The 10 Most Anticipated Twin Cities Restaurants of 2022

We’re not planning to put away indulgent fabrics anytime soon. This year’s crop of new restaurants promises all comfortable dining as we continue to fight the pandemic. Bring the thick crust pizzas with gooey cheese, donuts with crisp edges dipped in a sweet sticky frosting, and party cocktails to a cool new environment. Here are 10 restaurants we can’t wait to visit in 2022. But as we’ve learned over the past couple of years, things don’t always go as planned – keep checking back startribune.com/goût for updates.

Pizza!

Mario’s

From the same team that made Estelle a must stop in St. Paul is a new Detroit-style cold pizza and sandwich restaurant just down the street from the University of St. Thomas. The culinary team first met while they were all working at Tilia’s, so the kitchen will immediately possess the laid-back yet refined influence that makes a great neighborhood restaurant. Thick crust pizzas will be cooked in deep molds, served with bubbling fresh mozzarella over a fresh tomato sauce. (JS)

232 N. Cleveland Avenue, Saint-Paul. Opening before spring.

wreck

Speaking of Detroit style pizza, this hugely popular food stall (at Malcolm Yards and Galley North Loop) is finally stepping outside the bounds of others to open its own restaurant with a bar. Prior to creating his hit pizza, with toppings including Tater Tots and hot honey glazed pepperoni, chef / owner Jeff Rogers was a well-known bar talent. This new location, at the corner of Lake Street and Lyndale S. Avenue, will allow him to bring all his taste talents together under one roof. (JS)

701 W. Lake St., Mpls., wrecktanglepizza.com. Opening this spring.

Bakeries

Donuts Cardigan

This bakery has been a morning flagship in downtown Minneapolis since it opened in 2017, and their crispy donuts have kept the promise of a productive day throughout the pandemic. Now, as workers begin to return to downtown offices, more donuts are looming on the horizon. A skyway-level Cardigan outpost is slated to open in the IDS Center and will add ice cream to the lineup. This means that balls sandwiched between split donuts are coming soon. (JS)

80 S. 8th St., Mpls., cardigandonuts.com. Opening in February.

Mother dough

The sleepy Peace Coffee cafes inside the Capella Tower will be given new life thanks to David and Eli Fhima. The restaurateurs behind the aptly named Fhima expect to open the Mother Dough Bakery and Cafe on the ground and upper floors of the building soon. In addition to coffee and tea, the menu will be stocked with fresh baked goods like danishes, croissants, muffins, éclairs, cookies and bread which will be used to build fresh sandwiches. In addition, to give a boost to the warm season, the location on the ground floor will include a selection of beers and wines to be sipped by the fireside. (JS)

225 S. 6th St., deputies. Opening at the beginning of the year.

Tropical dinner

Guacaya bars

A new addition to North Loop will be Pedro Wolcott’s Guacaya Bistreaux. The Panama-born chef has made his mark cooking at the best restaurants in the Big Easy, and he brings his culinary roots – both Latin Caribbean and New Orleans – to Minneapolis. While he’s introduced himself to Twin Cities eaters via seven-course tasting menus, look for his restaurant to be a little more casual and a lot more friendly, a place you can slip in for a (great) arepa during of an evening stroll. (SJ)

337 Washington Avenue N., MPs, guacayabistreaux.com. Opening this summer.

Vinai

Vinai has the honor of being the most anticipated restaurant two years in a row, but for anyone who has dined in Chef Yia Vang’s Union Hmong kitchen or watched him cook alongside guests on his digital TPT show “Savor” can understand why. The restaurant, which was first announced in 2020, will be the chef’s most personal adventure yet. Vang’s heartwarming yet electrifying Hmong cuisine will be the most touching new addition to the Twin Cities food scene in 2022. (JS & SJ)

1717 NE. 2nd street, Mpls., vinaimn.com. Opening this year.

The Apostle and False Eye Doll tiki bar and voodoo lounge

Brian Ingram’s Purpose Driven restaurants are following the “inspired by a Wisconsin dining club” trend. Take that supper club, smash it with a tiki bar, add a piano bar crooner five nights a week, put it near the Xcel Energy Center and it sounds like a hit. The chef has been exploring restaurant openings over the past few months and we expect this one to materialize faster than you can say “gin rickey”. (JS)

171 W. 7th St., St. Paul. Opening in March.

Chic stay

Four Seasons

When the Four Seasons announced the opening of a new mixed-use hotel and permanent residence in downtown Minneapolis, that was accompanied by the additional pledge of two restaurants to be run by Gavin Kaysen, the city’s most daring chef and restaurateur, and his Soigné Hospitality Grouper. The James Beard Award winner will operate two street-level restaurants: a take-out lobby and a more formal sit-down restaurant with a full bar. (JS)

245 avenue Hennepin S., deputies. Opening this spring.

Wine nirvana

Wine side

When selling wine, why not open a wine bar? This is the plan for a new Top Ten Liquors store that takes over an old Champps at the Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka. And with 3,000 bottles of wine on the shelves, opening even a fraction of them will give tasters more options than they could dream of. Naturally, cheese and cold cuts will be available, both for meals in and at an adjoining grocery store that takes that liquor store up a notch. (SJ)

Ridgedale Center, 12401 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka. Opening this spring.

Meat nirvana

Butcher & the Boar

The beloved eight-year-old downtown Minneapolis mainstay closed in fall 2020. And while the surprisingly similar Butcher’s Tale has reopened in the same location, there is more of the celebrations centered on the meat on the program. Jester Concepts has purchased the rights and proceeds to the original concept and will open in the North Loop by this summer. With the recent passing of Butcher’s founding chief Jack Riebel, the revival is set to be even more meaningful. (SJ)

901 N. 3rd St., Mpls. Opening this summer.

For a full list of planned openings, keep checking our updates frequently. Restaurant call.

Joshua B. Speller