Niver Niver Land

Niver Niver Land

Welcome to Niver Niver Land: a podcast that addresses massive change in the restaurant industry.The show is hosted by award-winning restaurateur Tim Niver – a local legend of Minnesota's Twin Cities – known for his involvement with fabled spots like Aquavit, Town Talk Diner, and Strip Club Meat & Fish. Today, he runs Saint Dinette and Mucci's Italian in St. Paul.Tim sees a major problem with industry dialogue: nobody is having realistic conversations about the ongoing, unprecedented change. Many of those who work in the industry are still trying to wrap their heads around what has happened over the last two years.Today, Tim is ready to talk about these things – through his trademark wit and foolishness – so that we can better appreciate and preserve the cultural importance of restaurants.

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May 3, 2024 80 mins

We’re back!

I spoke to the one and only Tim McKee. If you know you know. You probably know. Minnesota dining legend. He’s a James Beard award-winning chef, and his resume is absolutely killer: La Belle Vie, Octo Fish Bar, Solera, Barrio, and Sea Change, just to name a few. Today, he’s working on a North Loop restaurant that’ll focus on the flavors of Spain’s Basque region.

Chefs and industry people, this one is f...

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These Minneapolis-based cool kids are the masterminds behind Bebe Zito and Ouro Pizzaria. They were also involved in bringing the incredible Eat Street Crossing to life. Literally, everything they do screams "cool." But, man, they're tired. They're stressed. They aren't afraid to admit it. So let's talk about it. I appreciated this candid opportunity to sit down with them and understand who they are an...

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In this episode, I had the pleasure of hosting Nick Kosevich, a Minnesota-based food and beverage professional. He is CEO of the cocktail company Earl Giles and Beverage Director of Mr. Paul’s Supper Club in Edina, MN.

Nick and I go all the way back to 2006 when we opened Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis. That crazy fuckin time lead to us creating a lifelong friendship, which is why he felt comfortable enough to show up in ...

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October 27, 2023 54 mins

ok so this is kind of a rant but i don't want to actually call it a rant.

i've just had a lot of stuff on my mind.

i feel vulnerable sharing stuff like this, but these are just the honest thoughts that i'm having right now, as a restaurateur, in st. paul minnesota, in 2023.

no edits.

i love you all.

thanks for listening.

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Hey! It's our second live show! We recorded this thing on August 21st at Mucci's Italian in St. Paul, MN. I spoke with the incredible Christina Nguyen, who is co-owner of Hai Hai and Hola Area. These restaurants are in Minneapolis, MN and they are amazing.

So, yeah, Christina and I did this whole thing WHILE a coursed dinner was being served, which is crazy. Like, what is that? Who does live podcast dinners? We d...

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Chef Jorge Guzmán (Petite León) is an interesting character. I've been in similar rooms with him throughout the years, but I never really got to know him. He always seemed brooding and uninterested. The dude was hard to approach.

But I recently got to know him much better. For today's episode, I sat down with this guy and figured out what made him tick. And, let me tell you, I think I understand what's going...

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What's there to be said about Ann Ahmed? She's a force of nature.

Her latest restaurant – the Minneapolis-based Gai Noi – has once again proven that she is a master at the art of restaurants. Ever since she opened Lemon Grass Thai in the mid-2000s, she has drastically improved her standards of food and aesthetics.

Lemon Grass has since closed, but the two places that came after it, Lat 14 and Khâluna, h...

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Here it is, fam! The first-ever liv episode of Niver Niver Land. We featured two Minneapolis bartenders – Robb Jones from Meteor Bar and Jessi Pollak from Spoon & Stable – for a wonderful conversation about the hospitality industry.


This was recorded on May 22nd at Saint Dinette to a sold-out room of people. The experience was surreal and we had a blast.


