A former beer warehouse in St. Paul's West Seventh neighborhood is taking on a new life. After a meticulous restoration, a building that was once part of the Schmidt Brewery has reopened as a gourmet food hall with two dozen different vendors.
The market — called Keg and Case — was the brainchild of developer Craig Cohen. He bought the building in 2014 and preserved and restored much of its original interior from the 1920s and 30s.
"We have most of the original ceiling all the steel and concrete," Cohen said. "We dug down to the original slab and put that back in its place, and we also retained a lot of the cool brick and graffiti inside the building."
During Friday's grand opening, visitors ambled through every bit of the food hall's 33,000 square feet — with vendors selling everything from cotton candy, flowers, honey and pottery.
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Keg and Case Market Hall in St. Paul
Keg and Case is a new market hall inhabiting the space of the old Schmidt Brewery on West Seventh in St. Paul. It’s packed with local businesses ranging from food to pottery to a brewery and more. The space is gorgeous and vast; you’ll see something different every time you turn around. While I love the concept of supporting local business, it’s a bit animal heavy for my liking. I attended the preview party September 13, the day before grand opening, and I wanted to share my experience.Let’s start with the good. For one, there’s Spinning Wylde. These cotton candy slingers have their branding down pat, as everything is colorful and playful. They use organic cane sugar, and nearly all of their flavor toppings are vegan; I’ve had strawberry shortcake, piña colada, cherry lemonade, double espresso, maple, and others, and it’s always the perfect sweet treat.Five Watt Coffee makes dangerously delicious coffee concoctions, and the have a coffee bar inside the market hall, making this their third location. The drink below is one of my favorites: The Big Easy includes cold press, chicory and nutmeg simple syrup, black walnut bitters, and almond milk. It’s divine. Other unique additions to various drinks are salted lavender syrup, sweet fennel bitters, cracked pepper, and pumpkin puree.I’ve enjoyed Sweet Science Ice Cream for years, and they have a cute set up at Keg and Case, including an Instagrammable wall decorated with white ice cream scoops. The Blackberry Sorbet is rich and tangy, and the staff said all of their cones are vegan (but there was a lot going on, so maybe double check if you go).I love how open and airy the hall is, and there are many artsy seating spaces, like this bar-lounge that was not operational when I went. It appears the space will be In Bloom, a new venture by chefs from Corner Table and Revival (and thus not very vegan-friendly).Clutch Brewing has set up shop in a corner of the mezzanine level. There’s seating all the way around the level, allowing for a nice bird’s eye view of the main market area.I was not familiar with halva before coming across House of Halva at Keg and Case, and apparently many halva recipes do not contain any animal products. All of the products in the case below are labeled “dairy free.” The menu also includes tahini smoothies made with almond milk. It almost seems too good to be true! I will definitely be back for a smoothie, as I only tried a small sample of halva at my visit. Note that they are closed Saturdays for Shabbat.There’s also Green Bee Juicery which has yummy juices, and Forest to Fork sells things like foraged mushrooms and micorgreens (they were frying mushrooms in butter at the preview, unfortunately, so I didn’t try anything). Pimento has a couple vegan options marked on their menu as well.Now for the downsides to visiting Keg and Case as a vegan. There’s a sausage stand (K’Nack), a cheese shop (Gazta and Enhancements), and smoked meats by Revival. I stopped at Rose Street Patisserie who was sampling several different chocolates, but they said they don’t have anything vegan. Bogart’s Doughnut Co. does not make vegan doughnuts. As the icing on this non-vegan cake, Worker B not only sells honey, but they have a huge glass enclosure filled with bees adjacent to their stand.So if you can handle this assault on your empathetic senses, then by all means go and support the places with vegan options. The easiest way to avoid a good chunk of the animal products is to stay on the Webster Street half of the hall when you view it on this map. I love the concept of Keg and Case, but it’s just not the place for me. I’ll be back for Spinning Wylde, though, no question.Keg and Case928 West 7th StreetSt. Paulwww.kegandcase.com
Mexican street food will replace In Bloom at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul
A Mexican street food restaurant is coming to Keg and Case in St. Paul later this summer.
Brian and Sarah Ingram, the duo behind Hope Breakfast Bar and The Gnome, which opens in St. Paul this summer, will bring Elotes, a wood-fired cantina, to the former In Bloom space at Keg and Case Market, a news release said.
In Bloom, an acclaimed restaurant, closed this month after fewer than two years, citing the "decline in fine dining."
“St. Paul is our home and so special to us," said Brian Ingram, who has dreamed of bringing Mexican food to the community after spending time in southern California and Mexico early in his career. "Sarah and I are so grateful for the opportunity to bring another of our concepts to this city and to the impressive space at Keg and Case so that we can continue our work in serving the community by creating jobs, building spaces to gather and eat quality food, and give back to those that need assistance.”
