The Restaurant Guide: Coming right up

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 10/11/2013

A look at some highly anticipated restaurant openings.

Cowboy Slim’s is dead! Now this spot is a fancy new building that will host the new restaurant Coup D’Etat.

Late fall in Uptown

Turns out that gathering a pedigreed team of chefs and a top-shelf cocktailer in a stylish space amid a trendy neighborhood doth a hit restaurant and bar make. Weird, right? Owners Brent Frederick and Jacob Toledo found this winning formula when they opened their North Loop upstairs/downstairs combo Borough and Parlour last winter. This fall the restaurateurs are bringing the chemistry to Uptown. Dubbed Coup d’Etat, the French industrial-themed concept will land in the late fall in the new mixed-use Walkway building, at the old Cowboy Slim’s site. The Borough kitchen crew will do contemporary American-meets-Mediterranean while Parlour’s bearded beverage guru, Jesse Held, is helming the drink menu. Sounds like another promising equation.


Oct. 14 • 8251 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Prairie

Lyndale Tap House owner Gene Suh, who already has brought his Tap House gastro-pub formula to Apple Valley, is also prepping another location at Eden Prairie Center, in a long-vacant TGI Friday space next to Wildfire and Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano.


Late October • 1300 Lagoon Av., Mpls.

Gene Suh is also heading toward Hennepin and bucking the whiskey trend with a new Uptown vodka bar. Housed in the former Kinsen space on Lagoon Avenue, Hammer & Sickle will offer an expansive list of high-end vodkas, which Suh said will showcase the spirit’s various flavors and distillation methods. The Silver Wolf-shunning bar will offer flights and tasting pairings with the kitchen’s Americanized riff on Russian and Eastern European cuisine.


Early November • 1513 W. Lake St., Mpls.

After honing their kitchen skills in Hawaii and Napa Valley, respectively, culinary bros Chris and Andrew Ikeda have come home to open an Uptown eatery of their own. The siblings are converting the old Blue Sky Creamery into Lake & Irving — a 90-seat brunch-through-dinner restaurant named for its native intersection. Expect farm-to-table American with hints of the Asian influences that Chris acquired in the Aloha State.


Early December • 701 Washington Av. N., Mpls.

Blue Plate Restaurant Co. is wading into the Twin Cities’ increasingly crowded craft-beer pool, adding a brewpub to its fleet of seven metro restaurants. The team behind the Longfellow Grill and the Lowry hopes to soon unveil its Loose-Wiles Freehouse in the North Loop. Co-owner Stephanie Shimp has said the new brews will be distributed to other Blue Plate joints, and growlers will be available at the Washington Avenue restaurant, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.