The Fryer Week 1: New Restaurants Open, Old Ones Close, and a Modern Classic Changes Hands

Welcome to The Fryer, your weekly roundup of all the delicious food and drink related news in Minnesota. This week we’ve got a few doozies for your which include new restaurant openings, closings, sellings, and beer!

Sushi Fix Get’s Sold:

Interestingly enough, our friends over at Wayzata’s, Sushi Fix, are about to experience a change of hands in ownership. MSP Mag’s, Stephanie March, reported this week that Sushi Fix owner, originator, and Japanese whiskey enthusiast, Billy Tserenbat, has sold his flagship restaurant to a Japanese company. Apparently, it’s the new owners’ goal to take the restaurant global with Sushi Fix locations popping up all around the country and even back in Japan. Tserenbat recently opened up Baja Haus, a high-end Mexican-inspired eatery, just a few spaces down from his original restaurant, so he won’t be sparse around the neighborhood and he’ll still operate his food truck, Bibuta, which offers up his own line of signature sushi burritos.

The Fryer Food News Ninetwentyfive
Photo: Ninetwentyfive

A New Restaurant Opens:

Also out in Wayzata, the folks at the new Landing Hotel will open the doors to their brand new restaurant, Ninetwentyfive, which will be headed up by former Lucia’s head chef, Ryan Lund. The menu appears to carry Lund’s signature flair for all things local as it features a variety of items like MN wild rice fritters, a Wild Acres smoked turkey sandwich, a burger that uses Petersen Farms beef on a Patisserie 46 bun, and a fried walleye sandwich with grilled sweet corn slaw, pickled peppers, and a watercress tartar sauce. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The fryer food news cafe maude
Photo: Cafe Maude

A Modern Classic Changes Hands:

On the sadder side of the spectrum, we also learned this week that South Minneapolis’, Cafe Maude, will be closing their doors at the end of July. Cafe Maude is a Twin Cities legacy having garnered a mass of critically positive reviews over the years and having helped to usher in the era of TC craft cocktails. The news does get a little less sad as it was also announced that serial restauranteur, Kim Bartmann, will be taking over the space in conjunction with longtime Twin Cities chef, Asher Miller. Bartmann’s empire includes the likes of Barbette, Red Stag, Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl, and oh, so many others! This will mark the second Cafe Maude location that Bartmann has taken over, with the first having been Maude’s attempt at a second location in Minneapolis’ Loring Park. Bartmann took over and launched Third Bird, which was again recently rebranded as simply, The Bird, with a focus on breakfast and lunch. While Cafe Maude will end their run on July 31st, it’s unclear when Bartmann’s incarnation will reopen. Citing a quick remodel, we’re probably looking at an opening date sometime this fall.

The Fryer food news Strip Club Meat and Fish
Photo: The Strip Club Meat & Fish

An Old Restaurant Closes:

Our last little tidbit for the week is a little bittersweet as it reminds us of a beloved spot that will be closing at the end of the month. MSP Mag’s, Dara Moscowitz Grumdahl, wrote a beautiful homage to The Strip Club Meat & Fish in what she refers to as a “digital wake”. The article, appropriately titled, “So Long, Strip Club, and Thanks For All The Fish,” takes readers through a journey of all the amazing things that the restaurant has directly or indirectly contributed to the Minnesota food scene over the years. The Strip Club owners responded in kind to the article with another quote from legendary sci-fi author, Douglas Adams, “There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

Yeah, they both nailed it as they always do.


The Fryer food news Pyres Brewing
Photo: Pryes Brewing

The Beer:

This weekend will also see the launch of the brand new Pryes Brewing in North Minneapolis. Craft beer fans, get your mugs ready because this place has got quite a bit of hype behind it! Early reviews have people loving the new riverside brewery and we’re excited to get over there and give it a go.

In other beer related news, the Town Hall folks are opening up their newest brewpub and their first outside of the Minneapolis city limits! Town Hall Station in Edina will be the fourth location for the popular brewery and opens this weekend in the old Wally’s Service Station just off Hwy 62 and France Ave. They’ll have their signature line of house brewed beers of course along with a menu that features both new and familiar items, so if you’re a Town Hall fan you might want to consider heading over to Edina to check the new place out. Who know, we might just run into you out there!

Until next week, adieu!

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