Evelyn’s Adds Curbside Takeout During Coronavirus Closure

Evelyn's will offer curbside takeout to our customers during the Minnesota restaurant in-dining closure period.  This service will be available 4pm-9pm, 7 days a week (yes...Sunday and Monday too).

All takeout orders will be delivered to your car door curbside in front of Evelyn's. Please call 763-682-8989 to place your order. Please see take out menu HERE.

We sincerely thank you for your support. This service will allow us to pay some of our employees who most heavily rely on the income they receive from Evelyn's and will help cover some of our ongoing business costs. And... we will get a chance to see you, even if it is quickly through the window of your car door!

Evelyn’s Coronavirus Update

In response to Governor Walz action to close restaurants and bars effective tomorrow at 5pm, Evelyn’s and Muffy’s Basement will close immediately. We are researching the possibility of providing curbside takeout of some of our menu items during this time so that we can at least continue to pay those employees who will be most heavily hit by this closure and cover the ongoing costs of keeping the business…well…in business. Thank you to everyone who has reached out today. We appreciate our community so much. We hope and pray you and your loved ones all stay well during this time.

Coronavirus Update


Right now, we plan on being open during our normal operating hours. Currently, the CDC is recommending halting the gathering of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. As you know, we are a small restaurant. Our total capacity is 29 people in Evelyn’s and 24 people in Muffy’s Basement. With that in mind, we will be limiting the number of customers we have seated at one time and will not take reservations for more than 4 people…keeping our total capacity lower than usual with more space between seated tables.

In addition, although we always pride ourselves on cleanliness and sanitation, we will take extra precautions to do our part and help limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Our employees will not come to work if they have any signs of illness. We will be diligent in our sanitation methods, making sure we follow strict hand washing and personal hygiene methods, while also sanitizing menus, tables, chairs and door handles between customers. We always use a sanitizing dishwasher for our food prep materials, glasses, utensils, plates and bowls. We will also offer a limited food menu, only serving items that are thoroughly cooked after being prepped.

In the event it is required that we temporarily shut our doors until a time when the virus has slowed, we will alert you through social media and our website.

We sincerely appreciate the support we are receiving from our customers. We know this is going to be hard for so many.


Mulled Wine

Every year as the weather gets colder, Evelyn’s starts cooking up our popular Cranberry Mulled Wine. It is a favorite and we get asked often for our recipe. We don’t have secrets at Evelyn’s, so we thought we’d share!

First of all, a little background on the origins of Mulled Wine. Mulled wine, or spiced wine, is a beverage usually made with red wine, along with various mulling spices and served hot. We can thank the ancient Greeks for coming up with the original mulled wine. They weren’t the type of people to leave extra wine on the table and there was always a part of the grape harvest that didn’t make it into the “good” wine. So, in order to prevent waste (and to make sure as much alcohol as possible was palatable), they would dump spices into the wine and heat it up.

Mulled wine really took off in the Middle Ages. The added spices were believed to make people healthier and had the benefit of tasting much better as well. The selection of wine wasn’t so great back then and it’s not like people could drink the water.

The common version of mulled wine today comes from Victorian England and is often served as a holiday season drink (in moderation, of course).

At Evelyn’s, we serve mulled wine as a tasty treat to warm our guests during the cold winter months. So, this holiday season, mull a batch for your guests using our easy recipe. It will warm them up and your house will smell awesome. Most modern-day versions have orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, a (cheap) dry red wine and a bit of port or brandy. Our recipe features Buffalo Rock Winery’s Cranberry Wine, apple cider and a mix of spices. It’s an easy recipe, but to make even easier, you can get excellent pre-mixed mulled wine spices at select grocery stores and The Abundant Kitchen in downtown Buffalo. We just use our own spices since we go through so much of it.

In a medium size saucepan over medium heat:

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups Buffalo Rock Cranberry Wine (or an inexpensive sweeter red wine or red blend)
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 5 whole allspice berries
  • 1/4 orange (do not peel)
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks

Bring all ingredients to a soft boil and then turn heat down to simmer (you don’t want it to continue boiling or you’ll burn off all the alcohol…don’t want that!). Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.

Strain mulled wine through a sieve or cheesecloth into a thermos or carafe that will keep contents warm. Serves approximately 4 8oz cups. Serve in a coffee mug with an orange wedge or cinnamon stick (or both).


The Shop Local Life

Before I owned Evelyn's...I was one of those locals who seldom went downtown or thought about whether I was buying from a local business or not. Maybe during Buffalo Days and sometimes if I was looking for a unique gift, I'd venture downtown. But, shamefully, not frequently.

Mostly, I stuck to the Hwy 55 corridor. I knew I could stop in quick at one of the big retailers and get what I needed.

But, now, I'm a shop owner in downtown Buffalo and my perspective has changed. From a business and personal standpoint.  In this world of Amazon, Targets, on-line shopping and social media, we've lost the beauty of the small town shopping experience. And, we are missing out on the personal connection associated with living in a small town and working with small business.  For those who do spend more time here (or in other areas of Buffalo where local businesses reside), you understand what I'm talking about.

