The patio at the new Handsome Hog in St. Paul.

Place these 6 Twin Cities patios on your outdoor dining list

Patio dining is more essential than ever before. Here are some spots to try.

Chef Gavin Kaysen is opening a Bellecour bakery pop-up in the North Loop

July 8
Bellecour is launching a bakery/cafe pop-up at Cooks of Crocus Hill in the North Loop. Credit: Rick Nelson
The bakery/cafe will take over a portion of Cooks of Crocus Hill, across the street from Kaysen's Spoon and Stable restaurant.

In Bloom, the four-star anchor to St. Paul's Keg and Case Market, has closed

July 7
In Bloom, located in St. Paul’s Keg and Case Market, featured a dramatic 20-foot wood-burning hearth.
The fine dining restaurant, which focused on hearth cooking, opened in 2018.
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July 10
Scoops of Lemon Party, Tres Leches with Strawberry Churros and Cherry ice cream, from Bebo Zito Ice Cream.

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July 10
Marine Landing b.o.t.m. in Marine on St. Croix offers spectacular river views.

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Grand Catch Dig into a shellfish boil on the restaurant’s quiet alley patio. Chef Sameh Wadi also packs his menu with fried green tomatoes, lobster…
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July 7
Many farmers markets across the Twin Cities will reopen in the coming days.

These Twin Cities farmers markets are open or will be opening in the next week

As the growing season progresses, more and more farmers markets are up and running in the metro area.
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July 7
Fuji-Ya.

Fuji Ya, one of Minneapolis' first Japanese restaurants, closes after 60 years

Pioneering riverfront sushi spot later moved to Lyn-Lake, where it has been a mainstay since 2000.
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July 4
Dwight Alexander, right, loaded chicken wings into his smoker, on the street in front of his takeout restaurant Smoke in the Pit.

'Food is how we grieve': Cooks feed mourners and demonstrators at the George Floyd memorial

Tents, carts, food trucks and trailers, grills and a smoker radiate out from this intersection-turned-memorial.
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July 3
The Dripping Root juice bar is expected to open in August in south Minneapolis.

Delayed by pandemic and unrest, new black-owned juice bar coming to south Minneapolis

"I am a black woman. I am a single mom. All odds are literally supposed to be against me. And it's happening," says owner of the Dripping Root.
Eat & Drink
July 3
Doughscuit from Trattoria Mucci.

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July 2
Customers and former employees visited with Muddy Waters staffers on the restaurant's last night of service. It was an emotional scene at Muddy Waters

Restaurant roll call: Closings continue, but a few openings brighten the mood

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
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July 1
Bent Paddle Venture Pils

10 easy-drinking Minnesota beers for summertime

There are plenty of options locally for the festivities.
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July 1
The bar inside of Keegan's Irish Pub Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN.

Keegan's Irish Pub and Red's Savoy in Northeast are permanently closed

Facing losses from the virus, the Irish bar and the pizza restaurant have closed their doors
Eat & Drink
June 30
Rush River Produce in Maiden Rock, Wis., has acres and acres of blueberries. TOM WALLACE • Star Tribune file

Minnesota blueberry and raspberry U-pick farms are open and ready for visitors

Those blueberries and raspberries aren't going to pick themselves.
Eat & Drink
June 29
Rustica is opening its long-planned Southdale location on June 29.

Rustica bakery is opening a Southdale location next week

The new Edina location debuts on June 29.
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June 26
Cajun Finn sandwich from Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth.

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June 26

Takeout Journal: Add these newcomers to your list

The Grocer’s Table This stylish counter-service spot boasts all kinds of appealing bells and whistles, including a tempting bakery counter and a busy wood-burning pizza…
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June 25

Recipes: Classic Yogurt, Gazpacho Blanco, Classic Indian Cucumber Raita, Berry Good Smoothie

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June 24
Future site of Petite León, opening late summer/early fall in south Minneapolis.

New restaurant by a star chef coming to former Blackbird Cafe in Minneapolis

The former chef of Surly Brewing Co. and Solera returns to Twin Cities.
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June 22
Beers on tap at the Herkimer.

After 20 years in Lyn-Lake, Herkimer brewpub is closing

The longtime Packers bar in Uptown will close permanently at the end of June.
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June 20
Chef Hai Truong (left) was photographed in his restaurant Ngon Bistro with his dad Tang Truong (right) and his son Khanh Truong, 9, (in background) in

On Father's Day, 4 Twin Cities chefs say 'Thanks, Dad' and reminisce

Sharing gratitude and admiration for fathers who have influenced lives — in and out of the kitchen.
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June 20
"Artisan" breakfast sandwich at Rise Bagel Co. in Minneapolis

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June 19
Nashville Hot Chicken On-A-Stick, The Blue Barn.]ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com

Iconic State Fair food vendor Blue Barn launches July 4 pop-up, food truck

Blue Barn is bringing back its chicken in a waffle cone, Pop Rocks French toast and more.

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