Explore the 3 freshest new businesses to launch in Minneapolis

Interested in checking out the freshest new spots in Minneapolis? From a barbecue joint to a distillery, read on for a list of the newest spots to open around town.

Beast BBQ

825 E. Hennepin Ave., Beltrami

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Beast BBQ is a bar, offering barbecue and more.

Smoked meats include pork ribs, chopped pork butt, whitefish and beef tips. Take a peek at the 4 Meat Platter complete with four choices of meat and four sides for the whole family, or grab a Smoked Beast Sammie, a sandwich that includes horseradish cream and pickled jalapeños. (Check out the full menu here.)

The new barbecue joint is off to an uneven start so far, with a three-star rating out of eight reviews on Yelp.

Yelper Kelly T., who was the first to review it on Jan. 31, wrote, "Love this place! Way better than the bar that used to occupy this space. ... The barbecue seems phenomenal and the owner is very nice. All around a great experience!"

C J. noted, "We got the pork butt and the pork candy. The pork candy was pretty good, not amazing, but good, and the price made sense. The pork butt was bland and a very small portion."

The new spot is open from 11 a.m.–2 a.m. daily.

Royal Foundry Craft Spirits

241 Fremont Ave. North, Suite A, Harrison

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Royal Foundry Craft Spirits is a distillery. The new spot boasts its "grain-to-glass" philosophy and combines the Minneapolis street scene with the flavors and atmosphere of Britain. 

Stop by the tasting room and sip on a classic Old Fashioned; a Ruby Classic with whiskey, grapefruit, mint syrup and soda water; the Party Thyme with vodka, strawberry shrub and thyme syrup; or the vodka-infused Pollinator with honey and lemon juice. (Check out the menu here.)

The new distillery is getting solid feedback, with 3.5 stars out of six reviews on Yelp.

Allison W., who reviewed it on Jan. 13, said, "The gaming spaces included foosball, some board games and a nice bowling area (slightly smaller scale than a standard bowling alley). They currently have eight cocktails available, which include their craft vodka, rum and whiskey."

And Maddie B. said, "The area is huge with plenty of tables to stand or sit at. They also have a large room in the back, which currently has nothing in it, but I could see it as a great place to host events."

It's open from 3–10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 3 p.m.–midnight on Friday, noon–midnight on Saturday, and noon–8 p.m. on Sunday.

Standish Cafe

2403 E. 38th St., Standish

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Standish Cafe is a breakfast and brunch spot with a large menu. 

Options include everything from toast, pancakes and omelets to salads, sandwiches and burgers. Hone in on favorites such as the Standish Burger with lettuce, tomato, American and cheddar cheeses and special sauce; the Chargrilled Veggie Omelet with pepper, zucchini, onion, mushroom mix and goat cheese; or a plate of money bread or cinnamon rolls. (Here is the full menu.)

It's off to a strong start with local diners, with four stars out of eight reviews on Yelp so far.

Renee F., who reviewed it on Dec. 22, wrote, "Standish's creative menu satisfied my need for comfort food as well as my desire for a healthy meal. Opening day, I had the Huevos Rancheros, which were yummy."

Jerry S. added, "Excellent burger and special Standish potatoes and monkey bread. Excellent service and friendly waitstaff."

Standish Cafe is open from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. (It's closed on Sunday.)