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Black Sheep Pizza, Salt Cellar and Surly Brewing Are Ready to Serve You

New eateries open just before the new year.

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It's a short week and, let's be honest, we're all working for the holiday break, anyway. Round up your regulators and be amongst the first crews to visit these spanking new restaurants. There is crusty pizza topped with the most luscious of toppings, beer snacks unlike mama ever used to make and flaming table-side served desserts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Black Sheep Pizza

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The former home to Eat Street Buddha Kitchen has been revamped for the slice of heaven that is Black Sheep Pizza. The restaurant space has ditched the obtrusive bar, but wisely kept the window side booths. The menu boasts the coal-fire kissed crusts that fans have come to know and love, but also added char roasted meats (like zesty lamb merguez) and a full bar. Open 11 a.m. daily.

2. Surly Brewing Company

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520 Malcom Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Fans were waiting at the doors like it was sanctuary for the zombie apocalypse when Surly opened the doors to the new brewery. Leave it to the dedicated followers of Surly Nation to show up in full force for a Friday lunch. However, chef Jorge Guzman's menu is already drawing back repeat eaters for the delicious selection of meaty goods inside the new beer hall. The charcuterie board is stacked with braunschweiger, bone marrow and pheasant terrine. Snacks include pretzels with pimento cheese, pierogi and chips pre-dusted with ranch seasoning. There is a burger, salads and just about anything a hungry heart could pine for while knocking back a few beers. Just know that the dedication runs deep and for now at least, there's likely a wait for a table. Open at 11 a.m.

3. The Salt Cellar

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173 Western Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55102
The newest addition to St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood is a bit of a throw back. The cocktail list is comprised of classics like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Side Car or Sazerac. Desserts draw on French classics and there is a tableside flambe show of bananas foster available. The main attraction are the meats, namely the grass fed beef steaks. They open at 4 p.m. with small plates and unleash the full dinner menu at 5 p.m.

1. Black Sheep Pizza

2550 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis, MN
The former home to Eat Street Buddha Kitchen has been revamped for the slice of heaven that is Black Sheep Pizza. The restaurant space has ditched the obtrusive bar, but wisely kept the window side booths. The menu boasts the coal-fire kissed crusts that fans have come to know and love, but also added char roasted meats (like zesty lamb merguez) and a full bar. Open 11 a.m. daily.

2. Surly Brewing Company

520 Malcom Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Fans were waiting at the doors like it was sanctuary for the zombie apocalypse when Surly opened the doors to the new brewery. Leave it to the dedicated followers of Surly Nation to show up in full force for a Friday lunch. However, chef Jorge Guzman's menu is already drawing back repeat eaters for the delicious selection of meaty goods inside the new beer hall. The charcuterie board is stacked with braunschweiger, bone marrow and pheasant terrine. Snacks include pretzels with pimento cheese, pierogi and chips pre-dusted with ranch seasoning. There is a burger, salads and just about anything a hungry heart could pine for while knocking back a few beers. Just know that the dedication runs deep and for now at least, there's likely a wait for a table. Open at 11 a.m.
520 Malcom Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

3. The Salt Cellar

173 Western Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
The newest addition to St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood is a bit of a throw back. The cocktail list is comprised of classics like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Side Car or Sazerac. Desserts draw on French classics and there is a tableside flambe show of bananas foster available. The main attraction are the meats, namely the grass fed beef steaks. They open at 4 p.m. with small plates and unleash the full dinner menu at 5 p.m.
173 Western Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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