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Edwards Dessert Kitchen Makes a Grand Return in the North Loop, and More Openings

These are the latest restaurant and bar openings around the Twin Cities

A round white cake sits on a round white plate in an aerial view photo. On top of the cake are small white meringue balls, rainbow-colored edible glitter, and strips of white fondant.
Edwards Dessert Kitchen returns to Minneapolis’s North Loop this week.
Jasmine Weiser

This is a curated, running list of new restaurant and bar openings in and around the Twin Cities. New updates are published biweekly. Did we miss something? Reach out at

May 5

NORTH LOOP — As of May 5, Edwards Dessert Kitchen is officially reopen in the North Loop. A popular spot for creative, decadent desserts and drinks at a chic bar, Edwards closed amid the pandemic — during the grand reopening this weekend, look for menu highlights like Rocher Mousse, chocolate cherry budino, and lemongrass banana cream pie, as well as savory small plates, from chef Jasmine Weiser.

MERRIAM PARK — Modern Filipino restaurant Kalsada opened April 26 in the former Augustine’s space on Selby Avenue, reports Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Chef Leah Raymundo and John Occhiato are splitting the restaurant into a day and a night menu: From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., they’ll serve coffee and pastries from Cafe Astoria (one of their other ventures). Starting at 4 p.m., expect a menu of modern Filipino fare, from kare kare short ribs with shrimp paste and bok choy to truffled chicken adobo.

KINGFIELD — Popular empanada and pizza restaurant Boludo opened in its new, bigger space on 38th Street on April 26. Chef Facundo DeFraia is calling the new spot “El 38” — expect revamped pizza and empanada items to emerge from the larger kitchen space, reports Racket, and at the new location only, enjoy wine, beer, shots of Fernet Branca, and a fernet and coca cola cocktail called “Fernando.”

MERRIAM PARK — Mario’s, a ‘70s-style pizzeria by the team behind St. Paul’s Estelle, opened on Cleveland Avenue on April 24. Come for East Coast-style hero sandwiches, zeppole doughnuts, and pan pizza done Sicilian-style — from simple sausage and red sauce combos to artichoke pizzas with garlic cream sauce and piquillo peppers from chef Jason Hansen. According to Racket, chef Evan Vranian is baking Italian sesame seed loaves for hoagies.

April 19

LYN-LAKE — Wrecktangle Pizza’s much anticipated Lyn-Lake location will officially open this Wednesday, April 20. (The restaurant announced on Instagram that its doors will open at precisely 4:20 p.m. on... 4/20.) Expect an expanded menu of rectangular, pan-baked, Detroit-style pizza and other dishes — plus, reports Racket, a roomy bar, meat smoker, and slushy machine.

DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS — Chef David Fhima’s skyway location of Mother Dough Bakery opened April 15, reports Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for a menu that’s very similar to the first-floor location, one of the Cities’ hottest new restaurants — plenty of sandwiches on fresh challah and brioche, as well as Danish pastries, éclairs, and croissants.

DINKYTOWN — CrunCheese Korean Hot Dog opened near the University of Minnesota campus the weekend of April 9, introducing a game-changing (and immensely popular, reports Racket) corn dog menu to the Twin Cities metro. Try the potato mozzarella, cheddar and sausage, or rice cake dog.

MOBILE — In other corn dog news, the Corn Dog Company, a national operation selling honey-glazed, hand-dipped corn dogs, has debuted a food truck in Minneapolis, reports Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine. Try the “epic,” a footlong all-beef dog served with honey, ketchup, and mustard — and keep your eye on the event calendar to see where the food truck is stopping next.

NORTH LOOP — Fried chicken pop-up Burnt Chicken has begun a year-long residency at First Draft Taproom and Kitchen in Minneapolis’s North Loop, reports the Star Tribune. Look for bourbon-glazed thighs, hot chicken, and fried chicken sandwiches from chef Bernard Collins.

HIAWATHA — Venn Brewing opened its coffee element at its Hiawatha Avenue location on April 1. Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m., the brewery will serve classic coffee drinks like lattes and macchiatos, plus drip coffee and a selection of teas. Beer pours start at 8 a.m.

March 30

ST. LOUIS PARK — A small takeaway bakery specializing in gluten-free goods, Hold the Wheat, opened in St. Louis Park on March 26, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine reports. In 2016, baker Spencer Justiniano started Hold the Wheat started as a side hustle, and later expanded to selling gluten-free cakes, cookies, and pies (look for salted caramel apple and berry) at farmers markets around the metro. This is his first permanent location — currently, Hold the Wheat is exclusively selling out of the new bakery space.

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS — A restaurant debut from The Gentleman Forager — aka Mike Kempenich, local mushroom cultivator, forager, and teacher extraordinaire — the Shroom Room opened in Columbia Heights on March 26. Instead of having daily service, the Shroom Room will serve a ticketed series of feasts from chef Taylor O’Brien. As Racket reports, expect a menu of wild and foraged ingredients and plenty of live music.

DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS — Seven Steakhouse and Sushi reopened at their Hennepin Avenue location on March 25, in an unexpected comeback from their abrupt January closure. Racket reports that co-owners Ken Sherman and Erick Patterson have so far been tight-lipped about their reasons for reopening. Regardless, Seven’s return is good news for downtown nightlife.

MERRIAM PARK — Chef Kevin Manley and Anna Morgan opened subterranean spot Gus Gus on March 19, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine reports. Creative dishes like venison cheddarwurst with apple slaw and mustard, poutine with fried gnocchi and braised oxtail, and squash pudding with garam masala are menu highlights — as are Jell-O shots with Aperol and Tattersall bitter orange, served in a cozy basement space.

DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL — Momento, a restaurant serving wood-fired dishes and American fare, opened March 18 in Pazzaluna’s former downtown St. Paul space, as reported by the Pioneer Press. The menu is Italian-influenced, and the cocktails list will feature spirits from Tattersall Distillery.

UPTOWN — Sister restaurant of the legendary Uptown Diner, the New Uptown Cafe opened March 17 in the former North Face space on Hennepin Avenue, as reported by Racket. With an entire menu section labeled “Pancake Heaven,” the cafe is set to become a new breakfast staple on a much-fretted-over stretch of Hennepin Avenue.

NOKOMIS — Asa’s Bakery opened at its new location in Minneapolis’s Nokomis neighborhood on March 13. Owner Asa Diebolt serves some of the best bagels — and some of the only bialys — in the Twin Cities, and his new expanded menu includes smoked whitefish and lox sandwiches, and more cream cheeses, reports Racket. So far, Asa’s has been selling out early most days.

NICOLLET MALL — Ties Lounge and Rooftop, a four-story nightclub and community space, opened in downtown Minneapolis on March 12. The creation of trio Stevie Moman, Tommy Joyce, and Gene Sanguma, Ties has an ambitious mission to create an inclusive and welcoming nightlife space downtown — Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has the full story. Ties’ third floor offers fast-casual Italian fare from Joey Meatballs.

DINKYTOWN — Soga Mochi Donut opened at Dragon Star Oriental Foods in St. Paul in early March, the Pioneer Press reports. The restaurant’s mochi donuts are circular — a ring of mochi balls baked together like beads — and made chewy and bouncy by the addition of glutinous rice flour. Flavors (like matcha and yuzu) developed by co-founder Bella Zhan change week to week. As of late March, Soga Mochi Donut is temporarily closed for renovations.

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