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Why do so many Fortune 500 companies call Minnesota home?
As of last count, Minnesota had 17 on Fortune’s ranking of 500 largest companies. And all but one is located in the Twin Cities, just the 16th largest metro area in the country.

How Did The Saloon Get the Baby Trump Balloon?
Before President Trump's rally, protest organizers crowdfunded not one, but two Baby Trump balloons to be stationed in downtown Minneapolis.

What a Trump rally in downtown Minneapolis looks like
MAGA enthusiasts were met by protestors as they packed downtown Minneapolis' Target Center on Thursday, Oct. 10, for a rally to reelect President Donald Trump.

New round of bids for Metro Transit bus garage in Minneapolis will be solicited
The action means the opening of the long-planned garage in the North Loop will be delayed four to six months, according to Met Council spokesman John Schadl.

Meet the Art Girls Curating Local Art for Your Home
Kelly Netishen and Hollie Blanchard are bringing their "fine art concierge" service to your front door.

Michael Druskin Returns to Retail With Jaxon Grey
Michael Druskin makes a new mark in the North Loop with menswear concept Jaxon Grey.

Love Your Melon Teams Up with Disney
The two-year collaboration will include headwear featuring Disney, Pixar and Star Wars characters.

'Avocado bar' destined for the new Dayton's project on Nicollet Mall
The people at Dayton’s didn’t mean for us to find out like this… but here we are.

Snack Bar, a small plates and pizza restaurant from Isaac Becker, quietly opens in the North Loop
It's the fourth member of the family of restaurants operated by spouses Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre, which includes 112 Eatery, Burch Restaurant and Bar La Grassa.

The 38 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants, Fall 2019
The Eater 38 answers the often-asked question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?”

The Most Exciting Food Events for October, 2019
Way more than just Oktoberfest is happening this month.


One-of-a-kind downtown Minneapolis urban castle back on the market
Jeff Arundel is having a helluva time unloading one of Minneapolis' most unique properties.

Group that stages Minneapolis' Art-A-Whirl is back in the black
Trouble erupted last October, when NEMAA missed out on an expected $60,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and $20,000 in smaller grants.

New Walker Art Center curator wants to engage 'wide variety of audiences'
As the new chief curator, Henriette Huldisch has been tasked with thinking "about how art matters."

Walker Art Center show offers a peek at new director as curator
Mary Ceruti, who started as the Walker's executive director in January, co-curated "Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid," which will be on view beginning Thursday, Oct. 3.

Walker Art Center hires German to fill long-vacant post as chief curator
Walker Art Center hasn't had a chief curator for years, but come January that will change. The Walker announced Monday it hired Henriette Huldisch for the dual role of chief curator and director of curatorial affairs.

Despite opposition, plans move ahead for Somali mall in Minneapolis
Some call Council Member Abdi Warsame's efforts a political maneuver.

The Dayton's Project expected to open in Spring 2020
The development in downtown Minneapolis will include a food hall, retail, and office space.

Dayton’s Project Targets New-to-Market Tenants
Developers of the Nicollet Mall landmark offer a glimpse at their progress and assurances that leases are in the works.

Thr3 Jack brings boozy virtual golf to North Loop
This weather sucks. In theory, you could golf in it. But let's face it, you're not British, wouldn't enjoy it, and would blame conditions for your poor performance.

Golf Year-Round Inside the North Loop’s Newest Restaurant
Thr3 Jack has six golf simulators and a fine-dining friendly menu.

Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities
What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.

5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week
From the bacon to end all bacons to must-have potstickers, here are the highlights that popped out while I paged through my barely legible dining diary.

Betty Danger's skips all the holidays, goes directly to Christmas
For at least one bar in Minneapolis, Christmas is coming (very) early this year.

Best Best Bars Ever!
Have you picked up your copy of our October 2019 Best Bars issue yet?


Key ramp to Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis set to open Thursday
The ramp at 10th Street and 4th Avenue was not scheduled to open until 2021.

Financing set for $190M downtown Minneapolis condo building — the biggest in the state
A nearly $190 million financing package will pave the way for construction to begin early next month on the tallest — and most expensive — condominium building in the state, but it will scuttle plans for a competing condo tower just a few blocks away.

Changes Made to North Loop Green Design
Developer Hines is planning a “vibrant, high-density, transit-oriented, mixed-use development” they’re calling North Loop Green for a site located at 520 N 4th Street.

Calabrio's big year climaxes with move to North Loop office
Maker of customer-service software has a new North Loop office to match its new way of work.

Q&A: Mary Ceruti Is Not a Player
The new director of the Walker Art Center talks about why she doesn’t collect art, why donors give away money, and what could possibly attract a young curator to the tundra.

Under Haj's direction, Guthrie's 'Glass Menagerie' becomes a story about hope (and unicorn fandom)
Beyond Shakespeare, there aren't many playwrights more familiar to American theatergoers than Tennessee Williams.

The Glass Menagerie Hits Home for Modern Audiences at the Guthrie
The family at the center of the semi-autobiographical Tennessee Williams play escapes their painful reality through their past memories.

Sneak Peek: Thr3 Jack in North Loop
On the ground floor of one of those buildings is a new bar and eatery with an idea. Thr3 Jack is not only a place to get burgers and Old Fashioneds, it's a game bar (so hot right now).

First look at Borough, revamped: Roaming trolleys and a new butcher's menu
Blink and you may have missed it: North Loop standby Borough closed for a week earlier this month for a revamp.


Minneapolis, I love you and I might leave you
All this change plays out differently on a practical level than it does intellectually.

Northrup King's success with artist community shows that capitalism works
You have to wonder, once again, exactly what's wrong with trying to make money or why a nonprofit has to step in.

Developer of historic North Loop block pivots from offices to a hotel
Developers to present modified plan to Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission on Tuesday.

Minneapolis considers lower speed limits citywide
It's one of several strategies the city is considering to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from crashes.

Walker Art Center Selects Angela Two Stars for Sculpture Garden Commission
After an open call to Indigenous artists, the Walker Art Center has chosen Angela Two Stars to commission a piece for the Sculpture Garden.

Artist Angela Two Stars selected for Walker Art Center's Indigenous Public Art Commission
The sculptural artwork will make connections between land, water and language. The location of the piece has yet to be chosen.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey featured in Men's Health
If you’ve picked up an issue of Men’s Health lately, you might have seen the unexpected, smiling face of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey peering out from within the pages.

Stilheart cocktail lounge—from Lawless and Bittercube—to open in the North Loop
Located at North Second Street and Third Avenue North in a historic building dating back to the 1880s, Stilheart Distillery and Cocktail Lounge (all-caps styling theirs) will offer 16 tap cocktails, plenty of room to chill on both floors, and have distillery production space in its basement.

Coming Soon: Stilheart Distillery & Cocktail Lounge
The North Loop's first (woman-owned) distillery opens in time for the holidays!

North Loop Will Soon Sport a New Micro Distillery with Two Cocktail Rooms
Stilheart is a new distillery taking shape at 124 North 3rd Street with a crew of familiar names in the local booze world.

Restaurant roll call: Two North Loop spots reopen, Red's Savoy returns to St. Paul
What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Minneapolis' new Marquette Lounge: Or, why you should go to hotel bars in your own city
When the Marquette Hotel in downtown Minneapolis abandoned Jacques restaurant, which locals had little reason to know was there, they brought on Peter Botcher as their new executive chef.

Northeast Minneapolis pizza news: Custom 'Slice' shop pops up on Hennepin
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of passing by the jumble of awkwardly angled streets just across the Mississippi in northeast Minneapolis, a sign popped up seemingly overnight announcing the arrival of a new ‘za joint at 519 E. Hennepin.

Copper Pot Indian Grill in downtown Minneapolis has closed
The restaurant opened in 2012.

