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Tycoons Alehouse open Dec. 31 … and other restaurant notes

  • The sign is up at Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery and a New Year’s Eve opening is planned with Cry on Cue playing.
  • The Zeitgeist Arts Café is opening for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Jan. 1. Signature drinks including bloody Marys made with bacon-infused vodka will be available. In step with the brunch at the café is a new series of Saturday morning family movies at Zinema 2. The first one is 1979′s The Muppet Movie on Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Ledge Rock Grille in Larsmont has a new Carribean menu on Thursday nights.
  • The old Italian Village in West Duluth is now Gannucci’s Italian Market. It has expanded into the neighboring space and now includes a pizzeria. (See below.)

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33 Comment(s)

  1. Anyone know how to get in contact with them? Their website is fubard.

    BadCat! | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  2. Paul Lundgren | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  3. Looks cool, and just in time for my tasteful bachelor party in a couple weeks. Definitely making a stop.

    neithernornorneither | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  4. Tycoons looks very cool. Can’t wait.

    vicarious | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  5. Very cool, I heard about all the great art that was going into the interior! Just look at that second photo, it’… oh. OH, that’s the Italian Village.

    I hope this place has any good vegetarian food at all. ‘Bacon infused vodka’ isn’t stoking my hopes.

    consuelo | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  6. Take a peek inside with this DNT article and video.

    The interior looks great and I cannot wait to drink a beer poured from their incredible steam punk copper tap handle system.

    Sounds like they will have menu items made from locally sourced ingredients changed weekly along with classic pub food.

    Congratulations and good luck!

    The rathskeller downstairs will be cool too.

    Swan | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  7. The stage looks pretty sweet.

    adam | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  8. The bacon infused vodka is at Zeitgeist Arts Café, not Tycoons.

    Swan | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  9. Amazing Grace is open New Year’s day for breakfast 7am to 1pm.

    adam | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  10. I’m very confused, evidently.

    Amazing Grace is a wonderful place. I’m going to go there and eat a bowl of soup for good luck.

    consuelo | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  11. Wait a minute. BACON INFUSED VODKA? Jesus has returned!

    vicarious | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  12. Most of the flavor in bacon comes from smoke. The rest, from grease mainly. I’d much rather go for some vodka aged in charred oak or just eat a piece of smoked cheese or something.

    Did you know! The first vodka imported into the United States was Gold Smirnoff. It was aged for 10 years in oak casks, similar to how whiskey is aged, giving it a golden brown color and surely a more woody, smoky flavor. I’ve long wondered how that barrel-aged vodka tastes.

    consuelo | Dec 28, 2011 | New Comment
  13. Bacon vodka is not as good as it sounds. It sucks.

    c-freak | Dec 29, 2011 | New Comment
  14. Ugh, bacon in my vodka? No thanks. Psyched about the Caribbean menu at Ledge Rock Grill though, isn’t that where the lead singer in that reggae band, Uprising, works? Dexter? He’s from the Caribbean, I think Jamaica.

    Claire | Dec 30, 2011 | New Comment
  15. bacon makes everything better… | Dec 30, 2011 | New Comment
  16. Sometimes bacon is: If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

    And sometimes bacon is just wrong:
    Bacon-flavoured Vodka, Jelly Beans, Gum Balls, and Toothpaste?

    ruby2sd4y | Dec 31, 2011 | New Comment
  17. Oh yeah, and Best of Luck to Tycoons!

    ruby2sd4y | Dec 31, 2011 | New Comment
  18. Bacon is the gateway meat.

    TimK | Dec 31, 2011 | New Comment
  19. Chris Recore is the new executive chef at Ledge Rock. He’s been there since August. He is formerly of Whistling Bird fame, so yeah, that’s why the Thursday-night Caribbean menu is happening.

    Entrees include: Coconut Encrusted Mahi Mahi, Shrimp Rasta Pasta and Mango Habanero Glazed Pork Prime.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 2, 2012 | New Comment
  20. So, have people tried Tycoons? What’s the verdict?

    How about Gannucci’s?

    bluenewt | Jan 7, 2012 | New Comment
  21. Tycoon’s is awesome, can’t wait to go back! Gannucci’s is now owned by an asshole who once put MSG-laden beef stock in a soup and pass it off as vegetarian. I suggest if you plan on stopping buy, double check your food.