I love owning a small business in Buffalo.  People stop in to just chat.  I know my customers and they know me.  I get to work with other local businesses and use their products and services to better mine.  In fact, I know more people now than the previous decade living here.   Funny side note:  As I was writing this blog, a local business friend walked in to say "hi" and discuss a potential opportunity.  So, there you go.  I love that.

So, with that type of connection comes a little bit of fear.  Fear that a community like this cannot sustain itself in a world of instant gratification, large chains and on-line purchasing.  We need to support our local businesses!

If you think about it, when you spend a dollar with a local business or retail shop, a majority of that dollar spent stays in the community. Think about the power of that one dollar.  It travels from your wallet to the storekeeper, who then uses it to pay an employee or their landlord who also lives locally. Then, what if they use that money at a local restaurant or brewery, where it may go back into goods bought from a local baker. It continues to circulate, from one small business to another, helping that business community sustain itself.  All the while, you actually know the person you are spending this dollar with and they know you.

It’s great to “shop small” the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but, it's more important to do so throughout the year. Buy your next book at Buffalo Books and stop next store at SHE for a bottle of hand lotion.  Get that bottle of olive oil at The Abundant Kitchen, or the growler of beer from Hayes Public House.  Instead of buying that table from Pottery Barn, visit a local boutique for a table that is one-of-a-kind.  If your daughter is looking for a gently used prom dress on FaceBook, send her to Ritzy Replay instead.  Buy a cozy sweater at Lillians or a cool pair of boots at Wreath of Franklin. And...stop by Evelyn's for a glass of wine and a flatbread (gluten free from Clover Meadow Bakery) or a mini-cupcake (from Lil' Miss Lulu's Cupcakes).  It will mean everything to that small business owner, and it will help sustain our awesome downtown and surrounding area businesses.

Okay... off my soapbox.  But, if you're interested in supporting us downtown shops, there is a picture of a map in this blog.  You can also stop by Evelyn's for a copy or download here.

I hope to see you soon!

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One Year Later

Evelyn’s has been open for one year.  Looking back, it seems like Evelyn’s has been in downtown Buffalo forever.  Not in an exhausting forever, but an “I feel like I’ve belonged here forever.”  Thank you to all of our customers and the community for making this year one of the most fulfilling and challenging years of my life.

I get asked alot for the story behind Evelyn’s.  I am not a chef who formerly worked tirelessly in someone else’s kitchen.    I have not been in the industry forever and finally opened my own place.  I do not come from a family of restaurateurs.  Evelyn was not in the business, she was simply my grandma whom I loved and missed and I knew she’d be tickled and think “it was the berries” that I named this new adventure Evelyn’s Wine Bar & Bistro.

The story is, I simply did not understand why downtown Buffalo did not have a place like Evelyn’s and I wanted to own and be a part of a place like Evelyn’s.  It’s such a beautiful and special downtown. Quaint shops, cobblestone street, old buildings, old-fashioned movie theater.  Why wasn’t there a place like Evelyn’s to eat and have a glass of wine?  You probably know the rest if you’ve read the “our story” page on our website.

But, also…the timing was right.  I was in an unfulfilling job, I had a desire to be a part of the community, I had the support of the city and chamber of commerce (thank you!), and I had entrepreneurial experience.  Most of all, I have a supportive husband and two daughters who gave me the courage to take the leap.  It was the perfect storm of circumstances. So, I did my research, I met with industry experts, and I built my business plan.

There have been many challenges and some frightening slow days and weeks.  But, most days have been absolutely wonderful.  I have a great team of employees.  They are fun to work with and they care about Evelyn’s and want you to enjoy your time here.  That has been a blessing. Best of all, we have very special customers.  You come in happy, you want to support us, you ask how we are doing, you share your kind words of encouragement… and many of you come back again and again.  I think that is rare in the industry.

So, thank you!  Thank you for your business.  Thank you for making this endeavor enjoyable and fulfilling.  We hope to see you this week as we celebrate our One Year Anniversary.  We have a number of fun activities planned for you.  If you can’t make it in this week, we hope to see you very soon!

Sincerely and in gratitude,

Kristi Paul



Yesterday, I had a very informative conversation with a veteran about his service dog.  We’ve had a few people come in to Evelyn’s with dogs that are service dogs.  Coincidentally, I also received an inquiry yesterday asking if we allow “well-behaved” dogs on our new patio.

I love dogs.  We have three at home… who aren’t always well-behaved.  But not everyone is a dog person, especially where they eat. So, what is our stance on dogs at Evelyn’s?

First of all, the question on service dogs is already defined federally through the ADA (American Disabilities Act). Under the ADA, a service animal is a dog “that has been trained to perform tasks or do work for the benefit of a person with a disability. The tasks or work the animal does must be directly related to the person’s disability.”  They cannot be turned away by a restaurant and I wouldn’t want to turn them away.  I learned a lot from my veteran friend on what service dogs do for their companions and how a service animal is defined by the ADA.  All I can say is please don’t come in to Evelyn’s claiming your dog is an ADA defined service dog — if it is not.  Minnesota has made that illegal.   But more importantly, it’s just shameful.  Service animals do so much good for those who truly need them.  It saddens me that we have to have a law because so many have posed their dogs as service dogs, when they are not.  As much as we love our dogs and like to be with them, it hurts those who truly need them in public places like restaurants.

