Deli Details, Diner Debuts and multiple mini-golf courses in August restaurant roundup

Don’t let the news bargain from the late August State Fair fool you: There’s a lot going on in food and drink outside the fairgrounds this month, including announcements important top chefs and, oddly, several new mini-golf related ones. Notions.

On the list!


Abang Yoli

Imminent news to get us started: Abang Yoli is opening in the former Boludo space at 38 & Nicollet… today! At 11 o’clock ! It’s the first standalone location for chef Jamie Yoo, whose Korean fried chicken and more restaurant debuted at The Market at Malcolm Yards last year. Here is a small overview of the space via Abang Yoli’s Instagram.

Eat Street Center

CenterThe takeover of the former Wedge Table space is complete, and although it looks a lot like the original in the Northeast – colorful pink and yellow walls, a large central bar, an airy and relaxed atmosphere – it is also his own animal. The space is larger, with several concepts including Everywhen Burger Bar’s smash burgers and Vivir’s cafe/bakery/all-day market under one roof. Plus a terrace! Lots to like here; take a photo tour courtesy of Eater Twin Cities.

Disco Death Records

Do you like records? Coffee? Film photography ? Joel Eckerson, Colin Wilkinson and Jordan Enger, the trio behind the new Disco Death Records in the Wedge neighborhood. Eckerson and Wilkinson closed their original record store, Dead Media, during the pandemic, and returned to a sleek new space with a satanically-named drinks menu and a “speakeasy movie lab” courtesy of Basement laboratory founder Enger. We have more of their excellent analog triumvirate here.

Nicollet dinner and Cabaret Roxy

The Nicollet Diner is now operational in its new home at 1333 Nicollet Mall, just two blocks from its old address. Like the Nicollet Diner of old, they’re open 24/7/365—contrary to the former Nicollet Diner, the new space will soon receive an exclusive drag production Roxy’s Cabaret. Fun!

Arts + Leisure Downtown

The trend of bringing a whole lot of stuff together under one roof continues in the new Arts + Leisure Downtown, which opened on August 5 (just in time for the Uptown Art Fair). They have a rooftop bar and patio and art installations from local and regional artists, along with mini-golf and a black box theater opening later this fall. All that, and “elevated fair food” like Dorito’s crusted cod. Hey, this must be better than some of the new stuff we ate at the fair last week.

Khue’s kitchen

Do you like Quang but live in the Northeast? Well, you’re in luck – Eric Pham, who worked at his family’s favorite restaurant Eat Street as a teenager before a Spoon and Stable mentorship – opened his own Vietnamese restaurant at 1517 Central Ave. NOT. He bears his mother’s name, adorably, depending on the website“She always asked us, ‘Are you hungry?’ For us, food is another form of communication. A medium in which we can show love without speaking.

Velle Deli

One of the Twin Cities’ best food trucks, which has become one of the best lunch spots on the Minneapolis skyway, is now open in a new northeast location (on the ground floor of the NordHaus building at 303 First Ave. NE). Mostly they are open for lunch and dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

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Closed or Closing

The comeback

It looked like a interesting choice, in the Minnesota sense, when Nick Rancone and Thomas Boemer opened Revival Smoked Meats a few blocks from Nicollet from the original Revival earlier this year. They’ve since announced they’re shutting down the OG and consolidating: “It made sense to put everything under one roof,” Rancone said. in an Instagram post. “We thought it would work to keep them separate, the chicken there and the smoked meats here, but the neighborhood kept telling us they wished they could have it all together.”

Loon Deli

Say goodbye to basic sandwiches: Loon Deli on Lyndale is closing at the end of the month. The last day is August 31, so you still have time to grab one last greasy and delicious gyros if you hustle! The adjoining smokehouse will remain open, a source told us…maybe there’s more money in newly legal THC products than in cheap and delicious sandwiches. Racket has more on closing here.

Saloon by Wild Greg

Citing COVID restrictions, which ended over a year ago, and crime, which I guess just doesn’t impact some of the fully booked downtown restaurants I’ve tried to visit this month, Wild Greg’s Saloon bravely closed earlier this month. (Not before booing all over Fox News.) If Racket had a TV news arm, we would have used Wayne’s worlds “Get-a-Load-of-This-Guy”, but alas.

Firebox Deli

OK, this one is actually a bummer: Firebox Deli has closed its original location north of Minneapolis, opting instead to condense things to one location in St. Paul. “Thank you for the past 8 years!!!” they wrote in a short but sweet farewell Facebook post.

a showy red-carpeted, high-ceilinged room with a spiral staircase and several mini-golf coursesCredit: putter
Inside the Puttery’s Charlotte, North Carolina location

Just announced and in preparation

D’s Banh Mi

We’ve got a little more information on what’s to come at 38th & Longfellow’s snack bar, and it’s all good news. Hilda Tov, who owns and operates Hilda’s Hair Hut a few blocks away, purchased the building. The incoming restaurant, D’s Banh Mi, is owned by his sons Dylan, Dyon, and Dustin (the D’s, presumably). Their Vietnamese spot will be open year-round (!), primarily as a take-out destination, but the brothers also have big plans to open a heated patio (!!) in the currently underutilized outdoor space. We have more information about the new spot here.

Backstory Coffee Roasters

Lots of change for Bootstrap coffee roasters. On the one hand, they renamed Backstory Coffee Roasters“We thought the name was something we had really outgrown,” founder Micah Svejda told Racket earlier this month. They’re also opening a new cafe, this one located on the ground floor of the newly renovated Duffey Building in the North Loop. We have more on the expansion and renaming here.

Union Hmong Kitchen in Lyn-Lake (sort of)

Voice of the Southwest got the scoop on what is really descend into space from the old Mucci to Lake & Lyndale. After Development follow-up posted that Union Hmong Kitchen was opening a permanent restaurant at the address, they took the opportunity to confirm the report with chef Yia Vang at the State Fair. And in the current state of the plan, no permanent location is planned. The space is just used for auxiliary preparation and storage for the time being. But for God’s sake, go get your hands on UHK’s State Fair Dishes.

New life for the single former farmer

Looks like last month we were talking about Daniel del Prado’s seemingly endless list of new projects: the new Macanda at Wayzata and Bar Rufus at the Rand Tower in Minneapolis, soon to be joined by Rand siblings Meow Meow and Blondette. Well, there’s more this month, with the news that del Prado and Ryan Burnet have purchased the Bachelor Farmer building from the Dayton brothers. Mpl. Saint-Paul Mag has the details-so far we know it’s “a steakhouse, but with a lot of Argentinian influence”.

New North Loop project by Tim McKee

James Beard Award-winning chef Tim McKee (La Belle Vie, Sea Change, Octo Fishbar) has his eyes set on the North Loop for a new project inspired by Spain’s Basque region. He is tight-lipped about the effort at the moment, but revealed it will be somewhere on First Street and will open in 2023. Read more via the Strib.

Alma’s Provisions

Brasa in Minneapolis is about to have a new neighbor: Alma’s Provisions. The 46th & Bryant’s new store will launch an abbreviated version of the Alma Cafe menu from a take-out window, Twin Cities Eater Reportsand will sell candles, shower gel, etc. in the interior space of the apothecary.


Will influencers dress up to play mini golf? The Puttery, a fancy-looking all-in-one restaurant, bar and mini-golf chain planned for the ground floor of the 270 Hennepin building, intends to find out. The 20,265 square foot space will feature three themed putting courses, as well as multiple bars and lounges. No scheduled opening date, per press release.

Previously on the Racket Restaurant Roundup…

Michael C. Ford