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In the News - Downtown & the Riverfront Neighborhoods

Our weekly digest of stories about Downtown Minneapolis and the Central Riverfront neighborhoods:

WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2018

Minneapolis Park Board flexes its muscle in face of requests for public land
The Park Board has hit back against what it says is a unique list of requests by developers to encroach on parkland, with many projects seeking access to the park system's 50 miles of parkways.

Iconic walking bridge connecting Sculpture Garden and Loring Park reopens after makeover
Nothing spells “Minnesota summer” like a bridge closure. But now one of the Twin Cities’ most distinctive bridges is back.

Minneapolis police taking a different approach to homelessness
The program gives voice to the city's neediest residents, they say.

Warby Parker gets its own space
The colorful, booklined store in the North Loop neighborhood marks the company’s 75th location in the United States and Canada. By the end of the year, it expects to have 90 free-standing stores.

‘The downtown party store’ finds new home
Litin’s Party Value has been known as “the downtown Minneapolis party supply store” for about 60 years. Even as its current home transitions to another use under new ownership, Ned Litin, the store’s second-generation owner, plans to keep it that way.

Minneapolis' McKinney Roe wins again with over-the-top butter burger
“It was basically the third rail of the burger conversation,” he said with a laugh. That’s because the restaurant’s Big Stag burger took home the top prize at the fourth-annual Twin Cities Burger Battle in 2017. Given that champion pedigree, this was one menu item that wasn’t going anywhere.

'Modern' steakhouse opening in former La Belle Vie space in Minneapolis
Jester Concepts, the crew behind Borough, Parlour, Monello and Constantine in Minneapolis and Parlour in St. Paul, is taking over the space, which had a brief life as 510 Lounge & Private Dining but is most famous for its longtime role as a fine-dining epicenter, initially as 510 Restaurant and then as nationally recognized La Belle Vie.

Coming Soon: Mike DeCamp Returns to Historic La Belle Vie Space
Hold on to your hats—Mike DeCamp, former La Belle Vie chef, is bringing a modern steak and cocktail spot to his old cooking grounds.

Sweet eats
Edwards Dessert Kitchen, a new tenant on North Washington Avenue’s restaurant row, is as much a ‘concept’ store as an eatery.

WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2018

Hennepin Avenue: The Street We Love to Hate
The first glimpse many people get of Hennepin Avenue comes through a dilapidated parking lot. Step off the light rail at Hennepin and Fifth and empty cars greet you, flanked by a shoddy wood fence leaning like a sot. Yet this is the heart of the city: the street that slices like a spotlight through downtown. Since the very first days of Minneapolis, this has been where all paths cross.

Arf! Arf! See the pooches and people of Northeast's Dog Parade
On July 27, human and furry beast marched side-by-side in northeast Minneapolis' annual Dog Parade. Enjoy these poochtastic scenes from this year's big event.

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que closed with a whimper, but it had a Hollywood past
When it quietly closed last weekend, the venerable Minneapolis restaurant departed with a whimper. But it certainly didn’t start that way. In its heyday, Rudolphs was an influential player in the local dining scene.

Police oversight charter amendment faces long odds of getting on ballot
Minneapolis Charter Commission Chairman Barry Clegg said Thursday that he had no intention of holding a hearing this month about the City Council’s proposal for shared oversight of the police, dimming the controversial measure’s chances of making it on the ballot in November.

Minneapolis Council pushes forward measure to divide authority over police
But officials doubt the measure will reach ballot in time for fall voting.

Minneapolis City Council advances controversial police oversight proposal
Protesters dominated the heated five-hour meeting.

Guthrie leader Joseph Haj reflects on highs and lows after getting a new 5-year contract
The artistic director reflects on the successes and "missteps" of his tenure so far.

Protesters decry Blevins death, block light rail in downtown Minneapolis
The protesters gathered in a circle, chanted and took a knee.

Minneapolis City Council approves license program for scooter companies
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a license agreement with two scooter operators through a pilot program that would run until Nov. 30.

Circa Gallery plans to relocate from North Loop space
Circa Gallery is moving out of its North Loop storefront, but its director says this isn’t the last of the art gallery, which has operated downtown for nearly three decades.

Vikings owners propose 17-story apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis
The owners of the Vikings are proposing a 17-story tower with 201 apartments on a parking lot that is one of the last undeveloped sites along Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Opus looking ahead to future development on Nicollet Mall
The Opus Group plans to develop the last bit of land on the northern end of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis where it is finishing its 365 Nicollet apartments.

