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There's no place like The Gnome: St. Paul restaurant opens this summer

A new restaurant will also occupy the former Blackbird space in Minneapolis.
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Two new restaurants are set to open in spaces previously occupied by neighborhood institutions in St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

The Gnome, a "supper club," is set to open in the former Happy Gnome space at 498 Selby Ave. in St. Paul in late July, a news release says. The Happy Gnome closed its doors in December after 14 years. 

Chef Brian Ingram and Chef Juistin Sutherland have teamed up to open the restaurant. Ingram told BMTN in May that "The Gnome was an institution for a long time and we're really excited to bring it back."

The updated space in a former firehouse will feature an expanded patio and outdoor bar, a redesigned main floor with private and communal seating, and a beer hall/event space upstairs. 

On the menu, diners will find European roasted and shaved meats, sandwiches, build-your-own charcuterie boards and tableside raclette. For beverages, there will be more than 100 drinks on tap, including craft and local beer, wine, cocktails, soda and cold brew coffees, as well as tiki cocktails in signature Gnome glassware. 

Petite León opening in Minneapolis

On the other side of the river, Petite León will open at 3800 Nicollet Ave. S in Minneapolis – the spot was previously home to Blackbird Cafe for more than a decade. It closed earlier this year

Petite León is expected to open in the fall, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine says, with the space feeling like a cafe but on the menu will be flavors that are "bold and layered," Guzman told the magazine, and there will be a full bar. 

This venture is part of a new partnership called Duck Soup Hospitality, which includes Jorge Guzman, Ben Rients, Travis Serbus and Dan Manosack, the Star Tribune reports

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