Order Up! Dining scene in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood heating up

Photo via Northern Fires Pizza Facebook

Photo via Northern Fires Pizza Facebook

Updated March 14, 2019

Order Up! is the Growler’s ongoing biweekly account of noteworthy Minnesota restaurant openings, closings, and future openings. Please send any tips to [email protected]

All dates are approximate based on best information available; opening dates, in particular, tend to shift around a lot.

THIS WEEK’S GIST: The Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis may be set to be the Next Big Thing (or at the least the Next Busy Thing) as per upcoming restaurant openings. The historically sleepy part of South Minneapolis is set for a new Ethiopian spot (Meseret), taqueria (Habanero Tacos), and wood-fired pizza spot (Northern Fires). If you count “spots within easy reach,” you can include the upcoming Bark and the Bite barbecue spot in the former Heirloom space, too. As real estate prices have heated up throughout the metro, lower density bungalow neighborhoods like Longfellow are starting to see new apartment complexes and the food/entertainment infrastructure to support them.

RECENTLY OPENED (Up to 2 Months)

Sol Taqueria, 5447 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis ■ Tacos, elotes, burritos, and other traditional Mexican street foods are on offer at this newly opened spot. Opened March 5, 2019.

Demi, 212 N. 2nd St., Suite 100, Minneapolis ■ The latest from Gavin Kaysen’s restaurant group, which includes Spoon and Stable and Bellecour. Demi is small (20 seats) and focused on locally derived tasting menus. Opened February 15, 2019.

Beast BBQ, 825 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis ■ Another new barbecue spot, owned by the Eli’s crew and located in the former Legends. Formerly announced as Lipstick Pig BBQ. Opened January 31, 2019.

The Copper Cow, 5445 Eden Prairie Rd., Minnetonka ■ A new eatery from the Copper Hen team. Opened January 29, 2019.

RECENTLY CLOSED (Up to 2 Months)

just/us ■ Citing a major bump in rent, the St. Paul-based chef collective known for burgers and clever coursed meals plans to shut its doors next month. Will close April 20. Read our review, “Raw Talent.”

Photo via Forepaugh's website

Photo via Forepaugh’s website

Forepaugh’s ■ Following the death from the flu of its chef, Kyle Bell, this more-than-40-years-old mansion-based restaurant shut its doors. Closed March 12, 2019.

D’Amico and Sons, Grand Avenue Location ■ After more than 20 years of serving pasta (and more), this Grand Avenue mainstay has shut its doors for good. Closed February 24, 2019.

Lucky Oven ■ The neighborhood scratch bakery and breakfast shop had a brief but tasty run in the Armatage neighborhood. Closed February 9, 2019.

Mi Casa Su Casa ■ The metro’s only Mexican-Pinoy spot called it quits after a short run on University Avenue in St. Paul. Closed February 9, 2019. Read our “Bite of the Week: Chicken Adobo at Mi Casa Su Casa.”

Chef Shack (trucks and restaurant) ■ Street food pioneers Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer closed their Seward restaurant late last year, but only recently did they announce that they’ll also be selling their locally famous food trucks. Closed January 24, 2019.

UPCOMING (Most Imminent to Furthest Out)

Photo via Habanero Tacos Facebook

Photo via Habanero Tacos Facebook

Giulia, 215 S. 4th St., Minneapolis ■ A pizza- and pasta-focused spot with tableside mozzarella headed by former Copper Kitchen chef Josh Hedquist, housed inside the upcoming Emery hotel (the former Restaurant Max space inside the former Hotel Minneapolis). Opens April 2019.

Meseret Ethiopian, 3867 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis ■ An East African market and catering operation expands into the world of sit-down food service with this new restaurant concept on Minnehaha. Opens Spring 2019.

Habanero Tacos Grill, 3223 E. Lake St., Minneapolis ■ A new taqueria opening on a part of East Lake Street that’s still relatively devoid of Mexican food options. This is a jump to bricks-and-mortar for a long-standing food truck of the same name. Opens Spring 2019.

Northern Fires Pizza, 4301 E. Lake St., Minneapolis ■  This popular wood-fired farmers’ market pizza mainstay is revitalizing a former long-time East Lake chow mein shop. Opens Spring 2019.

Hamburguesas El Gordo (reopening), 1731 S. Robert St., West St. Paul ■ The St. Paul location of the popular Mexican hamburger restaurant shut down after losing its lease; it will reopen in a larger location early this year. Opens February 2019.

Elephant Bar, 213 E. 4th St., Ste. 100, St. Paul ■ A new restaurant by chef Lucas Almendinger replacing the former Hygga space in Lowertown, with some Pakistani flavor influences. Opens March 2019.

Ox Cart Arcade, 255 E. 6th St., St. Paul ■ A reboot of the Ox Cart Ale House, featuring arcade games and boozy snow cones. Opens March 2019.

Bark and the Bite, 2186 Marshall Ave., St. Paul ■ The popular BBQ food stand (based in Sunny’s Market in Northeast) is moving to a bricks-and-mortar space in St. Paul in the former Heirloom location. Opens April 2019.

Taco Arcada, 1910 W. Superior St., Duluth ■ The latest new concept from the Duluth Grill / OMC Smokehouse / Corktown Deli team, combining a bar, arcade, and “fresh-Mex” food. Opens Spring 2019.

JD Fratzke Supper Club at Artisan Plaza [Name TBD], 1223 4th St. S., Cannon Falls ■ The next step for St. Paul mainstay J.D. Fratzke (Bar Brigade, Strip Club Meat and Fish) is a supper club-style restaurant at the already open Artisan Plaza in Cannon Falls. Opens Spring 2019.

The Nordic Galley Group project, 729 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis ■ A four-restaurant food hall/incubator in the new Nordic development. Part of a series of Galley Group incubator spaces including spots in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit. Opens Summer 2019.

Graze Provisions and Libations, 525 3rd St. N., Minneapolis ■ A new North Loop food hall with an exclusive emphasis on chef-driven dining. Opens Summer 2019.

Minnesota BBQ Co., 816 Lowry Ave. NE, Minneapolis ■ A mostly catering- and takeout-focused BBQ spot by the team behind Travail. 2019.

New Vestalia Hospitality Concept [Name TBD], 1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis ■ A new spot from Ann Kim’s restaurant group focused on tacos wrapped in handmade, traditional tortillas. 2019.

Dayton’s Food Hall & Market, 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis ■ Major new 40,000-square-foot food hall curated by Andrew Zimmern. 2019.

The Sioux Chef Restaurant at Water Works, On the Mississippi River, behind the Mill City Museum ■ A restaurant focused on American Indian cuisine as imagined by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef. 2019.

Malcolm Yards Market, 501 30th Ave. SE, Minneapolis ■  A food hall that will capitalize on its proximity to Surly’s massive brewery/restaurant complex. 2019.