    BadCat! | Jan 7, 2012 | New Comment
  22. I’ve been to Gannucci’s once since the change of ownership. I can’t attest to anyone there being an “asshole,” as BadCat put it, as I was treated very well and the quality was the same as it was under the previous owner, which is to say fantastic.

    Barrett Chase | Jan 7, 2012 | New Comment
  23. Bill Kalligher is the new owner of Gannucci’s and in my two brief interactions with him I’ve walked away thinking it would be rare to meet a nicer guy.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 7, 2012 | New Comment
  24. I’ve also heard the Oriental House has finally opened in the old Chef Yee’s location at 319 W. First St. The notice that it will “open soon” shown below is from last May, but “soon” in the restaurant business is generally six months, so we shouldn’t hold that against them.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 7, 2012 | New Comment
  25. Yeah, I thought he was a pretty cool guy too, until I worked for him. I’m not the only one to think that.

    BadCat! | Jan 7, 2012 | New Comment
  26. We went to Tycoon’s tonight and it was pretty awesome. One note: some of their meals contain a sauce they call “Epic Cheese,” which is impossible for me to say without imagining myself skidding to a stop on a mountain bike and making the “hang loose” sign.

    Barrett Chase | Jan 8, 2012 | New Comment
  27. I think Tycoons is merely what we all wished the Brewhouse was, more spacious, etc. It’s funny how they managed to have all that space and still end up with some tight traffic areas. Time will tell. One favor-- please get rid of the bass-driven club music. That’s what the Red Star is for.

    spy1 | Jan 8, 2012 | New Comment
  28. The Brewhouse has been sorely lacking in space and layout for … well, forever. They have been successful in annexing more space for their brewing ops. Their limitations in that regard are physical. You can’t get around a stone exterior wall on one side and the main entrance to the building on the other. I doubt Vesterstein would be so generous as to completely alter the layout of his building.

    They do well for what they have, really, and the “new” bar they put in back in 2006 was a vast improvement on the old one … I think they added four to six more stools. | Jan 8, 2012 | New Comment
  29. Had lunch at Gannucci’s with some pals. The muffuletta was good as always, as was the meatball sandwich. The Italian beef sandwich, not so great, served on soft white bread like Wonder bread. There was a good Italian sausage soup.

    bluenewt | Jan 10, 2012 | New Comment
  30. Apparently there’s a Noodles & Company coming to Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall this summer.

    Craigslist employment ad: Noodles & Company is coming to Duluth!

    Noodles & Company is growing and we are on the lookout for experienced managers!

    Noodles & Company is about serving real food, real quick. Our menu features made-to-order noodles, salads and sandwiches inspired from around the world that make everyone happy from kids to adults. Think Mac & Cheese, Pad Thai, Chinese Chop Salad, Pesto Cavatappi and a Wisconsin Cheesesteak Sandwich all under one roof. Within minutes of ordering a fresh, made-to-order dish will be delivered to the table on real china with real silverware. Nothing fake here. You also don’t have to clear your table or leave a tip. We just aim to please. Noodles & Company is a collection of more than 250 neighborhood restaurants in 18 states and growing.

    Attracting the most talented restaurant managers is critical to our continued success. We are looking for genuine, nice people who value serving others in an upbeat and fast-paced (but not fast food) environment. We can offer you a fun place to work, great hours and lots of room to grow. But fear not — while we do want to be a part of your life, we don’t want to consume it In fact, balance is part of our company values and hey, we have lives too!

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 25, 2012 | New Comment
  31. Heavy Table has reviewed Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery, and even put up a photo of the not-so-secret basement.

    Paul Lundgren | Jan 25, 2012 | New Comment
  32. Here are some shots from a few weeks ago of the construction underway at the yet-to-be-opened basement brewpub at Tycoons. Apparently it will be called the Ratskeller and open on St. Patrick’s Day.

    Paul Lundgren | Feb 6, 2012 | New Comment
  33. Ratskeller? Isn’t that building the old city hall? Would fit nicely … kellers were usually bars in the basements of government buildings … city halls and the like. | Feb 6, 2012 | New Comment

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