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New Minneapolis mayor to cut ribbon this Saturday at noon!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, November 17th, 2017

Jacob Frey, the newly elected Minneapolis mayor will cut the ceremonial ribbon at Urban Forage’s grand opening this Saturday at noon! We’re excited to be able to have the new mayor help us kick off our Grand Opening only a week and a half after the election.  We cordially invite you to come see the […]


Taste the neighborhood this Saturday!

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

We’re hosting a taste of the Longfellow neighborhood this Saturday as a part of our Grand Opening weekend!  Five restaurants representing 5 countries to showcase the remarkable diversity of our stretch of East Lake Street.  A ticket gets you an eclectic plate of food that pair surprisingly well with cider. We’ll have: Nepali momos from […]


Hold your event here!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, November 10th, 2017

This time of year, there’s a lot of things to do- and a lot of things to plan.  We’re here for you. Our taproom–a wonderful place to linger over a glass of cider–is also a wonderful place to entertain 75 of your co-workers or closest friends.  We are glad to host your event, whether it’s […]


Set to open November 2!

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, October 29th, 2017

New hours will be” Thursday 4-10 Friday 4-10 Saturday Noon-10. See you at 3016 East Lake Street!


Taproom hours start November 2:

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

And they are:   Thursday 4-10 PM Friday 4-10 PM Saturday Noon-10 PM.   And if you were hoping for an October construction update: We’re 99.9% there.  Final inspections are happening this week, and we only have minor changes to make in order to get this thing open in the first week of November. See you […]


Grand opening?

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

November 17!! We will soon make an Eventbrite event announcement.  Of course you’ll need a ticket- but you’ll be glad you got one.  


Construction update: Third (or maybe fourth) week of September

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Here is where we stand partway through the fourth week of September:   We have floor tile in both bathrooms and wall tile is now being installed. We have floor tile behind the bar and wall tile is going up there as well. Concrete board and FRP have been installed behind the bar. In front […]


Construction update: Second week of September

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Since last post we have: Finished patching and painting the front steps and landing Taped and mudded all the taproom drywall Drywalled the entire basement Our plumbing and HVAC contractor have finished installing our new heating and cooling system, and plumbing is roughed in and inspected. Electrical stuff is mostly roughed in at this point. […]


We want you!

By Jeff Zeitler on Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Yes, we have finally posted jobs at Urban Forage!  We’re seeking Bartenders, an Event Coordinator and a Wine and Cider Production Assistant.  All jobs have been posted on Indeed, and if they’re not viewable already, they will be soon. I’m posting the descriptions in their entirety below.  If you wish to apply, please send a […]


Construction update: 2nd week of August

By Jeff Zeitler on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Exterior work is finished! Well, except for the sign and the lighting and a bit of paint on the steps, but otherwise we are done with the outside of the building, and if you ask me, the paintjob looks pretty sharp! We continue to work on the interior- hopefully finishing up sheetrock this week, and […]


Construction update: August, first week

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

  First week of August- where is our taproom? Well–  new handrails have been installed on the newly truncated front steps, so the exterior work is done except for the painting and exterior lighting.  We’re focusing on the indoors now.  Ductwork for the new heating and cooling system is going in as we speak, and […]


Construction update: July, week 4

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, July 28th, 2017

  July has been a week of weddings in our family.  My (Jeff’s that is) youngest cousin was married in Kentucky and my youngest brother was married in Massachusetts. So we traveled a lot this month, had a lot of fun and were happy to see so many family members at one time.  Buuut- our […]


By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, July 21st, 2017

Open Streets Open House- this Sunday. Come see what we’ve done to the building since the last time you were here!  We’re open for Lake and Minnehaha open streets, despite the fact that it’s not going down our stretch of East Lake this year. 11 AM- 5 PM at 3016 East Lake.  We’ll have sparkling […]


Construction update: First week of July

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, July 7th, 2017

First week of July construction update: We’ve layered roofing felt and metal lath over most of the area to be stuccoed, and it makes a world of difference!  The front is  closer to looking like a finished building with the steps cut back and a uniform layer of something covering the plywood and window flashing. […]


Construction update: Third week of June

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Our facade is starting to take shape now.  We were able to install the steel door and concrete stoop for our new ADA chairlift last week, and the lift installation company has begun the wiring for the lift.  We’ve installed the subfloor in the new bathroom and also finished all of the framing as well […]


Construction update: second week of June

By Jeff Zeitler on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

  I’ve missed a construction update or two here, but I have a second week of June update for everyone interested! We’ve been busy, just not busy updating our website.  In the last two weeks we finished taping and mudding our ceiling and applied the first layer of primer. The ceiling is destined to be […]


Construction update: May, week 3

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

    This week in construction:   We installed our final window and now only have the door for the ADA lift to install!  The front of the building looks completely different, and we can’t wait to take down the plywood wall and show you. We also finished the drywall ceiling and completed the structural […]


Introducing: Rhubarb Wine!

By Jeff Zeitler on Friday, May 12th, 2017

This has been a busy week with construction and a bit of dandelion foraging all happening at the same time that gardens need to be planted and kids are having their school plays.  We’re business owners, but we’re also parents and gardeners and still try to have time to stop and- as Garrison Keillor says- […]


Construction: 2nd week of May

By Jeff Zeitler on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

This week in construction:   Our front wall finally went back up!  We have a new front door that now meets building code and two new (taller!  insulated-er!) windows at the front.  We’re still waiting on delivery of another window and installation of another door will be done by the lift company, so there will […]


Construction this week:

By Jeff Zeitler on Saturday, May 6th, 2017

  This week:  We removed the front wall stucco and studs to make room for our new, taller windows and the access door for the new ADA lift.  We made a surprising discovery.  There’s brick in portions of the building facade!  Sadly we’ll have to cover it over again, but it’s nice to see it […]