Golden’s Lowertown, Saint Paul, MN, 7 September 2017—Twenty years since opening a permanent Lowertown deli location on Wall Street, between 4th and 5th streets, Golden’s is closing its restaurant doors to return to doing what we do best—selling fresh bagels made with ingredients from local farms! While Golden’s restaurant is closed permanently as of today, Golden’s Market Bagel Stand can be found at the top end of the middle green shed in the summer Saint Paul Farmers’ Market every weekend. Come visit us for a bagel and coffee every Saturday morning from 7am-1pm and every Sunday morning from 8am-1pm! Golden’s former location, in the Northwestern Building at 275 E. 4th Street, will see a new restaurant open later this Fall. Lowertown neighbor and Union Depot resident Kari Richtsmeier will debut Biergarten Germania, featuring cuisines from the historic region of Germania, offering a variety of dishes from Germany, Switzerland, France, and the Netherlands.
Golden’s Farmers’ Market Bagel Stand can be found at the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market in Lowertown, St Paul, MN 55101 • Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m • Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. • (651) 224-8888
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The brick-and-mortar restaurant is only a few steps across the street, but the cart’s origins go back more than 30 years. It was the 1980s, and owner Jim Golden and his brother had just graduated from the University of Minnesota and Augsburg, respectively. They decided to canoe from the Twin Cities down to New Orleans, and at a stop in Grafton, Ill., Golden says, “We saw this guy selling bagels outside a reggae bar. And he’d only work two hours a night.” For two recent graduates, this sounded like a great business plan, so they brought the model back to the campuses of the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College in 1984. It quickly gained a following. Golden brought the cart down to the farmers market by 1985 and says, “I haven’t really missed a Saturday since. It was a good fit, because our stuff is fresh,” he says. “We were doing the farmers market, farm-to-table back in the ’80s. And why wouldn’t you?