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The Mall of America added nine new restaurant tenants. On the first floor, you can have a latte and pick up a checkbook all from the same space at Capital One Café, a bank/café hybrid serving Peet’s Coffee beverages. Also on the first floor is DeLeo Bros. Pizza, a family owned and operated New York style pizza parlor, Uni Uni, a bubble tea spot and RND, a sports bar with a big menu and even bigger TV screens. On the third floor is Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Beard Papas, a build-your-own cream puff concept, Duck Donuts, Ichiddo Ramen and the quick-order concept Opa! of Greece.

Jester Concepts will revive Butcher & the Boar, which is set to open in Minneapolis summer 2022 in the North Loop at 901 3rd Street North. Shea will design the new space. The sausage and whiskey restaurant was founded in 2012 by Chef Jack Riebel and the late Tim Rooney, alongside partner Doug Van Winkle. This follows a whirlwind closing and Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing in fall of 2020, plus negative press that Van Winkle had taken event deposits knowing the restaurant was closing and refused to refund them. Jester—which also owns P.S. Steak, Monello, Constantine and Borough/Parlour—plans to honor gift cards and event space deposits that were made prior to closing, plus feature old menu favorites like beef long-rib, wood-grilled oysters and spicy brussels.

J. Selby’s closed for indoor dining. Again. “Unfortunately, things have changed,” owner Matt Clayton wrote in a statement he posted to Facebook on September 19. “Vaccination rates have stalled, the Delta variant has arrived, and our average daily case total is now over 2,100, levels we haven’t seen since last December,” Clayton continued. The decision was made after consulting with his staff members. J. Selby’s has been closed since September 20. Clayton hopes to reopen in the near future when daily new cases of COVID-19 reach less than 200, or about 6 cases per 100,000 in Minnesota.

Katie Dague’s newest concept, Oh So Smoothie, is kicking off this fall. Based in Duluth, Minnesota, the family-operated smoothie business officially launched this September. Every smoothie is handmade with high-end, fresh fruits and vegetables and clean protein, making the frozen drink a great source of protein, full of necessary nutrients and vitamins. There’s also combo boxes including salads, raw cookies and homemade granolas. Oh So Smoothie deliveries are shipped overnight on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Products are currently only available for consumers in Duluth and the Twin Cities.

—Emili Raeder

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