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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 DECEMBER 10, 2018

Massive 10-ton sculpture 'Nimbus' lands on Nicollet Mall Saturday
Artist Tristan Al-Haddad’s long-awaited sculpture “Nimbus,” which resembles a curved airplane wing, will be gently lifted into place above Nicollet Mall’s Theater in the Round in front of the Minneapolis Central Library.

Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis marks 150 years
The 12,000-member basilica has come a long way from its first home in a shed on the Mississippi.

Headed to Holidazzle in Minneapolis? Here's what's new to eat and drink
Keep warm (and full) with these fun new offerings at the Minneapolis holiday celebration in Loring Park.

Love is a giant spectacle in Morgan Thorson's new Walker Art Center dance show
REVIEW: Morgan Thorson's new piece has a mysterious message about power and consent.

Authorities find dead man floating in Mississippi River in Minneapolis
Hennepin County sheriff's deputies and Minneapolis police responded to just past the St. Anthony Lock and Dam around noon.

Two killed in crash at 4th Street ramp off I-94 in Minneapolis identified
Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday evening on a freeway off ramp near downtown Minneapolis, and speeding contributed to their deaths, the State Patrol said.

Dominium pulls out of North Loop affordable housing project
Developer says it will focus on projects in the suburbs.

Target Plaza III in downtown Minneapolis sells for $171 million
One of the downtown Minneapolis office buildings that houses Target Corp. has a new owner.

Guthrie staffer works to make the theater accessible to every body
Meet the Guthrie Theater staffer who works tirelessly to make shows available to all.

Guthrie Theater hires Royal Shakespeare veteran as new production director
When Rebecca Cribbin was introduced as the Guthrie Theater's new production director at Monday’s annual meeting, lifetime trustee Margaret Wurtele went over to meet her, and inquired about her accent.

'West Side Story' propels Guthrie Theater to a record-setting year
Despite turnover in top positions, the theater had its highest-grossing season.

Holiday Shopping Secrets: Kramarczuk's
The iconic Nordeast deli is a treasure trove of gifts for foodists!

Draft Horse put out to pasture in Restaurant Heaven (it's closing)
Motion: Should the farm-to-table northeast Minneapolis restaurant close forever?

Restaurant Inside Northeast’s Food Building Is Closing
Draft Horse, the restaurant inside Northeast’s food building will close after three years on December 30.

A limited-time menu at the Walker showcases British food (that doesn't suck)
A pile of flour. Mounds of rising dough. Croissants. Jam tarts. Each with a tiny mouth, singing along to the Paul McCartney song "We All Stand Together."

The Most Anticipated Twin Cities Restaurant Openings for Winter
A modern steakhouse, Gavin Kaysen’s latest and more for our longest season.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2018

Precursor to Minneapolis' famed Metropolitan Building had a dazzling inner court — and bad karma
E. Townsend Mix's Temple Court was a design warmup to Minneapolis' majestic Metropolitan.

Revisit 6 retail titans from Minnesota's 20th-century department store heyday
New book "Thank You for Shopping" remembers the golden age of department stores.

Northeast Minneapolis giant Walt Dziedzic dies at 85
Gregarious and blustery, he sought to serve the people as a soldier, police officer and elected official.

A Minnesota architect looks back at creation of U's 'expressive' Weisman Museum
The University of Minnesota's Frank Gehry-designed art museum is marking its quarter-century birthday this month.

Loring Station post office in downtown Minneapolis resumes some operations 7 months after fire
The Loring Station resumed mail delivery last week for ZIP codes 55403 and 55405 from its location near the westbound entrance to Interstate 394, the Postal Service announced.

Big developer AECOM looks to stretch its reach in the Twin Cities construction market
If you have been to a hospital, traveled by light rail or attended a sporting event in the Twin Cities, there’s a good chance you have encountered an AECOM project.

Holidazzle in Minneapolis is promising to be bigger and better this year
The sort of "winter state fair" is expected to draw 250,000 to Loring Park.

