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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 12/11/2017

Jacob Frey on Why Minneapolis Needs More Cops and Housing, Fewer Hashtags
Minneapolis’ new mayor on his early agenda and healing the city’s relationship with business.

No need to worry about that helicopter hovering over downtown Minneapolis
It's a TV crew filming for a Super Bowl commercial.

Minneapolis apartment building collecting pets' DNA to catch poop-a-trators
Residents of a large apartment building in downtown Minneapolis are under orders to surrender their dogs’ DNA in a campaign to crack down on poop left on the property, an enforcement strategy that is gaining popularity around the country.

Minneapolis City Council wisely moves to put more police officers on the streets
Election revealed deep concerns about gun violence, especially downtown.

Jim Stanton’s final condo project ‘tops out’
Shamrock Development’s Legacy Lofts condominium tower, the most expensive project permitted in Minneapolis this year, has reached its full height after 14 months of construction along the downtown riverfront.

Real estate notebook: Builders top off two Downtown apartment projects, another will soon start construction
Builders this week set the highest beam on 365 Nicollet, a 30-story tower being developed by the Opus Group at 3rd Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

Opus celebrates topping off of Nicollet Mall apt tower
Opus Group hit a milestone Monday when construction workers placed the final beam atop 365 Nicollet, topping off the 30-story luxury apartment tower on the north end of Nicollet Mall.

Work Begins on Northeast's Newest High Rise
Construction has begun on 333 Hennepin, a new 26 story residential tower being constructed by M.A. Mortenson at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 4th Street NE.

Holiday pop-up shops open in the North Loop
Two pop-up shops have recently opened in the North Loop neighborhood for the holiday season.

39 major restaurant openings and closings of 2017
Another year, another round of restaurant openings and closings. We toast the newbies we dig the most, and pour one (or several) out for the departed souls that broke our hearts.

5 best Twin Cities burgers of 2017
Fans of the Parlour burger (pictured above) or the Revival burger, or the Lowry Hill Meats burger, or the Nook burger. I’m with you. They’re all the greatest. But because they weren’t featured in this year’s Burger Friday blog – which shines the spotlight on gotta-try Twin Cities burgers – they’re not included here.

New Northeast tavern honors local roots
Brothers Paul and Patrick Durand opened Twin Cities 400 Tavern to be a contemporary tavern unique to Minnesota.

Tattersall Distilling Debuts Cocktail Recipe App
So you never have to be without cool cocktails.

We're getting another pour-it-yourself taproom, in case you're into that kinda thing
Soon, Minneapolis is joining the bartender-free fray. The First Draft Taproom and Kitchen will land in the North Loop in 2018, according to a Tuesday press release.

Self-serve taproom coming to North Loop
Patrons will pour their own beer, wine or hard cider at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, a taproom slated to open next year in the North Loop’s new Variant apartment building.

So Good So You will bring healthy, plant-based options (that don't suck) to the Minneapolis skyway
Rita Katona wants you to know that plant-based eating is more than just a trend.

Now open: Hai Hai
What was once the home of 22nd Avenue Station — a club better known as the Double Deuce — is now Hai Hai, which in Vietnamese means “two two.”

WEEK OF 12/04/2017

Minneapolis' iconic Grain Belt sign will light up again Dec. 30 — and you can buy a bulb
The Grain Belt Beer sign has been dark for years, but is ready to shine again.

Little-loved Gateway district merits a place in our memories
The long-gone area of Minneapolis was seen as a prime example of blight, but it touched lives nonetheless.

New 40-story apartment tower proposed in downtown Minneapolis
5th Street tower near Nicollet Mall would have 261 units, 266 parking spots and access to the skyway.

8-plus hours after light-rail train derails in downtown Minneapolis, service resumes
A loose lid on a rail utility box is suspected of causing a light-rail train to derail Thursday in downtown Minneapolis, forcing Metro Transit to halt service between Target Field Station and U.S. Bank Stadium for more than eight hours.

