It's been a busy few days for the Twin Cities restaurant industry, with popular venues looking to expand and one, long-awaited eatery finally finding a home.
Blue Door heads for studentville
Known for its "Blucy" burgers and wings that have been named among the best in the U.S., the Blue Door Pub is set to add a third location.
It already has spots on Selby Avenue in St. Paul (its original home) and in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis (which opened in 2013), and the Business Journal reports it is building its third restaurant near the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.
The website notes it has signed a lease for 1514 Como Ave., and owner Jeremy Woerner said it plans to "emphasize" its burgers and wings even more given the student-heavy local population.
"We were really attracted to the vitality of the area and we love that it's on a main street, not quite so tucked away as our other restaurants," he told Business Journal.
Red Cow to graze at MSP
Speaking of burgers, Red Cow is set to add a fourth restaurant to the metro area as it opens up shop in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The "burgers, beer and wine" purveyor, which has locations in southwest Minneapolis, the North Loop, and St. Paul, will become one of the multiple new vendors arriving at MSP as part of a major expansion of the airport's catering options.
According to WCCO, the restaurant hopes to be up and running by early 2017 and will be located in Concourse E of Terminal 1.
The TV station says it will also be offering a "grab-and-go" menu for those in a rush to catch their plane, alongside its extensive burger, craft beer, wine and cocktails menu.
Long-awaited Brut finally gets a location
Two award-winning chefs have finally settled on a location for a restaurant that has long been in the pipeline.
The Star Tribune reports Jamie Malone and Erik Anderson – both former Food & Magazine "Best New Chef" winners – have found a home for their new collaboration Brut.
The newspaper notes they will be moving into the former Sapor Cafe and Bar at 428 Washington Ave. N. in Minneapolis' trendy North Loop.
The pair, who have both helmed Sea Change in the Guthrie Theater in previous years, expect to open next spring.