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MSP: Puerta Azul is closed (SOB!) Where can I get my black bean fix?

Oh, woe! We called Puerta Azul on Monday for some take-out chicken and plantains and black beans, but they said that they've just closed. (They decided not to renew their lease.)

I'm devastated! They had the best black beans - rich and creamy and very flavorful. I would rather eat those black beans than chocolate. So that's all I can think of since I learned the news.

Who has the next-best black beans in town?

Thanks,
Anne

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Puerta Azul (closed)
1811 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

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  1. Oh no! C'mon! I really liked that place.

    ~TDQ

    1. There's now an "under new ownership" sign at Puerta Azul, though the windows are still papered over.

      Let's keep our fingers cross that the new owners keep the black beans on the menu and use the same recipe!

      ~TDQ

      1. AnneInMpls - You're quoted (without citation) in the latest issue of The Hot Dish: City Pages' Dining Newsletter.

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          1. re: Uisge

            I don't mind being quoted without citation - contrary as it is to the chowhound.com rules - but did they answer my question? Who has the next-best black beans in town?!?!?!?!?!???????

            Anne

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Sadly, no. They just noted that regulars were bemoaning the loss.

              1. re: Uisge

                Well, if 'in town' includes Minneapolis, I've loved the black beans at
                Macchu Picchu. $2 or so plus some rice makes a meal.

                1. re: faith

                  well, but machu picchu is also closed-- what, are we trying to make Anne despondent due to sudden loss of good black beans in this town? :)

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/515196

          2. *duh* i remembered where i've had good black beans lately-- as a side at brasa over yellow rice. i always order these and there's been 1 or 2 times they've been just good-- but usually they are *very* good-to-excellent. yes, many times better than chocolate. perhaps they compare to puerta azul, whose beans i never had :(

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            1. re: soupkitten

              I'm still holding out hope that the new owners are able to replicate the beans at Puerta Azul, but it's good to know that Brasa is a good alternative. Hopefully, that works for Anne, too!

              ~TDQ

              1. re: soupkitten

                Yes, and if Brasa opens a new location on Grand Ave. as rumored AnneInMpls could also be AnneInSt.Paul.

              2. No real update here--just keeping an eye out for Anne. The windows are still papered over and the sign "New Owners Closed for remodeling. Opening Soon." is still up. It's hard to peek in around the paper covering the windows, but, indeed, it does appear remodeling is actively underway with all kinds of tools strewn about inside. It's hard to say what I might have been looking at, really, but it seems like they might be building a granite top counter? Maybe I'm imagining the counter, but, I hope they aren't turning it into a cafe/coffee shop/counter service type place. I was hoping they were just going to spiff it up a bit and keep the same menu.

                ~TDQ

                 
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                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Thanks for the update, TDQ! I haven't been able to drive by that corner yet, because it makes me too sad. If the new owners are remodeling, I don't hold out much hope for them keeping the same menu...

                  In the meantime, I just gotta get to Brasa to try their black beans.

                  Anne

                  1. re: AnneInMpls

                    According to the St. Paul City Council minutes this past week, a Beer and Wine License has been granted to a "Rich Pour Enterprises LLC, d/b/a The Blue Door," at PA's address. I'm a little behind in my Chow-ish reading, but that might be (helpful) information to some.

                    1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                      Wow, you're right. I just noticed that they've changed the signage on their awning to "The Blue Door" from Puerta Azul. I now worry they are planning to drop the Puerto Rican menu...

                      ~TDQ

                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                        googling ' "blue door" mn ' brings up bluedoorvineyard.com - seems to jive with rich/pour enterprises (a very clever, if impossible to google, name).

                        i know this is just pure conjecture but can anyone say winebar?

                        1. re: tex.s.toast

                          I did notice some kind of bar-looking structure being built when I peeked in...

                          ~TDQ

                        2. re: The Dairy Queen

                          Yeah, but "puerto azul" in Spanish *is* "blue door". So maybe nothing is changing but the name. OTOH, if they were doing OK as Puerto Azul, why change the name?

                          A Web search of "Rich Pour" didn't turn up anything in MN that I could pick up as a hint.