Minneapolis' North Loop has a new co-working space
The Spaces co-working office opened last month in the Washington building, on N. 2nd and N. Washington avenues. While some of the space is still receiving its final touches, members have already started using the co-working office.

Radisson shows off new look in model room at its Red hotel in Minneapolis
Downtown Minneapolis hotel has a model set up for guests to critique.

Buffalo, Minn.’s Number 12 Cider House to open North Loop taproom
Cidery’s new brewing facility coming this fall.

One of Minneapolis' most #exclusive rooftops now open to the great unwashed masses
The Hewing Hotel's gorgeous North Loop rooftop—previously the domain of guests exclusively—is, as of August 1, open to the public, every day of the week.

Elevate is the downtown Minneapolis food hall you’ve never heard of
Elevate Food Hall bills itself as “Minneapolis’ best kept secret.” And no wonder. Just over a year old, the venue is tucked away on the fourth floor of the Washington Square building in downtown Minneapolis. It isn’t the kind of place you happen upon.

WEEK OF JULY 30, 2018

MnDOT seeks consultant for Stone Arch Bridge repairs
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking a consultant to plan out repair work to the Stone Arch Bridge, after receiving $1 million in funding for the project this spring.

Four developers eye Guthrie Liner Parcel
Proposals for the Guthrie Liner Parcel, a narrow strip of land on Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater, include two office spaces, a mixed-use condominium project and an apartment complex with a bowling alley and restaurant.

The verdict is in: Nicollet Mall deserved better than its underwhelming $50M remake
The new Nicollet Mall is a leafier, artsier improvement over its dreary predecessor. But this is all that $50 million buys?

The three Nicollet Malls
Over the past half-century, the main street of Minneapolis, has undergone one extension and two face-lifts. Here’s a quick look at malls past and present. (Figures are in today’s dollars.)

In the North Loop, a move toward 'housing for everybody'
Several income-restricted apartment projects are coming to an area known for soaring rents.

Why the business community thinks it's a bad idea to give Minneapolis police 14 bosses
We understand the desire for more accountability. But let's avoid confusion with this hastily considered plan and keep authority where it belongs — with the mayor.

'Purple Rain' singalong video outside First Ave nightclub banned, then reinstated on Twitter
Photographer's clip from 2016 Prince memorial was blocked by rights holder.

After 43 years, Rudolph's Bar-B-Que closes in south Minneapolis
The rib joint was famous for feeding Prince when he lived around the corner.

Homeless man pulls woman from Mississippi near downtown Minneapolis
He heard her plunge into the water and rescued her, U police say.

New Minneapolis city office building to have bird-safe glass
City officials investigate various ways to divert birds from glass-covered downtown office project.

Minneapolis launches license program for scooter companies
City will allow up to 400 dockless scooters per company in the 4-month program.

Second electric scooter service arrives in Minneapolis
Lime joined Bird in renting scooters in city.

Esker Grove 2.0
One of my least-esteemed restaurants has morphed into one of my new favorites. I love it when that happens.

Sweet Chow makes a home in the North Loop
Founders found inspiration in a bike adventure in Southeast Asia.

It’s all fun and games at the Basement Bar
Drag queens, meat raffles and jazz bands are all at home in one North Loop basement.

Chicago’s Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea opens North Loop café
The Chicago-based café has added a North Loop coffee shop with dozens of curated and customizable beverage options stretching a laundry list of roasters, flavors and ingredients.

WEEK OF JULY 23, 2018

The hotel part of Nicollet Hotel Block up in the air
Building a world-class hotel on the old Nicollet Hotel Block in downtown Minneapolis has been part of United Properties' plans for the site for years. But the developer and its partners are still deciding whether a hotel is financially feasible for the massive project, said Bill Katter, president of United Properties, in an interview.

Minneapolis food trucks fight it out for prime parking: 'It can get crazy'
For food trucks frantically vying for a prime parking spot, it all comes down to five minutes.

From Drunken Scootering to ‘Bird Hunters’: Everything You Need to Know About the Twin Cities’ Rental Electric Scooters
As the Minneapolis City Council considers imposing rules to govern the Bird electric scooter rental service, MinnPost answers your most pressing questions.

New plan for Minneapolis calls for more density, which can be good — and bad
Density is a hot topic right now, with the city in the process of drafting a new comprehensive plan that will shape how Minneapolis grows.