After shooting, Aqua Nightclub in Minneapolis closes indefinitely
Nightclub threw one last bash before disappearing.

Minneapolis, Hennepin County leaders join in conversation on race, homelessness
More than 200 policymakers and people who work with the homeless gathered to reflect on homelessness and steps to improve conditions.

Downtown Minneapolis to designate pickup zones for Uber, Lyft at bar close
Plan would aim to reduce downtown congestion.

Minneapolis-based Periscope ad agency sold to Wisconsin firm
It's the latest domino to fall in the Twin Cities' ever-changing advertising landscape marked by deals.

Walker Art Center's annual award-winning TV ads lead a British pop culture invasion
The annual Arrows Awards at Walker Art Center are just part of a media onslaught on its way from the U.K.

Now Open: HOUSER
Inside jewelry brand HOUSER's new North Loop storefront.

Bachelor Farmer Gets a New Chef ... Finally
Johnathan Gans will step into the role vacated by Paul Berglund.

Hai Hai lands a spot on two more national year-end best-of lists
This is so not the first time Hai Hai's been the subject of national recognition.

Minneapolis gets lots of love from Esquire's 'Best New Restaurants' list
Hai Hai, Grand Café and Martina get shout-outs.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19, 2018

10-ton sculpture ready to swoop into Nicollet Mall
"Nimbus" will be the crowning touch of the remake of Nicollet.

Hennepin County restores historic flagpole monument at downtown Armory
Group of veterans who work for the county helped with the new design.

Walker Art Center hires New York curator as its new boss
Mary Ceruti has run the SculptureCenter, a haven for contemporary artists, for the past two decades.

Weekend closure of I-35W in Minneapolis will be last of the year
Here’s a promise from the Minnesota Department of Transportation: This weekend’s closure of Interstate 35W between the Crosstown and Interstate 94 from Friday night to Monday morning will be the last one in 2018.

More gates, more turf, more accessible photo ops going in Target Field for 2019 season
The Minnesota Twins are messing with the Gold Glove, the larger-than-life sculpture on Target Plaza outside Gate 34, the entrance named for the late Kirby Puckett.

Downtown ambassador Jason Moreau is more than able to serve the public
Moreau, the first Downtown Improvement District ambassador who operates from a wheelchair, had to work hard to land his job.

A fixture of downtown Minneapolis for five decades, the Journal newspaper calls it quits
Shrinking ads and a shift in downtown demographics are blamed for its demise.

Former Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio selling North Loop penthouse for $1.225M
Penthouse condo combines modern style, a vintage bar and a killer downtown view.

Will a Five-Star Hotel Finally Land in the Twin Cities?
United Properties inked a term sheet with Four Seasons for the Gateway tower in Minneapolis.

Luxury hotelier Four Seasons signs up as partner of Gateway project
Developers had long hoped to line up Four Seasons to occupy the hotel space in the new tower planned for the north end of Nicollet Mall.

Bibelot bids adieu; owner of Twin Cities gift shops is retiring
After 52 years, the owner of the four neighborhood stores has decided to retire.

Country bar in the works at former troubled nightclub spot in downtown Minneapolis
The new bar, Wild Greg's, is owned by a Vadnais Heights city councilman.

Jerky goes berserky with cola, mocha flavors at Jack Link's new Minneapolis test kitchen
The company's downtown Minneapolis store sells the experimental flavors deli-style.

Travail Comes to Downtown Minneapolis ... For a Bit
The Travailians will be in residence for six months.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12, 2018

How the shape of windows tells the history of Twin Cities architecture
Windows are more than just a means to bring in light and air; they're a way to read the style and technology of an era.

In Minneapolis' skyways, artists take on midterm election voting and its aftermath
The 2018 midterm elections may be over, but the four Twin Cities artists aren’t done talking about the importance of voting.