Minneapolis gem Pizza Nea closing after 17 years
Maybe you went to Pizza Nea for their date night: $45 for two drinks, two pizzas, dessert, and a perfectly good excuse for getting out of the house on a Wednesday.

After 17 years, Pizza Nea on Hennepin Av. is closing
The Neapolitan pizza restaurant will serve its last pie on Saturday evening.

4 Restaurants Coming Soon That We're Excited About
Table talk about the new restos you’ll want to hit in the future.

14 Glorious Twin Cities Rooftop Bars with the Best Views
Perched above the city, chilling beverage in hand is the ideal way to appreciate the fleeting glory of warm nights in Minnesota.


Oh dang! Artspace is buying the Northrup King Building with help from Intermedia Arts
It’s rarely good news when an artists’ complex is sold. However, today’s case is an unusual one, as northeast Minneapolis’ Northrup King Building has been purchased by an organization with altruistic goals.

Deal will preserve 'crown jewel' of northeast Minneapolis arts scene
Nonprofit will purchase Northrup King complex, home to 350-plus artists.

For Doran Cos., biggest Minneapolis project may be its last
The reason? A planned inclusionary zoning ordinance that requires developers to include income-restricted units in all new buildings.

Northeast Minneapolis neighbors fight off new apartments on popular street
Developer has withdrawn plan for five-story building on NE. 13th Avenue.

Rabid bat discovered in downtown Minneapolis
The winged mammal tested positive for rabies after a group of work colleagues found and captured it near the intersection of Marquette Avenue and 6th Street.

Nicollet Mall Station safety and the visually impaired
Can urban designers see the problem? A recent close call proves the point.

Nearly 300 U.S. Bancorp workers to move to Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis
The bank said workers will move into redesigned space on the 10th floor of the 58-story Minneapolis tower.

The Hottest Shows Coming to the Twin Cities this Fall
A Real VIP—like you—doesn’t just go to all the big concerts, shows, and games. You deserve the best seat in the house. But where is that exactly?

After nearly a year, North Loop Szechuan restaurant Jun reopens this weekend
A sprinkler system malfunction flooded the restaurant last October. Now it's reopening to the public.

8 Breweries Ideal For Local Drinking in the North and North Loop
From restaurants, to futból, to fired pizza, these taprooms all make fantastic beer.

Chew on this: Hell's Kitchen owners sell their restaurant to employees
Co-owner Cynthia Gerdes blazes a creative exit that carries some risk.


Majority of Minneapolis residents back hiring more patrol officers
Citywide survey shows strong support for adding officers to the overburdened force.

Homeless patrons find community, comfort at Minneapolis Central Library
It's proof that libraries have always been more than just buildings full of books.

Three injured when distracted driver hits pedal bar in Minneapolis Saturday
Two people on the party bike were injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Bus-only lanes arrive on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis
Bus-only lanes mean more efficient flow and less congestion during rush hours.

The Vikings just cut their long snapper. Wanna buy his condo?
Just look at 801 Washington Ave. N. #304, the fabulous Minneapolis condo that's being sold by recently cut Minnesota Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott.

West Elm Is Coming to North Loop
After rumors of a West Elm Hotel, the Brooklyn-based home retailer has finally signed a lease in North Loop—but for a store, not a hotel.

West Elm furniture will open in North Loop next year
Furnishing retailer's plan to open hotels appears to be up in the air.

First Bite: A Look Inside Graze Food Hall
North Loop's new food hall opens officially on Friday, here's the what.

5 things to know about Graze, the North Loop’s (now open) food hall
With so many stacked amenities, a deep roster of food vendors, playfully upscale drinks, and an indoor/outdoor setting unmatched in downtown Minneapolis, we figured a cheat sheet for how to best approach this colossus was in order.

North Loop’s Sweet Chow closes after 18 months in business
In its fleeting run, Sweet Chow developed a devoted fan base thanks to chef John Krattenmaker’s reputation for creating delectable dishes like steamed buns, fried soft shell crab, pho, and Vietnamese coffee pot de creme from their 80-seat home at First Street and First Avenue North.

16 Essential Twin Cities Pizza Restaurants
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to the perfect pizza. Thin crust/thick crust/whole wheat or even fried crust? Should the shape be a traditional triangle or a Minnesota-made square? How much and how seasoned should the sauce be?


Minnesota State Fair: Who’s in Charge?
Who has authority to cancel the fair? And other burning questions about the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Hey, what's the deal with those blob statues on the federal courthouse lawn?
Outside the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, scattered amongst little green hills and mossy flagstones, you’ll find a miniature community of smiling, clumsy, mostly circular people.

'Transit is not a shelter': Green Line curtails all-night service
Move, which begins Monday, will displace homeless riders.

Twin Cities light-rail trains shouldn't be rolling homeless shelters
Cutting overnight services makes sense, but more help is needed for those without housing.

Large Nicollet Mall sculpture barricaded to stop homeless encampment
For the second time this summer, the largest sculpture on Nicollet Mall has been sealed off to discourage a growing number of homeless adults from gathering and sleeping there.

A new Fire Station 1 in downtown Minneapolis is on the horizon
The current building opened in 1909. The new space would have three taller bays for trucks with extended ladders because of taller buildings in the area.

Vikings toss hat in the ring to host NFL draft and another Super Bowl
The Vikings have tossed their hat into the ring to host yet another Super Bowl, as well as an NFL draft — both national extravaganzas that bring in thousands of out-of-town visitors and millions of dollars.

Minneapolis approves stronger protections for adult-entertainment workers
Goal is better working conditions in strip clubs after damning U report.

Man found shot dead on rail bridge over river in Minneapolis was father of two
Chad N. Wojahn, 47, of Fridley, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. His body was located shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 on the bridge north of 16th Avenue NE., the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.

Scene + Heard: Meals on Heels
Guests in “cocktail party” attire and killer shoes attended the Meals on Heels gala at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, hosted by social marketer Sarah Edwards.

'Hot Asian Doctor Husband,' Theater Mu’s take on race and romance, is hot (and hilarious)
Hot Asian Doctor Husband is one of the sharpest and funniest rom-coms to hit Twin Cities stages in years, but anyone expecting Leah Nanako Winkler’s world premiere to be a hot Asian When Harry Met Sally... will be surprised by the very first scene.

Theater Mu's 'Hot Asian Doctor Husband' premieres with deadpan wit
How could a play that’s so rollickingly funny and sharply satirical suddenly go so meh?

AmazonFresh Sprouts in Twin Cities
AmazonFresh offers one- and two-hour delivery options for Prime members to “shop tens of thousands of products from meat and seafood to fresh produce and everyday essentials,” according to the company’s statement.

AmazonFresh grocery delivery service rolls out to Minneapolis
While the Twin Cities recently lost one of its grocery delivery services in Coborn's, Amazon is sweeping in to offer residents another option.

3 ways to meet out-of-town food and drink stars coming to Minneapolis
Some of the hottest stars in restaurants and bars in New Orleans, New York and London are touching down in the Twin Cities. Here are three chances to experience their culinary contributions, without having to leave the 612.


Minneapolis mayor requests 14 more cops in next year's budget
Mayor Jacob Frey's 2020 budget includes response to police chief's plea.

Man found dead on West River Parkway
Officers were in the 200 block of West River Parkway shortly before midnight when they spotted the man lying unconscious and with no heartbeat on a bike path.

Police investigating suspicious death in NE. Minneapolis
Police in northeast Minneapolis are investigating after a body was discovered on a railroad bridge.

Bird advocates question green recognition won by U.S. Bank Stadium
Results of independent study of bird safety at U.S. Bank Stadium are expected this fall.

