Since closing Nick and Eddie back in March, there had been murmurs of restaurateur Doug Anderson’s next venture. It became official on when he opened the doors of the dually-named Belmore/The New Skyway Lounge, located at 25 North 1st Street in downtown Minneapolis in the former City Billiards space, to the public for the first time on Saturday night. The cause for the early opening: a reading from legendary punk rock historians Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, co-authors of the seminal “Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk.”
Currently on a solo reading tour to debut new material from his forthcoming “Girl with the Most Cake,” McNeil was joined for the Minneapolis stop by McCain, who told us she was in town visiting friends -- and to enjoy a bowl of Anderson’s signature butterscotch pudding, a staple of Nick and Eddie’s menu that will appear on the menu of the new restaurant. “It takes like baby fluffy heaven,” she gushed at a private dinner held before the reading.
Prepared by Anderson, who tells us he’ll be acting as cook and pastry chef, the meal also included racks of lamb seasoned with mustard and rosemary, mashed potatoes and asparagus - “grandma food,” Anderson explained of the menu. He also debuted a trio of pizzas that boasted a perfectly crispy crust rivaling that of any local pizzeria. With an official opening slated for Friday, Anderson says that the restaurant will be open 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily, serving food after bar close. He also said to expect to see many returning musical acts from the Nick and Eddie days.
Interior of the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge
Legs McNeil and the flank steak pizza