Offices out, apartments in for Ryan Cos. project near U.S. Bank Stadium
A Hail Mary football pass from U.S. Bank Stadium, Ryan Cos. wants to build a 25-story apartment tower to complete its massive five-block redevelopment around the stadium.

New plan for Gateway project envisions 35-story tower
United Properties plans tower with office space, hotel rooms downtown.

Minneapolis presence strong 16 months after Valspar purchase
New owner Sherwin-Williams has moved work from Chicago to Minneapolis.

Old School by Steeple People reopens to cheers
Steeple People’s nonprofit thrift shop is back in business, and customers lined up outside the door on opening day Oct. 21.

$3.25M penthouse condo with party-size deck overlooks downtown Minneapolis
The loft-style unit comes with 800 square feet of private outdoor space — plus a leather-floored library.

Interact Center brings New Orleans sound to the Guthrie
It’s rehearsal time at the Interact Center, which showcases artists with and without disabilities.

Eat Street businesses exit 1400 block, some hoping to return
Monell “Locks” Castellan set up a barber chair on the Nicollet Avenue sidewalk outside his empty Upper Cuts Barber Shop with a sign: Closed for reconstruction.

New cider taproom opens in North Loop: 'We could fool wine drinkers'
Number 12 Cider House brings its blue-ribbon cider to Minneapolis.

3 Minneapolis restaurants hit their stride after new chefs take over
At Tullibee, Esker Grove and McKinney Roe, changes in the kitchen yield positive results.

Get Your Bluegrass and Bourbon Fix at Marvel Bar
Pickin' usually leads to grinnin', but especially on this particular Tuesday.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Revisit 6 retail titans from Minnesota's 20th-century department store heyday
New book "Thank You for Shopping" remembers the golden age of department stores.

A new tactic for bar-close safety in Minneapolis: 'Make downtown fun again'
Downtown businesses cautiously optimistic new strategy is calming after-hours chaos.

Officials cheer Crown Hydro decision
News that Xcel Energy took steps in October to cut off planning for a proposed hydropower facility at St. Anthony Falls was cheered by elected officials who represent the Minneapolis riverfront area.

A destination shop for downtown pet owners
Downtown residents, especially those on the north end living close to the river, have a new venue not only for basic dog care, but doggy socializing.

Solar garden to sprout atop downtown Minneapolis parking ramp
Construction will begin in spring 2019; no parking spaces will be lost.

Fantasy sports company SportsHub continues to grow
The North Loop firm SportsHub is growing and received its latest venture money from a fund backed by the Wilf family.

Swervo pays about $5 million for former YMCA site in downtown Minneapolis
The former YMCA building in downtown Minneapolis has a new owner. Twin Cities-based Swervo Development paid about $5 million this week for the six-story, 140,000 square-foot space, which is located a 30 South 9th Street.

Minneapolis designer's set is the dazzling star of Guthrie Theater's latest show
Her work has dazzled audiences for years. Now set designer Kate Sutton-Johnson gets a big Guthrie welcome.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association misses $80K of grant money
The organization that puts on the annual art bonanza Art-A-Whirl, Northeast Minneapolis Artist Association’s (NEMAA), didn’t get $80,000 worth of grant money this year.

A vintage store for the Harley enthusiast
When you open a store with a name like The Cat and the Cobra, you have to be prepared for the questions.

Coming soon: Broken Clock Brewing taproom
No kids, we have not yet reached “peak beer.” The golden age of suds brewing and imbibing is not cresting yet.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2018

Xcel Energy Terminating Grant Awarded for St. Anthony Falls Hydro Facility, City Officials Pleased
Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council member Steve Fletcher praised an Xcel and Public Utilities Commission decision to pull funding for the Crown Hydro project, as it’s no longer favored by the city or public.

10th Street gridlock is wearing on Minneapolis drivers
Utility work has a block of 8th Street closed between Hennepin and LaSalle avenues in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s wearing on motorists.

Park Board weighs Graco Park deal
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is expected to pass an agreement to rename undeveloped parkland along the Northeast riverfront in return for a dropped lawsuit and funds to begin building a new regional park.

