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PDD Quiz: Neon Signs of the Twin Ports

Banner image by Garner Moffat.

Whether you’re in Superior or Duluth, we’re in that prime Perfect Day™ time of year. Belly up to this week’s quiz and see if you can identify local neon signs based on a single letter (and some possibly helpful hints)!

The next PDD quiz, scheduled for Aug. 25, will review the month’s headlines and happenings. Submit question suggestions to Alison Moffat at [email protected] by Aug. 21.

Taps are flowing at Rapids Brewing in Grand Rapids

Executive Chef Erik Halverson, General Manager Bill Martinetto and Head Brewer Darin Jensen are ready to spread beard and beer culture in Grand Rapids.

The newest brewery on Minnesota’s Iron Range has begun serving up suds. Rapids Brewing Company opened Aug. 2 for its first “Summer Sneak Peak Weekend,” with limited beer and food options. General Manager Bill Marinetto said he expects the business to be open seven days a week before the end of the month, and his target is next weekend.

Beaner’s Central becomes Wussow’s Concert Cafe

Mexican cuisine options expanding in Duluth area

Margaritas, chips & salsa at Bucktales - Photo by Lissa Maki

Margaritas, chips and salsa at Bucktales – Photo by Lissa Maki

The Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior have never been known for Mexican food, but options for taco lovers have been expanding and improving in recent years. It’s been a long time since Hacienda del Sol, Zona Rosa and Chi-Chi’s were the hot spots.

Postcards from Arrowhead Cafeteria & Grill

This undated postcard, published by F.H. Lounsberry & Co. of Duluth, shows the exterior of the Arrowhead Cafeteria & Grill. The building was located where the Holiday Center is today.

R.I.P. Old Town Bar and Restaurant

The Old Town Bar and Restaurant at 2215 E. Second St. in Superior was demolished today. It had been closed since 2013.

Bethany Lutheran Church could become restaurant

Fox 21 is reporting that brothers Chuck and Robert Bagley are working on turning the former Bethany Lutheran Church at 2302-2308 W. Third St. into a restaurant.

At Sara’s Table expands kitchen, adds second floor

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe is expanding its kitchen and adding a second story to its building at 1902 E. Eighth St.

Brunch has become so big at a Duluth farm-to-table restaurant that owners are building an addition to help cooks keep up with the French toast and omelette orders.

At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe owner Carla Blumberg said a construction project started this spring will expand the kitchen, add new bathrooms and offer a newly created second floor space with dramatic Lake Superior views. The restaurant was established in 2002 at the corner of Eighth Street and 19th Avenue East on the former Taran’s Food Market site.

Taco Arcada opens May 5 in Duluth’s Lincoln Park

Jeff Petcoff, Mike Atkinson (pinball mechanic/manager) and Tom Hanson - Photo by Lissa Maki

Jeff Petcoff, Mike Atkinson (pinball mechanic/manager) and Tom Hanson – Photo by Lissa Maki

A new establishment opening Sunday in the Lincoln Park Craft District will cater to adults who like to eat and play. Taco Arcada features an array of classic pinball and video games and will serve up Mexican-style street tacos.

Superior bakery brings donuts back to Duluth’s Lakeside

A Dozen Excuses owner Melissa Kingren serves up fresh sweet rolls at her Tower Avenue bakery in Superior.

Donuts are coming back to Lakeside. A Dozen Excuses bakery in Superior has leased space to open a satellite location at 4328 E. Superior St. in Duluth. Johnson’s Bakery closed its Lakeside outlet in March 2018 leaving the neighborhood without an independent donut shop for the first time since 1955.

Martha’s Daughter restaurant has closed, business will continue as popup

Photo by Wolfskull Creative

On the same day reconstruction of East Superior Street begins in Duluth, the strip’s hottest new restaurant has announced its run is over. After a little more than a year in business as a brick-and-mortar establishment, Martha’s Daughter is reverting to popup status.

Duluth’s Lodging & Dining … circa 1979-’82

This promotional pamphlet is from roughly 1980. Within the text might be clues that narrow down a specific year.

Perfect Fish Fry: The Breeze Inn

Competition to name the Perfect Duluth fish fry was fierce but the The Breeze Inn managed to angle ahead of the others to claim the title with 36 percent of the vote among the final three.

Do country-bar fish fries fare better? It’s notable that the three top-ranked fish fries are all just outside of Duluth city limits. Breeze Inn is in Rice Lake Township while Billy’s in Lakewood Township was the runner up with 33 percent of the vote. Wabegon in Superior Township came in third with a respectable 31 percent. Among establishments within Duluth city limits, Bridgeman’s had the most votes.

Storming the Radisson

… with Emily Rose Olson and Emily Hayes.

Taqueria El Oasis Del Norte open in Superior pub

Eduardo Sandoval - Photo by Lissa maki

Eduardo Sandoval – Photo by Lissa Maki

Everyday options for authentic Mexican food in the Twin Ports have vastly improved. Earlier this month, El Oasis Del Norte food truck started serving up items like tacos, burritos and tortas at Average Joe’s Pub in Superior.