Metro food news: Just opened and coming soon

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Hungry? Good! 2014 is already shaping into a year that will offer some interesting new options for dining out. Some of the top names on the Twin Cities food scene will branch out with new restaurants in the new year. Meanwhile, suburban diners are already lining up some fresh options.

MPR News had an update from Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of Mpls.-St. Paul Magazine, who was full of info about new spots expected to start serving in 2014.

The James Beard-award winning writer is excited about Coup D'etat, coming to Uptown (2923 Girard Ave. S, Minneapolis). She predicts it will "be huge," with a menu chock-full of street food and plentiful patio seating. The team behind the well-regarded Borough in the North Loop is crafting the restaurant.

Brasserie Zentral, patterned after an Austrian brasserie, is coming to downtown Minneapolis in the spring (505 Marquette Ave. S, Minneapolis). It's the next offering from chef Russell Klein, who runs Meritage across the river in downtown St. Paul.

Capitol city diners will have a new option when Saint Dinette opens in Lowertown. It's the work of the team at the Strip Club, a steakhouse that draws carnivores to its Dayton's Bluff location. Moskowitz Grumdahl is also whipped up about lakeside dining in Excelsior, where a new spot called Victor's will put a rooftop for dining atop the former Bacon Drug store. The west metro location will spotlight pizza and Italian food.

In the east metro, pizza lovers are already lined up at a new spot. The Heavy Table website carried a beautifully photographed review of Pizzeria Pezzo, (2143 4th St., White Bear Lake), the coal-fired pie shop that recently opened in White Bear Lake. Reviewer Joshua Page found the pies divine (photo above), the portions for starters and salads generous, and the service efficient and cheery. But he considers the large space to be lacking in intimacy and said that the joint is without what was termed "that dreamy 'pizza smell.'" The review notes that word is circulating that several more Pizzeria Pezzo locations will open locally in the next few years.

Finally, Patch alerted the hungry in Maple Grove that Patrick's Bakery & Cafe opened Wednesday at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes (12459 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove). It's the third location of the from-scratch French restaurant that is known for its salads, fresh pastries and a full-service coffee bar.

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