5 public places to discover the work of famed Minnesota artist Siah Armajani
Take a weekend field trip to explore public work by the artist behind the Sculpture Garden walking bridge.

RSM Plaza’s redo solves skyway puzzle
For anyone who has ever gotten lost coming off the skyway into RSM Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, a $10 million renovation of that space will straighten the path.

After bookstore's exit, RSM Plaza in Minneapolis undergoes renovation
With the more than $10 million in work, the complex's confusing skyway connections are streamlined and brightened.

Walker presents first U.S. museum overview of art-world trickster from Mexico City
Mario García Torres asks: How can an action be turned into art?

Schwan's — yes, Schwan's — turns Edwards Dessert Kitchen into North Loop's sweet spot
Frozen foods giant Schwan's is going against type with a focus on elegant, intelligent desserts.

These 3 cocktails at Fhima's Minneapolis are smoking hot
Fhima's Minneapolis beverage director Sean Jones serves up three smoking cocktails.

Mill City Farmers Market pizzeria expanding with new south Minneapolis restaurant
It’s another farmers market success story: Arie Peisert, chef/owner of Northern Fires Pizza, a familiar stand to Mill City Farmers Market shoppers, is matriculating his pizza-oven-on-a-trailer into a permanent brick-and-mortar location on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis.

Popol Vuh/Centro Sets a New Bar for What Mexican Food Can Be
We are not, as a city, hurting for tacos. Despite sitting some 1,300 miles from the border, we’ve actually enjoyed a pretty robust Mexican food culture.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2018

A famed Calder sculpture once graced Nicollet Mall. Can't it return to its home?
A sculpture by Alexander Calder, now in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, originally graced Nicollet Mall. Should it return to downtown?

Key I-35W ramp into downtown Minneapolis reopens
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's massive reconstruction of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis south to 43rd Street hit a milestone last week: the $240 million project is now 30 percent complete.

Minneapolis approves $900K subsidy for Final Four tournament
Officials expect to make $1.75M on the event.

Minneapolis may yank license of Aqua nightclub after shooting
City inspectors warned nightclub about security, council member says.

City Pages to move to Star Tribune Building
City Pages’ 36 employees will occupy offices on the 11th floor of the Star Tribune building, which adjoins Capella Tower on S. 6th Street and 2nd Avenue S., said Steve Yaeger, vice president and chief marketing officer of the Star Tribune Media Co.

Target Center replacing Hubert's with shipping container-themed restaurant
Cargo Food Authority, opening in November, will serve global fare, food court-style.

First look: At Tavola, a Tuscan staycation in downtown Minneapolis
Considering that it’s only mid-October and Minneapolis is already getting snow, you’re probably perusing vacation porn on your “breaks” at work.

Table stakes
The stylish, brand-new Elliot Park Hotel is home to Tavola — Italian for “table” — with plenty of those gleaming white marble-like surfaces ready to welcome hungry diners

Coming Soon: Demi by Gavin Kaysen
A teeny-tiny deluxe chef's counter restaurant by the king of Spoon & Stable and Bellecour is coming this winter to the North Loop!

Spoon and Stable chef to open new tasting menu-only restaurant in North Loop
Soigné Hospitality — that’s the formal name for the company behind four-star Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and four-star Bellecour in Wayzata — is adding a third restaurant to its constellation of Twin Cities dining properties.

Coming Soon: No. 12 Cider House and Gluten-Free Pizza to North Loop
Get out your calendars and pen this in: November 10, 2018 as the date the long-awaited Minneapolis outpost of Buffalo, Minnesota's Number 12 Cider House opens. This is a big honking deal.

Review: Popol Vuh and the rise of a Mexican culinary star
Wedged in the crooked elbow of Quincy Street in northeast Minneapolis, the twin kitchens of Centro and Popol Vuh are part of another origin story: The tale of how an industry powered by the kitchen labor of Latinx immigrants gave way to a firmament of Latinx culinary stars.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 15, 2018

VERIFY: What is that stuff floating in the Mississippi?
When mysterious looking white objects suddenly appear in the Mississippi River, concerns start flowing.

