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Russian Tea House on University Avenue is putting up a fight

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series on businesses along the Green Line, one year after opening. We the Russian Tea House and other University Avenue businesses in 2014 as part of a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund grant. We’re returning after the opening of the light rail to see what’s changed.]

For almost four decades, Nikolai Alenov’s iconic Russian Tea House had done well, selling ‘Russian fast food’ even back in the days when Russian cuisine seemed daring and exotic. Alenov and his wife, Linda, served their lunch-only crowd their specialty beet borscht, cabbage and meat rolls, piroshky (buns filled with beef, rice, cheese and caramelized onion,) and beef stroganoff over vareniki (potato filled ravioli-like dumplings), attracting a fan base–people who were willing to drive from around the Twin Cities to their location on St. Paul’s University Avenue. Continue Reading

Kathleen Culhane, owner of Sidhe Brewing

Identity is the heart of this new Saint Paul brewery

Pronounced “shee,” Sidhe are earthen mounds, which, in Irish folklore, house the Aos Sí, a fairy-like race. Sidhe Brewing, which opened in St. Paul this May, takes that lineage and ritual seriously. Head brewer Kathleen Culhane identifies most strongly with her Irish heritage, and the four owners’ pagan beliefs clearly influence the design and functionality of the brewhouse. With a logo that depicts the elements of beer and a taproom décor that subtly pays dues to key pagan symbols, it’s a unique stamp and is just one way that differentiates the brewers from their bearded brethren in the local microbrewing scene. Continue Reading

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The Sioux Chef opening highly anticipated food truck

The city of Minneapolis is anxiously anticipating the opening of The Sioux Chef’s first venue: Tatanka Truck. Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) made waves over the last year by introducing his unique approach to Indigenous cuisine. Born and raised on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, he attended college at Black Hills State University. Part of his drive to create an Indigenous cuisine, free of processed sugars, dairy or flour, came from just being a chef in Minneapolis since the early 2000s,

“I had been cooking since I was 13 in the Black Hills, in tourist restaurants. And I thought It was silly that there was no Native restaurants,” Sherman said. Continue Reading

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Cafe Racer opens

Café Racer, at 2929 E. 25th St., just opened this month after a long and serious review by the neighborhood, city staff and Council Member Cam Gordon. Gordon wrote:  “I want to clear up any confusion about my views or understanding in relation to this new restaurant being proposed in Seward. “In general I try to approach these situations looking for ways I can help. When I learn about any new business, project or initiative, I start out looking for how I might assist a person or group in realizing their goals. If a project appears not to be in conflict with community goals or my core values, I work to help identify any issues or concerns and see if I can help find a path to a win-win-win situation. Continue Reading

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Sausage Fest! Sausage Fest!

  You’re Invited to Join the TC Daily Planet For an Extra Special Sausage Fest and Send Off for Jeremy Iggers! Raise a glass on May 6 at Summit Brewing to say thank you and farewell to TCMA Founding Executive Director Jeremy Iggers. Celebrate his many contributions with sausage and beer!A Time of Transition for TCMAAfter leading the Twin Cities Media Alliance for nearly a decade, Jeremy is stepping down as Executive Director. Come help us toast all that he has accomplished in amplifying underrepresented voices through the Twin Cities Daily Planet. At the same time, help us welcome new Executive Director Adaobi Okolue, who will step in effective May 7.Craft Sausage and BeerWe are pleased to present our 4th annual sausage fest. Some of the finest sausage makers in the Twin Cities, including Bryant Lake Bowl, Clancey’s Meats, Natedogs, Prairie Dogs, Red Table Meat Company, Sample Room and the Seward Co-op are all scheduled to serve up samplings of their sausages and charcuterie. As the perfect complement, Summit Brewing is serving up their finest suds for $2 a beer.Local MusicEntertainment for the event will be provided by Chime, a local band with a shape-shifting mix of genres and styles designed to create the best kind of musical whiplash!Get Tickets Your Tickets Now!The Sausage Fest has sold out in the past, so get your tickets now. Tickets are $20 for Twin Cities Media Alliance members and their guests, $25 for non-members. Continue Reading

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Great Lakes Brewing Company Gives Back

Craft beer culture often has a focus on community issues and giving back beyond the beer. That charitable bent isn’t limited to the immediate community, though. As breweries grow and reach further across the country, that impact is felt beyond municipality borders. Great Lakes Brewing Company, established in 1988 in Cleveland, OH, is a clear example of that philanthropy with their 2015 Green Tour.Ranked as the 23rd largest craft brewery in the country, Great Lakes adheres to a “triple bottom line philosophy,” described by the brewery’s Marissa DeSantis as “our company’s commitment to environmental, social, and financial responsibility.” As their beer reaches markets far outside Cleveland, they’re taking that eco-awareness to other markets, including Minneapolis on April 25. In partnership with Friends of the Mississippi River, volunteers will help clean up the riverbank from 9:30am-12pm, followed by an after party at Sea Salt Eatery. “This cleanup is an Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge,” explains Field Sales Representative Adam Essman, who will lead festivities. Continue Reading

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Seward Coop names new manager for ‘Friendship’ store

In the United States over the last four decades, more and more people in general and people of color in particular have gradually become familiar with the benefits of healthy eating and health food coops. Simultaneously during that time period, according to the USDA, Minnesota has developed into the second-largest food coop state in the nation.Seward Coop founded their first store in 1972 on Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis. In their long history, much like many of the Minnesota food coops, very few people of color, including African Americans, have worked in their stores as managers. Currently, after over 40-plus years, Seward Coop has hired Raynardo Williams, a 35-year-old African American born and raised in St. Paul, to manage their second location, which is under construction on 38th Street across from Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.The MSR spoke with Williams (RW) about his vision for the new location and his execution plans for that diverse area. Continue Reading