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Bold new plan re-envisions Park and Portland avenues in downtown Minneapolis
A bold new plan re-envisions the area around Park and Portland avenues in downtown Minneapolis.

Park Board begins work on Water Works
Crews have begun to explore and uncover long-buried mill infrastructure near the downtown Minneapolis riverfront in preparation for Water Works, a new destination park site from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

35W@94: Fly through the transformation of this key highway
This animation shows the completed reconstruction of I-35W from 46th St. to I-94, including the construction of an On-line Transit Station located on I-35W at Lake St.

Rebuild of I-35W in Minneapolis starting Monday 'will be tough' on drivers
Headaches and gridlock loom as a four-year rebuild is set to begin on Monday.

The Drive: New 3rd Street lane could speed exit for Vikings fans
A new lane planned for 3rd Street on the north side of the stadium could ease that crush by giving drivers better access to nearby freeways, said Jeff Handeland, an engineer in the Minneapolis Transportation Engineering and Design division of Public Works.

Armory to host New Year’s Eve concert
Before it hosts a high-profile Super Bowl concert, the Minneapolis Armory will ring in the new year with an international electronic group as part of its first large-scale event.

C.J.: Brenda Langton has a milliner for a daughter
The daughter of restaurateur Brenda Langton and artist Timothy Kane is a milliner and the founder of HAT MAKE ( “Generally, I only make women’s hats, so I call myself a milliner because I am trained in millinery techniques, which are slightly different from hatters [makers of men’s hats],” Celina said.

New online tours offer guide to public art in Minneapolis
City's new online tour guides people to 300 pieces of public art.

Developer plans condos, hotel near Federal Reserve in North Loop
Another surface parking parcel in Minneapolis' North Loop may be gobbled up by the neighborhood's popularity, with a developer planning an eight-story hotel and condominium building.

Schafer Richardson begins renovating Weather-Rite building
The adaptive reuse project, located a few blocks north of Target Field, will result in 52,000 square feet for new users.

Hewing Hotel finally opening its coveted rooftop bar to the public – for one day a week
After decreeing that the rooftop amenities would be available only to hotel guests and social club members, the Hewing Hotel has decided to open up part of its show-stopping facilities to the public on a weekly basis.

How Twin Cities' Dakota Jazz Club became a hot venue for live recordings
The club championed local acts even while establishing itself as one of the world's premier jazz venues.

Chef Paul Berglund is leaving four-star Bachelor Farmer
Paul Berglund, a transplant from St. Louis by way of California, is leaving the North Loop restaurant after a critically lauded six-year run.

Top Twin Cities restaurateurs see gems in old dive bars
The trend of top-notch chefs embracing the bars comes as costs of outfitting a commercial kitchen rise, casual dining grows in popularity and a hunger for nostalgia builds.

Burger Friday: At Dalton & Wade, a patty melt lands in the North Loop
Take a peek at the resumes of the team behind the North Loop's new Dalton & Wade, and the word “burger” almost instantly comes to mind.

Seven Steakhouse gets a makeover thanks to acclaimed Minneapolis chef
Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen and the former Saffron has revamped the massive restaurant's menu and look.

Only in Minnesota: Minneapolis eatery tops its hot dog with hot dish
The so-called "MPLS Dog" is the latest contender in a field crowded with Chicagos and Coneys.

Eat My Words reopens in new location
Now a half-block away from its previous home, used bookstore Eat My Words has reopened in the Sheridan neighborhood.

Marcy-Holmes boutique offers versatile women’s fashion
Kathryn Sterner opened her own women’s clothing boutique with a mission of using sustainable fabrics to make approachable clothing.

Last Call opens in Warehouse District
Last Call, a contemporary sports bar and late-night venue, has opened in the Warehouse District.


Minneapolis' landmark Jesus mural is crumbling — can it be saved?
One of Minneapolis' most prominent public paintings is falling apart.

Urban castle in downtown Minneapolis might become 'destination brewery'
The one-of-a-kind house that's just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium has been described as "Tim Burton meets Lord of the Rings."

No, really (say Minneapolis officials): The new Nicollet Mall is on track to be finished by November
In March, when the city and the Minneapolis Downtown Council kicked off a promotional campaign aimed at easing concerns over the Nicollet Mall redo, they promised that the two-year, $50 million construction project would be “substantially complete” by November.

100-Day Challenge seeks new strategies to end homelessness
The clock is ticking on an ambitious plan for Hennepin County to quickly develop new strategies and partnerships for ending youth homelessness.

