Restaurant Roundup: Free shaved ice, more patio space

Aug. 2, 2018

Enjoy First Friday downtown, and get a free Dakota Snow shaved ice creation through the #KindnessFirst campaign from The First National Bank in Sioux Falls. The giveaway will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the downtown branch at Ninth and Phillips.

Patio weather is in full force, and Bin 201 and Stogeez have expanded their outdoor seating at 11th Street and First Avenue. The new space for the wine bar and cigar lounge has room for 30 to 35 additional seats, bringing the total to 150.

Barbecue and bourbon is a thing now. Cody’s Smokehouse has acquired a liquor license, so mixed drinks have joined the beer and wine offerings at the restaurant. The barbecue joint, which opened last summer on Louise Avenue, also offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. every day. Cocktails are half-price along with domestic beers and wine. Imported and craft beers are $1 off. Appetizers also are half-price.

The new KK & Sons Lao & Thai Food truck has a new base of operations. The trailer will be stationed most days at the Thanh Mai market on Rice Street in front of the Smithfield plant. That’s just a few blocks west of its former usual location at Rice and Cliff. KK & Sons is scheduled for several events this month, including downtown for First Friday at WoodGrain Brewing Co. and the 605 Made Night Market on Aug. 25 at Cherapa Place. The business typically is open Tuesday through Sunday but posts its location and menu every day on its Facebook page.

After a fizzled relationship, Hydra Beer Co. is making another attempt to distribute its brews on the other side of the state. The Sioux Falls brewery is working with Quality Brands of the Black Hills to sell Hydra on tap in bars, restaurants and event centers in central and western South Dakota. Co-owner Chad Petit said the relationship with a previous distributor didn’t meet their expectations. Hydra is heading south also. It hopes to have its craft beers on tap in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., by the end of the month, Petit said. The brewery also is excited about an opportunity at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Hydra is sponsoring the Sportster Showdown on Tuesday at the Buffalo Chip Campground and selling its beer there. “That’s a huge plus for us. In the craft beer world, that’s a big step,” he said of getting into a setting typically dominated by the big names in the beer industry.

The Big Mac is turning 50, and McDonald’s is marking the milestone with a limited-edition global currency. Beginning today, customers who order the two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun will receive one of five designs celebrating the five decades. If you’re not a collector, the coins can be redeemed for a free Big Mac at restaurants in the U.S. and more than 50 participating countries through this year.

Scooter’s Coffee is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new drink. Birthday Cake comes with or without espresso and is made with cupcake syrup and milk when it’s hot or iced, and with the syrup and ice cream base when it’s a blender. The chain started in Bellevue, Neb., in 1998 and has grown to almost 200 locations, including seven in Sioux Falls and Brandon. The first franchise in Sioux Falls near 57th and Western opened in 2006.

We’d trade pencils and paper for this deal. Crooked Pint Ale House is buying 100 backpacks for children in need in the Sioux Falls School District and asking for help to fill them. Customers who bring in school supplies will get a free order of Ellsworth cheese curds this month.

Want to show your colors through food? Bagel Boy has started making customized colored bagels for events. The minimum order is 250.

Restaurant Roundup: Free shaved ice, more patio space

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