New Concert Venue Steps on All the Toes with Bungled Opening Announcement
Annoying icons of local industry seems like a bad way to start a business.

New York Times editor demoted after claiming Minneapolis not part of Midwest
As East Coasters are occasionally wont to do, New York Times congressional editor Jonathan Weisman appears to see the Midwest as a series of Norman Rockwell paintings, filled with a delightful ensemble of rubes and bumpkins.

Thoughtful new leader brings 'a nice shift in tone' to Walker Art Center
Sculpture is central to the story of Walker Art Center's new boss. But people skills may matter more.

Minneapolis film festival presents 7 eye-opening views of Iran
With tensions rising in the Persian Gulf, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul offers a timely reminder that Iran’s rich culture continues pushing upward through the cracks of a repressive regime.

Gensler design firm's new Minneapolis offices are an idea showroom
"We think of our whole office as a workshop and the design lab is the heart of our shop," said Bill Baxley, principal and managing director.

Minneapolis’ Most Popular Distillery Plots Major Expansion
As Tattersall continues to go national, the distillery plans for more space, more states, and more whiskey.

Minnesota-based Izzy's ice cream is now being made in — gasp! — Wisconsin
Izzy's takes production to Wisconsin in push to become regional brand.

What to expect at Graze, the new North Loop food hall opening soon
Originally scheduled to open last week, it's now set to debut next month.

A pig and a vegetarian walk into Bacon Social House
One food item booming in sales and cache for a whole damn decade is not a "trend," it's an era. Bacon Social House, now open in downtown Minneapolis last week, is betting the reign of smoked pork belly is only just beginning.

9 Essential Twin Cities Steakhouses
From queen-cut prime rib on Saturday night to bold t-bones cooked just right, these are the old and new school restaurants that serve that prime beef cooked perfectly to order.

Closed by a flood, North Loop's JUN Szechuan to reopen
The Chinese restaurant has been undergoing repairs since October 2018.


$10 million later, the renovated Peavey Plaza is an accessible success
A renovation has restored the downtown gem's singular looks while making it accessible to all.

The First Memorial for Survivors of Sexual Violence Breaks Ground at Boom Island Park
To help end the silence on the prevalence sexual violence, Minneapolis will become home to the country’s first memorial dedicated to survivors.

An Icon of a Bygone Era Succumbs to Downtown Minneapolis’ Changing Landscape
The Old Spaghetti Factory hung on for 25 years, now a Pinstripes is planned.

Minneapolis-St. Paul inundated with rideshare scooters. Why we love them – and hate them
Fans love scooters for short trips, while foes fret about safety and accessibility.

30 percent of Minneapolis scooter users are doin' it wrong
If someone does walk into an indoor structure dry, you should 1) glare suspiciously, and 2) approach immediately and yell, "STAY OFF THE SIDEWALKS!" Clearly they've arrived via scooter, and according to the city of Minneapolis, 3 out of 10 of them are still struggling with following (or knowing) the rules around those newfangled things.

It's the law: Scooter riders must stay off sidewalks
A large majority of riders have been law-abiding, but new signs have popped up in recent weeks along Hennepin Avenue, Nicollet Mall and on streets in the Uptown area as the city tries to curb some bad behavior.

These Twin Cities 'juicers' scour the streets to collect and recharge Lime scooters
The millennial couple aren’t picking beans and peas in their garden. They’re cruising city sidewalks, streets and alleys, picking up electric scooters for Lime, one of the companies that has a fleet of ride-share scooters on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Car wars: Will Minneapolis follow other cities' lead?
Minneapolis could follow international examples on automobile restrictions, though deliberations will go on for a while. Meanwhile, personal liberation is yours for the taking.

See the people of Open Streets 2019 take over northeast Minneapolis
Open Streets Minneapolis took over Northeast on Sunday, August 4.

Plans for African market in Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside not welcomed by all
Some merchants say Minneapolis should deal with crime, not eliminate parking.

World premiere in Minneapolis finds Pulitzer Prize winner in the mood to laugh
Guthrie commission from Lynn Nottage finds humor in a truck-stop kitchen.

Floyd’s at the Guthrie: Hope Is a Sandwich
A worldwide premier play by a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner that will make you hungry.

Good eats at the Guthrie Theater: 'Floyd’s' serves hot dish on post-prison life
Prison is the great equalizer, argues a character in Floyd’s. No matter your age, race, or gender, doing time transforms your life.

MSP Iranian Film Festival
MSP Film Society presents the second annual MSP Iranian Film Festival August 15-18, 2019 at the Film Society’s Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre. The Festival showcases acclaimed and award-winning new Iranian cinema, and presents a variety of themes, genres, and perspectives of contemporary Iran.

Sound for Silents 2019: Film + Music on the Walker Hillside
Join us at sunset on the hillside for an electrifying evening of live music paired with silent films from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Celebrating its third year, Sound for Silents features a newly commissioned score from Twin Cities–based funk, soul, and hip-hop collective Astralblak.

Take a photo tour of Minneapolis' forthcoming Fillmore music venue
L.A.-based concert promoter Live Nation offered a glimpse yesterday at what will become the Fillmore Minneapolis, a 1,850-capacity music venue right next door to Target Field.

Live Nation previews its Fillmore Minneapolis concert venue: 'It's not just a black box'
The entertainment conglomerate promised it will stand out from other venues in the international chain — and local competitors, too.

Take a look inside the Fillmore Minneapolis, opening in 2020 in the North Loop
In February 2020, Minneapolis will expand its portfolio of live music venues with the opening of the Fillmore Minneapolis in the North Loop, just northwest of Target Field.

Michael Druskin's Jaxon Grey Coming to D.NOLO
Following a cocktail bar and sale outpost, co-op style boutique owner Veronica Clark makes room for Druskin's menswear comeback.

Bacon Social House, a bacon-themed bar and restaurant, opens Friday in downtown Minneapolis
The Denver-based restaurant is opening its first location in Minnesota.

Bacon-Loving Bar and Restaurant Opens in Downtown on Wednesday
Denver’s Bacon Social House has a branch all set in Minneapolis.

The 44 Best Burgers in the Twin Cities
We’re obsessed. You’re obsessed. It’s a hot damn hamburger bandwagon. Hop aboard!

Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities
What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.


Developers Deploy $1.5 Million Sales Center to Sell Condos
Not just anyone can walk into the sales center for the planned Eleven luxury condo tower: You have to know somebody.

Street art festival announced for downtown Minneapolis
A new event coming next month will see downtown Minneapolis transformed by street artists.

Scenes from Northeast's arf-tastic Dog Parade
You better believe tails were waggin' on the streets of northeast Minneapolis during Friday's annual Northeast Dog Parade. All photos by Mary Mathis.

Last chance to see groundbreaking art show by more than 100 Native female artists in Minneapolis
More than 100 Native female artists from across the U.S. and Canada came together for the groundbreaking exhibition “Hearts of Our People,” the first of its kind at a major institution.

Women rule the Guthrie's version of 'Guys and Dolls' in Minneapolis
Through Aug. 25: Women rule the Guthrie Theater’s production of the beloved musical about ’50s gamblers and the “dolls” who steer them straight, “Guys and Dolls.”

City Center plans face-lift for 7th & Nicollet Mall corner
A $3 million makeover comes as City Center management plans to announce three new retail tenants for the property.

Ryan Cos. Begins $3 Million Renovation of City Center
Later this summer, “several new tenants” are slated to be revealed, the company says.

Minneapolis officials say they undercounted delayed police responses by 5,525 calls
The mix-up was attributed to confusion about the way some of the calls were coded.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey faces off against City Council on call for more police
Several council members have spoken out against it.

Rescue team of 16 frees trapped worker at downtown Minneapolis construction site
The worker for Kraus-Anderson is expected to be OK after being pulled from a trench.