When big downtown Minneapolis buildings change names, it can be a confusing mess
Some names in downtown Minneapolis have stood the test of time. Others have changed names so many times we can't keep track.

Quiz: How well do you know the names of downtown Minneapolis buildings?
Building names seem to change with ever-increasing frequency. Put your noggin to the test and see if you can correctly guess the current names of these prominent buildings in downtown Minneapolis. (Scroll to the end for the answers)

The Depot in Minneapolis is closing in on its latest transformation
CSM Corp. is renovating the former Milwaukee Road railway hub again to add more event space.

Lookit this very tall building coming soon (?) to downtown Minneapolis, maybe
Seeking a great close-up view of the Mississippi River while still living in close proximity to downtown Minneapolis?

Project seeking genetic info sets up shop in Minneapolis skyway, offers $100 a sample
Skyway pedestrians in Minneapolis can earn $100 for samples of their blood, urine and saliva in the latest type of genetic research, this time to help develop life insurance products.

It gets a little nuts in Northeast, online over post by 'barefoot runner'
Everybody was having a grand time. Especially the guy who started the whole acornmageddon after a BuzzFeed News report cracked the truth wide open.

Diva Cage Match founder strives to make opera 'entertaining and accessible'
With Diva Cage Match, director David Lefkowich goes to battle for a classic art form.

Ten Thousand Things opens first show in new era, Moliere's 'Scapin'
Is it better to be smart or wealthy? That’s one of the potent questions in Moliere’s classic comedy, in which a scoundrel (Sarah Agnew) plays the members of a rich family against one another in a con game that gets so convoluted it threatens to bring down its perpetrator.

There's a Terrific Vegan Casablanca Tapas Restaurant Hiding in Prime 6
You think it's a steakhouse, but it's bursting with vegan secrets!

Burger Friday: At Hewing Hotel, an in-house butcher shop makes all the difference
Not many chefs have a space devoted exclusively to the butchering arts. But Matt Leverty does. He’s the newish chef at the Hewing Hotel’s Tullibee, and the benefits of having that ultimate kitchen tool in his cooking arsenal is reflected in the (tiptop) quality of the restaurant’s burger.

Barbecue kitchen launched outside Able taproom
Local chef and food writer is behind Animales Barbeque Co.

New BBQ trailer opens this week at northeast Minneapolis brewery
Chef Jon Wipfli noticed something interesting about the homes in Austin, Texas, during an early morning jog. Almost every home he passed had a smoker in the backyard.

This mouthwatering barbecue is now a permanent fixture in northeast Minneapolis
You'll smell it before you see it: a meaty smoke drifting down Quincy Street, almost rich enough to pick you up and plant you on the Able Brewery patio like this is an episode of Looney Tunes.

That downtown Minneapolis delivery-only 'restaurant' already closed
You know when you get a text from someone you've been seeing, and what they're saying is one thing, but you sort of know they're really getting at something else?

WEEK OF OCTOBER 8, 2018

Vintage postcard will take you back to 1904 banking center in Minneapolis
Marquette Avenue and 4th Street. In the center stands the Minnesota Loan and Trust Company building. Built in 1889, it was originally called the National Bank of Commerce. Apparently they narrowed their focus after a while. Its proud little Roman neighbor to the right was the Northwestern National Bank, built in 1904; like the Loan and Trust, it went down to rubble in 1939.

Dayton's developers give details on progress of Minneapolis rehab
Much of the demolition work in the former Dayton’s store in downtown Minneapolis is almost complete with the property’s owners currently seeking building permits to begin rehabilitation work on the inside, according to plans submitted to the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission.