Feeling the heat, Minneapolis council members say 2040 plan must change
Members say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs to strike a better balance.

Let's listen to 51 different songs all called ‘Minneapolis’
The Rhymesayers’ resident rapscallion is performing at First Ave tonight with Sa-Roc, Cashinova, and DJ Shannon Blowtorch as part of the kickoff for this year’s X Games. And Prof’s latest album, Pookie Baby, features a fun new anthem about his hometown, “Minneapolis.”

United Properties Seeks WELL Certification for North Loop Project
The emerging rating system measures a building’s health and wellness for employees and resident.

Sushi burrito food truck opening brick-and-mortar spot in Minneapolis skyway
His popular Bibuta, which built its reputation on sushi burritos (pictured, above) and poke bowls, is opening a breakfast-and-lunch location on the skyway level of Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis, on Nicollet Mall between 6th and 7th Streets. The counter-service spot will feature a small seating area.

The North Loop's Hewing Hotel is opening its coveted rooftop lounge to the public
Beginning Aug. 1, the well-appointed indoor/outdoor lounge on the top of the Hewing Hotel, currently reserved for hotel guests and private club members, will be open to the public. The views are, in a word, spectacular.

WEEK JULY 16, 2108

Thrivent plans to sell its last lot for development in downtown Minneapolis
Micro-unit apartment building in East Town is planned by developer.

Scooter-share arrives in Minneapolis
A proposed ordinance regulating “low power vehicles” aimed to get Minneapolis out ahead of the fast-growing scooter-sharing industry — but the scooters got here first.

Minneapolis City Council committee to vote on ordinance to regulate electric scooters
New rental business could mean electric vehicles will be scattered around city.

How to ride the Bird
Dockless electric scooters are popping up across the Twin Cities. Here's a video guide of how and where to ride.

High-flying competition returns to Minneapolis
This summer’s X Games is expected to bring even more than the 110,000 people who attended last year’s four-day event, a mixture of men’s and women’s skateboarding, biking and motocross competitions.

Rally Health to move into Millwright in Minneapolis
After more than a year as the sole occupant of the Millwright office building it constructed in the East Town district of downtown Minneapolis, Ryan. Cos. has finally snagged a new officemate.

A festival for artists, by artists
What sets the Loring Park Art Festival apart from other art fairs, Mary Anne Snedic Wunderlin said, is the park.

CoCo shared-workspace founders got 'fueled' for the future of 'Fueled Collective'
CoCo was the local spark in a national movement that has grown from fewer than 500 spaces nationally to something approaching 20,000.

Northeast’s Hazel & Rose to relocate to North Loop
Hazel & Rose co-owners Emma Olson and Bobbi Barron are relocating their women’s boutique to be a part of the growing retail destination of the North Loop.

Loring Park’s neighborhood brewery
Of all the places his taproom and brewery could end up, Derrick Taylor didn’t think a 36-story apartment tower in Loring Park was one of them.

The locavore burger that everyone should be eating is at Draft Horse in northeast Minneapolis
I hesitate to declare that the cheeseburger at the Draft Horse is all about the bun, because that wouldn’t do justice to several other top-notch components.

Local products only is the rule at new Northeast liquor store
A drinking tour of Minnesota doesn’t require a road trip across the state. Michele Ross has managed to fit one in a 1,000-square-foot space on East Hennepin Avenue.

WEEK OF JULY 9, 2018

Why Sherman wants to build a downtown tower
Minneapolis-based Sherman plans to build a 22-story, 250-unit market-rate apartment building on parking lots behind the Crooked Pint Ale House and the Eagle Bolt Bar at the southwest corner of Washington and Portland Avenues.

Sherman Goes Big for ‘Super Desirable’ but Challenging Minneapolis Site
Sherman Associates has lofty ambitions for a new project it hopes to pull together on a much sought-after site on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis once had a chance to be the Paris of the Plains
If the city had adopted a 1917 plan, it would have looked like the City of Light, with diagonal boulevards and roundabouts.

Wallet Lost 53 Years Ago at Dayton’s is Returned to Owner
Dayton’s department store is dead, but its reputation for customer service endures: A wallet lost at the downtown Minneapolis flagship in 1965 was just returned to its owner, contents still intact.

Dockless bike-sharing is coming to Minneapolis before summer's end
Dockless bikes, complementing the existing lime-green Nice Ride Minnesota fleet, will greatly increase accessibility for cycling, but some worry about theft, abandonment.