Controlled chaos defines this efficient, 35-minute interval workout in the North Loop
Basecamp Fitness offers an efficient, effective workout with "assault" bikes and strength training.

Unleashed, a dog park within a beer bar coming soon to Minneapolis
There will be dog beer.

Coming soon: 'Unleashed,' Minnesota's first combined dog park, tap house, and eatery
Beer just tastes better with a good boy (or girl) tucked by your feet. This is a fact of life. The folks behind Unleashed: Hounds and Hops understand this, and want Minneapolitans to experience this sense of joy beyond the confines of their homes.

12 Bars to Score Refreshing Booze-Free Drinks
No matter the reason for eschewing the booze, there are plenty of bars and restaurants across the Twin Cities that whip up mocktails just as crafty as their alcohol-filled counterparts.

Former Irish pub impresario opening new restaurant in northeast Minneapolis
Kieran Folliard is opening the cafe in the Food Building.

Kieran's Kitchen brings poetry and really good food to northeast Minneapolis
Poetry is at the heart of Kieran Folliard’s new venture, Kieran’s Kitchen, located in Minneapolis’ Food Building at the corner of Northeast 14th Avenue and Marshall Street.

Every Outdoor Patio Spot You Should Eat At This Summer
Great food and warm sunshine make for a wonderful dining experience. Minneapolis combines both to create one of the best outdoor dining scenes in the nation.

WEEK OF JULY 29, 2019

Peavey Plaza reopens with a splash on Nicollet Mall
It took $10 million and more than 10 years to renovate the 1975 spot.

Hennepin Avenue businesses buckle down for three brutal years of construction
The last time Hennepin was rebuilt was in 1986, and the pavement is on its last legs.

In Minneapolis, 911 nonresponses underscore needs for more cops, advocates say
Mpls. chief sees "critical" officer shortage; others say more cops not answer.

Another downtown Minneapolis shooting puts spotlight on security plans
Gunfire at Crave underscores need for businesses to work with city and police.

An Insider's Guide to the 2019 Minneapolis Summer X Games
Bringing you everything from extreme sports and live music to nonstop festivities and A LOT of energy drinks, X Games Minneapolis is back August 1-4, for another round.

Federal Reserve abandons plan to build 800-space parking ramp in North Loop
After opposition from neighbors, city planners rejected the project 5-4.

Chicago developer latest to pitch project at North Loop's Duffey Paper site
Cedar Street Cos. envisions 200 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space in the North Loop neighborhood.

Northeast Yacht Club celebrates turning 120 (!) with party this Sunday
So, today I learned one of the very best dive bars in Minneapolis—the Northeast Yacht Club—is turning a spry 120-years-old.

'Everyone has been eating mozzarella wrong': Pizza, pasta are served with a lesson at Giulia
Beautiful Giulia focuses on well-crafted northern Italian fare while capitalizing on its historic downtown Minneapolis setting.

Follow this light-rail beer crawl along the Green Line, from Minneapolis to St. Paul
Grab a brew at any — or many — of these 19 taprooms along the Green Line.

Bachelor Farmer's Top Sommelier Erin Rolek Leaves Town
But, it's for an all-woman-superstar California project, so ... we get it.

Graze—Minneapolis' massive, soon-to-open food hall—announces tenant roster
Its name might summon a Mumfords-loving cow from Silver Lake, but Graze Provisions + Libations—the massive food hall coming to Minneapolis' North Loop—is shaping up to be pretty cool.

Where to Get Delicious Hot Dogs in Minneapolis
Foot long, kosher, pastured pork, or smothered in chili.

Colorado’s Bacon Loving Restaurant Will Open in Downtown Minneapolis Next Month
The Bacon Social House is edging closer to an August opening in downtown Minneapolis. The burgeoning chain began in Denver’s fittingly named Sunnyside neighborhood and has since expanded to Littleton.

13 Glorious Twin Cities Rooftop Bars with the Best Views
Warm nights in the Twin Cities don't last long and what better way to enjoy it than sipping drinks up high?

Two Heavyweights Return to the Restaurant Business with New Northeast Plan
Chef Ian Gray has partnered with Kieran Folliard, the man who built a mini-Irish empire in Minneapolis.

Vote: 2019 Burger Bracket
Which of these 32 burgers will join the League of Champions? You decide.

WEEK OF JULY 22, 2019

Another downtown Minneapolis shooting puts spotlight on security plans
Gunfire at Crave underscores need for businesses to work with city and police.

Charges: Victim of downtown Minneapolis restaurant shooting was involved in earlier shootout
Police believe the shooting at Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was retaliatory.

Minneapolis official wants to get ahead of police use of facial recognition
A Minneapolis council member, citing concerns about privacy and civil liberties, plans to push for tight regulations on any future use of facial recognition technology by the city’s police.

Peavey Plaza reopens with a splash on Nicollet Mall

It took $10 million and more than 10 years to renovate the 1975 spot.

Mudslide closes part of East River Parkway in Minneapolis
A section of East River Parkway on the University of Minnesota campus will be closed for the rest of the week following a mudslide that barreled down the bluff toward the Mississippi River on Wednesday morning.

Once a decade, Minneapolis Institute of Art opens its gallery walls to all artists — with a catch
Having your art displayed in a major museum is a rare honor. But once every ten years, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) offers that singular experience to all Minnesota artists -- with one small stipulation.

Guthrie Performance of Floyd's to Benefit All Square
A special performance of Floyd’s will give proceeds to All Square, the local sandwich shop that assists formerly incarcerated individuals. Cheesy, but good!

Developer agrees to scale back short-term rentals at Minneapolis complex
Sherman Associates, facing neighborhood pushback, is reducing the number to 25.

Hines pitching North Loop complex with 36-story apartment tower, 14-story office tower
Houston firm hopes to add hundreds of units, elevated gathering space at transit crossroads.

Building that houses Barrio on Nicollet Mall sells for $10.1M
A century-old building on Nicollet Mall at 9th Street that houses Barrio restaurant and other businesses has been sold to a Florida family for $10.1 million.

X Games: Does No Study Mean No Impact?
Despite the lack of a report, the X Games still pack a punch.

Bus lanes coming to parts of Hennepin, Nicollet and Chicago avenues in Minneapolis
The lanes will be in effect only during morning and afternoon rush hours. The decision comes after a trial run last year on Hennepin.

New North Loop Food Hall Pulls In All Star Lineup of Minneapolis Vendors
Soul Bowl, MidNord, Ramen Kazama and Honey & Rye open August 15.

Vendors revealed for new North Loop food hall
It's due to open to the public next month.

Coming Soon: Bar Brava Natural Wine Bar
Over 100 natural wines, a chef from San Francisco, dinner six nights a week ... what more could you want?

The 38 Essential Twin Cities Restaurants, Summer 2019
The Eater 38 answers the often-asked question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?”

Keith Mrotek Is the New Head of P.S. Steak’s Bar
Keith Mrotek, the longtime director of drinks at Minneapolis’ Norseman Distillery has left to take over the bars inside P.S. Steak.

11 Iconic Minneapolis Dive Bars
These are just a few of the cities most comfortable, well-worn, quick-serving bars that have become a part of the fabric of this city. Each historic spot is blessedly dark, easy on the wallet and usually an ideal location to steal away far from the maddening crowds.

WEEK OF JULY 15, 2019

ApartCondOtel? Sable project allows condo owners to use units for short-term rentals.
New condo buildings remain relatively rare amid the ongoing boom of apartment development. Minneapolis–based developer United Properties was planning 57 rental apartments next to its new Nordic office building in the North Loop.

North Loop parking ramp denied by Minneapolis Planning Commission
The Federal Reserve Bank wanted the 800-spot ramp for its employees.

