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Plant-Based Dairy-Free Fast Food Coming Soon

A few months from now, you’ll be able to walk to Washington Avenue between 5th and 6th Avenues, grab a quick burger, nuggets and fries with a shake or ice cream for dessert. But none of those items will have meat or dairy in them.

Stalk and Spade, the plant-based, dairy-free chain that got its start in Wayzata last summer is expanding to the North Loop. It’s set to open in late April/early May on the lower level of the old Duffey Paper facility that’s being transformed into a residential/commercial building.

Stalk and Spade is owned by Steele Smiley, the same man who launched the Crisp & Green franchise, which has a location less than a block away, at 5th and Washington.

Stalk and Spade is a fast-casual concept that also serves salads and wraps for those who aren’t into burgers and fries. It will have seating for about 40 people inside along with pickup, curbside and delivery options.

This is just the latest in a flurry of announcements recently about restaurant openings in the North Loop. We already know that Butcher & The Boar, Guacaya Tapas and a Moulin Rouge-inspired brasserie will open here in 2022. And we’re anticipating another announcement soon about a restaurant going into Colonial Warehouse, combining the space of 3 former businesses: Moose & Sadie’s, Grethen House and Evermore.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer

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