It’s not often one solitary restaurant can help rid the world of an aggressive invader—and at the same time feed a rowdy crowd all the crayfish they can eat (or 2,200 pounds, whichever comes first) along with bottomless Hurricanes and beer.
Rusty crayfish (orconectes rusticus) have created havoc in Minnesota lakes by eating coveted walleye eggs, bullying the indigenous Minnesota-nicer crayfish and tearing out oxygen-producing vegetation that’s an important part of the lakes’ ecosystem.
Although the invasive species can be found in at least 50 Minnesota lakes, Northern Minnesota’s Woman Lake is the site of the collaboration between trappers, whose full-time job is catching walleye, and The Fish Guys, who supplied the 2,200 pounds of crayfish to Smack Shack for its second annual Crayfest.
Since announcing in July that they’d bought Minneapolis’ historic Town Talk diner on Lake Street, owners Emilie Cellai and husband Ben Johnson have been hard at work creating an inviting neighborhood space they describe as a working class French bar and restaurant.
Launching its fourth year of honoring the best of the Twin Cities’ restaurant, food and beverage industries, the Charlie Awards hosted a kick-off party August 20 that packed the beer garden of last year’s Outstanding Restaurant winner, Butcher and the Boar.
In addition to enjoying appetizers and drinks, attendees heard from several chefs, restaurant owners and food writers who were brought together to discuss and debate issues affecting the industry.
Casual, fun service and fine dining. That’s what Heyday means to Jim Christiansen. Yes, it’s a Replacements song, and words such as “high spirits,” “vigor” and “prosperity” are in its definition, but for the executive chef and co-owner of this Lyndale Avenue restaurant, Heyday has a simple concept.
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