Why is southeast Minneapolis located northeast of downtown?
When Harlan Nickerson drove delivery trucks, he often cruised across Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue Bridge into the neighborhood surrounding the U, where the streets are labeled “southeast.” After driving the route for years, the 64-year-old realized this nomenclature didn’t quite make sense.

Downtown Minneapolis may get a new fire station as developer remakes block with apartments, ramp
Before Sherman Associates can build apartments, it must create new downtown station for city.

Electric scooters will be available in Minneapolis parks under new agreement
Companies previously weren't allowed to leave vehicles on park property.

University Ave SE and 4th St SE Restriped in “Protected Bikeway Study”
Within the last two weeks, University Ave SE and 4th St SE, both arterial one-way roads, have been restriped to reduce the lanes of vehicular traffic and to start to create a protected bike lane in each direction on the corresponding roads.

Citing problems on Nicollet Mall, Haskell's Wine Bar has closed
The longtime wine and spirits shop remains open.

Surge of new apartments fuels fear over a changing northeast Minneapolis
St. Anthony West, a quiet area with modest homes, is growing more densely populated.

Fast-growing Foodsby headed to Downtown Mpls HQ
CEO Ben Cattoor said Foodsby has vacated 7,000 square feet on Broadway St. N.E. and relocated to 16,000 square feet of interim space in the Baker Building at 705 Marquette Av.

California-based CommonGrounds Opens Minneapolis Co-Working Space
The company has signed a 130-month lease for the second floor of the former TCF Bank Building.

The Face Foundry to Open Second Location in North Loop
After a successful launch at Galleria, the unique spa concept is expanding into Minneapolis.

Hazel & Rose Boutique Closing in North Loop
After only a year, Hazel & Rose is leaving their North Loop storefront for a long-term stay at Winsome Goods.

Butcher & the Boar named top-rated restaurant in all of Minnesota
As of July 2019, not only does Butcher & the Boar serve City Pages-certified fantastic steaks, it’s also the very best restaurant in the whole state of Minnesota.

Cut Out of Work Early with These Minneapolis Happy Hour Deals
The best post work plans involve drinks and snacks on the cheap.

WEEK OF JULY 8, 2019

Helping downtown Minneapolis survive and thrive
Minneapolis is better because of a decade of work by DID ambassadors.

Officials eyeing move for downtown Minneapolis police station
Officials say they have identified several replacement locations, notably the site of the Public Service Center.

Askov Finlayson to reopen with new focus: selling its own brand of winter outerwear
The retailer, owned by Eric and Andrew Dayton, will reopen its North Loop store in November.

Apartment building with burn healing center may rise in Minneapolis
Developer Sherman Associates is planning a new apartment building in downtown Minneapolis that will include a healing center for burn and trauma survivors in cooperation with Firefighters for Healing, a nonprofit organization.

Downtown Minnesota Valley Transit Authority bus routes, stops will change due to congestion
Downtown Minneapolis construction has caused "un­ac­cept­able de­lays" for com­mut­ers.

Man shot dead in downtown Minneapolis overnight
The gunfire occurred at 1:50 a.m. in a busy part of downtown.

Two men shot, wounded in downtown Minneapolis
The gunfire broke out around bar closing time. A juvenile is in custody.

Kraus-Anderson just can't get enough of downtown Minneapolis
On the heels of its mixed-use headquarters projects, the developer is tackling a $105M apartment tower next door.

Restaurant roll call: The latest openings and closings in the Twin Cities
What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Minneapolis Restaurants with a View
We love dining outdoors. Patios are blissful and rooftops give us life. If we can’t eat outside, we at least want to be able to see it. Luckily, some of the best views of the city can be found at our downtown restaurants.

WEEK OF JULY 1, 2019

Urban sanctuaries
If you're looking to unwind and get in touch with nature, there's no need to head north. As alluring as lake country can be, there are plenty of places around the Twin Cities that can serve as your oasis.

Dayton's Project converting historic JB Hudson store into Nicollet Mall restaurant
The plan is to transform the downtown space into a history-filled dining establishment.

Minneapolis pastor and First Covenant Church evicted over LGBT stance
The Evangelical Covenant Church voted Friday to evict the Rev. Dan Collison from the Minneapolis denomination, ending a five-year conflict over LGBT inclusion and cementing the denomination’s position on same-sex marriage.

Minnesota pastor faces unprecedented defrocking because of LGBT stance
ECC eviction of Minneapolis church, and its pastor, would be the first in 130 years.

Officials eyeing move for downtown Minneapolis police station
Currently in cramped quarters in the heart of the downtown entertainment district, the Minneapolis 1st Precinct police station could move into a more modern and spacious facility closer to City Hall.

New ordinance would protect adult entertainers from workplace exploitation, unsanitary conditions
The proposal will go before a public hearing later this summer.

Minneapolis leaders announce plan for new East African market in Cedar-Riverside neighborhood
A developer for the "destination place" will be selected by year's end.

Big projects could put pressure on Minneapolis office market
Dayton's, RBC Gateway projects could increase vacancy rates, study says.

Andy Samberg and Lonely Island bring hip-hop humor to Minneapolis Armory
On the final night of their first-ever tour, musical-comedy trio the Lonely Island were joined by lots of famous guests, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Adam Levine, Nicki Minaj, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, Maya Rudolph, Haim, Lester Holt, Alf, Johnny Depp, Seth Meyers and Jose Canseco.

Askov Finlayson Refocuses Brand Strategy
The Minneapolis-based brand will solely dedicate its in-house product line to a climate positive parka.

New burger joint by Smack Shack founder lands in classic NE. Minneapolis dive bar
Tony Jaros River Garden has a new team at the griddle.

5 things to know about Tony Jaros' new Burger Dive
The scene: Tony Jaros River Garden, a dimly lit neighborhood bar in northeast Minneapolis.

11 Iconic Minneapolis Dive Bars
These are just a few of the cities most comfortable, well-worn, quick-serving bars that have become a part of the fabric of this city. Each historic spot is blessedly dark, easy on the wallet and usually an ideal location to steal away far from the maddening crowds.

Thrillist: Brit's Pub is one of America's best rooftop bars. Related: Someone bought Brit's.
If'n you're lookin' to be outside and consume food or drinks in America and insist on having some sort of view, you've got options. Lots of them.

17 Occasion-Worthy Restaurants for Monday Night
Every Monday should come with a built-in reward just for getting out of bed in the morning. However, it’s also most often the night fine-dining restaurants are closed for business.

Theatre in the Round's trippy new murals add to the West Bank skyline
In celebration of 50 years on the West Bank, the exterior of Theatre in the Round has a bold new look.

WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2019

In praise of the iconic staircases of the Twin Cities
The grand staircase is disappearing from our skyscrapers and large civic buildings.

Shadowy exhibits added to Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Visitors to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will see new shadows there — even on cloudy days.

Watch: Skateboarders take over Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis
Skaters took over a block of Nicollet Mall to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day on Friday in downtown Minneapolis. The free event let amateurs of all abilities skate with pros ahead of the summer's X Games.

Amateur beekeeper stages a honey of a rescue in downtown Minneapolis
It's swarm season in Minnesota, when honeybees fan out in search of new homes. Sometimes, they pick the wrong neighborhood.

Minnesota historical figures step out of the shadows and into the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
New works in Sculpture Garden bring historical figures back into the light.

Joining the Twin Cities River Rats
How do you get to the top of the water ski pyramid that cruises the Minneapolis riverfront? For Cha Cha Plessner, you start by stepping on your sister’s head.

5 can't-miss shows in the Minneapolis Comedy Festival
The inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival may not be as star-studded as other cities’ showcases, but it has a decent mix of up-and-coming acts, unsinkable veterans and diversity — if short on female comics.