Greater & Greener Conference comes to Twin Cities
A conference of the world’s urban park leaders recently brought Twin Cities parks into the limelight.

Overnight shooting in downtown Minneapolis injures 3 men
Three men were injured during an early morning shooting Saturday in downtown Minneapolis, the most serious of three incidents across the city that left six people wounded.

Super Bowl volunteers arrive for job interviews Saturday at new headquarters on Nicollet Mall
It’s game on Saturday for the first round of volunteer applicants stepping into the Minnesota Super Bowl “Crew 52” headquarters on Nicollet Mall.

Riverfront overhaul for Water Works park gets underway in Minneapolis
Demolition begins next month for an overhaul of parkland beside the Stone Arch Bridge, transforming an unused slope into a year-round gathering space alongside one of Minneapolis’ top attractions.

Downtown Minneapolis Hilton unveils new restaurant, $27M renovation
While new hotels have cropped up all over downtown Minneapolis in anticipation of the Super Bowl coming in February, one of the Twin Cities’ longtime staples just got a major facelift.

Top Twin Cities restaurateurs see gems in old dive bars
The trend of top-notch chefs embracing the bars comes as costs of outfitting a commercial kitchen rise, casual dining grows in popularity and a hunger for nostalgia builds.

Dinkytown's Loring Pasta Bar to reopen this week with new ownership, name
After shuttering its doors for 10 days, the former Loring Pasta Bar will reopen this week with new ownership and a new name.

Can't pick a flavor? Twin Cities ice cream shop Izzy's packs 32 scoops into one dish
There are two kinds of ice cream people. There are those who go to a shop knowing exactly what they want, and leaving satisfied every time with their predetermined flavor of choice. And then there are the tasters.


The rise of downtown’s ‘new neighborhood’
City leaders recently took a moment to look back on the rapid development of Downtown East, a neighborhood that has quickly replaced its surface parking lots and underutilized space with dense buildings.

Hotel project canceled at Guthrie Liner Parcel in Minneapolis
The city will request new proposals for a strip on Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater.

Mortenson backs away from Mill District hotel proposal
Mortenson has backed away from its plan to build a hotel on a high-profile parcel along Washington Avenue near the Mill District.

Hennepin County rolls out ambitious 100-day plan to help homeless youths
Hennepin County coalition aims to find jobs, shelter for 150.

Lowry Hill Tunnel traffic switch coming Friday morning
The third and final phase of the Lowry Hill Tunnel  and nearby bridge project in downtown Minneapolis begins at midnight Thursday and a new lane configuration will be in place in time for the Friday morning rush hour, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

Woman's fatal stabbing puts safety at downtown Minneapolis parking ramps in spotlight
Before the killing of Mai Yer Cha, parking areas near Target Field had seen a spike in violence.

Al Roker gushes over Minnesota chef's hit restaurants, eats at both in 2 days
On Wednesday, the NBC "Today" show anchor – who was in town for some filming – reported via Twitter that he’d dined at Kaysen’s North Loop hotspot Spoon and Stable on Tuesday night, calling his meal “so good.”

North Loop pioneer HauteDish has closed
The maverick restaurant, located at 119 Washington Av. N. (that's the restaurant's beauty of a bar, in a provided photo) was known for its playful, contemporary takes on classic favorites: pork and beans, mac-and-cheese and, of course, Tater Tot hot dish, as well as one of the city's more adventurous brunches, and a talked-about burger.

Dinkytown's Loring Pasta Bar closes; managers will reopen restaurant with new name
Loring Pasta Bar has closed and a group of longtime managers will soon reopen the space with a new name.

Now open: HopCat
A torrent of people streamed into HopCat for free fries during the new Nicollet Mall restaurant’s grand opening weekend.

Green + The Grain plans third skyway restaurant
Green + The Grain isn’t done growing after a food truck and two skyway restaurants. The eatery is planning a third location.


Remodeled Minneapolis Armory to host days-long entertainment during Super Bowl
The remodeled building will continue to be a venue for concerts and large events after the Super Bowl.

Bike thieves rivaled bike riders in late 19th-century Twin Cities
19th-century bike craze in the metro brought with it rampant theft.

Ten years later
Arriving at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport the morning of July 17, the first day of Navy Week in the Twin Cities, Navy Diver 1st Class Brian Bennett checked into his hotel and then boarded a light rail train bound for downtown Minneapolis.