Minneapolis City Hall tower bells to go silent during repair work
Starting Monday, the bells at Minneapolis City Hall will stop ringing as workers reinforce the bell support system.

Chamber of Commerce asks judge to block $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis
Business leaders seek court's help in stopping city's new wage rules from taking effect.

St. Paul can do better than Minneapolis on minimum wage question
City needs to weigh policy that balances interests of workers, employers.

Transit union authorizes Super Bowl strike
The threat of a Super Bowl strike by Metro Transit workers looms over ongoing contract negotiations between the Metropolitan Council and the union representing roughly 2,500 transit service employees.

Minneapolis City Council reworks public safety priorities
Outgoing Mayor Hodges' traffic control and liaison plans are ditched, replaced with more officers for fighting gun violence.

Look-alike apartment buildings in northeast Minneapolis showcase new ideas in energy efficiency
Apartment project in Mpls. features two buildings: One built with an emphasis on going green, another more traditional.

Skyway bar, napping pods come with Fifth Street Towers renovation
A bike hub, napping pods and a swanky lounge are among the new amenities at Fifth Street Towers where a multi-million-dollar renovation has just culminated after two years of construction.

Minneapolis' Modist Brewery receives medieval-style cease-and-desist order
The brewery's "Dilly Dilly" Mosaic Double IPA crowlers prompted the Bud Light messenger's visit.

Now open: Crepe & Spoon
Coworkers Michael Beachy and Rachel Booth have opened a vegan ice cream and crepe shop near 22nd and University in Northeast Minneapolis.

11 food and drink vendors that put the dazzle in Holidazzle
Beyond the mini-doughnuts, deep-fried cheese curds and roasted nuts, Holidazzle offers plenty of out-of-the-box nosh and beverage talent.

WEEK OF 11/27/2017

Church behind landmark Jesus mural in Minneapolis seeks new home
Pastor of church that painted the mural says their lease is up, looking for new location.

Minnesota’s new main street
Nicollet Mall officially reopened in mid-November following a $50 million renovation, which closed the downtown thoroughfare for more than two years to the chagrin of businesses and office workers.

Back to the future with Dayton's on Nicollet Mall
Reattaching retailer's name is one of many things to like about project.

Minneapolis' notorious Gateway District was razed almost 60 years ago. It's time to stop mourning its loss.
Nearly 60 years after the demise of the downtown Minneapolis district, we still mourn the losses. Maybe we shouldn't.

Minneapolis City Hall tower bells to go silent during repair work
The work will last about three weeks, which should bring them back in time for Christmas Day.

Holiday cheer – and warm weather – mark Holidazzle opening
Fireworks lit up the sky for Minneapolis’ winter Holidazzle festival Friday, marking the arrival of the holiday season on a day of unusually toasty temperatures.

Coming soon: The Minneapolis Bouldering Project
Founder envisions the gym — opening Nov. 28 — as a home base for local climbers.

Hola Arepa owners unveil new Asian street food restaurant in former Minneapolis strip club
The enterprising couple behind Hola Arepa are about a week away from launching their second restaurant, and it's one that’s bound to attract a flurry of attention.

New vegan ice cream and crepe shop opens today in northeast Minneapolis
Crepe & Spoon, a small shop serving up sweet and savory crepes along with 12 ice cream flavors, debuts at 339 22nd Av. NE. today (Monday).

TOP STORIES LAST WEEK

R.T. Rybak to help lead Jacob Frey's transition to Minneapolis mayor's office
Joe Radinovich to be new mayor's chief of staff.

Why the future of Minneapolis parking garages may not include parking
New regulations governing the construction of parking ramps (“garages” according to the city code) includes encouragement for developers to design new ramps that would allow them to be converted into commercial or residential uses in the future — if demand for parking declines.