Running down the rest of Rock the Garden's 2019 lineup
Courtney Barnett returns to the Walker's garden party alongside punk legends X and locals Bad Bad Hats and Heart Bones.

Native art and new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: This week's art happenings
The rest of the world is catching up to something that's been obvious to anyone paying attention to Minnesota's art scene for some time: Native American art is foundational to this place, and also at the forefront of contemporary thinking and practice.

Guthrie to host local companies, artists, in its 2019-2020 season
A new play by Twin Cities writer Kathryn Haddad will premiere at the Guthrie Theater in the fall. “Zafira and the Resistance,” about a schoolteacher who becomes a victim of rising Islamophobia in the wake of 

WEEK OF JUNE 17, 2019

Millennials get all the credit for embracing city living. But the trend started with Generation X
Yeah, yeah, millennials like cities. You don’t have to venture too far into Uptown, Northeast or the North Loop in Minneapolis to see how members of that generation, now in their twenties and thirties, have shaped the urban landscape, with high-rise apartment buildings, third-wave coffee shops and breweries built to accommodate them.

Neighbors, council member fight Airbnb-style rentals in Minneapolis
94 short-term rentals would dominate one downtown building.

For Nicollet Mall, new trees and maybe extra greenery
New landscaping reflects what people wanted, part of the $50M renovation.

Vice President Walter Mondale's influence pervades Minnesota, even in his 90s
The vice president is still admired for his diplomacy, humor and decency.

Bolster security at Minneapolis City Hall
Council member has sounded an alarm that deserves a serious response from her colleagues.

Why were so many of Park Avenue's original mansions torn down?
Many people travel to Summit Avenue in St. Paul to admire its extensive collection of historic stone mansions. Good luck doing the same in Minneapolis.

Man shot dead while trying to break up downtown Minneapolis fight; suspect in custody
The shooting happened behind the Gay 90's — and steps from police precinct.

Murder charge filed in Monday killing in downtown Minneapolis
A second victim survived, but is permanently paralyzed after a bullet severed his spine.

Small fire burns inside new downtown Minneapolis hotel
Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames in the early 20th century building.

Justin Sutherland Teams With Tattersall on Signature Whiskey
Local Top Chef and local top distiller meet at the barrel to sip mash and talk trash.

Back Bar at Young Joni named one of Esquire's 'Best Bars in America'
Despite being one of the "best kept secrets," Minneapolis consistently leaves its mark on Esquire's "Best Bars in America."

All the June Food Events Worth Your Precious Summer Time
Food trucks, corgis, izzy scoops, and more.

How to Eat Your Way Through Minneapolis in 24 Hours
Here is a jam-packed guide to one very full day in this happening half of the Twin Cities.

WEEK OF JUNE 10, 2019

Minneapolis struggles to build a more inviting downtown, with room to, well, sit
You can find a seat downtown, if you know where to look. You just have to navigate blocks of seatless streets and charmless plazas to get there.

Escalating Problems
What's behind the preponderance of broken escalators in downtown Minneapolis?

Bird adds electric bike to its fleet
The Bird Cruiser can carry two and will be released this summer.

Minneapolis homeless youth drop-in center celebrates renovation, $6 million fundraising campaign
YouthLink expanding to help a growing, vulnerable population.

Watch: Storm front rolls over downtown Minneapolis
The system spawned severe weather watches and warnings across the Twin Cities.

The Walker Announces Summer Movie Screenings
A new Bob Dylan documentary and a slew of indie films are screening at the Walker Art Center this summer.

'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines dine out in Minneapolis' North Loop
The HGTV celebs had dinner Tuesday at Nolo's Kitchen & Bar.

Fixer Upper Stars Dig the North Loop’s Hardware Store Turned Eatery
Chip and Joanna probably loved NOLO’s yard stick wall.

9 inventive Twin Cities brunches that go way beyond bacon and eggs
Sometimes when you want brunch you want diner classics. To slide into a vinyl booth and peruse the laminated menu, or watch from your counter perch as nearly bursting over-easy eggs sizzle next to piles of potatoes and strips of greasy bacon.

Travel inspires these food truck owners adding vibrancy to Twin Cities scene
Successful veterans, and a Minnesota Lynx player, put items from Maryland and Belgium on their menus.

6 new food truck trends rolling into the Twin Cities
From sushi and prosecco to tailgating and trailers, here's what's new in Twin Cities food trucks this season.

9 new restaurants in the Twin Cities and beyond this spring and summer
Spring has sprung for restaurant concepts whose ideas were sown long before the thaw. Now, Twin Cities eaters reap the rewards, with dozens of recent restaurant openings — and many more to come. Here’s just a sample of the latest crop.

Burger Friday: Get the amazing burger at Travail's Homage pop-up before it's too late
The burger: Timing is everything, right? An impressive-in-every-way burger is hovering in blink-or-you'll-miss-it mode. 

Breweries with Patios
There’s only one thing that can make sitting back and sipping a cold, craft brew even better: doing it on a patio! Luckily, breweries with patios aren’t hard to come by in Minneapolis. We love our beer and we love the outdoors so, why not do both?

WEEK OF JUNE 3, 2019

Sale likely spares downtown Minneapolis apartment relic from wrecking ball
Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.

Watch: Minneapolis’ Oldest Apartment Building Gets Restored

Biggest attraction of Doors Open? Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Doors Open event brought 72,000 visitors to Minneapolis buildings and businesses.

Minneapolis shoe rehab owner can repair anything, including the broken man he once was
Meet the skyway's Lazarus of Leather.

Mia Celebrates Native Women Artists With "Hearts of Our People" Exhibit
For centuries, Native American women’s art has been misappropriated, misinterpreted, and, generally, missing in action. A blockbuster, once-in-a-generation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art promises to rewrite that history.

Meet 5 Native women whose art is at the heart of a groundbreaking Minneapolis exhibit
A sampling of the Native women whose art is the focus of the new exhibit "Hearts of Our People."

Landmark exhibition 'Hearts of Our People' showcases the female power behind most Native artwork
Selling art at her mother’s trading post on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, Teri Greeves came to recognize Native artists as primarily women.

Overnight fire strikes foundry in northeast Minneapolis
Building suffered extensive damage; no injuries reported.

Watch: Law enforcement adding patrols in downtown Minneapolis
From Memorial Day until Labor Day, Minneapolis police, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Metro Transit police will increase officers downtown.

Woman, 39, charged in fatal stabbing in downtown Minneapolis
Police said the stabbing followed an argument among people known to each other.

The Haunted Basement is moving into an abandoned Herberger's
For over a decade, the Haunted Basement has been scaring the shit out of thrill-seekers each Halloween. The event started in the unfinished basement of the Soap Factory before striking out on its own in a space on East Hennepin Avenue. This year, it's spreading out even more, taking over a huge storefront in the Rosedale Center.

Movin' on up, to the Eastside
What do you get when you give a flagging downtown eatery to a couple of boss ladies, then add a golden swan full of booze and cocktail weenies on toothpicks?

Walkin' Dog's top dog relishes his role: Feeding downtown Minneapolis
Hot dog seller Dave Magnuson has provided bargain eats with a personal touch from his spot in Northstar Center for nearly three decades.

4 great Twin Cities patios to try right now
Patio season has finally arrived (we hope). Here are four Twin Cities spots perfect for a nice day.

6 food truck trends rolling into the Twin Cities
From sushi and prosecco to tailgating and trailers, here's what's new in Twin Cities food trucks this season.

A Mayan myth translated into a meal at Popol Vuh in Minneapolis
Popol Vuh, the hearth-cooking Mexican restaurant in northeast Minneapolis, is hosting a dinner next week that will be built around passages from the same Mayan creation myth that gave it its name.

