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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 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.

WEEK OF AUGUST 27, 2018

Minneapolis police see sharp drop in crime from 2017

Some Minneapolis street performers are collecting more than just tips

Bluer, yellower and even better

Park Board to buy $1 million home on Northeast riverfront

Minneapolis city leaders open 'Samatar Crossing'

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey puts money behind affordable housing plan

Thousands join in 'Super Eid' celebration at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

Hennepin County closes deal on Thrivent building in downtown Minneapolis

Developers unveil new concepts for Upper Harbor Terminal amphitheater

Copper Hen owners opening 2 new restaurants in downtown Minneapolis, Minnetonka

Salsa a la Salsa closes after 15 years on Nicollet

Now closed: Bonicelli Kitchen

WEEK OF AUGUST 20, 2018

40-story condo tower moves forward after lengthy legal challenges
The Minnesota Supreme Court denied a neighborhood group’s petition in early August, clearing the way for the Minneapolis-based developer’s project to move forward after more than 20 months in legal limbo and four years since Alatus first shared preliminary ideas for the building.

Colorado developer looks to juggle two North Loop apartment projects
Solaris looks to add more than 300 upscale units in hot Minneapolis neighborhood.

Developers release new renderings of north Minneapolis riverfront concert venue
A development team on Wednesday unveiled a proposed massive remake for the Upper Harbor Terminal, on nearly a mile of city-owned riverfront in north Minneapolis.

A downtown Minneapolis condo gets a design refresh
After downsizing and moving downtown, a couple put their design stamp on a "basic-builder" condo.

Woman found in Fargo, charged with setting fire in downtown Minneapolis Marshalls
Authorities say she used a long grill lighter to start the blaze.

Hazel & Rose reopens in North Loop
Hazel & Rose’s new space has all the comforts of home — a kitchen carrying natural skincare products, a bedroom turned into a fitting room and lots of natural light to showcase the boutique’s sustainable fashion.

Food & Wine names Spoon and Stable to list of 40 most important restaurants of last 40 years
Food & Wine magazine has compiled its list of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years,” and Minneapolis' Spoon and Stable made the cut…

Spoon and Stable named one of the most important restaurants of the past 40 years
In April, the magazine not only honored Jamie Malone's Grand Cafe as one of the 10 best restaurants of 2018, but went so far as to plop the chef's signature chicken liver mousse Paris-Brest on its cover. Most recently, it's Gavin Kaysen's Spoon and Stable taking home accolades—this time, as one of the 40 most important restaurants of the past 40 years.

Self-serve taproom opens in new North Loop apt building
There’s a new taproom in the North Loop where patrons serve themselves, whether they want a craft beer, tap wine or hard cider.

First Bite: Sweet Chow Ice Cream Shop
When Sweet Chow opened in the North Loop six months ago, I didn't think too much about the meaning of the word 'sweet' in the name of the modern bistro oriented around Asian street food. Maybe it was a surfer dude thing?

WEEK OF AUGUST 13, 2018

Minneapolis Park Board flexes its muscle in face of requests for public land
The Park Board has hit back against what it says is a unique list of requests by developers to encroach on parkland, with many projects seeking access to the park system's 50 miles of parkways.

Iconic walking bridge connecting Sculpture Garden and Loring Park reopens after makeover
Nothing spells “Minnesota summer” like a bridge closure. But now one of the Twin Cities’ most distinctive bridges is back.

Minneapolis police taking a different approach to homelessness
The program gives voice to the city's neediest residents, they say.

Warby Parker gets its own space
The colorful, booklined store in the North Loop neighborhood marks the company’s 75th location in the United States and Canada. By the end of the year, it expects to have 90 free-standing stores.

‘The downtown party store’ finds new home
Litin’s Party Value has been known as “the downtown Minneapolis party supply store” for about 60 years. Even as its current home transitions to another use under new ownership, Ned Litin, the store’s second-generation owner, plans to keep it that way.

Minneapolis' McKinney Roe wins again with over-the-top butter burger
“It was basically the third rail of the burger conversation,” he said with a laugh. That’s because the restaurant’s Big Stag burger took home the top prize at the fourth-annual Twin Cities Burger Battle in 2017. Given that champion pedigree, this was one menu item that wasn’t going anywhere.

'Modern' steakhouse opening in former La Belle Vie space in Minneapolis
Jester Concepts, the crew behind Borough, Parlour, Monello and Constantine in Minneapolis and Parlour in St. Paul, is taking over the space, which had a brief life as 510 Lounge & Private Dining but is most famous for its longtime role as a fine-dining epicenter, initially as 510 Restaurant and then as nationally recognized La Belle Vie.