The famed Little Wagon was a Mpls. bar so popular it survived a teardown
Step back in time to see a famous Minneapolis street corner that looks nothing like today.

Downtown ice skating rinks open this week in Minneapolis, St. Paul
On Wednesday, Wells Fargo opens its Minneapolis WinterSkate at the Loring Park skating rink near Willow and Grant streets. The rink offers free skating daily from Nov. 15 through March 4 during normal park hours.

Water main break shuts down segment of Stinson Blvd. in Minneapolis
A one-block stretch of Stinson Boulevard is closed until Nov. 24 after a water main burst, a city of Minneapolis spokesman said.

Hotel Minneapolis, in a 111-year-old downtown bank building, changes hands
Ownership change will bring a multimillion dollar renovation to Hotel Minneapolis.

Opus plans 200-unit apartment building on Star Tribune land near river
Project would put apartments on one of the last riverfront parcels near downtown.

$2.25M penthouse condo offers skyscraper views in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
If you've ever wondered about that green glass cube on the roof at 6th and Marquette, now is your chance to look inside.

Co-working provider Spaces to open in North Loop
Spaces, a co-working provider that originated in Amsterdam, will open its first Twin Cities location in the North Loop.

Surly Brewing rolls out new food menu for its massive beer hall
Several months after closing its esteemed second-floor restaurant, Brewer’s Table, Surly Brewing is marching into a new era with a new chef and a totally remade menu in its beer hall.

Bad Waitress relaunches northeast Minneapolis location with new chef, menu and cocktails
The Bad Waitress in northeast Minneapolis is relaunching and re-concepting this month, shifting gears from breakfast diner to a cocktail bar with elevated comfort food.

PREVIOUS WEEK

For Super Bowl, Minneapolis can expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security
Planners have been going building by building around the stadium figuring out security logistics.

Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee raises $50 million, plans street closures
Meanwhile, it released detailed plans on street closings downtown, beginning two weeks before the game.

Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers gather for pep rally
Most of the 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl LII joyfully raised their thundersticks and new “Bold North” purple mittens at a pep rally-orientation Sunday for the first collective jolt of excitement they’re expected to provide to visitors during the 10-day event.

Randy Moss meets Mary Tyler Moore as ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set
ESPN will broadcast from inside the skyscraper beginning on Wednesday before the game.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues Minneapolis over $15 minimum wage
In a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, the chamber asked the court to issue a temporary injunction freezing the ordinance, then a permanent injunction nullifying it.

Mary Tyler Moore statue is back on Nicollet Mall
The beloved bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore exuberantly tossing her hat into the air is back at its original home at Nicollet Mall and 7th Street in Minneapolis. On Saturday morning, she smiled and tossed it under a dusting of snow.

Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 closed again
Drivers who use the Portland Avenue bridge to cross I-94 in Minneapolis will once again have to find an alternate route.

Jack Link’s shows off Wild Side retail store
Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is showing off a new side to its jerky business with “Wild Side,” a retail store that opened in early November in the Target Center skyway.

Nye's is making a comeback: Same owners opening Nye's Piano Bar in same location
A year and a half after its tearful goodbye, Nye’s Polonaise Room, an institution in Minneapolis for 66 years, is making a comeback — on part of its original footprint.

Burger Friday: A meatloaf patty melt lights up the North Loop's Fulton Brewery
Fulton Brewing, home of one of the city’s first taprooms, has recently added a kitchen. A somewhat unconventional one, as it’s housed in a retrofitted 1968 Airstream trailer that pretty much defines “cool.”

New 'world cuisine' restaurant filling massive Rosa Mexicano space in downtown Minneapolis
Prime Six, a restaurant serving “world cuisine” and featuring a dance floor is aiming to open at 609 Hennepin Av. by mid December.

Roll out the barrel
Bourbon. Over 200 labels, including impossible-to-find antique bottles of Buffalo Trace and Pappy Van Winkle.

