Rainforest Cafe, Five Guys top busy week for Twin Cities eating scene


The return of an iconic favorite to the Mall of America is among several developments in what has been a busy few days in the Twin Cities' eating and entertainment scene.

KARE 11 reports that just under a year after closing at the Mall of America, The Rainforest Cafe opened Friday in its new location on the third floor under new management, complete with an updated menu, a patio and "even more animal interaction."

The restaurant has been a distinctive feature of the mall since 1994, becoming an attraction for diners for its animal displays, but announced last January it would be shutting down temporarily and moving to different unit.

The Star Tribune reports it is now situated opposite the Bubba Gump restaurant, and will be adjacent to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, which is opening this spring.

One change that diners might not welcome however, is that the large tropical fish tank at the entrance to the former restaurant didn't make the move to the new premises.

Five Guys, bowling alley announcements

Elsewhere in the Twin Cities, the fast-growing, handcrafted burger chain Five Guys is planning to open more restaurants in the metro area.

On its website, it says "Coming Soon" are new restaurants in the RBC Plaza at 555 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, at 2026 Ford Parkway in St. Paul, and on Southbridge Parkway in Shakopee.

The chain already has 11 outlets in the metro area – but doesn't currently have any in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are no dates yet for when they will open.

And The Business Journal reports The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park is going to get a new tenant – the Punch Bowl Social bar and restaurant.

It will occupy a 23,000 square-foot space featuring eight bowling lanes, three private karaoke rooms, bocce ball courts, an outdoor patio, skeeball and pinball in what is described as a "food/entertainment hybrid."

Over in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press has put together an extensive list of new restaurants scheduled to open this year.

This includes "red sauce restaurant" Mucci's on Randolph Ave., due to open by the end of this month, and Brake Bread, which will open a bakery on W. 7th St. to add to its bicycle-delivery service following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Next Up

Kenta Maeda

Twins pull Maeda early, White Sox pummel bullpen

Jose Abreu's two-run homer gave the White Sox a 9-3 victory.

boys volleyball

Girls wrestling sanctioned as MSHSL activity; boys volleyball 2 votes shy

There will be section and state tournaments for girls-only wrestling next school year.

P.J. Fleck

Gopher players defend PJ Fleck after WCCO-TV report

"The public has made our statement," a U of M spokesperson said.

vaccine, covid

Twin Cities police investigating COVID vaccine thefts in viral videos

Videos of both incidents were recorded and shared online.

Guthrie theater

Guthrie to reopen to the public in July, shows resume this fall

The theater has been closed to the public for more than a year.

Target - good and gather plant based

Target is launching more than 30 new plant-based grocery products

All are part of the company's hit Good & Gather brand.

Roller Garden

Roller Garden to auction off skates, signs, arcade games and more

Many items from the beloved Roller Garden will be up for auction next month.

joseph ness booking photo

Charges: Chanhassen man fired hundreds of rounds, killing his sister

Six rifles, including AR-15 and AK-47 variants, were found inside the home.

police lights

Woman robbed and assaulted at gunpoint in Waite Park, police say

The incident occurred on Sunday at around 11:30 p.m.

pixabay - marijuana cannabis

Marijuana legalization: Minnesota House to vote Thursday

The "historic" vote on the House floor is set for Thursday afternoon.