Elotes will feature an expanded patio and an open kitchen design that uses a 20-foot wood-burning hearth to cook wood-fired meats, fish and vegetables. The menu will feature tacos, lava rock bowls, tin-can nachos and fresh ceviche, as well as craft cantina cocktails.
"When the initial vision of Keg and Case was coming together, Brian was one of the first restaurateurs I toured through the project. It’s incredible that nearly seven years later, we are coming full circle through bringing his newest concept, Elotes, to Keg and Case. It’s amazing what Brian and Sarah have done for St. Paul, their commitment to this community is consistent with what we have built with Keg and Case, being a community hub,” says Craig Cohen, Developer and Managing Partner of Keg and Case.
“We are excited about the vibrancy and heart they will bring not only to Keg and Case but the entire Schmidt complex."
Like the Ingram's other restaurants, Elote will give back to the community through their nonprofit Give Hope. A minimum 3 percent of proceeds will go to charitable causes.
Since the pandemic forced St. Paul’s Keg and Case Market to close down in 2020, it has had some time to plan its return. When the food hall and market broke onto the scene in September 2018, it became a destination for gourmet local fare and small businesses, transforming the historic former Schmidt Brewery at 928 W. Seventh St.
With a host of new vendors, plans for summer entertainment, and new events on the horizon, Keg and Case is making a bold reopening on May 1.
The food hall is welcoming three new vendors at the start of May. There’s the natural health store Brand Builders Market, Purple Ice Cream’s out-there ice cream flavors, and a traditional candy store called Valley Sweets.
Following those openings will be Jerusalem Mix (a Mediterranean café with a “build-your-own hummus bar”), and Poppin’ (gourmet popcorn, pretzels, and pizzas), both opening May 15.
Starting June 1, visitors can check out the juice bar Juice Wisely, and Jumbos, a new sausage and burger joint. Restaurant Som Thai, serving up classic Thai cuisine made in-house, will make its debut June 15. Brian Ingram, owner of Keg and Case mainstay Woodfire Cantina, is behind two of these new concepts: Purple Ice Cream and Jumbos.
This will also be a chance to visit some old favorites, including Clutch Brewing Co. Also new: Visitors can now roam freely throughout Keg and Case and around the food hall’s outdoor spaces with their Clutch Brewing beer or hard seltzer.
Among the others returning to Keg and Case are Five Watt Coffee, Forest to Fork, House of Halva, O’Cheeze, Pastamore, Pimento, and Woodfire Cantina. A few vendors—Bread & Boba, Revival, Spinning Wylde, and Sweet Science Ice Cream—will not be returning to Keg and Case in 2021.
Its re-opening also marks the start of summer entertainment programming. For the occasion, Keg and Case has revamped its park, adding a new stage and lawn games. Visitors can expect to catch live music from a lineup of DJs in the park Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting May 6.
In June, Keg and Case is launching a live music series, dubbed “Summer Sessions,” featuring local performers. They will also have “Throwback Theater” movie screening nights. Keg and Case also has family and kid-focused programming lined up. To view their full summer schedule, visit kegandcase.com/events.
“We’re excited to reopen the market with a new round of vendors and entertainment for guests of all ages,” said Gates Lindquist, executive director of Keg and Case, in a press release. “With our new outdoor music series and movie nights, Keg and Case hopes to become a true community hub, giving guests an opportunity to eat and shop from local entrepreneurs while enjoying the day with family, friends and neighbors.”
Starting May 1, Keg and Case’s hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check in with individual vendors for specific hours.
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Keg and Case is a shopping center located on the in the old Schmidt Brewery Building. The market includes "chef-driven restaurants, craft beer and a uniquely curated market brimming with an eclectic mix of regional goods." An outdoor space hosts music and seasonal events. Families will appreciate Wednesday story times that include children's lunch specials.
Tots and Tales Story at Keg and Case
On Wednesdays at 10am, Beaver Pond Press hosts a one-hour story time that is led by local authors reading their children's books and presenting an interactive learning activity to go with the story. Afterwards, families can stick around for lunch deals geared toward kids, including:
This story time is featured among our Top Kids Storytimes in the Twin Cities.
Family Friendly Vendors
Besides the restaurants that offer Wednesday deals above, families will find a Sweet Science Ice Cream store and a Bogart's Doughnut Company (featured in our National Doughnut Day List), as well as Five Watt Coffee Shop and Barkley's Bistro, a dog treat store (sorry, you can't bring your pup in with you, but he's welcome at outdoor events).
Events for Families
Besides the weekly story hours, the market sometimes offers family-friendly events. Check their events page for up-to-date listings.
Parking at Keg and Case
The market offers off-street parking spaces that are free for the first hour. After that there is an hourly fee. There is also nearby street parking available.
Keg and Case Hours
We display the market's hours above, but individual vendors may have their own hours. If you are visiting for a specific vendor, find all the hours here.
