May 1, 2024 - Food and Drink

Restaurant roundup: Why Italian Eatery is closing, Starling debuts in Edina, goodbye Fool Me Once

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Starling opens Wednesday in Edina. Photo: Jester Concepts

,Italian Eatery's owners decided to shut down the popular South Minneapolis spot this spring so that they could "go out on top," co-owner Eric Carrara told the Star Tribune this week.

The big picture: He hinted the evolving restaurant industry was also a factor. "We didn't want to have to change what we do to balance with that," Carrara said.

  • The restaurant hasn't announced an official last day, but it will likely be in late May or June, he added.

In other restaurant industry news...

πŸͺ After less than a year in business, space cowboy-themed bar Fool Me Once in Lyn-Lake suddenly shut down this week.

  • Owners have not formally announced the closure, but a GoFundMe started by the bar's former general manager said all staff were laid off with no notice.

πŸ¦† Black Duck Spirits & Hearth, an "eclectic neighborhood restaurant" owned by the chef behind food truck Fare Game, will open in July in Northeast Minneapolis, per its social media.

⭐️ Starling, a new Edina restaurant from the team behind Butcher & The Boar and Parlour, is opening May 1 for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, per a release.

πŸ‘‹ Owamni is opening seasonal pop-up Wakpa Bar outside the restaurant on May 1 to replace the Tatanka food truck, according to a news release.

  • Expect pre-colonial foods like bean dip with smoked fish, smoked turkey legs, bison birria tacos, crickets, and more.

πŸ‘€ Lindsay Pohlad plans to open a new restaurant next to her existing spot The Grocer's Table in downtown Wayzata, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine reports.

  • Eloise will be the "darker, intimate, moodier version of The Grocer's Table" and likely open in early fall, she said.
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