JB Hudson to Open at MartinPatrick 3
Veteran Nicollet Mall jewelry store JB Hudson is opening a second location within MartinPatrick 3 in the North Loop.

WEEK OF JULY 2, 2018

Franklin Avenue bridge over Mississippi unsightly, but safe
The Franklin Avenue bridge spanning West River Parkway and the Mississippi River is practically new, and already blemishes are appearing.

Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots! rolls out beer + music lineups
Set to coincide with Open Streets Northeast, the 12th annual all-day event will return to northeast Minneapolis on August 5.

Eyewear retailer Warby Parker will stay in North Loop after leaving Askov Finlayson
National eyewear retailer Warby Parker plans to open its own North Loop store after operating a store-within-a-store partnership inside Askov Finlayson for the past three years.

Cost of blacking out U.S. Bank Stadium for Final Four could hit $5.2 million
Curtains are required to block out light during 2019 Final Four.

Thousands join Minneapolis march opposing immigration policies
At least 7,000 people marched across downtown Minneapolis in stifling heat Saturday afternoon to protest U.S. immigration policies that they called cruel and unnecessary.

Nation's educators look to build new energy in Minneapolis
Thousands of educators will meet in Minneapolis over the coming days after an impressive springtime showing of grass-roots power by teachers — and then a gut-punch from the nation’s highest court.

First look: Centro at Popol Vuh brings cheap Mexican eats and hot-pink drinks to Northeast
There's a beautiful Mexican phrase for a person who's absolutely shitfaced: "You're as drunk as 400 rabbits."

Dueling piano bar SHOUT! House is closing
The bar has been open for 14 years, opening in the Block E redevelopment in 2004 before moving to its current space, the former Epic nightclub, near 5th & 2nd in the Warehouse District.

WEEK OF JUNE 25, 2018

Apartments to replace Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis?
Say goodbye to a legendary karaoke night, killer open-mic comedy, and one of the best bottle lists around: After nearly two decades in downtown Minneapolis, this could be the end for Grumpy's Bar and Grill.

Apartments could replace Grumpy’s Bar on Washington Avenue
The Washington Avenue outpost of Grumpy’s Bar and Grill would be demolished and replaced by apartments under a plan submitted to the city of Minneapolis.

Midcentury 'face-lifts' put Moderne facades on historic Twin Cities buildings
Many classical buildings in the Twin Cities got modern face-lifts, whether they needed them or not.

Dining on downtown’s patios
As the principal of Shea Design, a downtown-based firm that designs and consults with restaurants, Spaulding is on the frontlines of the local dining scene. As summer approaches, she said local restaurateurs call her to prepare for the rush of diners looking to eat outside.

Rolling on the downtown riverfront
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. You just have to know where to look.

Doran, CSM break ground on 25-story apartment complex
The Expo will add 368 rental units to growing Marcy-Holmes.

Minneapolis hikes parking meter rates in busy neighborhoods
The new meter rates vary from block to block. New rates were first introduced in Dinkytown and Stadium Village last Saturday. Next up are the North Loop and Warehouse District, where new rates will be in effect July 16.

Franklin Avenue bridge over Mississippi unsightly, but safe
The Franklin Avenue bridge spanning West River Parkway and the Mississippi River is practically new, and already blemishes are appearing.

NE. Mpls. getting 2 new Mexican restaurants — one casual, the other refined
Although the construction clutter might suggest otherwise, one of the year’s most exciting new restaurant projects is nearing completion at the corner of 15th and Quincy in northeast Minneapolis.

Four reasons to visit the Night Market
The Mill City Farmers Market’s Tuesday Night Market is your downtown, weeknight destination for local food and more.

More BBQ coming to northeast Minneapolis: Travail reveals Minnesota BBQ Co. location
Following hot on the heels of Market Bar-B-Que's announcement that they'll be moving to 220 Lowry Avenue NE in November, the team behind Minnesota BBQ Company announced they'll be settling into a home less than a mile away, at 816 Lowry Avenue NE.

WEEK OF JUNE 11, 2018

35W TRAFFIC MAYHEM GUIDE

Traffic mayhem expected, Minneapolis motorists brace for nightmarish commute
Office workers, restaurant servers, business owners, and city officials, among others, are busy preparing alternate plans to avoid what are shaping up to be epic traffic jams through the summer.

First traffic snarls form on northbound I-35W in Minneapolis
A third lane was unavailable for drivers Monday. MnDOT hopes to add it Monday night.