10 years after 35W bridge collapse, survivors find renewed purpose
Lindsay Walz doesn't know how or why she escaped death in the Mississippi River. But the horror of that day is inseparable from the fulfillment she has found today.

Well-known Minneapolis restaurants adding surcharge on tabs to cover staff health insurance
A well-known group of Minneapolis restaurants will add 3 percent to every customers’ bill in an effort to offset the rising expense of providing health insurance to its employees.

Woman stabbed during downtown Minneapolis ramp robbery dies
A 31-year-old woman who was stabbed during an attack late on a weekend night in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp died Wednesday, authorities said.

The North Loop beer boom
If you wanted to go to a brewery in the North Loop, you only had one option a few years ago. Now more and more breweries are staking their claim in the burgeoning neighborhood instead of Northeast Minneapolis.

A new Day at Tullibee
The new executive chef at Tullibee could not have come from a place farther from the North Loop.

Chef David Fhima taking over historic Forum Cafeteria space in downtown Minneapolis
After a long run in St. Paul – first at his Fhima’s, then at Faces Mears Park – chef David Fhima is returning to downtown Minneapolis. And it’s quite the space that he’s moving into: the former Forum Cafeteria, the art deco wonder in the City Center complex on 7th Street, between Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue.

Unfinished attic transformed into deluxe master suite in northeast Minneapolis
A bare attic in a northeast Minneapolis duplex is transformed into a deluxe master suite.


Mississippi River Recreation Area named one of top 10 parks
The Park Service describes the Mississippi River park as “a lifeline for American settlers and it remains an integral part of our country’s identity. The Mighty Mississippi is a nationally significant resource for its natural, cultural, historic, scenic, recreational, economic and scientific features.”

Redo of Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis preserves and updates the once-popular park
It wasn't easy, but the city of Minneapolis has landed on a design to update the aging outdoor park while maintaining its modernist integrity.

Then and now: Small shops ruled City Center block on 1960s Hennepin Avenue
From the Gopher Theatre to a giant Hamm's billboard, the street corner across from Block E was a bastion of old, storied businesses in 1960.

Haunted Basement finds new home in Northeast
After separating from the Soap Factory earlier this year, the independently run horror attraction will move northeast to a former General Mills research facility for its eleventh season.

The Drive: Semis are smashing overhead lights in Lowry Hill Tunnel
It’s getting darker inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is scrambling to find a solution.

Thrivent lot in downtown Minneapolis to possibly be redeveloped as ramp and apartments
The plan is the likely first step in redeveloping three surface parking areas.

Kraus-Anderson to break ground on Elliot Park hotel
The hotel will feature a farm-to-table Italian restaurant called Tavola and amenities like a fitness center, event space, fireside lounge and meeting rooms.

Brasa Rotisserie turns 10, celebrates with outdoor party on Sunday
Brasa’s original Minneapolis location is turning 10 and throwing a bigtime bash to mark the occasion.

Make a necklace while sipping a cocktail at new North Loop 'crafting bar'
Upstairs Circus, a bar where patrons can sip cocktails while making a variety of gift-like projects, is hosting its grand opening this weekend, starting with happy hour on Friday night.

Denver-based arts-and-crafts bar prepares North Loop location
When guests belly up to the bar at Upstairs Circus they have a menu for food, drinks — and crafts.

New North Loop bar now open with 200 whiskeys, 'Road House'-inspired name
Dalton & Wade ( debuted this week in the new T3 office building (323 Washington Av. N., Mpls.), featuring many of the staples that partners Daniel O’Brien, Paul Abdo, John Abdo, Corey Abdo and Sean Geraty celebrated weekly for years.

Restaurant boasting 200-plus whiskeys opens in North Loop
Dalton & Wade Whiskey Common, a bar and restaurant offering country-style cuisine and more than 200 American whiskeys, will open Wednesday in the North Loop.

Opening soon: Northern Coffeeworks
Northern Coffeeworks, a new third-wave coffee shop from the owner of Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar, will soon open in the former Big Brain Comics space in Downtown East.

Chowgirls relocates to new Northeast headquarters
Chowgirls Killer Catering has opened its new office headquarters and kitchen, a move that took it across Northeast Minneapolis from the Sheridan neighborhood to the Mid-City Industrial area.

Mediterranean restaurant chain opens in IDS Center
Roti Modern Mediterranean opened in mid-July inside the IDS Center’s Crystal Court, replacing Cosi, a Boston-based soup and salad chain.


