Throwback treats make comeback in Twin Cities

11:39 AM, Apr 8, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. --  If a cold one could turn back time consider this what is happening in the libation scene, a renaissance.

The soda, the way your grandpa knew it, the soda fountain soda, is back.

Soda fountains are the bell of the bar ball again, bringing back the roaring 20's with a bit of a twist at the Eat Street Social Bar and Restaurant in South Minneapolis.

"Everything is made in house, the pineapple, vanilla syrup and we add our own citric acid," bar manager Nick Kosevich explained while he whipped up a few rickys.

The vintage drinks are met by a modern culinary upgrade at Eat Street where the mixologists use house made syrup bitters and garnish to produce a ricky, a fritz and an egg cream worthy of a hangover if it had any booze in it.

"I don't think you are going to find a better soda fountain drink on the planet Earth than what they have here, they are doing so much from scratch and they care so much," Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Senior Food Editor, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl said of the sodas at Eat Street.

Sure, soda fountains have been around these parts for the last 90 years.

St. Paul Drug has been pouring phosphates since 1922 but as a whole the fountains went flat when America traded them in for the ease of the modern fountain pop.

Now, it's just a race to see who can get a fountain shop open first.

In a little over a week the most anticipated new tenant in the Hamline/Randolph neighborhood of St. Paul will start up its fountain.

Lynden's Soda Fountain will boast several different flavors for drinks and it will also add the ice cream factor.

Yes, floats will be king.

Consider yourself warned. In a good way.

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