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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 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.

WEEK OF 2/5/2018

Minneapolis dreams for riverfront tract tempered with concern
The city, Park Board and a group of developers want to rebuild the 48-acre tract into housing, offices, stores, restaurants, an amphitheater, parks and trails.

U.S. Bank Stadium: A 12,000-Year History
The $1 billion stadium would rise a mere Case Keenum bomb away from where St. Anthony Falls began to flow.

YMCA opens new Nicollet Mall facility
The 160-year-old organization is bringing the future of fitness downtown.

25 reasons why you should eat in the Minneapolis skyway
Out-of-towners can be forgiven if they stroll along the frigid and empty sidewalks of a prosperous-looking downtown Minneapolis and wonder where all the people have gone. Two words: Look up.

Downtown Minneapolis barber calls it quits after 50 years
John Vreeman was just out of barber school, barely 20 years old, when Vice President Hubert Humphrey sat down in his swivel chair.

Construction again topped $1 billion in Minneapolis during 2017
Sixth year in a row of brisk development likely to continue, officials say.

On eve of Super Bowl, downtown bar scene brought a show of its own
Thousands of additional revelers filled bars and restaurants, creating a chaotic but peaceful scene.

Bold North is Cold North to tourists
We asked visitors in Minneapolis what they think of the weather, and it appears their trip includes buying warmer clothes.

9 fun facts about the Twin Cities
Trying to catch you up on the Twin Cities.

Club Jäger reopens ahead of Super Bowl, months after David Duke controversy
The bar had been closed since employees learned its owner donated to the ex-KKK leader's failed Senate campaign.

Coming Soon: Devil's Advocate to the Former Masa Space
The story of Erik Forsberg's bar and restaurant Devil's Advocate has really been a "hurry up and wait" situation.

O’Cheeze opens skyway restaurant
The grilled cheese food truck is the latest mobile eatery to make the leap to brick and mortar.

Green + the Grain opens third skyway restaurant
Fans of Green + the Grain have even more to love at the food-truck-turned-skyway-chain’s third restaurant, which has officially opened in U.S. Bank Plaza.

WEEK OF 1/1/2018

The good, the bad and the weird in Minneapolis skyways
Here is a guide from one veteran skywalker of the nearly 9 enclosed miles in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis City Council awards contracts for new city office building
Minneapolis plans to consolidate its staff on the site of an existing parking ramp.

A rare pour-your-own beer bar coming to the North Loop
After swiping a credit card, bargoers are given a "tap card" allowing them to pour as little as an ounce or as much as a full pint.

WEEK OF 12/25/2017

Finally, the New Nicollet Mall LRT platform opens Friday
The four-year wait is over for light-rail riders wondering when they'd be able to use the new platform at Nicollet Mall Station.

Woman dies after being hit by car while crossing Minneapolis street
A woman crossing in the middle of the street after dark was run over and killed outside an apartment building in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis and died the next day at the hospital where she once worked, authorities said Sunday.

Man shot dead in downtown Minneapolis came to U.S. 'chasing the American dream'
Authorities on Thursday identified the man who was fatally shot in the head in a downtown Minneapolis apartment frequented by homeless people.

Ahead for the Minneapolis Fed: studying how a higher minimum wage affects the city
The work, expected to last eight years, could yield one of the most comprehensive sets of data and research material on the effects of the minimum wage that U.S. economists have ever seen.

Office, 2 apts planned for tiny building on Hennepin
The two-story building at 10th & Hennepin has been little more than an artistic backdrop for a busy bus stop in recent years. Now a new owner has a plan to update the tiny century-old structure.

Two Stanton projects in North Loop sold for $19 million
A Seattle-based real estate company won a bidding war for one of the first residential conversion projects in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Parc boutique plans move to the North Loop
Parc will be one of the first tenants to move into a historic reuse project in the North Loop.

Bulldog building gets mural of mutts
Owners of the building near 11th & Hennepin commissioned local artist Chuck U to paint a mural on the side of the restaurant. It joins a block already well known for another piece of public art: The Butcher & the Boar’s mural by artist Adam Turman.

