Spring Café morphs into Dock & Paddle

By Michael Kuchta

The restaurant in Como Lakeside Pavilion opened June 5 with a new name—and at least one feature that doesn’t exist elsewhere, hard to find beer.

Dock & Paddle debuted in a scaled-back version in order to meet the dining limits required under state pandemic restrictions. (The restaurant is under the same management as last year’s version of Spring Café.)

The initial menu started with appetizers, grill fare such as sandwiches and burgers, a children’s menu and locally sourced salads. Some favorites return from last year, including the BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) and Cubano. In keeping with the restaurant’s new name and décor, its menu includes fish-and-chips and fish tacos, too.

However, Dock & Paddle’s biggest coup is an exclusive arrangement with the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. The Guild will curate a rotating selection of brews from around the state. That means Dock & Paddle will serve beers on tap that are rare or difficult to find in the Twin Cities.

Dock & Paddle intends to open weekdays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Kids’ items are $8; most everything else is in the $10 to $14 range.

Micheal Kuchta is the executive director of the Como District 10 Community Council.

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