St. Paul's Keg and Case food hall is reopening May 1 with changes in its tenant mix
After taking a monthslong, pandemic-related slumber, Keg and Case is reopening on May 1.
The food hall (928 W. 7th St., St. Paul, kegandcase.com) is returning with eight new tenants.
Brian and Sarah Ingram, owners of Woodfired Cantina, the market's anchor restaurant, are launching two new concepts: Purple Ice Cream, a scoop counter, and Jumbos, which will focus on handcrafted mini-sausages and sliders when it opens June 1.
Other newcomers include Valley Sweets, a nostalgic candy shop with a cotton candy machine; Jerusalem Mix, a kosher/halal Mediterranean cafe and build-your-own hummus bar; Poppin', which is all about pretzels and flavored popcorn; Som Thai, which will focus on curry dishes and pad thai; Juice Wisely, which is specializing in cold-press juices, smoothies and salads; and Brand Builders Market, which will showcase 15 local food brands emphasizing natural health.
They'll be joined by a number of returning tenants, including Clutch Brewing Co., Pimento, Five Watt Coffee, Forest to Fork, Hobby Farmer, House of Halva, O'Cheeze, Pastamore, Sana CBD, Rose Street Patisserie, Studio Emme and the previously mentioned Woodfired Cantina (which is reopening April 30).
Many vendors will be open on May 1, but some will debut later in the month and into early June.
Several key vendors have exited the market, including Sweet Science Ice Cream (which is relocating to Edina), Spinning Wylde (now operating in a storefront at 915 W. 7th St.) and Bread & Boba. And Revival Smoked Meats, a counter-service offshoot of the popular Revival, is moving to Minneapolis.
Meanwhile, Keg and Case has retooled its outdoor venues, which will host a live music series, children's story hours, pop-up markets and movies.
"We're excited to reopen the market with a new round of vendors and entertainment for guests of all ages," said executive director Gates Lindquist in a statement. "With our new outdoor music series and movie nights, Keg and Case hopes to become a true community hub, giving guests an opportunity to eat and shop from local entrepreneurs while enjoying the day with family, friends and neighbors."
Keg and Case will operate 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
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At long last, Keg and Case West 7th Market is reopening to visitors Saturday, May 1.
The pandemic brought a lot of changes to the market, including the loss of a few tenants, the most high-profile of which are Sweet Science Ice Cream, which moved to a standalone location in Edina, and Revival Smoked Meats, which will reopen in the former Corner Table spot in Minneapolis sometime in mid-summer.
However, the market was always imagined as a space that could shift and change, and for every tenant that left, there’s an exciting new one to fill its space.
Here’s all the new, good news: There is a reimagined outdoor space that will host live entertainment events all summer long. And you will now be able to walk around (inside or out!) with a beer or hard seltzer from Clutch Brewing, which isn’t going anywhere! You no longer are confined to the upstairs space while enjoying your beverage.
Some notable new tenants include two new concepts from restaurateur Brian Ingram, who also runs Woodfire Cantina in the former In Bloom space. Purple Ice Cream, in the former Sweet Science spot, will feature “unique and fun” ice cream creations. From what we’ve seen on social media, this spot has been completely transformed with brightly colored paint and even a corner to encourage social-media posts that has funky lighting and even an LED-lit swing. Ingram, who was formerly the CEO of New Bohemia, is also taking over the former Revival Smoked Meats spot with a new concept called Jumbos, which will feature hand-crafted mini sausages and burgers. Jumbos is slated to open June 1. Purple Ice Cream will be ready to rumble when the market reopens.
Another crazy newcomer: Brand Builders, a new storefront to support startup and emerging natural products founders. Billing itself as a “retail incubation” space, it will debut with 15 local brands with a focus on natural health, and each brand will have the opportunity to sell products, interact with customers, get feedback on their products and attend special programmed events including various demos and other interactive experiences such as weekly interviews with business owners and a “Shark Tank”-style event for brands to be discovered by potential investors.
Other new vendors include:
- Valley Sweets – Opening May 1. An old-fashioned candy shop featuring fresh-spun cotton candy.
- Jerusalem Mix – Opening May 15. A build-your-own hummus bar & Mediterranean cafe that is Kosher and Halal.
- Poppin’ – Opening May 15. Discover delicious, flavored popcorns, pretzels, handmade pizzas and more.
- Juice Wisely – Opening June 1. A juice bar featuring freshly made, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and salads.
- Som Thai – Opening June 15. Serving pad thai and an assortment of curry dishes all made in-house.
While eight new vendors have joined the market, many of the original vendors are reopening on May 1 as well, including Clutch Brewing Co., Five Watt Coffee, Forest To Fork, Hobby Farmer, House of Halva, O’Cheeze, Pastamore, Pimento, Rose Street Patisserie, Sana CBD, Studio Emme and Woodfire Cantina.
Keg and Case West 7th Market: 928 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; kegandcase.com