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Fast-growing sensation Wrecktangle Pizza secured a new Lyn-Lake address to serve its rectangular-shaped pies, reports Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. The Detroit-style pizzeria’s first standalone locale, scheduled to open next year, builds upon its existing portfolio that includes outposts in North Loop’s Galley food hall and Malcolm Yards. Wrecktangle will slide into the 3,000-square-foot space that formerly housed a string of eateries (Prieto, Hasty Tasty, and Falafel King) at the corner of Lyndale and Lake Street. Along with a rotating selection of small plates, the team will make use of an existing smoker to add smoked meats and vegetables to the menu. A marketplace will be stocked with goods from local makers, Wrecktangle’s breads, and other grab-and-go offerings. Co-owner and chef Jeff Rogers will also carve out space for pop-ups from rising local chefs, akin to a “rotating micro food hall,” he tells the pub.
St. Paul’s Irish pub closes, makes way for a sports bar
Downtown St. Paul’s Irish staple The Liffey has served its last Guinness, wrapping up a 17-year run across from Xcel Energy Center. Midwest chain Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon flags plans on its website to open there soon. The Liffey’s parent company group Cara Irish Pubs also runs Kieran’s in Minneapolis and The Local West End in St. Louis Park, which remain open, and The Local Downtown Minneapolis is making a comeback soon.
A new place for pumpkin lattes and panini in Lyn-Lake
Twin Cities barista vet Erin Ryan-Mosley just brought Lyn-Lake a community-driven coffee shop called Third Space Café. Along with seasonal cinnamon roll and pumpkin lattes, pour-overs, and specialty drinks like miel cream cold foam cold brew, there’s pastries from Turtle Bread Company like daily quiche, muffins, croissants, and cookies (2930 Lyndale Avenue).
Neapolitan-style pies and fast-casual salads for Apple Valley
Two homegrown hits are en route to HJ Development’s massive retail project under way in Apple Valley, reports Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Neapolitan-style Punch Pizza and fast-casual salad and smoothie shop Crisp & Green are expected to join a growing roster of tenants starting next spring (Pilot Knob Road and 157th St. W.).
A brand new brewery is en route to Brooklyn Park
Heavy Rotation Brewing got the green light to open a taproom in Brooklyn Park’s shiny new retail complex dubbed Stone Mountain Plaza (9801 Xenia Ave. N.). The small-batch brewery, outfitted with outdoor seating and room for food trucks, will also supply crowlers to local restaurants, liquor stores, and bars, adds Sun Post.
A Wisconsin-style supper club for South Minneapolis
The Creekside Supper & Lounge will replace the space formerly occupied by Pepito’s in South Minneapolis next month, reports Axios. Look for supper club staples like prime rib, steak, and fish frys to go along with Old Fashioneds and Manhattans at the bar. Wisconsin native and Red Sauce Rebellion chef/owner Eli Wollenzien teamed up with building owners Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger on the project next to Parkway Theater.