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

WEEK OF 4/16/2018

Want a mummified monkey found in downtown Dayton's? No receipt needed
The remains found by a construction worker may have been animal stolen in '60s.

Minneapolis mummy monkey mystery: Solved already?
As the story was told to Murphy, his dad and a friend skipped school -- either junior high or high school -- to make their way downtown to execute their caper. Their plan went as follows: Step one, kidnap a monkey then on display as part of a Dayton's store window display by putting it in a backpack and escaping; step two, take it home.

Workers discover mummified monkey in former Minneapolis Dayton’s
A spokeswoman for the Dayton’s Project, an office, retail and restaurant complex going into the century-old building, said workers found the carcass in an air duct on the seventh floor last week.

Twin Cities Family Offers Theory On Mummified Monkey In Dayton’s
A Twin Cities family says it knows how a monkey died in the ceiling of the Dayton’s building in downtown Minneapolis back in the 1960s.

History: The washing crew
The Minneapolis Steam Laundry, shown here circa 1896, was headquartered at 109 2nd St. Look closely and you can see their hard-working employees on the sidewalk, by the wagons, in the windows and even on the fire escape!

Will it be easier to walk and bike next winter?
Snow and ice are melting away, but for many the challenges of getting around in the winter on icy sidewalks, snow-filled crossings and disappearing bike lanes remain a source of lingering concern and frustration.

Cactus haven calls Northeast home
While it likely wouldn’t survive long outside, a rare and unique assortment of cactus plants call a small shop in Northeast home.

Primp Boutique Adds Extended Sizing
Locals love Primp Boutique for their affordable and on-trend clothes, accessories, and shoes (hello, $24 palm tree espadrilles!). But in an initiative to listen more closely to shoppers and give the people what they want, shop owners Michele Henry and Wesley Uthus are making some much-appreciated changes.

Palmer's Bar, a West Bank institution, will be bought by Grumpy's NE bartender Tony Zaccardi
Zaccardi, who’s been a veteran of countless local bands over the past quarter century, might still be best known as the dreadlocked, bespectacled drink-slinger behind the bar at Grumpy’s Northeast for more years than are worth counting. But now—once all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed—you’re going to have to get used to Tony Zaccardi, the new owner of Palmer’s Bar.

These 3 Minneapolis restaurants are flying high with new chefs in the kitchen
Star chefs are putting their own stamp on Seven, Corner Table and Sanctuary.

WEEK OF 4/9/2018

Come Back for Nicollet's Come Back
The Super Bowl reminded locals that Nicollet—and downtown Minneapolis—can be fun. What would it take to draw those crowds for a Saturday afternoon this spring?

In downtown Minneapolis, rapidly rising East Town still seeks a heart
In less than five years, developers have spent more than $1 billion to construct offices, apartments, condos, hotels and other commercial projects around U.S. Bank Stadium.

A Tour of a Forgotten Minneapolis Murder Scene
Walking in the footsteps of the most diabolical Minneapolis criminal you’ve never heard of.

Minneapolis ranks as third best city for start-ups
The small business services review site says Minneapolis is the third best city for start-ups and entrepreneurs behind only San Francisco and Austin, Texas.

Minneapolis planners should remember: Some people need to drive
But the city's proposed comprehensive plan prioritizes them precisely last. We need a balanced transportation system that works for all.

Minneapolis' strip-club quandary: Are restrictions too tight?
City Council members struggle to balance competing rights.

Where strip clubs are zoned in Minneapolis
Minneapolis ordinances funnel strip clubs and sex shops into specific areas downtown.

High-tech police tools added for Super Bowl remain at work in Minneapolis
With extra Super Bowl cameras continuing to watch citizens, a City Council member wants a public discussion.

Basilica Block Party Announces 2018 Lineup
As usual, the Basilica’s annual music festival has something for everyone.

Guthrie's Sea Change restaurant hires new chef, plans major menu remake
Donald Gonzalez, who previously ran the kitchen at Gray Duck in St. Paul, will start in his new role on April 10.

Former Legends Bar & Grill in Minneapolis to become barbecue restaurant
The former Legends building is getting new life, via some love from its neighbor.