Parlour Bar 'deeply apologizes' for this past Sunday
Parlour Bar -- the burger/cocktail destination in Minneapolis' North Loop -- had a rough one this past Sunday. Admittedly understaffed, the restaurant was smacked so hard by a Memorial Day weekend rush, it was forced to close down early.

15 Hottest Dog-Friendly Patios in the Twin Cities
There's nothing like a warm day romp with your best friend. Long summer days stretch through a leisurely meal and the two of you are able to recline on a sunny patio,partaking in some of the warmest hospitality and delicious food in the Twin Cities.

3 Glorious Twin Cities Rooftop Bars with the Best Views
Warm nights in the Twin Cities don't last long and what better way to enjoy it than sipping drinks up high? With more rooftops around town adding expansive patios in town and the weather warming in our favor, there is no better to head up on the roof for a sip and a bite.

WEEK OF MAY 27, 2019

An affordable-housing project in Minneapolis will use unusual financing
Great River Landing, a new apartment building for men who were formerly incarcerated that is expected to open this year in the upscale North Loop neighborhood in Minneapolis.

Woman fatally stabbed in bustling Hennepin Avenue theater district
Police are looking for any suspects in the nighttime killing on the downtown avenue.

Meet the Minnesotans who helped bankroll Broadway's hottest new musical
These Twin Citians theater lovers invested in the hit "Hadestown."

Theatergoers feel 'Caught' between truth, reality with sly play at the Guthrie
“Caught,” Christopher Chen’s heady, high-concept play that made its regional premiere Saturday at the Guthrie Theater, leaves you unsure of where you sit, or stand.

Walker Art Center's 2019-20 performing arts season embraces politics
The 2019-20 performing arts calendar is packed with works that strive to change the world.

Co-working Gets Social
The businessperson’s social club is not dead. The modern iteration is one that tries to promote creativity and networking, all rolled into one classy happy hour.

Best Restaurants Readers' Poll Winners 2019
We asked and you answered. These are your favorite best restaurant picks for 2019! Thousands of readers, eaters, and foodists voted online to proclaim their favorites. Consensus view: We all like to eat!

4 great Twin Cities patios to try right now
Patio season has finally arrived (we hope). Here are four Twin Cities spots perfect for a nice day.

Gavin Kaysen's Tiny Demi Is a Big Wow
After Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, chef Gavin Kaysen brings his biggest culinary ambitions yet to the counter at Demi. Want to know what you’re missing?

North Loop is getting a winery
The yet-to-be-named winery will boast a bar/tasting area, outdoor patio, and on-site vino making.

Schram Vineyards Plots New North Loop Winery
A tasting room, bar, and patio will be part of the package.

Where to Eat Near the Minneapolis Convention Center
Most seasons in Minneapolis are beautiful. There’s the verdant green of summer and all the other ones that are easily viewed from our skyway system connecting most of downtown in an ariel glass pathway that means while visiting, it’s easy to stay out of the elements.

WEEK OF MAY 20, 2019

Minnesota ranked third-best state in U.S. News & World Report survey
The U.S. News & World Report survey ranks states based on 70 metrics, including education, health care, the economy, public safety, roads and the fiscal health of the state's government.

Construction on Minneapolis' new Gateway skyscraper expected to begin soon
City is expected to finalize sale of property by end of June; tower to be one of 10 tallest in Mpls.

Two Hilton Hotel Brands Slated for One Empty Office Building
Projects calls for 201 new rooms in downtown Minneapolis.

Metro Transit to cut Green Line light-rail service in early morning hours
Homeless will have to go, agency acknowledges.

Nice Ride launches discount bike-sharing memberships for lower-income residents
Officials say 65,000 people are eligible to join Nice Ride for All.

Ten Thousand Things' 'The Sins of Sor Juana' doesn't back down from telling a story of a complex woman
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a woman, a writer, and an independent thinker in a 17th-century world where it was widely frowned upon to combine any two of those characteristics, let alone all three.

Ten Thousand Things stages powerful play on 17th-century poet punished for her 'curiosity'
Powerful drama draws from the true story of a Mexican nun who was ahead of her time.

5 Takeaways from Wordplay
From the sold-out Rock Bottom Remainders concert at First Avenue to a headlining Stephen King interview and a litany of literary talks, here's what we learned from the inaugural Wordplay book festival.

Bookmark: Looking back on the inaugural Wordplay writers festival
Well, in the end, it was all pretty great, wasn’t it? Starting with the weather, which had been iffy right up to the opening of the first Wordplay book festival.

The Bachelor Farmer Hires a Forager
All the cool restos buy ramps, but TBF is taking a much bigger leap forward.

Here's why you should spend $200 for dinner at Demi in North Loop of Minneapolis
At 20-seat tasting-menu spot Demi in the North Loop, chef Gavin Kaysen sets new standards for Twin Cities dining.

12 Decadent Dessert Restaurants Made for Indulgence
Transcendently delicious desserts come in all forms, from traditional French pastries to loaded soft serve. Here’s where to find them in the Twin Cities.

14 choice spots to eat and drink along the Twin Cities' lakes and rivers this summer
Where to eat and drink along the Twin Cities' lakes, rivers and falls this summer.

In limbo from light-rail construction, Lee's Liquor Lounge goes out with a twang
The downtown Minneapolis saloon is closing indefinitely pending light rail work.

Scenes from the final night at Lee's Liquor Lounge
In what can only be described as a honky-tonk heartbreaker, Lee's Liquor Lounge is no more.

Extreme 6-foot cheese pull takes center stage at new downtown Minneapolis restaurant
Northern Italian restaurant Giulia is stretching scratch-made mozzarella right at your table.

Can You Brew an Old Fashioned? The Boozehound Cometh
Let's just invent a new category, shall we?

WEEK OF MAY 13, 2019

A long-lost video of Minneapolis captures the city in 1968
The film also features a catchy song by the team that wrote "We're Going to Win, Twins."

'Action-packed' opera invites patrons to wander Minneapolis' historic Pillsbury A Mill
A production of Handel's "Acis and Galatea" travels deep within the historic Minneapolis flour mill.

Theater Latté Da Releases 2019-2020 Season Lineup
Opera, vaudeville, a capella, and wartime ballads each take their turn on the stage.

This Weekend: Doors Wide Open
A weekend-long event celebrating architecture and civic pride comes to Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Passport Agency to open its doors for Passport Day, and other passport facts you need to know
The Minneapolis Passport Agency is located inside the Old Federal Building.

Commute by bicycle? Organizers of Bike to Work Day say give it a try
Twin Cities organizers hope thousands will join the national event Friday.

Milkweed Editions Launches New Fellowship Opportunity
The Milkweed Fellowship will be an entry-point into the book publishing industry for people of underrepresented communities.

Penthouse showcases sky-high luxury — 27 floors above downtown Minneapolis
The condo's luxe urban living includes three bedrooms and two outdoor balconies.

North Loop project flips from apartments to condos
The developer says more than half of the units have been reserved.

Coming Soon: Anda Spa at Hotel Ivy
After undergoing a $2.5 million renovation, the popular downtown oasis at Hotel Ivy will reopen in August under a new name.

Ann Kim Is the James Beard Awards 2019 Best Chef Midwest
The Pizzeria Lola, Hello Pizza, and Young Joni chef takes home the food world’s top honor.

Ann Kim, chef/co-owner of Young Joni in Minneapolis, reflects on her James Beard award
The new Best Chef: Midwest recalls her exciting evening.

New cider taproom opens in Minneapolis: 'Cider is having a moment'
Minneapolis Cider Co. started as a college project.

The Sioux Chef's Sean Sherman Honored by James Beard Foundation
The Leadership Awards honors visionaries working to create a better food world.