Park Board gives final approval for first Water Works phase design
Park commissioners recently voted to approve a plan for a new destination park site with little fanfare, but the move is years in the making.

From one city council to — maybe — another
Tim Bildsoe brings his experiences on the Plymouth City Council to the Ward 3 race

9 things you didn't know about Twin Cities streetcars
When the streetcar system was scrapped for buses in the early 1950s, concrete was poured over the rails and slathered with asphalt, and the reminder of the city’s once-thriving transportation network was buried.

It's not a lot, but some lanes on Washington Avenue downtown reopen
In a summer when it seems like all the news concerning roads in downtown Minneapolis is about which street is closing next, here's some that drivers will gladly take, even if it is small.

Memorial for sexual violence survivors planned for Boom Island Park
Members of Break the Silence envision a permanent plaza with mosaic art pieces from a local artist, native plants and ceremonial columns that would serve as a gathering place for events in the park.

The Drive: I-35W rebuild begins in August
The rebuilding of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd Street is so massive that it will be carried out in five stages, with the first starting as soon as MnDOT approves the deal with a trio of contractors who have teamed up to carry out the $240 million task.

The Drive: Semis are smashing overhead lights in Lowry Hill Tunnel
It’s getting darker inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is scrambling to find a solution.

Development fees could fund the Commons
The City of Minneapolis is looking to tap a Park Board fund for park improvements to raise money for the Commons, the two-block park near the Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park in downtown Minneapolis
Funds would complete parts of Downtown East Commons in front of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Developer submits plans for North Loop venue, hotel
Nicollet Mall-based United Properties is moving forward with plans for a Fillmore event venue and hotel near Target Field Station.

Minnesota Super Bowl volunteer center to open on Nicollet Mall
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next January and February.

Women stabbed during robbery in downtown Minneapolis parking ramp
A woman was left in critical condition Saturday after being stabbed in the chest during a robbery in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp.

Target Field charity policy for public suite is an instant hit
In just a couple of months, the publicly owned suite at Target Field has become a success with charities and school organizations, the Minnesota Ballpark Authority learned Thursday.


How a 1972 report laid the groundwork for Minneapolis' riverfront revival
The landmark Mississippi/Minneapolis plan, issued in 1972, provided a compelling vision of a reborn riverfront rising from the rubble of the city’s decaying milling district.

Block-by-block photo survey in 1960 shows Minneapolis' thriving retail scene
A 1960 photo survey by the Star and Tribune of the city block where City Center now stands left a remarkable account of what Minneapolis looked like at a time when the urban core was aging, but still vital.

Early plans for Peavey Plaza show water features, gathering space
When plans are approved, renovation could cost $10 million, open in May 2019.

As daredevil X Games roll into Minneapolis, paramedics are ready
The ramp stretched as tall as a nine-story building, so by the time pioneering skateboarder Bob Burnquist reached the bottom he was traveling as fast as 40 miles per hour. He shot across a 60-foot gap — and then on the ensuing jump he plummeted 45 feet onto his face, shattering his nose in four places and the orbital bone under his left eye.

Downtown's biggest attraction just concluded a 10-day, $50 million run
Who needs the much-vaunted Super Bowl to make a buck?

The Drive: I-35W rebuild begins in August
The rebuilding of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd Street is so massive that it will be carried out in five stages, with the first starting as soon as MnDOT approves the deal with a trio of contractors who have teamed up to carry out the $240 million task.

Bindery exits North Loop, plans to sell longtime home to developer
The Campbell-Logan Bindery building would house retail, apartments under new proposal.

ALTR to open boutique fitness studio in the North Loop
Extreme training, theatrical lighting and energizing music are all aspects of the class experience envisioned by the founders of ALTR, a new fitness studio coming to the North Loop.

Antique aficionados offer their vintage finds in Northeast
Romanian parlor chairs and reclaimed barn wood furniture line the walls of the warehouse space of Lisa Loudon and Alonso Sierralta.

Opening date set for beer-focused HopCat
HopCat, a Michigan-based chain of tap beer-focused restaurants, will open a Minneapolis location on July 29.


Developers want to offer 'approachable pricing' as part of proposed Minneapolis condo project
It was a two-word phrase in the developer’s presentation to a Minneapolis neighborhood group that got housing and development circles buzzing. “Approachable pricing.”

After 11-day shutdown, Blue and Green Line LRT trains rolling again Monday morning
Repair work to the LRT tracks in the heart of downtown Minneapolis was completed in time for Monday morning’s commute.