WEEK OF 4/2/2018

10 projects that will change the look of the Twin Cities
Construction cranes have become as familiar a sight in the Twin Cities as snowbanks. But billions of dollars in investments — sometimes years in the making — don't always translate into eye-grabbing design.

Dayton’s Project Takes You Inside the Renovation
Today, The Dayton’s Project launched social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and invited people to share department store memories. A few participants will be sent one of the 90 vintage paper mâché Easter eggs recently found in the building during demolition.

The Drive: 4th Street redo in downtown Minneapolis in the works
A long stretch of 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis is going to look a lot different in a couple of years as the city reconstructs one of the primary entry points into downtown.

What's the deal with this new delivery-only restaurant heading to downtown Minneapolis?
Craving food truck grub but too lazy to chase down your favorite meal-on-wheels? ClusterTruck can solve that dilemma.

New gallery opens in Northrup King Building
Founder Thomas Unise opened Revel Art Gallery on March 24 on the artist studio building’s third floor.

Battle between proposed topless bar and Christian ministry lands before Minneapolis City Council
Nightclub mogul Peter Hafiz wants to expand his strip club empire to include what he’s calling a “Topless Tap House.” First, the city of Minneapolis will have to decide if a ministry above a pizza shop qualifies as a place of worship.

Solar panels generate a buzz at Coffee Shop Northeast
Unless you’re flying through the skies of Northeast Minneapolis, you won’t see the latest addition to the Coffee Shop Northeast.

Jack Link's sends a marketing message with new office
Jack Link’s new downtown Minneapolis office is one part modern workplace and one part jerky billboard.

RBC enters lease agreement for United Properties' tower
RBC Wealth Management said Monday that it formally agreed to anchor United Properties' proposed 33-story tower at the Nicollet Hotel Block on the north end of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

Two new towers bring apartment boom to south end of Nicollet Mall
After years of growth on Nicollet Mall's north end, developers are now planning 17- and 31-story towers in the quieter part of downtown.

13 Films to Catch at MSPIFF 2018
Now more than ever, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival’s emphasis on “international” seems powerful. In a year riddled with threats of border walls and travel bans, it feels like we need the diverse voices MSPIFF brings to the Twin Cities each April.

Coming Soon: Madre Cacti Co. in Northeast
This Friday, the Twin Cities' first cactus-only plant shop is making its debut.

Red Cow restaurateur to open Northeast event center
Luke Shimp, the founder of Red Cow and Red Rabbit, is planning to open a catering and event center on Lowry Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis.

Surly unveils new pizza restaurant on brewery's second floor, opening Friday
After Surly Brewing shuttered the Brewer’s Table – its upscale, multi-course restaurant – last spring, owner Omar Ansari and his staff set out to solve the next big task: identifying its replacement.

Surly's expanding Minnesota’s pizza horizons
Seven years ago, Surly pushed Minnesota to become a craft beer mecca. In 2018, they’re trying to do the same for pizza.

Sweet Chow brings Asian takeout to the North Loop
Three film industry veterans and a chef have come together to open Sweet Chow Takeaway, a takeout-focused Asian bar and restaurant, in the North Loop.

WEEK OF 3/26/2018

MPD must build on public safety progress in downtown Minneapolis
Violent crime numbers fell in early 2018, but summer will be the real test.

Minneapolis ranks 10th on the U.S. Hipster Index
Despite our bounty of beard farmers, dog-friendly breweries, and ironic happy hours featuring cheap canned beer, Minneapolis ranks a mere 10th on America’s list of top 10 hipster cities.

Owner gets wallet back 50 years after it was stolen at downtown Dayton's
After 50 years, theft victim delights in reclaiming photos, other treasures.

City Club Apartments breaks ground on 17-story high-rise
307-unit building will target young professionals who want amenities but don’t want to drive.

RSM development project in downtown Minnespolis
Remake of the former Barnes & Noble space on the Nicollet Mall.

Lawsuit alleges deal giving Vikings free use of the Commons park broke the law
Former Minneapolis City Council member says taxpayers will pay millions to benefit NFL.

Census: Twin Cities area adds quarter-million residents since 2010
Migration from across the U.S. has helped fuel growth.

