Ely, Victor, Stanley and Vincent

The Thirsty Kitten

“Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver, the other is gold.”

Who are these guys? Our pets? The latest reality TV stars? The top boy names for babies in 2014? No, no and no. They are restaurants, two long-time favorites and two newcomers to the dining scene. And like the silver and gold of the familiar saying, they have all have earned our deep affection.

TK ely victor stanley vincent

Two are here on our home turf in Minnesota: Vincent, in downtown Minneapolis, and Victor’s on Water Street in the west metro suburb of Excelsior. The other two are a wee bit further, across the ocean in fact, in the heart of Dublin, Ireland: ely wine bar and Stanley’s Restaurant.

The newbies, Victor’s and Stanley’s, both opened in late 2014. We dined at each shortly after they opened, both still so young that the air was charged with excitement amongst staff at being part of a new endeavor…

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