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What’s New in Minneapolis: Autumn Comforts

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October 08, 2019
Minneapolis (Oct. 8, 2019) – When the leaves start to turn shades of gold and red, and you begin to grab for your sweaters from the back of the closet, it must be autumn. Offering cozy comfort during this colorful season are some hot, new, Minneapolis eats and activities. We bring it all to you in this Meet Minneapolis leisure travel round-up.
Dining News
  • New: Jun Szechuan Kitchen & Bar
    • The ever-growing North Loop has added a Chinese restaurant. Serving dishes from dim sum to Dan Dan noodles, street foods like Green Papaya Salad and Spicy Cucumbers, and spicy house specialties like Chong Qing Spicy Chicken and San Jiao Beef (bring the extinguisher—these dishes are hot, hot, hot). The cocktail menu is sizzling, too.
  • New: Sushi Train
    • Technology at meal time? Like what you’ll find in Tokyo, this new Nicollet spot offers “conveyor service.” Every plate that passes by you has an embedded RFID chip that enables the restaurant to monitor how long food is on display and alerting chefs when a refresh is needed.
  • New: Graze Provisions & Libations
    • Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood welcomes its first food hall. Two levels, two bars and gaming space invite you to hang out. Their curated collection of counter-service spots includes empanadas with Minnesota twists, customizable bowls of soul food, mouth-watering Maryland-style pit beef and more. Plus, there’s an early-open coffee and pastry window for the dog-walking neighbors.
  • New: Thr3 Jack
    • This restaurant and indoor golf simulator opened Oct. 7 in the new Nordic development in the ever-popular North Loop. Six golf simulators let patrons try the links at Pebble Beach and Whistling Straits or select from several target-based games and long-drive concepts while tasting elevated twists on bar food, classic comfort foods and craft cocktails or beer.
  • Kieran’s Kitchen Northeast Adds Breakfast
    • Whether grabbing Dogwood coffee and fresh pastries at 7 a.m. or ordering breakfast starting at 8 a.m., everything locals love about Kieran’s Kitchen is available morning until night. This café, market and bar is known for its locally sourced ingredients, especially those from within the Food Building, like pork from Red Table Meat Company, freshly baked bread and stone-milled flour from Baker’s Field Flour & Bread and cheese from Alemar Cheese Company.
  • Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge, Now Through Oct. 20
    • Enjoy the best vegan dishes all over the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area and vote for your favorites, then post pictures on social media for a chance to win prizes. Some of the restaurants include: Barbette, Red Stag Supperclub and Tiny Diner.
Attractions News
  • Royal Foundry’s New Cycle Speedway
    • This British-themed craft distillery will give you a workout to go with your spirits in the only spot in the country offering this form of bike racing. Bicycles without brakes or multiple gears are raced on a 70-90-meter dirt track by teams of two or four people.
  •  U.S. Bank Stadium Sensory-Inclusive Room
    • Newly minted as a LEED Platinum-certified professional sports stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings cares for people and the planet: a new sensory-inclusive room is available to fans with autism, Down Syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia and other conditions that require a calm, quiet place at times during the raucous and fun football games.
  •  Valleyfair Now a Certified Autism Center™
    • Staff at the amusement park completed sensory disorder training that allows them to better communicate and engage with guests with sensory needs, as well as their family members. Training also addressed safety concerns and protocols. Now accredited as a Certified Autism Center™, Valleyfair offers a sensory and quiet room, sensory friendly entertainment at PEANUTS™ Showplace and gluten-free food options among its accommodations that make it a welcoming spot for all families.
  •  Canada Goose Cold Room
    • The new Mall of America store sells trendy, down parkas with a test-run in a -13 degrees Fahrenheit cold room, where you can make sure it’s really warm enough for you.
  •  ‘Prince: Before the Rain’ at Minnesota History Center
For more information about what to see, do and eat in Minneapolis, visit  
Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit to the greater Minneapolis area. Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of Destinations International.
Kristen Montag, Senior PR and Communications Manager
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