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North Loop’s Family-Owned Szechuan Restaurant Reopens

Jun returns, West 7th gets an all-day breakfast restaurant, and more in the AM Intel

A plexiglass piece with Chinese characters hangs behind a gold-backed booth and a set table.
Flooding forced the restaurant to close for almost a year
Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

Jessie Wong’s Jun Szechuan restaurant re-opened yesterday in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. The neighborhood favorite has a refreshed menu, that still contains . A sprinkler malfunction in October of 2018 forced the one-year old eatery to close all the way up until last year. Jun opens weekdays at 4 pm and at 11 am on the weekends.

Historic Firehouse Opens As an All-Day and Late Night Breakfast Restaurant

Hope Breakfast Bar is hosting a grand opening this Saturday September 21. The eatery is committed to optimism and is pledging to donate 3% of all profits to its neighbors in need. Dishes have a Southern bent with pimento cheese scramble, Cajun gravy topped grits, and biscuits. The restaurant will be open from 6 am until 1 am.

New, Notable Indian Eatery Open at the edge of Minneapolis and Edina

Raag Progressive Indian is now open on 50th just off of France Avenue. The glammed up space will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. The restaurant’s menu was done by Food Network India’s Ajay Chopra and is owned and overseen by chef Romila Ramamurthy. Dishes will be small and large plates with playful, modern takes on Indian cuisine.

Minneapolis is Made a Grand Cochon Beverage Sweep

The national pork competition took place in Chicago last night. Minneapolis’ chef winner Scott Pampuch of 4Bells is competed with other regional chef/winners from across the country for the ultimate title of Prince of Porc. Past Minneapolis grand champions of the culinary competition includes Corner Table’s Karyn Tomlinson in 2018 and Thomas Boemer in 2015. While the main food event did not gonin Pampuch’s favor, Minneapolis still put on a strong showing. Bartenders and sommeliers competed with punch and wine selections. Wayne Roemhildt of Chef Shack Bay City won the national Punch King title. Plus, Nicolas Giraurd of the Minnekada Country Club dazzled everyone with his incredible wine selection for a Somm Smackdown win.

Hungry Hippie Tacos Opens in Grand Marais

Hungry Hippie has opened a new taco shop adjacent to the hotel of the same name. The menu revolves around fry bread tacos stuffed with all kinds of seasonal fillings. In addition to the usual wheat flour tacos, there are some made with local wild rice milled into flour. These hippies are clearly serious about their hippie-ing. The tacos shop is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.