Check it out // Kings opens

I’m something of a tater tot connoisseur.

Until recently I have been partial to the tots at the Spring Street Tavern in Northeast and Cuzzy’s in the North Loop neighborhood.

Now, I’d have to say the best tots I have ever tasted are served up by the folks at the new Kings Wine Bar in the Kingfield neighborhood. The potato bites are paired with a delicious bacon and Gruyere cheese dipping sauce.

The wine bar opened on Aug. 15. Sisters Molly Hanson and Samantha Loesch are the entrepreneurs behind the venue. They came up with the concept as a way to move in a positive direction after the murder of Loesch’s husband Mark in 2007.

While it’s been a major undertaking, Hanson said they feel great about how Kings has come together. “We’re really excited,” she said. “We have a fabulous chef and stellar staff.”

The chef is Peter Maccaroni, formerly of the Sample Room in Northeast. The tots are a must to try, but there are plenty of other menu highlights, too, including: goat cheese fritters, a fried green tomato BLT and braised beef short ribs.

When: 8 a.m.–midnight Monday–Saturday; 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday
Where: 4555 Grand Ave. S.
More info: kingsmpls.com

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Magers & Quinn Booksellers birthday party

Magers & Quinn, a family-owned independent bookstore, is celebrating its 15th birthday with special festivities on Aug. 28.

The store will have live music, refreshments and 15 percent off storewide sale.

The bookstore has been in business since 1994. It has grown to become one of the largest independent booksellers in the Twin Cities.

When: 6 p.m. Aug. 28
Where: 3038 Hennepin Ave.
More info: magersandquinn.com

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A Hair Raising event

Moxie Hair Salon is raising money for B-Girl Be — the celebration of women in hip-hop at Intermedia Arts.

All proceeds from haircuts on Aug. 30 will go to Intermedia Arts. The salon will be offering trims for $30.

When: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Aug. 30
Where: Moxie Hair Salon, 2649 Lyndale Ave. S.
More info: moxiesalon.com