Opus Development's 365 Nicollet tests the upper end of rental market
It’s a move-in day at 365 Nicollet, the latest luxury apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis. While Opus developers Nick Murnane and Matt Rauenhorst are dodging cleaners, movers and last-minute subcontractors, the superlatives are flowing: The 30-story building has one-of-a-kind amenities, the highest-quality finishes and the most carefully planned floor plans available, they say.

Ryan Cos. sues Community Housing Development Corp. and First Covenant Church over workforce housing project
A stalled 169-unit, affordable-housing project near U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis could possibly face further delays due to a lawsuit by the development’s former partner, Ryan Cos.

Scherer site would become Graco Park under new agreement
Park officials say agreement will turn riverfront grass to “world class” a generation early.

Novel buys another Mpls. building for co-working office
The TriTech Center, located on 4th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, is close to 114,000 square feet. The nine-story building is half occupied with traditional lease tenants, who will remain.

Parc joins retail center of North Loop
The customer is always right, and Parc owner Thao Nguyen’s customers told her to move her women’s boutique from East Hennepin to the North Loop. So, she did.

Jamie Malone Takes Over Eastside in Downtown Mpls.
The star chef and her lady crew are going to turn it up on Washington Ave.

One of the Twin Cities' best chefs takes over Eastside in downtown Minneapolis
“Yes, we’re kind of slowly doing a takeover of Eastside,” she said, referring to the roomy restaurant (pictured, above, in a Star Tribune file photo) at the corner of Washington and 3rd avenues in Minneapolis. Turns out, Malone has been quietly at work since mid-September.

Fair State Brewing Nabs Surly's Brewer
Now they've taken another step towards growing and evolving. Fair State has brought on former head Surly brewer, Jerrod Johnson. Johnson was an original at Surly, he counted in at employee #6. After legendary brewer Todd Haug left the brand he helped launch, Johnson became co-head brewer with Ben Smith.

North Loop’s Filigree Jewelers offers one-of-a-kind finds
Boutique jeweler doesn’t move far — one block — with new store.

Japanese food truck opening restaurant in Minneapolis' former Bombay Bistro
Owners Ying and Miguel Alvarez are taking over the former Bombay Bistro at 820 Marquette Av. in downtown Minneapolis, with plans to serve lunch and dinner.

Fancy steakhouse chain 801 Chophouse heads for old Barnes & Noble building on Nicollet
The big ol' RSM Plaza space that housed downtown Minneapolis' Barnes and Noble until last April is about to make a comeback as 801 Chophouse, which bills itself as "classic New York steakhouse‐style dining with a Midwestern flair."

Steakhouse moving into former Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis
Ever since the downtown Minneapolis Barnes & Noble anchoring RSM Plaza closed in April 2017, the prime corner at 8th St. and Nicollet Mall has remained vacant.

Review: Sweet Chow proves North Loop is still home to more great restaurants
Sweet Chow packages lively Asian flavors into a quick, convenient and approachable neighborhood setting.

Closing soon: Flashlight Vinyl
The new and used record store opened more than three years ago in Northeast Park’s Alamo building on Central Avenue. Owner Raoul Benavides announced Oct. 1 that Flashlight’s last day will be Halloween.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 1, 2018

Of Cigars and Full Circles
Inside the iconic warehouse that connects my family’s history to a North Loop landmark.

10,000 comments later, revised Minneapolis 2040 plan seeks balance
Supporters say it doesn't go far enough, while detractors still dislike the citywide upzoning.

United Properties: Hotel will be part of Gateway development in Minneapolis
Gateway development in downtown Minneapolis to include hotel, offices, condos.

Sneak Peek: Love Your Melon's North Loop Studio
LYM is going against the grain with a new, unconventional brick-and-mortar.

Faribault Woolen Mill opens downtown store
The 153-year-old brand, based in an 1892 mill in southern Minnesota, now has a 1,540-square-foot retail shop at Washington & 11th near the Mill District.

JB Hudson opens store within MartinPatrick3
JB Hudson, one of downtown’s longest-running retailers, can now be found in the retail center of the North Loop.

