Nightlife notes: Red Cow multiplies

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 6/23/2014

Plus: New meat/seafood joint in the 'burbs; Beer Dabbler shows its pride.

Red Cow in south Minneapolis
Renee Jones Schneider

There’s no rabbit burger on the menu (yet?), but beer-and-burger restaurant Red Cow is starting to multiply like bunnies. After launching last year in south Minneapolis, owner Luke Shimp opened his second Red Cow location last week in St. Paul and a third is planned for the North Loop next year. Expect the same upscale patties and focus on craft beer and wine on tap from the Cathedral Hill outpost in the former Costello’s bar. But with restaurant No. 2, Red Cow’s getting into the cocktail game. Jesse Held, drinks boss at Borough/Parlour and Coup d’état, designed a cocktail list focused on the classics with slight twists (Coup regulars will recognize an Old Fashioned with earl grey tea-infused tequila). 393 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-789-0545, www.redcowmn.com

 

Wayzata lands meat & seafood joint

Aiming to bring a little urban swagger to the western ‘burbs, meat and seafood joint 6Smith opens tomorrow in Wayzata. The new project from Parasole alum Randy Stanley and chef J.P. Samuelson (JP’s American Bistro, Figlio) slides into the old NorthCoast spot, with renovations giving the space an “industrial chic” or “rustic luxury” vibe, Stanley said previously. The waterfront restaurant features two patios, including a 143-seat rooftop terrace with a separate burger and lobster shack menu. Former Bradstreet Craftshouse and Icehouse spirits sage Jon Olson designed the cocktail list, categorized by spirit and old- and new-school drinks. 294 Grove Lane E., Wayzata, 952-698-7900, www.6smith.com

 

Sweet Pea opens in Mac-Groveland

In other St. Paul beer-bar news, Sweet Pea’s Public House opened quietly this month in the Mac-Groveland area. The neighborhood pub, which took over the old Goby’s Grille & Pub space, is the latest project from restaurateur Paul Dzubnar of the Green Mill and Crooked Pint. Sweet Pea’s offers 24 tap beers and bar-food staples, plus a selection of pot pies. 472 Snelling Av. S., St. Paul, 651-698-0100, www.sweetpeaspub.com

 

Republic of Bocce

Summer’s here and bargoers are flocking to the Twin Cities’ hottest patios. But as the saying goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, build an indoor bocce court. At least that’s what Republic did at its patio-less Calhoun Square location. The acclaimed beer bar’s two courts are now open daily and reservations are available for private parties. 3001 Hennepin Av., Mpls., 612-886-2309, www.republicmn.com

 

Travail hits Robbinsdale

Robbinsdale is going to be rocking Sunday when the good-time gastro wizards behind Travail throw their Prevailed Party in Lakeview Terrace Park. The cash-only event features $3 and $6 grub ranging from mussels to cereal Dippin’ Dots-style ice cream, brews by Summit, Fulton and Surly (we got a Fender here!) and music from Heiruspecs, Solid Gold, Charlie Parr, New Sound Underground and the Mockstar karaoke crew. After the shindig the Travail team is shutting down for summer break, with Travail and the Rookery resuming service July 18 and Pig Ate My Pizza returning July 9. 1-8 p.m., Sun., $10-$15, 3769 Crystal Lake Blvd., Robbinsdale, www.tempotickets.com/travail

 

Beer Dabbler shows its pride

As Twin Cities Pride weekend is in full swing, the brew-loving Beer Dabbler team is again joining the festivities. For the third straight year, the Dabbler’s throwing a beer festival in Loring Park coinciding with the Pride events. The fest pairs up 27 local breweries with 27 food trucks to offer unique food-and-beer pairings. Tickets include all the beer you can sample, but the food options command an extra $3 a pop. Get down with the silent disco and live music from Apollo Cobra, Black Diet and Black Market Brass. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fri., $40-$48 ($10 designated driver), 21-plus, 1382 Willow St., Mpls., www.thebeerdabbler.com