Let's eat: The most anticipated Twin Cities restaurants of 2018
It'll be another big year for restaurant openings, including a new spot by the owners of Revival.

Restaurant of the Year: Young Joni is a true original in northeast Minneapolis
When a gifted pizzamaker combines her Korean background with a fascination for hearth cooking, a one-of-a-kind dining experience follows.

WEEK OF 12/18/2017

Paving the way for safer walking

A deep look into a decade’s worth of crash data has drawn a detailed picture of where, how and why vehicles strike pedestrians in Minneapolis and where city officials might focus their safety efforts.

Study Ranks Nicollet Ave Among Most Expensive Streets in U.S. for Commercial Real Estate
Fresh off the grand opening of its $50 million, two-year remake, Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis got an endorsement of sorts this week when real estate consulting firm JLL ranked the thoroughfare among the most desirable—and ultimately most expensive—streets for commercial real estate in the country.

Hennepin Theatre Trust will partner with Jack Link’s on event space
The Hennepin Theatre Trust will partner with Jack Link’s Protein Snacks on a lounge and event space on the corner of its building at 9th & Hennepin downtown.

Counterpoint: Hey, L.A., you can have our bike lanes
Reader sending "advice" may want to ride an ambulance down our vehicle-clogged Minneapolis streets.

Ageism is everywhere — here's what we can do about it
Casual age bias is so pervasive that most of us don't even realize we're doing it. The first step to fighting it, experts say, is to simply be aware of it.

Frey launches task forces to address Minneapolis police-community relations, affordable housing
Minneapolis mayor-elect's choices hint at priorities once he assumes office.

New book festival will run over 2 days, bringing 100 authors to Minneapolis
The Loft Literary Center announces Wordplay, a new two-day book festival.

Minneapolis OKs dual-branded hotel for downtown
Minneapolis officials have given approval for developers to convert an existing office building in the downtown core into a 203-room, dual-branded Hilton Tru and Home2 Suites hotel.

Best Picks: Dec. 14–27
What do downtown after work.

The Longevity of Pop-Up Markets: Add Cocktails, Mix!
Last weekend, 5,500 people crowded into Tattersall Distilling to sip aquavit gimlets while shopping for scarves, hand cream, and holiday cards. It was as challenging to shimmy up to the Neal Jewelry display table as it was to nab a stool at the bar.

Trailer Trash and Lee's Liquor Lounge to make up on New Year's Eve
Looking for another sign of unity and love at the end of a year that’s been largely devoid of those traits? Look no further than Lee’s Liquor Lounge, which will welcome back its former unofficial house band Trailer Trash on New Year’s Eve after an acrimonious two-year hiatus.

Dinkytown's Espresso Royale to close after almost 30 years
Espresso Royale, one of three of the regional chain’s Minnesota outposts, will close later this month due to ongoing deterioration of the building and managerial shortages.

New lounge for theater lovers will feature Jack Link's-inspired menu
Minneapolis theater buffs will soon be able to enjoy jerky-inspired hors d'oeuvres on their way to and from shows at an entertainment lounge and event space in the former Solera building.

East Hennepin wine bar gets reinvented
The tiny boutique watering hole opened early last year near 1st & University and offered a far-reaching menu of globally inspired appetizers and a lengthy wine list.

L.A. Nik just opened a bar. It's called World Famous SuperStar Bar.
The Trump-stumping Strib coverboy balances many roles: fatalist self-help author, Minneapolis 911 podcaster, civically minded rock 'n' roller, and even political savior ("People all came to me and said, 'You gotta run [for mayor]. You have to. You're the only choice left.")

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea Leases Space for North Loop Location
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will open a new 2,420 square foot location at 120 3rd Avenue N in a historic building that is currently undergoing a complete renovation. This will be Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea first (or second) location outside of Chicago, they currently have two locations within Chicago. Another location is also under construction in Los Angeles.

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).


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.


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.


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.

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