Say goodbye to Grumpy's and O'Gara's this weekend
Odds are good we'll do at least some of that drinking as we send off Grumpy's Downtown and O'Gara's Bar & Grill; this Saturday marks the last last call for both Twin Cities institutions.

Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis to close Saturday on a (relatively) quiet note
Grumpy’s Downtown — a haven for healing-powered bloody marys, cheese-drenched tater tots, non-cheesy karaoke nights and occasional punk-rock shows for 19 years — has decreed Saturday its final night of business.

New in Northeast, Dipped & Debris has no-cuss custard and serious sandwich magic
If you’ve noticed the seersuckered paint job striping up and down a corner of Central and Lowry Avenues in northeast Minneapolis, you might have wondered what’s happening under that circus tent -- and where did half of Sen Yai Sen Lek go?

5 things to know about Fhima’s Minneapolis, bringing worldly flair to historic downtown digs
A downtown without at least one decent French restaurant is like a rock band without a great lead singer.

9 Twin Cities restaurants by top chefs we can't wait to open
Twin Cities diners can look forward to a heaping helping of exciting new restaurants.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Nicollet Island could mean so much more for Minneapolis
Ile de la Cite is one of the most beloved places in the world. Notre Dame, Pont Neuf, romantic, lantern-lit bridges and storied riverside streets -- this island sitting in the Seine is home to pretty much everything that makes Paris… well, Paris.

Minneapolis could have its own Ile de la Cite. We have the perfect spot. As Devin Hogan, a parks enthusiast and previous candidate for Minneapolis Parks Board, pointed out in a tweet: Paris’ crown jewel is about the same size as Nicollet Island, which punctuates the Mississippi between the North Loop and St. Anthony Main.

Can you give up your car for one day? Minneapolis hopes you can
On Friday, Minneapolis is hoping some of its 160,000 downtown workers find a new route to work. A way that doesn’t involve one person in one car, white-knuckling through miles of gridlock and construction detours, then fighting for a parking spot.

Downtown Minneapolis exhibit turns The Commons park into refugee experience
Doctors Without Borders exhibit aims to raise awareness of growing crisis.

How Hell's Kitchen recovered from a near-death experience
Seeing profits evaporate, co-owner Cynthia Gerdes asked nine staffers for ideas to cut costs at the restaurant. Their plan saved its life.

New images unveiled for Hennepin Av. apartment tower
New renderings now show what an apartment tower on the corner of Hennepin and Washington avenues in downtown Minneapolis could look like.

First Avenue buys Fine Line, adding to growing list of music venues
First Avenue’s operators announced Tuesday they are buying the other well-worn rock club in downtown Minneapolis. Situated four blocks away from First Avenue in the Warehouse District, the Fine Line will officially change hands Oct. 1, but not a whole lot else will be different immediately.

Another North Loop building changes hands
Paster Properties has bought the Jacobson building at 606 Washington Av. N. for $4.3 million, according to an electronic certificate of real estate value available late last week.

Peace Coffee opens another café downtown
The café opened Monday in the lobby of the AT&T Tower at 9th & Marquette. Peace Coffee said in an announcement that the office tower’s developers approached the company to bring a coffee shop to the remodeled space.

New head chef Jake Johnson brings a taste of Texas to Northern Coffeeworks
The name isn't incidental: Northern Coffeeworks has always been damn proud to be a Minnesota shop.

Comfort, or ‘hygge,’ is the theme of new Elliot Park Hotel
A new boutique hotel in Elliot Park bears the name of its neighborhood, a community focus that staff say is a pillar of its operations.

North Loop’s Sweet Chow opens ice cream shop
The North Loop restaurant recently expanded with a 10-seat counter that produces desserts made from scratch.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Remake of Washington Avenue in Minneapolis enters final phase
Millions of dollars are being poured into the redevelopment of the last surface parking lots on the east end of downtown Minneapolis.