Coming Soon: Mike DeCamp Returns to Historic La Belle Vie Space
Hold on to your hats—Mike DeCamp, former La Belle Vie chef, is bringing a modern steak and cocktail spot to his old cooking grounds.

Sweet eats
Edwards Dessert Kitchen, a new tenant on North Washington Avenue’s restaurant row, is as much a ‘concept’ store as an eatery.

WEEK OF AUGUST 6, 2018

Hennepin Avenue: The Street We Love to Hate
The first glimpse many people get of Hennepin Avenue comes through a dilapidated parking lot. Step off the light rail at Hennepin and Fifth and empty cars greet you, flanked by a shoddy wood fence leaning like a sot. Yet this is the heart of the city: the street that slices like a spotlight through downtown. Since the very first days of Minneapolis, this has been where all paths cross.

Arf! Arf! See the pooches and people of Northeast's Dog Parade
On July 27, human and furry beast marched side-by-side in northeast Minneapolis' annual Dog Parade. Enjoy these poochtastic scenes from this year's big event.

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que closed with a whimper, but it had a Hollywood past
When it quietly closed last weekend, the venerable Minneapolis restaurant departed with a whimper. But it certainly didn’t start that way. In its heyday, Rudolphs was an influential player in the local dining scene.

Police oversight charter amendment faces long odds of getting on ballot
Minneapolis Charter Commission Chairman Barry Clegg said Thursday that he had no intention of holding a hearing this month about the City Council’s proposal for shared oversight of the police, dimming the controversial measure’s chances of making it on the ballot in November.

Minneapolis Council pushes forward measure to divide authority over police
But officials doubt the measure will reach ballot in time for fall voting.

Minneapolis City Council advances controversial police oversight proposal
Protesters dominated the heated five-hour meeting.

Guthrie leader Joseph Haj reflects on highs and lows after getting a new 5-year contract
The artistic director reflects on the successes and "missteps" of his tenure so far.

Protesters decry Blevins death, block light rail in downtown Minneapolis
The protesters gathered in a circle, chanted and took a knee.

Minneapolis City Council approves license program for scooter companies
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a license agreement with two scooter operators through a pilot program that would run until Nov. 30.

Circa Gallery plans to relocate from North Loop space
Circa Gallery is moving out of its North Loop storefront, but its director says this isn’t the last of the art gallery, which has operated downtown for nearly three decades.

Vikings owners propose 17-story apartment tower in downtown Minneapolis
The owners of the Vikings are proposing a 17-story tower with 201 apartments on a parking lot that is one of the last undeveloped sites along Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Opus looking ahead to future development on Nicollet Mall
The Opus Group plans to develop the last bit of land on the northern end of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis where it is finishing its 365 Nicollet apartments.

Minneapolis' North Loop has a new co-working space
The Spaces co-working office opened last month in the Washington building, on N. 2nd and N. Washington avenues. While some of the space is still receiving its final touches, members have already started using the co-working office.

Radisson shows off new look in model room at its Red hotel in Minneapolis
Downtown Minneapolis hotel has a model set up for guests to critique.

Buffalo, Minn.’s Number 12 Cider House to open North Loop taproom
Cidery’s new brewing facility coming this fall.

One of Minneapolis' most #exclusive rooftops now open to the great unwashed masses
The Hewing Hotel's gorgeous North Loop rooftop—previously the domain of guests exclusively—is, as of August 1, open to the public, every day of the week.

Elevate is the downtown Minneapolis food hall you’ve never heard of
Elevate Food Hall bills itself as “Minneapolis’ best kept secret.” And no wonder. Just over a year old, the venue is tucked away on the fourth floor of the Washington Square building in downtown Minneapolis. It isn’t the kind of place you happen upon.

WEEK OF JULY 30, 2018

MnDOT seeks consultant for Stone Arch Bridge repairs
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is seeking a consultant to plan out repair work to the Stone Arch Bridge, after receiving $1 million in funding for the project this spring.

Four developers eye Guthrie Liner Parcel
Proposals for the Guthrie Liner Parcel, a narrow strip of land on Washington Avenue near the Guthrie Theater, include two office spaces, a mixed-use condominium project and an apartment complex with a bowling alley and restaurant.

The verdict is in: Nicollet Mall deserved better than its underwhelming $50M remake
The new Nicollet Mall is a leafier, artsier improvement over its dreary predecessor. But this is all that $50 million buys?

The three Nicollet Malls
Over the past half-century, the main street of Minneapolis, has undergone one extension and two face-lifts. Here’s a quick look at malls past and present. (Figures are in today’s dollars.)