PREVIOUS WEEK

Dayton’s may once again be downtown’s cultural center
Developers are proposing to breathe new life into the former Dayton’s building as a future retail and entertainment hub of downtown Minneapolis.

Wall St. Journal declares one U.S. travel destination among world's hottest: Minneapolis
Newspaper says city is "luring curious foodies" with top dining spots.

Nicollet Mall reopening celebration pushed back a day
A celebration is scheduled for noon Nov. 16, at Nicollet Mall and 7th Street. The date change is the result of a scheduling conflict, said Minneapolis spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie.

Nicollet Mall unveiling set for Nov. 16
There’s an end in sight for the construction on Nicollet Mall.

Minneapolis City Council candidate sues city over park he says was built to benefit Vikings
John Hayden, who is challenging Council Member Kevin Reich in the First Ward, filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing Minneapolis cannot operate the Commons because the city charter gives the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board authority over park operations.

Minneapolis Park Board to restore lost island in Mississippi River
Construction of the 3.3-acre site, which begins this month, will restore a channel between the mainland and what used to be Hall's Island.

U.S. Bank Stadium opens for runners, skaters through end of year
The stadium will be closed for running and skating in January with preparations underway there for the Super Bowl.

New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens
The $31.6 million project closed off a connection over the BNSF Northtown rail yard and Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic was on the new three-span bridge, which replaces a five-span bridge built in 1925, in late October.

Nicollet Mall will host 10-day Super Bowl festival
Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis are putting together a Minnesota-centric lineup.

Capone, craft cocktails meet at Al’s Place
There are secretive bars. Then there are speakeasies. Then there’s Al’s Place.

PREVIOUS WEEK

With Park Board, Minneapolis voters must resolve an intense generational struggle
New ideas this election at the cost of experience?

Counterpoint: Separate the bike lanes from density as Minneapolis issues
What they have in common is how concerns are unheeded as powerful interests pit the city's constituencies against one another.

New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens in Minneapolis
The $31.6 million project replaced an original bridge built in 1925.

Park Board to begin construction to restore Hall’s Island
The Park Board’s next major river-related project isn’t on the Mississippi River. It’s in the river.

Demolition of Fuji-Ya building begins
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has begun the selective demolition of the Fuji-Ya building to make way for a new restaurant pavilion on the downtown riverfront.

Nicollet Mall reopening celebration set for Nov. 15
The downtown thoroughfare has been closed since 2015.

Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis to come home to Minneapolis, bringing top talent to free Super Bowl concerts
Minnesota-bred producers in charge of big names for 10 days of free concerts.

Super Bowl Live to have free concerts on Nicollet Mall
The pop mega-producers discussed their plans for the free outdoor concerts as organizers unveiled the look and layout.

Proposed St. Anthony Falls apartment tower meets resistance
Conflicts over the height and density of developments within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District are piling up. The latest involves the mixed-use project from Doran Cos. and CSM Cos. that includes a 25-story residential building.

Construction starts on Ironclad development in downtown Minneapolis
On Monday, a groundbreaking ceremony happened at the site, located on the corner of Chicago and Washington Avenues a couple blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minneapolis looking to develop land near Grain Belt brewery complex
The city of Minneapolis is seeking proposals to redevelop a little more than three acres near the former Grain Belt brewery complex along the Mississippi River in northeast Minneapolis.

Kraus-Anderson moves into new headquarters in Minneapolis
Construction firm moves into headquarters on its east-side block.

For Dayton's developers, the price tag is big and the spotlight is bright
Developers will spend $190 million to remodel the Nicollet Mall flagship.

The night punk killed disco at Minneapolis' First Avenue nightclub
How Minneapolis' rock landmark transformed itself at the end of the '70s.

510 Lounge gets remake worthy of fabled Minneapolis address
510 Lounge, formerly La Belle Vie, brings one of the Twin Cities' great dining beauties back to life, beautifully.

