Kua closes on September 14, the chef collective will do one more as-of-yet unnamed collaboration. Until then, get tickets for Kua before it’s over here, or pop in at the bar for drinks and the special bar menu snacks.
Downtown St. Paul’s Former Macy’s Transforming into Casino
Something tells us that they won’t be preserving the former glory of the River Room. Downtown St. Paul’s long-dormant Macy’s is being transformed into an outpost of Treasure Island Casino. Inside The Pillbox will be a sports bar and the Looney Bin will be a brewery. The Pillbox Tavern will have approximately, 180 and is being opened by the owners of Inver Grove Height’s Jersey’s Bar and Grill. The name comes from the short-lived Saints stadium.