By Nancy Ngo
Yes, this is the year The Lexington will open, according to the owners, and highly anticipated St. Paul restaurants Bottle Rocket and New Bohemia now have official opening dates.
The Twin Cities metro won’t be lacking in casual hangouts or places for grabbing a brewski. The trend toward healthy dining also keeps on kicking, with a vegan restaurant and a juice bar soon making their St. Paul debuts.
A preview of restaurants slated to roll out in 2017 — in St. Paul and beyond.
New Bohemia: When New Bohemia makes its St. Paul debut on the corner of West Seventh and Chestnut streets Friday, it will be the largest of the local outfit’s eight locations. Like the other New Bohemias, nitrate-free and hormone-free sausages and hand-cut, pressed fries and local craft beers will star on the menu. Sausages range from classic to the likes of elk, alligator and rattlesnake. Look for plenty of televisions for watching the game as well as a 30-foot-wide projection screen, which COO Brian Ingram likens to that of a drive-in theater. A large patio, bocce ball and shuffleboard also are in store. Trivia nights, which the restaurant is also known for, is planned for the St. Paul location on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 222 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; newbohemiausa.com
The Tavern Grill: A fall opening was delayed, but the spot in the Arden Plaza Retail Center is scheduled to roll out Jan. 31, according to a spokesperson. This will be the fourth Tavern Grill in the Twin Cities metro. The spot is known for a large, varied menu that includes build-your-own salads, burgers and pizzas and pretty, landscaped patios. 3561 Lexington Ave., Arden Hills; 651-478-4450; thetaverngrill.com
The Lexington: Seriously, the opening of The Lexington is really just around the corner. Co-owner Josh Thoma said permits and inspections are done and all that’s left is testing and training. The owners are so confident that The Lex started taking reservations this week for dining starting Feb. 9. When the doors open, expect supper club classics such as chicken pot pie and popovers as well as updated versions of classic cocktails. We were given a sneak peek of the space last weekend, visit our slideshow to see what’s ahead. 1096 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-289-4990; thelexmn.com
Rah’mn: Described by one owner as “the Chipotle of ramen,” local restaurateur Tryg Truelson and chef Chris Corlett are planning on letting diners build their own culinary adventure by choosing from a variety of broths, noodles, meats and vegetables. Other items, such as noodle salads, will also be available. The build-your-own-ramen shop is expected to open in early February. It will share the same building with another neighborhood newcomer, Mac’s Fish and Chips, also slated to open in the early part of this year. 300 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; rahmn.online
Bottle Rocket: With the introduction of new St. Paul liquor licenses, the owners of Blue Plate Restaurant Co. decided to close their Italian restaurant Scusi in favor of a new restaurant concept that will include a full bar. Co-owner Stephanie Shimp said a Feb. 14 debut is planned. When doors open on Valentine’s Day, the hope is diners will feel the love for the spot that’s reminiscent of diners of yore, with classic cocktails and a menu of familiar classics with a twist. 1806 St. Clair Ave. S., St. Paul; blueplaterestaurantco.com
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