WEEK OF MAY 6, 2019

How did Nicollet Island become parkland with private housing on it?
The 48-acre sliver of land in the Mississippi River beside downtown is home to a secluded enclave of historic homes sitting atop public parkland. But that’s just one of the oddities of this place, an often-overlooked landmark of early Minneapolis that looks radically different today than it did half a century ago.

Sale likely spares downtown Minneapolis apartment relic from wrecking ball
Multimillion-dollar restoration lies ahead for apartment building.

Should you give money to people on the street? Homelessness experts weigh in
To give or not to give? That’s the question many of us struggle with as we see a person holding a cardboard sign at freeway exits or along busy pedestrian malls.

Northern Spark co-director/founder leaving the organization
Northern Spark's co-director/founder Steve Dietz is stepping away from his flagship all-nighter summer art festival in downtown Minneapolis that he founded in 2008.

Fight Night at the Minneapolis Armory is back in a big way
The sounds, sights, smells and splatters of big-time boxing are on display at the Minneapolis Armory.

How to see Stephen King, Amy Tan and more at Wordplay festival in Minneapolis
Everything you need to know about the inaugural Wordplay festival next weekend in Minneapolis.

Get to Know These Authors Coming to Wordplay
With an inaugural guest list including Stephen King and Amy Tan, the Wordplay festival aspires to become South by Southwest for English nerds.

Sneak Peek: You're a Gem by Designer Larissa Loden
The immersive, gemstone-inspired museum will open on Friday. Here's the skinny.

Minneapolis office towers attract new buyers as property sales boom
As investors diversify, Twin Cities' profile continues to grow.

Latest apartment trend: Fancy buildings with human names
Minneapolis joins trend of fancy apartments with human names.

Penthouse offers sky-high luxury — 27 floors above downtown Minneapolis
The condo's luxe urban living includes three bedrooms and two outdoor balconies.

Sneak Peek: Cobble Social House
A small but stylish new bar and store opens in the North Loop this weekend.

A 4-year-old (and his exhausted dad) review Betty Danger’s Country Club
Like most little kids, my dude flat-out refuses to eat anything. When he does, it’s typically some combo of breakfast bars, Lunchables, Go-Gurt, and his own human fingers.

The Whole Bartmann Empire Goes Heritage Grain
Big news in the heritage and local grain movement, folks. Red Stag, Pat’s Tap, The Bird, Barbette, and Book Club, are fully on board.

WEEK OF APRIL 29, 2019

Target Field Nabs Another Environmental Honor, Supporting its Title as “The Greenest Ballpark in America”
For the second time, Target Field achieves the highest level of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recognition.

Nice Ride bikes roll out Monday in Minneapolis
It may be a bit of a sodden re-entry, but the annual spring launch of Nice Ride Minnesota bikes began in Minneapolis on Monday, coinciding with Earth Day.

Minneapolis police union offers free 'warrior' training, in defiance of mayor's ban
Police federation says the Minneapolis mayor's ban on training is illegal.

North Loop parking shortage causes luxury clothing retailer to offer rare valet service
Push came to shove in the North Loop's ever tightening parking situation. The owners of Martin Patrick 3, the luxury menswear and home furnishings retailer, took matters into their own hands last week and began offering valet parking in front of the store at 212 3rd Ave. N. in Minneapolis.

Youngblood Lumber winds down in northeast Minneapolis
Closing of Youngblood Lumber is another sign of the transformation of Central Avenue.

Affordable Apartments Planned For the North Loop
A planned mixed-use project in the North Loop has made the switch from market-rate to affordable apartments.

A Taste of Iceland Invades Minneapolis
Everything you need to know about the most interesting Nordic takeover since that one thing in the snow in Game of Thrones.

Taste Of Iceland in Minneapolis 2019
The four-day festival highlights the very best of Iceland’s culture, showcasing the nation’s cuisine, music, literature, and film with a variety of events throughout the city.

‘Top Chef’s’ Southern Eatery Relocates to Downtown Minneapolis
Top Chef star Justin Sutherland’s contemporary Southern restaurant Pearl & the Thief will relocate to downtown Minneapolis this summer.

Justin Sutherland's Pearl and the Thief lands a downtown Minneapolis address
To say chef Justin Sutherland's had "quite the year" would be an understatement that borders on patronizing.

'Top Chef' contestant opening first Minneapolis restaurant at new Moxy hotel
The hotel and residences are expected to open by the end of June, and the corner whiskey-and-oyster bar will follow later this summer.

Oh great, now Lee’s Liquor Lounge is closing too
Lee’s Liquor Lounge, the corner bar that became the twangiest, swing-dancingest place to be in Minneapolis in the ’90s, is closing up after 62 years in the biz.

A Minneapolis honky-tonk landmark, Lee's Liquor Lounge is closing after 62 years
The bar is losing its parking lot to make way for the Southwest light-rail line.

What is the Bootleg? Minneapolis distillery takes on the cult country-club cocktail
Tattersall Distilling serves up the classic drink, ready-made.

Tattersall Distilling founders embrace wider distribution of their craft spirits and liqueurs
Dan Oskey and Jon Kriedler are toasting the recent addition of four states to their network, raising the total to 22 less than three years after launching.

WEEK OF APRIL 22, 2019

Trying for a new look for Twin Cities condo buildings
Two Minneapolis condominium projects strive for a distinctive look.

The redevelopment of what was most recently was a Macy’s in Downtown Minneapolis is moving forward and at full speed.

Remembering James Dayton, the man behind some of the Twin Cities' most eye-catching buildings
Through his eye-grabbing work, architect James Dayton made the Twin Cities a better, more beautiful place.

Minneapolis voted America's most underrated city
One would think that with Minneapolis' consistently high rankings in all manner of quality-of-life studies, our fair burg would have shed the descriptor of “underrated.” Such is the curse of being seated in northern Flyover Country.

Parking in downtown Minneapolis just got a lot less friendly
If you sensed a disturbance in the force on Monday, and you’re not ready to blame it on the blazing collapse of Notre Dame Cathedral, consider an alternate explanation: Minneapolis changed its downtown parking rules.

With meter rate changes, free parking vanishes in downtown Minneapolis
Chuck Henninger got an unpleasant surprise last Monday when he went to pay the parking meter in downtown Minneapolis. The price had gone up by $1 an hour.

Minneapolis raises rates on some downtown parking meters
Some of the 2,500-plus meters hadn't had a price change in 20 years.

Time-lapse: Snow to sun in 5 days
We took 96 hours of Minnesota weather and turned it into 60 seconds of zen.

Hennepin History Museum Curates Inventions and Innovations Exhibit
From the Bundt pan, to the pop-up toaster, to the "damper flapper," learn what inventions were made in Minnesota.

Public Functionary is having one last party before moving out
Northeast Minneapolis gallery Public Functionary has been at its current location since 2013, where it has hosted solo shows by local and national artists, and has been a go-to spot for social justice groups, artist collaborations, fashion events, and dance performances.

Guthrie Theater's current production covers stage in 12,500-pound pool of water
A Guthrie newcomer supervised the installation of a 6-ton pool for the Tony Award-winning "Metamorphoses."

Gallery: A look inside the revamped, newly-named Emery hotel in Minneapolis
The rebranded hotel opens its doors on Wednesday.

2019: Summer of the Bootleg?
It's about to get real minty up in here.

Bibuta could be your new go-to skyway lunch spot
If you stop by a new skyway spot and snag lunch for your co-workers, a very good sign is to get a text like this less than 24 hours later:

No more Au Bon Pain in the Minneapolis skyways
Au Bon Pain is bidding Au Revoir to the Minneapolis skyways, with its two downtown locations closing this week.

The 11 Hottest Patios to Bask in the Spring Sunshine
After heroic survival of another overly long winter, it’s finally time to head out into the warm sunshine. These new patios are where to flock when the weather cooperates.

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