Twin Cities throwback: Syndicate Block was the pride of Minneapolis in 1910s
The Syndicate Block was named after 12 men who pooled their money and bought the block on Nicollet. When the building opened in 1883 it was the pride of downtown — a quarter-million feet of retail and office space.

Historians pick through former downtown Daytons
The Macy's department store in downtown Minneapolis, once the flagship of the Dayton's retail dynasty, has entered the annals of history, and the Minnesota Historical Society is there to preserve its memory.

Gridlock hits downtown Minneapolis, snarling commute
Emily Zieska, an accountant with the Dougherty & Company LLC, said she was late to work Wednesday after her commute up Interstate 94 was stalled for an hour and a half.

Art installation near U.S. Bank Stadium tells the story of Minnesota's birds and climate change
Two unusual sculptures at the Commons Park in downtown Minneapolis offer a guide on the possibilities as rising temperatures alter the state's climate.

Rehab work set to begin on Lowry-Morrison building
A project to bring one of the oldest buildings in the North Loop into the 21st century is set to begin this July.

Target opens Nicollet Mall liquor store
Target opened its new liquor store on Nicollet Mall Friday, June 30 just as Sunday sales start in Minnesota.

Pryes taproom brings new beer, pizza, feather bowling to riverfront
Guests were eating pizza, bowling (sort of) and enjoying riverfront views as part of the latest business opening in Minneapolis. Instead of a destination restaurant, however, this business is a brewery.

5 great burgers on 5 great patios in the Twin Cities
That's as good a reason as any to dig into the Burger Friday archive and select five premium burgers, served on five premium patios.

New Minneapolis beer bar boasts 80 Minnesota taps; giving away a year's worth of fries
A Midwest-based beer bar chain is coming to downtown Minneapolis, opening with an 80-tap system featuring all Minnesota beers and a year's worth of free fries to 200 patrons.

510 Lounge & Private Dining opens for preview
The Kenwood chef Don Saunders has opened his latest restaurant concept, a lounge and private dining rooms in the former La Belle Vie space in Loring Park.

New 510 Lounge opens in former La Belle Vie space in Minneapolis
Eight months after announcing that he was taking on the former La Belle Vie space at the landmark 510 Groveland building in Minneapolis, Kenwood chef/owner Don Saunders quietly opened his 510 Lounge on Thursday.


Minneapolis' 'library block' has a fascinating history of loss and renewal
The current library in downtown Minneapolis is a gem, but so was the one before that. And the one before that.

These tours help you see the Twin Cities like a tourist
Even lifelong locals can learn — or taste something — new on these tours geared toward visitors.

Minneapolis gives developer, Northeast residents more time to discuss controversial apartments
Neighbors are concerned about parking problems and building heights.

Pride, with police included, marches on after protest
Tens of thousands of people packed downtown Minneapolis Sunday to cheer on the 2017 Pride parade, which proceeded with minor disruptions from protesters.

Minneapolis and St. Paul gain larger slice of metro population
For the first time in a century, the central cities' share of the metro area's population is on pace to grow instead of shrink, a stunning reversal.

Doran releases more details on General Mills site development
Doran Cos. and CSM Corp. have unveiled the first concepts of a 20-story residential project they hope to develop near Marcy-Holmes’ General Mills Riverside Technical Center site.

Fogo de Chão completes overhaul
The restaurant, located at Hennepin & 7th, has expanded its bar area with more seating and a marble bar, added new private dining rooms and built a new waiting lounge. Guests will see a variety of new fixtures and features in the main dining room, foyer and private dining areas.

Mill City Museum restaurant launches food truck
D’Amico Catering opened a new restaurant in the Mill City Museum in the spring, and now it is launching a mobile version of the eatery this summer.

Find a memorable burger at newest entry in the Minneapolis food truck scene
Although it’s reasonable to expect otherwise, very few local food trucks feature burgers on their menus. Weird, right? The latest truck to hit the streets, Bushel & Peck, reverses that trend, in a major way.

Former Rachel's on E. Hennepin to open as Bardo this summer
Chef Remy Pettus, formerly of Eastside, is opening a restaurant in a space that housed Rachel's for 10 years.

Dine outside! 11 new Twin Cities patios to enjoy a summertime meal
From rooftops to decks, there are plenty of new outdoor spaces to grab a bite to eat in the Twin Cities restaurant scene.

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