Biz buzz // NE restaurants come downtown via food trucks

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May 7, 2012 // UPDATED 10:06 am - May 7, 2012
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Downtown diners will soon have a chance to sample food from a pair of Northeast restaurants without crossing the river. Both The Anchor Fish & Chips and Stanley’s Barroom have new food trucks that will make the round downtown, at events and at Minneapolis’ new taprooms.

The Anchor will launch its food truck during Art-A-Whirl. Stanley’s truck is already serving lunch downtown three days a week.

According to The Anchor co-owner Luke Kyle, one of his partners originally envisioned the business as a food truck. When the city loosened the laws regarding street food, they started working to make that idea a reality. The planning began six months ago and during the winter the partners found a used FedEx truck in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

“No heat, coldest day of the winter of course,” laughs Kyle. 

The Anchor restaurant has a fairly small menu, and the food truck will be even more focused. It will offer fish and chips, pasties and chips, battered sausages and sides. All prices will be the same as in the restaurant. Kyle said the truck will likely be downtown for lunch one day a week but will frequently set up shop at destinations like the Fulton taproom.

Like The Anchor’s truck, Stanley’s truck will be frequently found at fairs, taprooms and other special events. The Stanley’s truck has a unique feature that could make it one of the more in-demand trucks for events: an off-sale liquor license. While the Stanley’s truck can’t serve beer to the downtown lunch crowd, it will be able to do so at private functions. It celebrates that fact with the giant decal of Grain Belt Nordeast cans on it rear door. 

“Grain Belt Nordeast is the number one seller at our restaurant,” said Luke Derheim of Stanley’s. “The liquor and beer portion is what we’re really going to emphasize.” 

The operators of both The Anchor and Stanley’s believe that their new trucks will be a great way to bring a bit of Northeast to downtown. 

“A lot of people wouldn’t necessarily come into Northeast from downtown or south,” said Kyle. “So I think it’s great to get our names out there and have people try our food.” 

Derheim agrees. “I don’t think Northeast is really represented downtown,” he said. “It’s a really vibrant, growing community. I think downtown will be pleasantly surprised.”

Tangiers Eatery and Lounge coming to North Loop 

NORTH LOOP — New restaurant Tangiers Eatery and Lounge is headed to the North Loop this fall. 

Managing partner Behnad Taheri said the 70 to 75-seat restaurant should open near the Jeune Lune at 116 1st Ave. N. in early September.

Taheri said that the menu is still in development and didn’t want to say much about it, other than it would be high-quality food at reasonable prices. The restaurant’s bar program will lean toward the “craft cocktail” side of things rather than a beer bar, with lots of specialty drinks involving infusions, fresh fruit and the like. 

The restaurant’s ambiance will be a classy take on the Prohibition era, said Taheri. “My wife and I are very big gangster movie fans,” said Taheri. “Tangiers is the name of the hotel in the movie ‘Casino.’”

Taheri said that he hopes the restaurant will become a gathering place for the North Loop neighborhood once it opens in the fall. “We’re very excited about being part of this area of downtown,” he said. “It’s beautiful and historic and really up-and-coming.” 

 

(Note: This story has been updated from its original version, which incorrectly listed 113 1st St. N. as Tangier's address. That address belongs to Alliance Francais, which will not be relocating. The Journal regrets the error.) 

  

Dangerous Man Brewing Co. officially finds a home in Northeast

SHERIDAN — Rob Miller’s upcoming craft beer taproom Dangerous Man Brewing Co., has cleared its final hurdles and will make its home in Northeast Minneapolis. 

The Minneapolis City Planning Commission has approved the business’ required permits and Miller has signed a lease for the space, the former home of Mid-century modern furniture store Spinario at 1300 2nd St. NE. The furniture store has relocated to 3338 University Ave. SE.

Miller previously worked with the city to change ordinances regarding proximity to churches in order to operate in the space, which was always his top choice for the taproom. Now that the last regulatory issues are out of the way, the hard part begins.