Construction on I-35W will bring major changes to your commute downtown
Motorists will be dealing with closures for 4 months.

Downtown Minneapolis gets final closeups from 24th St. bridge
A photographers' favorite vantage point for downtown Mpls. skyline is being replaced.

I-35W construction: You'll still be able to park on Portland and Park avenues
An original plan cut the parking, but now narrower traffic lanes will keep it.

IN THE NEWS

Minnesota Historical Society to offer architecture lectures, tours
The Minnesota Historical Society is teaming up with the state's architects to tell the stories of some of Minnesota's most iconic structures, including the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis, Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore and the James J. Hill House in St. Paul's Summit Hill neighborhood.

Dying trees show that the greening of Nicollet Mall is not so easy
Less than a year after nearly 250 trees were planted in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, some are dead and others barely hanging on.

Mill City Running expands with athletic club for runners
Owners say Mill City Athletic Club will be a ‘home base’ for the store’s 400-person racing community.

Timeline still unknown for reopening of Loring Park post office
The Loring Station post office is still closed following a small fire earlier this spring and officials aren’t sure when it will be up and running once again.

Marigold Way brings artisan designs from India to Minneapolis
Co-owners Katrina Ulrich and Jenny Loomis recently celebrated the grand opening of Marigold Way, their boutique in Sheridan’s 13th Avenue Business District.

Now open: Hot Indian
Hot Indian owner Amol Dixit recently opened his second brick-and-mortar location, this time in the skyway of the former TCF Tower.

WEEK OF JUNE 4, 2018

Fire-damaged Loring post office in downtown Mpls. won't reopen for months, if at all
If the site reopens, it will not be for several months.

Northern Spark Festival to light up the night
Northern Spark marks the summer solstice with more than 50 artists and 27 projects spanning three zones in Minneapolis.

North Minneapolis riverfront gets $15 million for redevelopment
Funding from the bonding bill would help redevelop the little-used stretch.

United Properties will renovate Warehouse District’s Kickernick Building
United Properties began renovations this spring on the Warehouse District’s Kickernick Building, a seven-story building known for ground-floor restaurant Brothers Bar & Grill.

Windows on at least 2 dozen vehicles busted out in NE. Minneapolis
Police say they have taken reports so far of damage to 20 vehicles. No arrests have been announced.

Minneapolis Water Taxi offers river rides
You won’t find the city’s newest taxi service on an app or even on land. Try looking on the Mississippi River.

A trip to Greece through food
Gardens of Salonica has stood the test of time in the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood.

50 great restaurant patios, decks and other outdoor dining spots in the Twin Cities
The outdoor dining season is finally here, so let's enjoy it. On a rooftop. On a sidewalk cafe. Even on a Ferris wheel.

WEEK OF MAY 21, 2018

Hall’s Island returns to Northeast riverfront
The island north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge isn’t new to the Mississippi River, but it hasn’t been there for over half a century.

Sherman Associates breaks ground on Vicinity
The latest housing project to break ground in the Mill District features a mix of market-rate apartments, affordable housing and for-sale townhomes.

Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis closes for a yearlong, $10 million "face-lift"
Work began Monday on a $10 million renovation of Peavey Plaza, the sunken park next to Orchestra Hall and across the street from Brit's Pub on Nicollet Mall.

Hennepin County Government Center plaza fountain should be flowing after Memorial Day
Spring repairs cause a month's delay in filling the popular downtown Minneapolis fountain.

Minneapolis wins more big-time praise as a vacation destination
A few months after a major media outlet touted Minneapolis as a must-see travel destination, a big-time online travel site is echoing that sentiment.

Does density promote affordability? Economists say yes, Minneapolis residents are skeptical
City's argument for affordability rebuffed by many homeowners.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey wants to fund $50 million in ambitious affordable housing projects
Coming less than six months into Frey's first term, the announcement marked the mayor's most detailed plan for delivering on his campaign promise on affordable housing.

U.S. Bank Stadium bird study reaches midpoint, with results due next year
Vikings and state pay $300K to study danger posed by building's glass walls.

ClusterTruck aims to deliver better food faster
The latest restaurant in Minneapolis is right at home in a parking garage.

The Hideaway burger bar opens on Main Street
Jeff Arundel is going for a hat trick on Main Street. The self-described “reluctant restaurateur” and his wife have opened a third concept along the Marcy-Holmes riverfront, this time a burger joint in the former Tuggs Tavern space between their other restaurants, Aster Café and Jefe.

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