New Washington Av. projects envision more condos, apartments, office space
Surface parking and empty lots may soon become a thing of the past on Washington Avenue with several new projects proposed for some of the last remaining undeveloped parcels on the downtown Minneapolis corridor.

Get to Know Siah Armajani, Designer of the Sculptural Bridge by the Walker
Local sculptor Siah Armajani’s philosophically erudite, politically furious work gets the retrospective it deserves at the Walker.

Walker Art Center surveys 60-year career of artist behind iconic Minneapolis pedestrian bridge
From the architectural to the political, Walker Art Center surveys the unique space occupied by Minneapolis artist Siah Armajani.

Guthrie Theater's retiring 'Prop God' has made everything from sofas to a Rolls-Royce
Guthrie props maker Linus Vlatkovich is putting away his tools after 46 years of crafting desks, sofas and Rolls-Royces.

Running, yoga and mimosas combine in 'blissful' Minneapolis fun run
What it’s like: At last year’s event, about 20 of us met at the lobby of the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis and rolled out our mats in a large, sunny room for 15 minutes of a yoga warmup and stretch, and reviewed the poses in Surya namaskar A.

Kraus-Anderson: Why stop at HQ block?
Fresh off redeveloping a full block in downtown Minneapolis, Kraus-Anderson is carrying the momentum to another development project in the next block.

Kraus-Anderson proposes apartments on Wells Fargo site in Minneapolis
Kraus-Anderson proposes plan for downtown Mpls. site; the bank would stay.

Dockless bike sharing coming to Minneapolis this month
The operator of the Nice Ride Minnesota bike-share system will roll out a fleet of 1,500 dockless bike-share bikes this month in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis could require affordable units in new development
New multi-family residential projects built anywhere in Minneapolis would be required to include some units priced below the market rate if the City Council acts on the recommendation of a national affordable housing organization this fall.

Los Ocampo opens fast-casual restaurant in City Center
Los Ocampo Express serves customizable Mexican street food, from tacos and quesadillas to pozole and machete.

‘Refined’ Mexican restaurant Popol Vuh opens in Northeast
After opening the casual Mexican restaurant Centro in July, restaurateur Jami Olson has opened an “elevated,” more formal restaurant next door.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2018

Crossing the divide
The City of Minneapolis has repurposed a former highway ramp to forge a new connection between downtown and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood for pedestrians and cyclists.

Going to see 'Hamilton' in downtown Minneapolis? Here's where to grab a bite
Here are some great places to drink and dine before or after the Orpheum Theatre show.

Matthew Brandt pours Mississippi water into otherworldly photographic landscapes
Artist Matthew Brandt’s photographic explorations often take him to colorful, wild landscapes.

‘Fixing’ the Housing Crisis in Minneapolis Will Be A Lot Harder Than People Think
City planners, housing experts and elected officials all pretty much agree that Minneapolis needs to build a lot more affordable places to live. What's less clear is whether city officials understand how hard that's going to be.

Coming Soon: Fhima's Got a New Chef and an Opening Date
A famous and adored downtown Minneapolis restaurant space is weeks away from being brand new again.

'Affordable' Italian restaurant opening in new downtown Minneapolis hotel
Tavola will open in the Elliot Park Hotel in late September.

Jack Link's is making jerky cocktails downtown now, and they're not what you'd expect
Tonight, they'll open Jack Link’s Legend Lounge, a public space with Jack Link's-developed cocktails and small bites that lets theatregoers enjoy a jerky-inspired drink before Hamilton opens at the nearby Orpheum.

Peek inside Gray Fox Coffee & Wine, the sleek new cafe from Copper Hen Cakery's crew
Gray Fox Coffee & Wine is a new concept for the husband-wife duo, who are also behind Eat Street's Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen.

North Loop gay bar Jetset has closed
If you noticed a larger-than-normal crowd spilling out the doors at 115 N. First St. in Minneapolis on Saturday, that's not because Jetset was offering better drink deals (or even stronger drinks) than usual.

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