New bar and grill to open in former Louie’s space on Payne Avenue

Payne Avenue just keeps getting more delicious.

The former Louie’s space is in the midst of a remodel and will reopen sometime in March as NorthStar Bar and Grill.

Mik German, executive chef at Alary’s Bar in St. Paul, Sept. 5, 2019. (Nancy Ngo / Pioneer Press)

Chef Mik German, who is most recently responsible for making the food at downtown watering hole Alary’s worth a visit, is helming the kitchen, which will be churning out what German does best — scratch-made, tasty bar food.

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There will be burgers, a few appetizers and some fun sandwiches.

German, who said the space was “beyond a dive,” when the current ownership took over, said the dingy drop-ceilings have been taken out to reveal an antique tin ceiling, and an artist is creating an accent wall that will contain aspects of the East Side.

German said the project is a homecoming of sorts for him.

“I was born and raised two blocks off Payne Avenue, so I love it, and I love the revitalization that’s happening,” he said. “I’m really excited to be a part of trying to continue that.”

NorthStar Bar and Grill: 883 Payne Ave., St. Paul; 651-330-9184

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