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Downtown Favorite Devil’s Advocate Is Coming to Stillwater

The decade-old beer haven will open a second location near the scenic St. Croix River next month

The diverse pub menu at Devil’s Advocate includes pizzas, salads, and scratch pastas.
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Devil’s Advocate, downtown’s cozy destination for pizzas, pastas, and plenty of beers, will expand its Twin Cities reach with a new location in idyllic Stillwater.

Its first foray outside of the city is scheduled to debut in mid-October at 14200 60th Street N. in a renovated space that formerly housed Famous Dave’s and the Eagles Club 94. The new 5,500-square-foot locale will import of the greatest hits the decade-old brand is known for, including its arugula pasta pappardelle with homemade Italian sausage, Minnesota grain bowl, and margherita pizza.

Its downtown digs, which relocated to 1070 Nicollet Mall a few years ago into a sophisticated space outfitted with a pretty fireplace and antler art, has remained temporarily closed since the dawn of the pandemic and is currently being used to host private events. Its 125-seat sophomore location, around the same size inside as the original, will grow outdoors next spring with the addition of multiple patio areas.

Downtown’s versatile pub menu made a name for itself with starters like cilantro lime shrimp tacos, dry-rubbed wings, and fried calamari; 12-inch pizzas; protein-packed salads; pesto gnocchi and wild mushroom pasta; and a sandwich section filled out by a burger, banh mi, and Philly cheesesteak.

Arugula pasta pappardelle with homemade Italian sausage, parmesan, olive oil, and chili oil.
Devil’s Advocate/official photo

Prolific Twin Cities restaurateur Erik Forsberg and his team spent years looking at various Twin Cities areas to expand the brand before landing on Stillwater, the charming city by the river lined with a growing assortment of great restaurants.

“This region has a great combination of savvy local residents and visitors from miles around. We’re looking forward to making Stillwater a little hotter,” says Forsberg, in a statement.

Forsberg is also behind Irish pub Dan Kelly’s, barbecue bar Erik the Red, and Broadway Pizza franchises. He is also a founding partner in non-GMO cattle operation Naked Beef.

Devil’s Advocate’s margherita pizza.
Devil’s Advocate/official photo
The Minnesota grain bowl (chicken breast, apples, grapes, candied walnuts, celery, wild rice, beery micro greens, and a white peach vinaigrette).
Devil’s Advocate/official photo