Report calling Minneapolis third-most expensive U.S. city leaves out house prices
The Economist magazine says only New York and Los Angeles are more expensive.

Burger Friday: Channeling In-N-Out inspiration in the North Loop
“Two patties means more surface for caramelization, more of that beefy, beefy flavor,” he said. “And in my opinion, when you get those 6- and 7-ounce patties, they’re harder to eat. They’re a real commitment, managing those things. You can’t keep picking them up and putting them down, you have to go head-first into them.”

Finnegans debuts new brewery and taproom in downtown Minneapolis
The charitable brewing company finally has its own facility after 17 years in business.

Finnegans opens brewery, taproom in Elliot Park
It’s fitting that Finnegans opened the doors to its new downtown taproom and brewery on St. Patrick’s Day.

Market Bar-B-Que plans move to Northeast
Market Bar-B-Que has moved just three times in its 72-year history, but a fourth relocation is on the horizon.

MN Nice Cream just started slingin' sparkly soft serve in Northeast
"Only the Instagrammers know about us right now," Katie Romanski says, handing over our glitter-dusted, Fruity Pebble-crested cone with a conspiratorial smile.

Step inside Brother Justus, Nordeast's secret whiskey distillery
Phil Steger recalls exactly when he first had the idea to open Brother Justus Whiskey Company.

WEEK OF 3/19/2018

Downtown Minneapolis violent crime drops by a third so far in 2018
In Minneapolis, efforts paying off in fewer robberies and safer streets, police say.

City Club Apartments groundbreaking planned for March 21
A developer has demolished a 1914 addition to the Handicraft Guild Building at 10th & Marquette to make way for a residential high-rise that will preserve the original building next door.

History, revealed
Through Water Works, the Park Board will uncover ruins from the Mill District’s industrial history.

Lipstick Pig: New Northeast BBQ joint replacing Legends Bar & Grill
It's a boom time for barbecue in northeast Minneapolis.

Delivery-only restaurant coming to Minneapolis
ClusterTruck seeks local beta testers ahead of a spring launch.

Now open: Aloha Poke
Trendy fish bowl chain Aloha Poke Co. is now open in the skyway.

WEEK OF 3/12/2018

Plans for Nicollet Hotel Block call for RBC Wealth Management to anchor office space
United Properties also plans a Four Seasons Hotel.

YMCA opens new $30 million downtown Minneapolis facility
Former Minneapolis shopping center becomes first-of-its-kind YMCA.

New rec center opens in northeast Minneapolis
Dozens of people turned out to help Minneapolis' newest community center, the Northeast Recreation Center, celebrate its grand opening Saturday.

Thrivent reveals new HQ, other development on downtown Minneapolis block
Besides a new Thrivent building in downtown Minneapolis, the plans call for a hotel and apartment building and day care and fitness centers.

The Drive: Posts in the middle of 2nd Street are a speed mitigation pilot
That pack of plastic posts in the center of 2nd Street at 3rd Avenue NE. in Minneapolis is looking a bit worse for the wear, drivers have noticed.

Co-working provider Level Office purchases downtown Minneapolis building
Occupying all four floors of the 78,600-square-foot LaSalle Building will make Chicago-based Level Office one of the largest co-working operators in the metro and possibly the largest collaborative space under one roof.

Northeast band festival set for March 22
Students from Minneapolis public schools in Northeast will come together March 22 for the annual Northeast Band Festival at Edison High School.

Love Your Melon to take over former Shinola, Filson space
Love Your Melon, a local apparel company known for its beanies and charitable giving, will open its first brick-and-mortar store in the North Loop.

112 Eatery is Closed, But There's No Need to Panic
A full renovation of 112's kitchen is underway—but will the burger survive?

Coming Soon: ClusterTruck, a Delivery-Only Restaurant
These guys are disrupting the food delivery disrupters.

Surly's pizza restaurant opens so very soon
"We have a name and an opening date for our pizza restaurant," the Surly Brewing team posted on Facebook earlier this week.

Broken Clock Brewing just broke ground on a brand-new taproom
In a tucked-away corner of northeast Minneapolis, surrounded by train tracks and a dirt parking lot, there stands a modest building. For years, this space is where craft beer dreams have been built. Now, a new one is coming to fruition.

