Colossal Cafe, The Herb Box, St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill, Technique and more

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Colossal Cafe (opens in December)

2315 Como Ave, St. Paul | colossalcafe.com

South Minneapolis’ Colossal Cafe is adding a new location in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul this December. Chef / owner Elizabeth Tinucci said the new Colossal would be five times bigger than the original but very little would change menu-wise.

“Colossal Café has been around six years, but I’ve only owned it for 14 months and I own it with my parents,” she said. “My dad was with Tinucci’s in Newport, and he retired after 36 years there so that we can do this together. I think that ever since we decided to purchase Colossal Café  here in South Minneapolis it’s always been on the back burner that this is a great concept, it’s been a lot of fun, a lot of people enjoy it. So how else can we do it, but maybe in a bigger space? We plan on continuing what we’re doing here in Minneapolis.”

One slight difference, though, is adding more ready-to-go sandwiches and salads to Colossal’s current lineup of take-home dinners and pot pies. Tinucci said the hours initially in St. Paul would be 6am-3pm but that the new location could handle kegs and she wouldn’t rule out eventual dinner service with wine and beer.

For now, though, “we’ll have some root beers and hopefully whatever we can find,” she said. “It’d be great to find some cream soda. We’re still kind of exploring those options, because we’re set up for kegs so we figure, why not?

“We’re excited. We think it’s going to be great; we love the neighborhood. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback and positive response from people in the neighborhood and other business owners. It’s just been good.”

The Herb Box (now closed) / Rare Steak and Sushi (now open)

755 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie | 952.829.8484 | rarempls.com

The restaurant in Eden Prairie’s Lifetime Fitness has undergone another change, from The Herb Box to Rare Steak & Sushi. Just opened last December, The Herb Box replaced Zahtar and was opened by two women who owned two popular locations in Scottsdale, AZ. According to a Rare Steak & Sushi representative, the new Eden Prairie location is more casual than the one recently opened in the Grand Hotel with a lighter menu. The steak and sushi are the same at each location, but the sides, salads, appetizers, and sandwiches vary. The Eden Prairie location also has grab-and-go meals.

St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill (now open)

6501 Wayzata Blvd, St. Louis Park | 952.345.0505 | slpwoodfiregrill.com

A new restaurant has opened in St. Louis Park, and for once it’s not at the Shops at West End. Not surprisingly, St. Louis Park Woodfire Grill focuses on said grill and has a menu described by general manager Dani Mathey as “varied with a global influence,” sporting entrees like Mexican chili verde, Argentinian steak roll, Montreal poutine, clay-oven kebabs, and miso-glazed halibut. Chefs are Eric Rudelius-Palmer (Wayzata Eatery, Zahtar, Minneapolis Cafe) and Raul Templonuevo (Biella, Zahtar, LoTo).

There is also a full bar with some unique cocktails, and Mathey said the Woodfire Grill was focused on expanding its local beer selection. It also plans to open for breakfast soon, so you can have wood-grilled meat with your “SLP” cocktail (lime SoCo, peach schnapps, tarragon / rosemary syrup, and orange soda) for a morning pick-me-up before you hit Costco.

Technique (now open)

1315 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights | 651.286.2400 | techniquerestaurant.com

Want a three-course meal for $10? Check out Technique, the student-run restaurant of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts that “features elegant food prepared by the next generation of great American chefs.” Technique is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday, and reservations are recommended.

The menu certainly reads like a contemporary bistro: Salads include a nicoise with seared tuna or a watermelon, mache, and arugula version; entrees available are halibut, lamb burger, beef short rib, veal shank, etc.; and desserts (cheesecake, chocolate mousse, fruit crumble) are plentiful. So, it’s like getting your hair cut at the barber college without having to live with the results for a few weeks.

