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Everyone is welcome at Good Grocer, a new kind of food marketplace

The small chartreuse and white building on the corner of East Lake Street and Stevens Avenue might be easy to miss, but what goes on inside might well become a model for solving the problem of fresh produce and healthier foods in lower income neighborhoods. The Good Grocer, a new kind of neighborhood co-op that opened June 15, is already getting healthy and affordable food to people in the area. Once, people living nearby in the Lyndale and Whittier neighborhoods had easy access to good and affordable food. But, after Sullivan’s SuperValu, a large grocery store with a 28-year history of serving the community closed two years ago, residents found themselves with few options. In an area where many don’t have much money to spend or reliable transportation to travel miles to buy groceries, the neighborhood had no access to a quality grocery store. Continue Reading

Dubliner Pub owner Tom Scanlon

The Dubliner Pub: A neighborhood bar at heart

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series on businesses along the Green Line, one year after opening. We profiled the Dubliner 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.]

Story by Loren Green, video by Allison Herrera

“The clientele changed and then the business changed,” recalled Dubliner owner Tom Scanlon. He’s not talking about the impact the Green Line has had on his long-running University Avenue Irish pub, rather changes that the Avenue has seen since he first acquired the business in 1984. At the time, it was a trucking bar. Continue Reading

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A doughnut shop owner looks to the future on (or near) the light rail

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series on businesses along the Green Line, one year after opening. We interviewed SugaRush Donuts 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.]

SugaRush Donuts, the small family doughnut shop on St. Paul’s Green Line, has a lot of fans from the neighborhood. People have been coming in early for a sweet breakfast or an afternoon snack since 2008 when Keoni Nguyen and his wife Susie Path took Rainbow Donuts over from Nguyen’s brother and renamed it SugaRush. Continue Reading

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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 profiled 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

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2015 Little Mekong Night Market in photos

If you attended the Little Mekong Night Market this year, you know that the exceptional food and performances made the festival a vibrant place to be last weekend. See below for exclusive snapshots of the event. All photos taken by Mark Peterson. Click here for more photos, video and information on this year’s Little Mekong Market. 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

Photo by Kayla Steinberg

Taco Tour highlights the culinary gems of Lake Street

Watch the video created by Todd Wardrop with help from Allison Herrera and Kayla Steinberg

The second annual Taco Tour on Lake Street brought more than 2,000 hungry bicyclists, walkers and bus riders eager to sample the culinary delights of nine participating restaurants. Even though the event was meant to showcase Lake Street’s diversity, restaurants and taco trucks along the tour are open and patronized year-round by customers who appreciate their authentic food, low prices, and Latino culture.   Continue Reading