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Chef Jacob Schumack and photographer Roy Son are both experts in their respective crafts. But you know what else they’re good at? Eating. I consider these gentlemen to be professional diners. They’ve eaten at a lot of places in their day and their perspectives on dining are interesting to me right now. Why? Because the way we dine at restaurants has changed a lot in the last three years. To get a better insight into what those chan...

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This is it! The final installment of the Niver Niver Land Milwaukee Files! We're kinda sad it's ending.

This one is with Justin Carlisle. He owns Ardent, one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee. Actually, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called it the best restaurant in town back in 2019. We'd even wager that this spot competes regionally and nationally.

We went out to eat at Ardent the night before ...

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Welcome back to the Niver Niver Land Milwaukee Files.

Today we're speaking with a legend of Milwaukee dining. Paul Bartolotta is a two-time James Beard award-winning restaurateur who has been operating his restaurant group since 1993. He's been working in restaurants since the 70s and the guy has been just about everywhere.

He's a huge name in the town. We knew it would be essential to bring him int...

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Welcome back to a special feature of Niver Niver Land: The Milwaukee Files!

We visited Milwaukee for a week in earlier February and talked to three incredible people in the restaurant industry. Why? Because we like Milwaukee, and we wanted to hear what they're thinking about these days. The restaurant landscape has totally changed in the last few years. We wanted to know how it changed in Milwaukee.

Our first...

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Welcome back to Niver Niver Land!

Today, we have one of the most prolific restaurateurs in the state, Danny del Prado.

Odds are you've eaten at one of his restaurants. It's a long list that seems to grow every year: Colita, Martina, Rosalia, Josefina, Macanda, Cardamom, and more.

I had so much fun talking to this guy. His life story is fascinating and his perspective on restaurants is invaluable...

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Hi! Welcome back to Niver Niver Land.

Today, we are closing out season 5 with two incredibly handsome and talented dudes: Gustavo Romero of Nixta Tortilleria & Pedro Wolcott of Guacaya Bistreaux.

Both are Latino men, both are running stellar food businesses in Minneapolis, and both are getting tons of press right now.

We talk about their respective cultures, music, food, life, and all things good.

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What does leadership look like for restaurateurs in 2022? How do we continually evolve in an industry that has changed so much over the past two years? How does one maintain high standards in their work? These questions, and more, are discussed in this episode of Niver Niver Land.

Our guest, Alex Roberts, is one of the most critically acclaimed chefs in Minnesota history. In 2010, he was selected as one of the "Best ...

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Welcome back, friends!

For this first episode of season 5, Tim sits down with Alison Arth: consultant, leadership coach, and author whose career is dedicated to working with hospitality leaders and teams to get clear on their vision.

Tim is currently going through a major career shift – transitioning from his lifelong post as a restaurateur to his burgeoning frozen food business – and he saw Alison as the perfect ...

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Hi friends! I had the pleasure of speaking with my friend, Chef Sameh Wadi, the guy who owns World Street Kitchen and Milkjam Creamery.

Our conversation was chocked full of hilarious moments and, yes, even a few serious ones. We talked about the Twin Cities restaurant scene (and how lucky we are to have it), lifting, mispronouncing each others' names, our moms, Palestinian weddings, and Sameh's OnlyFans account.<...

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Jamie Malone is a James Beard-nominated chef who has had a long, dynamic career in the Twin Cities food scene. She made a name for herself after playing major roles in iconic restaurants including La Belle Vie and Sea Change. Later in her career, she started the award-winning Grand Café in 2017 and then, soon after, took over Eastside in downtown Minneapolis.

However, the pandemic changed things for Jamie quite a bit. She&...

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Tim speaks with Kerry Alexander, vocalist of Bad Bad Hats, to discuss the similarities found in the music industry and the restaurant industry.

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Find their website here for touring info, merch, and more.

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August 19, 2022 27 mins

Just a solo episode today, but hey, let's catch up! I've got some stuff to talk about. Season 4 coming soon.

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