The space is currently empty, but over the coming months Miller and his contractors will build a production brewery, bathrooms, a custom bar and more. The floor needs to be reinforced to hold the weight and extensive plumbing changes will be required to accommodate the taproom’s water needs. Once the structural work is done, aesthetic touches like a logo on floor, group seating area and fireplace will be added. 

“It’s gonna be hectic, it’s gonna be a lot of work,” said Miller. “We really want to make this place feel like it was meant to have our brewery.” 

Once the taproom is finished, the space should accommodate 80 to 100 customers, although Miller thinks he’ll only have 65 to 70 seats at first. Because the business will have no food license, Miller is working with local restaurants on carry-out and delivery plans. Customers will even be allowed to bring their own food from home. 

“They can bring in a picnic if they want,” said Miller. 

Dangerous Man Brewing Co. is tentatively scheduled for an Oct. 1 opening. 

8th St. Grill expands tap lines and 

late-night menu

MARQUETTE — Now in its 20th year, the 8th St. Grill at the corner of 8th and Marquette has expanded its local beer selection and late night dining options. To meet the demand for local brews, the restaurant has added 12 new taps dedicated to Minnesota breweries, bringing its tap line total to 44.

“When we expanded from eight to 32 tap lines a few years ago we thought that would always be enough,” said general manager Michael Stewart. “But with so much growth in local beer lately we needed to add more.”

The 8th St. Grill will maintain at least 12 local beers at all times, although tap beers are rotated regularly. The expansion allowed the restaurant to add local breweries like Brau Brothers to existing hometown brews from companies like Surly and Summit.

In addition to the new taplines, the 8th St. Grill also recently expanded its late night dining options. The kitchen is now open until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Loren Moe, director of catering, attributes the late night demand to the number of hotels near the restaurant.

The ownership of the 8th St. Grill also operates Mama’s Pizza in the US Bancorp Building and the Park Café in the Government Center. In early April, Park Café began its outdoor grilling program, offering a menu of hot dogs, burgers and other staples grilled on Government Plaza during warm days. 

Mona opens 

patio space

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT — Mona, chef Lisa Hanson’s new restaurant in Accenture Tower, 333 S. 7th St., opened its doors on April 18, but its 52-seat patio wasn’t available on day one. The patio space opened up on April 26 and is available for diners throughout the warmer months.

“We’re right next to a lovely little plaza area,” said Hanson. “It’s off the street, which is very nice.”

The full menu is available on the patio, as is the complete wine and beer list. It is one of the few patios in the area, and the restaurant boasts another rarity — free parking in Accenture Tower’s underground lot after 4 p.m.  

Natedogs launches bottled mustards

Nate Beck’s Natedogs food cart has launched its first retail product, bottles of his signature Honey-Spiced Mustard. The launch marks one of the first retail products released by a local street food vendor. 

Beck’s Natedogs cart launched in 2011 and quickly became known as much for its mustards as its hot dogs. Beck makes all of his mustards by hand from all-natural ingredients. His line of beer mustards made from local beers is especially popular, but Beck wanted to focus on his original honey mustard recipe to start.

“You don’t want to do a cover song as your first single,” said Beck.

Fans of Natedogs beer mustards shouldn’t have to wait long to bring their favorite style home, however. Beck plans to add bottled beer mustards soon and may release several beer mustards as a set. The Honey-Spiced mustard is currently available at the Natedogs cart and online at Natedogs.com. Beck plans to bring the mustard to additional retail locations soon. He said the mustard will be available at the Electric Fetus in May for the stores’ “MinnEconomy” program. 

Noted

Statement, the new jewelry store from designer Stacey Johnson, is now open. The shop, 212 3rd Ave. N, opened its doors on April 26 and is open Tuesday through Sunday.

The new Lunds location on 12th and Hennepin is scheduled to open its doors on June 14.

Yoga Sol, a new donation-based yoga studio, was scheduled to open May 1 in the Poetry in Motion Dance Company Studio, 21 5th St. NE.