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Any Word on Heidi's Chef?


Jfood saw the good news from the owners of Blackbird and was wondering if anyone knows if the Chef from Heidi's has any plans.


  1. He's working on a cookbook.
    Beyond that, I don't know.

    1. You can always check his blog: http://shefzilla.com/

      Nothing there ATM, but he does touch on scouting trips for sites and the like.

      1. I have no idea what he's doing, but I'm going to lobby that he open up a new place in the old Vintage on Selby in St. Paul. And I'm not just saying that because he (and his food) would then be in walking distance. :)

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        1. re: Seige

          Another St. Paul space that would seem well-suited would be Heartland's. It will be opening up within the next month when Lenny Russo moves the restaurant to Lowertown.

          1. re: bill1jan

            I heard The Groveland Tap is going to do something there. Pizza / shared plates?

            Groveland Tap
            1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

        2. Still looking for a new location is what I heard.

          1. thanks all...if anyone hears more firm data jfood would appreciate the head's up.

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            1. Looks like he has been working on a cookbook. Sounds interesting


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              1. re: babaoriley7

                I heard they signed a lease on Lyndale.

                1. re: Latinpig

                  Where on Lyndale? Where did you hear this?

                  1. re: Latinpig

                    Maybe thinking of the Blackbird folks? I think they are opening up on Lyndale. Great if not, would love for Stewart and Heidi to open up another similar place (check that, would love them to open up Heidi's again)

                    1. re: babaoriley7

                      Blackbird is opening on Chicago and 38th.

                      1. re: SmartCookie

                        Sorry, but this made me chuckle. It's funny how 6 blocks = worlds apart.

                      2. re: babaoriley7

                        Nope - Blackbird is re-opening on 38th and Nicollet - signage is up and everything.

                        1. re: keithinmpls

                          Right. If you wander into Cup Foods expecting Blackbird, you have no-one to blame but yourself .

                        2. re: Latinpig

                          Crap. This means my hopes of them coming to St. Paul are dashed.

                          1. re: Latinpig

                            I was with you all along. Nice scoop.

                        3. To sum up. Lease signed. 29th and Lyndale. Old Vera's spot. Possible full liquor license.

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                          1. re: Latinpig

                            Who has a solid source they can cite?

                            Per Dara, it was rumor as of July 16. And her commenters, including Kate NG Sommers, have confirmed nothing.


                            1. re: Latinpig

                              If true, I'm very happy. Just blocks from my house. Hooray for Lyn/Lake!

                              1. re: Latinpig

                                I'm confused. It seems there are a lot of guesses in the comments, maybe you know something else we don't?

                                1. re: babaoriley7

                                  The old Vera's spot sounds likely to me. The guesses are about Blackbird, not Heidi's.

                                  1. re: faith

                                    My source is the proverbial horses mouth. Rock solid. I know nothing about Blackbirds plans.

                                    1. re: Latinpig

                                      Per Blackbirds Facebook, and a post above, they have signed at 38th and Nicollet.

                                  2. re: babaoriley7

                                    It is not a guess. They signed a lease for the 29th and Lyndale spot. They hope to be open in October and to have a full liquor license. Dara does not know everthing.

                                    1. re: Latinpig

                                      What Dara knows is that she has a rumor she cannot confirm. What Kate NG Sommers knows is that she has information she cannot share. And somewhere in between is Andrew Zimmern who has a rumor and says no more.

                                      I'm actually glad to see those local bloggers considering that "first to publish" is not the be-all & end-all of broadcasting other people's doings. I admire the restraint on the part of DM, KS, AZ.

                                      Apparently Dara took some heat for not jumping on the bandwagon when there was so much juicy gossip circulating about Tim McKee et al. If she is holding on to a bit of a standard that seems to have been generally discarded, and KS and AZ are doing the same, good for them.

                                      1. re: KTFoley

                                        I have confirmed it and it will be announced very shortly.

                                        1. re: Latinpig

                                          what's weird is that as of Sunday there was a 'For Lease' sign up on Vera's.

                                            1. re: Latinpig

                                              It's on the Strib, confirmed as Vera's old haunt.

                                      2. re: Latinpig

                                        Chef Woodman just confirmed this info on his blog.

                                        Happy day!

                                  3. While we understand that there is intense interest in this not-yet-re-opened restaurant, Chowhound's goal is to help everyone eat better right now.

                                    We're going to lock this now, and we ask that there be no further updates here until the place is actually ready to re-open.