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The first sake brewpub outside of Japan is in...Minneapolis? You betcha. The sleek, dark, Lyn-Lake watering hole, modeled after an izakaya, or gastropub, has deep, cozy booths and Japanese soap operas playing on the TVs. Blake Richardson, owner of the Herkimer, applied his beer-making experience to rice wine, serving up several varieties of premium, unpasteurized, draft sake. To dampen the effects of the alcohol, Moto-i serves a menu of small plates.
You may have heard rumblings about a sake restaurant opening in Uptown recently. Though it might be a little hard to find, despite its obvious loca...
Good Luck Cocktail $6.50 Moto-i2940 South Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis612.821.6262website With sake finally getting its due, people are realizing all the nuances and subtleties of this beautiful ... More »
Not only is moto-i the first restaurant outside of Japan to brew its own sake, it also has one of the few rooftop bars in the area that manages not to be overcrowded. That will probably change once folks start to realize that the Japanese bar and restaurant actually has a rooftop (we're guessing that it's a little hard to see from the street). So while the yuppies and hipsters fight for a seat at one of the packed rooftop bars near Lake and Hennepin, we'd gladly take a more chill one that... More »
There's so much sushi in Minneapolis these days they're practically selling it in gas stations and vending machines. That's why Moto-i's debut was all the more welcome. The izakaya-style eatery, or gastropub, showcases a different side of Japanese culture. The sleek, dark, Lyn-Lake watering hole has deep, cozy booths and Japanese soap operas playing on the TVs. (You could almost imagine rubbing elbows--or trading shots--with a crew of Nintendo employees celebrating the success of... More »
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