Byte, the Warehouse District’s geeky pub, is closing
It’s game over for Byte, a geeky bar and restaurant that opened earlier this year in the Warehouse District.

Now open: Rebel Donut Bar
Rebel Donut Bar has finally opened in the Sheridan neighborhood, several months after owners Kiah Gumeringer and Vince Traver initially planned to open the tiny doughnut shop.

New cocktail bar and lounge will take over the former Nye's site in Minneapolis
A Nye's "regular" is opening Sonder Shaker, featuring a small menu of laid-back sandwiches and oysters to pair with the drinks.

PREVIOUS WEEK

Proposed St. Anthony Falls apartment tower meets resistance
Conflicts over the height and density of developments within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District are piling up. The latest involves the mixed-use project from Doran Cos. and CSM Cos. that includes a 26-story residential building.

Minneapolis downtown businesses make late push to swing City Council races
The possibility that the Minneapolis City Council could be dominated by a left-wing majority after next month's election has prompted an unprecedented late push from business groups to protect council members they view as open to compromise with business.

How to — and how not to — update old buildings in downtown Minneapolis
It’s a challenge to update a tired office building’s public spaces. Three new examples in downtown Minneapolis show what’s new, what’s possible and how modern design is still working its way through a phase you might call “playful incoherence.”

Glossy new Target Center unveiled after multiyear renovation
Target Center's $140 million renovation gives a new-look team a new-look arena.

Minneapolis to spend additional money on public relations for Nicollet Mall project
Council committee OKs funds for outside PR firm to boost Nicollet Mall project.

Minneapolis approves regulations for Airbnb, short-term rentals
Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals in December, just in time for the deluge of visitors expected for the 2018 Super Bowl.

Hotel bookings strong in lead-up to Super Bowl
Early February is typically not the busiest time for the Minneapolis hotel market.

Electric bike retailer opens in Downtown East
Victor Au took inspiration with the busy streets of Shanghai, China and the innovation of Tesla Motors in developing his own line of electric bikes, which are now available in Downtown East.

Cool Offices: Zipnosis expands to new space in T3 building
Over the past eight years since its startup, virtual-care company Zipnosis has continuously expanded, prompting a search for a larger and more accommodating space.

Popular Mpls. coffee shop opens new location, touts cheeky 'Starbucks pumpkin spice latte' look-alike
The new iteration, in the Miller Textile Building at 861 E. Hennepin Av., offers the same craft coffee drinks that Five Watt gained a reputation for, as well as new, playful sippers — such as the cheekily named Venti Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, which arrives in a 20-ounce paper cup that the shop created specifically for it, complete with a mound of house-made cinnamon whipped cream.

Here's a twist: Minneapolis chef replaced by chef he replaced
Ten years after taking over the kitchen at Sanctuary, chef Patrick Atanalian has moved on.

Chef Patrick Atanalian Bails on Sanctuary
What kind of chef walks away from his Super Bowl-adjacent restaurant months before the Super Bowl? This one.

Hennepin Theatre Trust will partner with PNC Bank on lounge
The Hennepin Theatre Trust announced Wednesday it has entered into a multi-year naming rights agreement with PNC Bank to brand a lounge in its new headquarters as the PNC Lounge.

Study aims to track sources of downtown runoff
A new Mississippi Watershed Management Organization study is aiming to better understand the types and amounts of pollutants that come from different surfaces in downtown Minneapolis.

Magus Books & Herbs reopens in Northeast
Magus Books & Herbs has relocated to Central Avenue, moving from the store’s longtime home in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota.

PREVIOUS WEEK

Barricades coming down on part of Nicollet Mall
A maze of barricades on Nicollet Mall came down Friday south of 8th Street, signaling the end is near after years of construction on Minneapolis’ signature walkway.

Twin Cities homelessness: Seniors find themselves on street, in shelters
Serving their needs is a particular challenge.

