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3 empty spots, 3 new restaurants coming this fall

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Following some renovations, three new restaurants will locate in empty spaces around the Twin Cities that were vacated by other eateries.

Foodies are saying "oui, oui, oui" all the way home with the news that the historic Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis will reopen as a French restaurant. The Pioneer Press reports the landmark stainless-steel trimmed diner with the iconic sign is being re-christened Le Town Talk French Diner and Drinkery. The Lake Street spot, which has been vacant for the past three years, is expected to open sometime in September.

Items on the working menu include crepes, quiche, soups, salads, a cod "hot dish," a Marseille burger and tarte tatin. MinneapolisStPaul magazine has a preview look at the offerings. reports a new tenant is preparing to move into the Lake-and-Lyndale spot that rock club Cause recently vacated after 5 years at the Uptown location. Remodeling on the space, which will reopen as the Iron Door Pub, should begin next week and the target opening date is Sept. 1. The space will be transformed into a sports bar, complete with lots of TV's and tap beer offerings.

Meanwhile, in St. Louis Park, the Business Journal reports that a former Panera Bread location will be renovated into an upscale eatery. The St. Louis Park City Council approved a liquor license for Blackstone Bistro, to locate at the Excelsior & Grand Development. The restaurant will seat 120 and offer fine American cuisine "with a Mediterranean twist" and could open by the end of September or the beginning of October.

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