Savory Bake House’s unlikely mission: Feeding the people of Powderhorn sanctuary

In terms of size, Savory Bake House doesn’t rate. Before its temporary closure in March due to COVID-19, this Minneapolis bakery just off of East Lake Street boasted a few shelves of baked goods behind a glass case, with just enough room in the shop for four or five smallish people to politely elbow one … [ Read more]

Tony Zaccardi: The owner of Palmer’s Bar on selling the ceiling, repping Minneapolis on CNN, and DMing Obama

If Minneapolis were one big high school, Tony Zaccardi would win the vote for class president in a landslide—but he wouldn’t be happy about it. In fact, he’s the most humble, unassuming 43-year-old popular kid you could ever meet.  Before becoming the owner of the iconic Palmer’s Bar in Minneapolis’ West Bank in 2018, Zaccardi … [ Read more]

Spirits Close-Up: Tea with Honey is the Bee’s Knees

On the morning of May 29, 2020, Chris and Shanelle Montana arrived to find the inside of Du Nord Craft Spirits’ warehouse gutted and burned. The first black-owned craft distillery in the country, Du Nord was one of many minority-owned businesses damaged by rioters in the weeks that followed George Floyd’s killing.  Distilling is a … [ Read more]

The Beer List: Don’t Call It A Session! Welcome to a new wave of craft light lager

A new wave of craft light lager is proving you don’t have to sacrifice flavor when turning down the ABV. Our editors discuss their favorites. John Garland, Deputy Editor: Of all the terrible buzzwords that became popular during the initial craft beer boom, I think “session” beer had to be my least favorite. It reeked … [ Read more]

12 Nights of Freedom: A Political Jazz Playlist

Alright, this summer has our attention. All this social turbulence—a kind our nation hasn’t witnessed in generations—has a long tradition behind it. Revisiting some of our nation’s most treasured protest songs can help remind us that this fight isn’t new.  This list is a soundtrack of freedom expressed through jazz—Afro-America’s great art form to the … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: North Loop Bars

  A walk around the North Loop on July 16 demonstrates the discordant relationship between a public that thirsts for socialization, bars and restaurants attempting to balance business needs and public safety, and a pandemic that simply doesn’t care about our best intentions. The patio at The Freehouse on July 16, 2020, was brimming with … [ Read more]

Who’s Your Farmer? Minnesota farmers and consumers are taking out the middleman

With legions of restaurants and bars closed or operating in a very limited capacity, demand for wholesale ingredients from local farmers has plummeted. For this reason (and others related to processing, shipping, and logistics), farmers in Minnesota and beyond are struggling to find markets for their products, many of which come from livestock and seeds … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: The Gnome Craft Pub

Paying homage to a craft beer landmark while navigating a shifting industry This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  When The Happy Gnome closed its doors in December 2019, Brian and Sarah Ingram (of Hope Breakfast Bar) weren’t prepared … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Salut to Summer

City of Stillwater allows for extended service areas for bars and restaurants  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  While some bar and restaurant owners in Minnesota may feel on their own in working through the changing government guidelines … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Meteor

A no-frills neighborhood bar reaches back to its craft cocktail roots to weather the storm  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  We just want to be a dive bar and have good cocktails, and the situation is not … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

A riverside bar puts its patio to work with a new all-you-can-eat, open bar concept  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  Who can deny the allure of drinking in sweeping Mississippi River views from a spacious patio with … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Republic

A seasoned restaurateur breaks down the dicey finances of operating in a shutdown  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  It’s about managing your own expectations and your ability to adapt,” says Matty O’Reilly, owner of Republic at Seven … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Bull’s Horn

Chef Doug Flicker’s meta-dive bar is fighting creeping anxiety by experimenting with ramen  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  When Chef Doug Flicker cashed in his fine dining chips and traded his sous vide rig for a popcorn … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: James Ballentine VFW

For veteran members of post 246, reopening means returning home to their community  This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  If you spent any amount of your 20s in or around Minneapolis, the odds are high that you’ve haunted … [ Read more]

10 Bars for 2020: Black Hart of Saint Paul

A Midway institution navigates uncertainty, loss, and the path towards better allyship This article is part of our “10 Bars for 2020” feature. Read more stories of bars that are defining this moment in drinking.  It’s weird to be grateful that it’s not terribly busy,” says Wes Burdine, owner of The Black Hart of St. … [ Read more]