One of North Loop’s last remaining surface parking lots could become apartments in $70M project
One of the largest blank canvases left in the North Loop — a 2.5-acre surface parking lot a block off Washington Avenue — might become a 207-unit apartment building.

Tentative plans for Nicollet Mall 'Dayton's Project' leaked [PHOTOS]
Minneapolis is getting a first look at what might be next for the closed Macy's space on Nicollet Mall.

Northern Lights: NFL releases official brand renderings for Super Bowl
NFL executives in town this week for Super Bowl planning showed off the league's official branding for the 10-day festival starting in January.

Muslim ban protests expected Thursday across downtown Minneapolis
The protests will pop up as the evening commute begins, including near freeway entrances.

Super Bowl host committee convinces Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen
When La Belle Crepe owner Alan Lenne abruptly closed his tiny Nicollet Mall restaurant earlier this month, he placed the blame squarely on the seemingly endless Nicollet Mall reconstruction, and what he saw as the city’s unhelpful attitude toward his struggling business.

New North Loop restaurant opens in former Gardner Hardware building
Nolo’s Kitchen debuted on Monday, featuring a bright, warehouse-style setting and breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

A look inside NOLO's Kitchen (and a sneak peek at Basement Bar)
The North Loop's newest neighborhood hangout is now open -- and soon, it's getting a cool little downstairs sibling.

Hello and goodbye: Openings, closings come fast and furious in Twin Cities restaurant scene
Here's a quick look at everything that's new in the Twin Cities restaurant scene — plus a nod to what's shutting down.

PREVIOUS WEEK

In St. Anthony Falls District, former funeral home comes down for condo tower
A neighborhood group challenged the city's approval for developer Alatus to proceed with the tower, in the planning stage for two years.

Minneapolis funeral home demolished, but 40-story condo tower still on hold
The Washburn-McReavy funeral home in the East Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis has been reduced to rubble after developer Alatus LLC finally cleared one hurdle in its quest to build a 40-story condo tower on the site.

The Soap Factory's recent evolution; 'All the Way' to open at History Theatre
On the last Wednesday in September, the Soap Factory, a venerable nonprofit arts center in a 130-year-old, 52,000-square-foot historic warehouse near the Minneapolis riverfront, had a symbolic groundbreaking for a complete renovation.

Alatus envisions slim, high-rise residential tower across from Minneapolis Convention Center
The firm, which separately is developing a 40-story luxury condo tower just across the Mississippi River from downtown, presented its plans Tuesday night to the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s land use committee.

Hotel, residential complex breaks ground in Downtown East
Graves Hospitality has broken ground on Ironclad, a three-part project featuring a Marriott Moxy hotel, an apartment building and a retail complex.

U.S. Bank Stadium, one year in review
The landmark of East Town brought in 1.6 million visitors in its inaugural year.

Renovated Metropolitan Club at Target Field to be open to all next season
The renovation is the largest offseason upgrade to the ballpark since it opened in 2010.

WeWork opens in Minneapolis
Co-working provider WeWork opens Monday in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis adding to the already growing network of co-working offices in the Twin Cities.

Art that runs the gamut
In any given month, Gamut Gallery might host glitch sound artists, art inspired by beer cans or paintings exploring the depths of the human psyche.

Nicollet Mall reconstruction closes once-popular crepe shop, owner says
After enduring seemingly endless road and sidewalk construction, the owner of La Belle Crepe shuttered his tiny Medical Arts Building shop on Wednesday.

Celebrate National Coffee Day with these 5 new Twin Cities shops
That’s right, your daily, de-zombifying ritual is finally being recognized, and now is the time to celebrate. Isn’t it great? The world never stops plying you with reasons to Instagram.

Chicago’s Aloha Poké plans Minneapolis restaurant
The restaurant chain will open a skyway restaurant in the 811 LaSalle building by the end of the year.

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