After 72 years in or near downtown Minneapolis, Market Bar-B-Que is moving to Northeast
Market Bar-B-Que has been 'cueing up ribs, chicken, and brisket since 1946, always remaining in or near downtown through numerous locations, most recently at 1414 Nicolett Ave. S.

WEEK OF 3/5/2018

Former Dayton's store design takes shape in downtown Minneapolis

Deconstruction work has sparked tweaks to initial plans for historic building.

Developers update vision of Dayton’s Project
The former Dayton’s department store building is being prepared for its $190 million makeover as developers refine their vision of the downtown landmark.

Love Your Melon will open first store in Minneapolis' North Loop
Company will also move offices to North Loop site.

Developer plans pair of hotels near theaters and Target Center in downtown Minneapolis
Plan would add 215 rooms on a vacant block near the Target Center.

Farmer, miller, baker, maker: Baker’s Field Flour & Bread and the future of a local grain economy
Going to the grocery store for bread and flour right after an event spent exploring the importance of locally grown and milled grains is ill-advised.

Minneapolis' vegan butcher shop will roll out new food truck this summer
The Twin Cities’ self-proclaimed “vegan butcher shop” will debut a food truck this summer.

Hennepin Made opens doors of new North Loop building
Lighting company’s campus puts café, event space, retail all under one roof.

Coming Soon: MN Nice Cream Café to Northeast
Who's ready for some happy springtime news? I bet it's you, and here you go: Katie Romanski (of the cutest, friendliest soft-serve truck ever in the history of this fair city, MN Nice Cream) has taken over the Empire Coffee on Broadway in Northeast (in the same building as Able Seedhouse + Brewery). And she's now scrambling to get open as soon as possible—maybe by April 1st?

The Sonder Shaker: A place to tell stories
“Come as you are” is the manta of new East Bank cocktail lounge.

Surly teams with First Avenue for nightclub's own new beer: +1 Golden Ale
The light-bodied ale will debut at the club on March 22.

Review: Make time for the simple sophistication of Kado no Mise
So, you eat your sushi with your hands. Chopsticks fumble around between your fingers like skis tumbling down a hill.

Now closed: Geno’s
Geno’s, an Italian sandwich shop and bar near Northeast Minneapolis, had its last service Wednesday.

Now closed: NorthGate Brewing
The veteran of the Northeast Minneapolis brewing scene announced March 1 that it was closing immediately.

NorthGate Brewing abruptly closes in northeast Minneapolis
“Due to unforeseen circumstances NorthGate Brewing is closed, effective immediately,” a message on the brewery’s Facebook page reads in part, followed by more than 90 comments.

Drink Up, It's Sociable Cider Werks' Mead Madness
You consider yourself a smart drinker, know your crafts, and understand what a mash bill is, but ... do you know mead?

One of the Twin Cities' tastiest burgers now served every day at Lowry Hill Meats
Civic boosters on the hunt for a lasting benefit from the recent Super Bowl hoopla need look no further than Lowry Hill Meats.

WEEK OF 2/26/2018

Who Shot the Warehouse District?
A true Minneapolis story: the best intentions, questionable results.

People react to major face-lift in the works for Hennepin Avenue
The construction barricades on Nicollet Mall have been down for only a few months and now Minneapolis officials are talking about ripping up and redoing another downtown main drag — Hennepin Avenue.

The Drive: Self-driving bus scores big in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week
Driverless buses are not going to run on the roads any time soon, but if and when they do, Minnesotans seem keen on the idea, according to feedback the Minnesota Department of Transportation has received.

Minnesota Moment: Union's rooftop wasn't always a roof
The Snyders Drug Stores headquarters in downtown Minneapolis lost a floor but gained prestige.

Capella Tower sells for $255M
San Francisco-based Shorenstein Properties bought the 58-story building and the adjoining 22-story Star Tribune Building from ASB Real Estate Investments.

Women-only co-working spaces on the rise: 'It's not about excluding men, it's about elevating women'
Minnesota's newest co-working spaces are designed to be a sexism-free hubs for professional women.