As for dogs on the patio.  Here is the thing…as much as we love our dogs, not everyone does, especially in a closely confined area where they are eating.  So, we have decided to make the new patio out back dog/pet-free.  BUT, we do have two nice dog-friendly bistro tables in the front of our restaurant where dogs are welcome. We hope this addresses the needs of the dog lovers and non-lovers.



Getting Ready for Summer

Evelyn's Expands!

Our phase two building project has begun..

We have added a patio that seats 20 in the back of our building, which officially opens this Saturday, June 2.  Thank you to Mike Mutterer Construction for the beautiful design.  They completed the job in two days - very impressive!  Buffalo Floral and Landscaping provided the perfect floral accents.  

In addition, Larson Building is overseeing the construction of our new bar in the lower level.  If you can't stand the heat outside, the lower level bar area will be a nice, cool place to hang out, cool off, have a drink and a bite to eat.  Mike Mutterer Construction, Loberg Electric and Monticello Plumbing, Heating and Air are also involved in the project. Expected completion is mid-June.

Both projects almost triple our seating capacity. We feel so blessed to have such reliable and talented businesses in Buffalo to help us make our vision a reality. 

We can't wait to serve you this summer!




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It strikes me the second I see him, this man is the real deal. Well groomed fingers with nails trimmed to perfection. These hands are his tools and they are taken care of in the same manner an auto repairman takes care of his tools.

Pierre-Yves greets us with a conservative smile, there is no room for small talk in this interview. But small talk is not necessary, we want to know everything about the man and his company, Tick Tock, Tick Tock...

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Winter at Evelyn’s

I must admit, I keep thinking spring is near.  At least we are finished with January.  But, there’s still quite a bit of winter to go.  That doesn’t mean we can’t get out of the house!  There is a lot happening in downtown Buffalo and at Evelyn’s in the next few months.

If you’re looking for some ideas, make sure you check out the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau’s new website and community resource guide.  Evelyn’s was excited and honored to be on the cover of this year’s edition.   It has plenty of information on things to do in Buffalo.

We are also getting ready for some fun events and promotions at Evelyn’s.  Below are just a few.  Look for more information in the coming weeks here and on our FaceBook page.

Friday, February 9 – Sunday, February 17
Evelyn’s Valentines special – Your choice of a bottle of the house red or white wine, one of our tasty nibbles, a flatbread and one dessert for $44.00. Walk in or make reservations here.

Wednesday, February 21: 6:30 – 9:00
Join us for a Psychic/Medium Gallery in The Cellar at Evelyn’s with Leigh Cohen Wyatt. Registration and ticket purchase will be available on Eventbrite soon.

Wednesday, February 28: 6:30 – 8:30
We will host another Art Around Paint Party in The Cellar at Evelyn’s. The first event this past month was such a hit, we will be painting wine glasses again and offering wine and food specials. Again, we will have registration and ticket purchase available on Eventbrite soon.

Thursday, March 8: Time TBD
Evelyn’s and One Division Art present An Evening of Art and Wine.

Wednesday, March 21: 6:30
Unwind & Wine with Evelyn’s and The Fire Within Yoga.

Thank you to all the fun groups who have reserved our private party space downstairs for birthday parties, bachelorettes, grooms dinners and business events.


South of the Track

A week or so ago, a new customer stopped by to have some wine and dinner.  During our conversation, he mentioned that he seldom went “south of the track.”  What?  I hadn’t heard this before.  But, I’m guessing there are a lot of people who don’t venture south of the track, into downtown Buffalo.  If you haven’t been here in a while or you have never visited, you’re missing out.  All of a sudden, new businesses are popping up and downtown Buffalo has become a fun place to hang out.  In addition to the successful occasional and antique stores, you will find a number of unique stores and eateries open every week, not just the first of the month.  It’s really exciting to be a part of it.  We’ve seen such enthusiasm for Evelyn’s and we meet new customers every day who haven’t been here before.  So, start thinking “south of the tracks” and spend some time in downtown Buffalo.  The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce has a new website that highlights the shops, places to eat and things to do (  Besides Evelyn’s Wine Bar (and Bistro—we do serve food, after all), there are a number of other new businesses that opened up in the last few months:

Abundant Kitchen (went there last night for a Evelyn’s team outing and we love their cherrywood smoked salt)
One Division Art (just opened last week, can’t wait to check it out)
What’s the Scoop? Ice Cream!!! I don’t care if it’s winter.

This Friday, November 17 is a perfect time to head downtown.  Some of the shops on our block are staying open later! Stop by Evelyn’s for food and wine, go shop, have some ice cream, and maybe check out Hayes Public House too.  Make a night of it in downtown Buffalo.  If you shop at one of these open stores between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., November 17, bring in your receipt and receive $1 off a glass of wine, wine flight, or one of our nibbles.  Offer only good November 17 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Receipt must be from a participating store and dated November 17:  Porch & Atelier, BellaElla’s, Lillians, and Jute, Twine & Burlap.