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CLOSED / CLOSING:

Menu and Smoked Trout Beignets at The Herb Box in Eden Prairie

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

  • The Herb Box, 755 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie
  • Blink Bonnie Subs, 237 East 7th St, St. Paul
  • NorthCoast, 294 East Grove Lane, Wayzata
  • Wayzata Eatery, 1179 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata
  • Krua Thai, 432 University Ave W, St. Paul
  • Hard Rock Cafe, 7th St and Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

COMING UP:

  • Mesa Pizza, 1440 W Lake St, Minneapolis | mesapizzamn.com
  • Smashburger, 2138 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul. Opens Oct. 19. | smashburger.com
  • Pig & Fiddle, 3808 W 50th St, Minneapolis. Opens this month.
  • Stout’s Pub, 1611 Larpenteur, Falcon Heights. Opens Oct. 26.
  • The Donut Cooperative | 2929 E 25th St, Minneapolis. Opens in October. |thedonutcooperative.com
  • Zest! Bar and Grill, 525 Diffley Rd, Eagan. Opens late October. | zesteagan.com
  • Valley Tap House, 14889 Florence Tr, Apple Valley. Opens in November. | Find it on Facebook
  • Jason’s Deli, 7565 France Ave S, Edina. Opens in November. | jasonsdeli.com
Giant Juicy Turkey sandwich at Turkey to Go at the MN State Fair

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

  • Turkey to Go, Baker Center skyway, Minneapolis; Alliance Bank Center skyway, St. Paul. Opens in November. | turkeytogo.com
  • Kopplins Coffee, 2038 Marshall Ave, St. Paul (moving to new location). Opens Nov. 25. | kopplinscoffee.com
  • American Joe, 344 Wabasha St N, St. Paul. Opens in November.
  • Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon, 546 Commons Dr, Woodbury. Opens in November. | 651.357.1050 | wildbills-sportssaloon.com
  • Rye Delicatessen & Bar, 1930 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis. Opens this fall. | Find it on Facebook
  • Fasika, University Ave and Dale St, St. Paul | fasika.com
  • Rincon 38, 38th St and Grand Ave, Minneapolis
  • Humble Pie, 822 W 36th St., Minneapolis. Kim Bartmann’s revamp of Gigi’s. | 612.825.0818
  • Colossal Cafe, 2315 Como Ave, St. Paul. Opens Dec. 1. | colossalcafe.com
  • Eat Street Social, 14 W 26th St, Minneapolis. Opens this fall.
  • Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis. Opens this fall.
  • Pittsburgh Blue, 3200 Galleria (former Kozy’s), Edina. Opens this fall. |pittsburghbluesteak.com
  • Rodizio Grill, 12197 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove. Opens this fall. | rodiziogrill.com
  • Butcher and the Boar, 1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Opens in December.
  • Blue Door Pub, 3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis. Opens in 2012. | thebdp.com
  • El Loro, 2535 W Highway 10, Mounds View
  • Five Guys, 8360 3rd St N, Oakdale | fiveguys.com
  • Cupcake, Grand Ave, St. Paul
  • Burger Night, Minneapolis
  • Kyoto Sushi, 13751 Grove Dr, Maple Grove | 763.488.1588 | kyotomn.com
  • Cranky’s Bicycle Bar, E Lake St, Minneapolis | Find it on Facebook
  • Queen’s City Cafe, 2700 E Lake St
  • Smokehouse Brewpub, 38th St and 28th Ave S, Minneapolis. Opens spring 2012.
  • La Crepe Nanou, Huey’s 24 / 7 Diner, The Wine Loft, Shops at West End, St. Louis Park | lacrepenanou.com | hueys247diner.com | thewineloft.net

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Jason Walker

Jason Walker was born and raised in Kansas, where he grew up loving his grandmother’s homemade noodles and weekly fried fish. A summer internship in Milwaukee turned Jason and his wife, Leita, into die-hard fans of the Northwoods culture, and they moved to Minneapolis in 2006. Immediately the quality of food and drink in the Twin Cities was impressive – that even the most unassuming bar usually had a decent menu – and Jason knew he was home. Now living in the Fulton neighborhood with two kids, Jason grows tomatoes, cans voraciously, and badgers his neighbors with conversations about restaurants.

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