Spoonriver's pioneering Brenda Langton looks back at 40 years in Twin Cities restaurant scene
Has anyone had a career like Brenda Langton? The force behind Spoonriver in Minneapolis marks four decades of restaurant ownership this spring.

New British-inspired distillery set to open in Minneapolis; will specialize in 'Scotch-style' whisky
Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a British-inspired distillery specializing in a single-malt “Scotch-style” whisky, will feature the Twin Cities largest cocktail room, a private tasting room, an event space and a gaming area when it opens near International Market Square.

Now Open: Ombibulous
Ombibulous is the new libations store on E. Hennepin that is maniacally focused on selling only Minnesota-made beer, wine, and spirits. "My husband and I argue about Wisconsin," owner Michelle Ross told me, "so that's probably going to be an on-going discussion."

Hai Hai Brings Southeast Asian Street Food to Minneapolis
Chef Christina Nguyen finds her way to the Vietnamese table of her childhood—by way of Venezuela, Hola Arepa, and a good walkabout.

5 things to know about Sweet Chow, the North Loop's brand-new Asian street food spot
When owners Greg Cummins and mother-daughter duo Julie Hartley and Ami Francis looked around the vibrant North Loop neighborhood, they found a gap.

WEEK OF 2/19/2018

For residents, appeal of downtown Minneapolis is still sky-high
Minneapolis has seen surge in new units, and they're filling fast, driving growth in downtown's population.

Nearly 2,600 people moved downtown last year
Downtown continues to grow, drawing new residents and continued interest from developers, according to a snapshot of the city’s urban activity recently released by the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

Streetcar plan moves forward, though mayor signals caution
Jacob Frey cites "numerous hurdles" in paying for the Minneapolis project.

From Nye's to 3M: Minneapolis design studio paints the town with bright, graphic murals
They painted the 60-foot-long mural at the new Nye’s Piano Bar over four nights in December. It was dark when they arrived with paint and a projector. Punk rock in their headphones, they traced and blocked, sketching with spray cans and brushes.

Faceted structures and colourful holds form climbing walls in Minneapolis bouldering gym
Brightly coloured hand and foot holds form climbing routes across turquoise walls at this bouldering centre, set inside an industrial building in Minneapolis.

5 ways the Twin Cities can look better in winter
Our extreme weather makes us unique and our urban design should reflect that.

13 Overlooked Photo Ops in Minnesota
I’m an artistic person, so I needed a state that could be just as colorful as me, and Minneapolis lived up to my expectations.

Prestigious James Beard awards announce 10 Minnesota chefs, 2 restaurants as 2018 semifinalists
Twelve Twin Cities chefs, bakers and restaurants have been named 2018 semifinalists in the food world’s highest honors, the James Beard Foundation awards.

So Good So You opens fast-casual café
The co-founder of So Good So You is bringing even more of the brand’s juices, plant-based beverages and other retail products to the skyway with its flagship breakfast and lunch stop.

Iowa’s Beancounter Coffeehouse to open Soo Line building café
For the Wells family, the apple falls one state over from the tree.

Coming Soon: Herbivorous Butcher Food Truck
Vegan alert! Your favorite meat-free meatery will have wheels on the ground in the Twin Cities this June.

Coming soon: Finnegans Brewery and Taproom
Finnegans will soon open a taproom, brewery and incubator space not far from where it started 18 years ago in the Elliot Park neighborhood.

WEEK OF 2/12/2018

Dayton's Project Steps Up Construction
Now that the kittens have left the building, developers of the Dayton’s Project are kicking construction into high gear.

New food hall with rooftop patio planned for North Loop
Graze Provisions & Libations is the latest food hall concept being talked about for the Twin Cities.

Exit interview: Jayne Miller
Jayne Miller is hundreds of miles away starting a new position leading a parks organization in Pittsburgh.

52 pickup: a look at the Super Bowl numbers
A look at facts & figures.

Modist turns into a roller rink for V-Day (and other free things to do this week)
We know what you're thinking: "What the what??!!" We thought that too when we found out about thisV-Day party. But it's true: Modist is turning into a roller skating rink this Wednesday.

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