Alma Provisions will sell products from the restaurant and hotel in Minneapolis

Alma’s Provisions will open next to the all-new Brasa restaurant on 46th Street and Bryant Avenue in southwest Minneapolis. The project is the latest from Alex and Margo Roberts; he is the James Beard Award-winning chef and she is the creator of bewitching elixirs used inside the boutique hotel above their restaurant and cafe in southeast Minneapolis.

The new Provisions will mix elements from their successful daytime cafe and wellness products used inside the hotel. There will be a stand-up dining area and a take-out window for coffee, savory and sweet pastries, sandwiches and more.

The interior will also include retail space for items currently available online from Alma’s store, such as hand-carved wooden spoons, spice mixes, sauces and syrups as well as apothecary items such as seasonal aromas, natural insect repellents and phosphorescent oil.

Construction is underway, but no opening date has been announced.

Alma Restaurant opened in 1999 and has since spawned a casual daytime cafe, hotel and retail line. The Roberts also own and operate Brasa, with three locations in the area.

Flava Cafe is now open in Saint-Paul

Add verve to a newly constructed building, Coffee Flava and Coffee is now open at 623 W. University Av. in St. Paul, not too far from Dale Street. It is a cafe and restaurant whose mission is to empower young women of color and gender-based youth. Founder Shaunie Grigsby has worked as a youth development practitioner, mentor and activist for years and the cafe will provide mentoring opportunities as well as jobs for young women of color.

The menu is built with brighteners of the day like a Raspberry Beret smoothie bowl with acai sorbet, fresh berries and chia seeds, or an Audre Lorde cold brew with cinnamon, vanilla and honey cubes. For lunch, there’s a vegetarian Badu wrap with sweet potatoes and kale or the UNITY sandwich built on sourdough with grilled chicken and chipotle mayo.

Flava is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. and 8am-3pm Sat. Check flavorcafe.org for details and updated hours.

Dakota Adds No-Cover Mondays

Mondays are the new Friday night with music and food at Dakota (1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., dakotacooks.com). From September 12, chef Remy Pettus will concoct a special menu for the evening; Curious or budget-conscious music lovers can visit the venue, listen to music, and experience a southern-style dish or two.

For the first uncovered Monday, jazz band Pick-A-Rib Three will perform. Reservations, including seat selection for the best stage views, can be made online or by calling 612-332-5299.

Now open in Rochester

fans of red cow can take their love on the road as restaurateurs Luke Shimp and Tracy Bachul have opened a fifth location – in Rochester, the first outside the Twin Cities area. Located in the Berkman Apartment complex (217 14th Av. SW., redcowmn.com), the restaurant seats 130 people inside and 50 on the terrace. The menu is the same as the other addresses: signature burgers, craft cocktails and more than 40 draft beers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

More food trucks

The summer of dining continues with the Anoka Food Truck Festival on August 20 from noon to 10 p.m. in downtown Anoka (2015 1st Av. S.). There will be more than 50 food trucks offering a range of dishes from Indian dishes and breakfast hash to tacos and mac and cheese. Plus, live music, games, beer and soda water and a station to meet the needs of canine participants. This year, the charity partner of the festival is Feed My Starving Children; for every adult requesting a free bracelet to enter the beer garden, the festival donates three meals to the charity. For more information, visit uptownfoodtruckfestival.com.

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