In the North Loop, a move toward 'housing for everybody'
Several income-restricted apartment projects are coming to an area known for soaring rents.

Why the business community thinks it's a bad idea to give Minneapolis police 14 bosses
We understand the desire for more accountability. But let's avoid confusion with this hastily considered plan and keep authority where it belongs — with the mayor.

'Purple Rain' singalong video outside First Ave nightclub banned, then reinstated on Twitter
Photographer's clip from 2016 Prince memorial was blocked by rights holder.

After 43 years, Rudolph's Bar-B-Que closes in south Minneapolis
The rib joint was famous for feeding Prince when he lived around the corner.

Homeless man pulls woman from Mississippi near downtown Minneapolis
He heard her plunge into the water and rescued her, U police say.

New Minneapolis city office building to have bird-safe glass
City officials investigate various ways to divert birds from glass-covered downtown office project.

Minneapolis launches license program for scooter companies
City will allow up to 400 dockless scooters per company in the 4-month program.

Second electric scooter service arrives in Minneapolis
Lime joined Bird in renting scooters in city.

Esker Grove 2.0
One of my least-esteemed restaurants has morphed into one of my new favorites. I love it when that happens.

Sweet Chow makes a home in the North Loop
Founders found inspiration in a bike adventure in Southeast Asia.

It’s all fun and games at the Basement Bar
Drag queens, meat raffles and jazz bands are all at home in one North Loop basement.

Chicago’s Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea opens North Loop café
The Chicago-based café has added a North Loop coffee shop with dozens of curated and customizable beverage options stretching a laundry list of roasters, flavors and ingredients.

WEEK OF JULY 23, 2018

The hotel part of Nicollet Hotel Block up in the air
Building a world-class hotel on the old Nicollet Hotel Block in downtown Minneapolis has been part of United Properties' plans for the site for years. But the developer and its partners are still deciding whether a hotel is financially feasible for the massive project, said Bill Katter, president of United Properties, in an interview.

Minneapolis food trucks fight it out for prime parking: 'It can get crazy'
For food trucks frantically vying for a prime parking spot, it all comes down to five minutes.

From Drunken Scootering to ‘Bird Hunters’: Everything You Need to Know About the Twin Cities’ Rental Electric Scooters
As the Minneapolis City Council considers imposing rules to govern the Bird electric scooter rental service, MinnPost answers your most pressing questions.

New plan for Minneapolis calls for more density, which can be good — and bad
Density is a hot topic right now, with the city in the process of drafting a new comprehensive plan that will shape how Minneapolis grows.

Feeling the heat, Minneapolis council members say 2040 plan must change
Members say the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan needs to strike a better balance.

Let's listen to 51 different songs all called ‘Minneapolis’
The Rhymesayers’ resident rapscallion is performing at First Ave tonight with Sa-Roc, Cashinova, and DJ Shannon Blowtorch as part of the kickoff for this year’s X Games. And Prof’s latest album, Pookie Baby, features a fun new anthem about his hometown, “Minneapolis.”

United Properties Seeks WELL Certification for North Loop Project
The emerging rating system measures a building’s health and wellness for employees and resident.

Sushi burrito food truck opening brick-and-mortar spot in Minneapolis skyway
His popular Bibuta, which built its reputation on sushi burritos (pictured, above) and poke bowls, is opening a breakfast-and-lunch location on the skyway level of Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis, on Nicollet Mall between 6th and 7th Streets. The counter-service spot will feature a small seating area.

The North Loop's Hewing Hotel is opening its coveted rooftop lounge to the public
Beginning Aug. 1, the well-appointed indoor/outdoor lounge on the top of the Hewing Hotel, currently reserved for hotel guests and private club members, will be open to the public. The views are, in a word, spectacular.

WEEK JULY 16, 2108

Thrivent plans to sell its last lot for development in downtown Minneapolis
Micro-unit apartment building in East Town is planned by developer.

Scooter-share arrives in Minneapolis
A proposed ordinance regulating “low power vehicles” aimed to get Minneapolis out ahead of the fast-growing scooter-sharing industry — but the scooters got here first.

Minneapolis City Council committee to vote on ordinance to regulate electric scooters
New rental business could mean electric vehicles will be scattered around city.

How to ride the Bird
Dockless electric scooters are popping up across the Twin Cities. Here's a video guide of how and where to ride.

High-flying competition returns to Minneapolis
This summer’s X Games is expected to bring even more than the 110,000 people who attended last year’s four-day event, a mixture of men’s and women’s skateboarding, biking and motocross competitions.

Rally Health to move into Millwright in Minneapolis
After more than a year as the sole occupant of the Millwright office building it constructed in the East Town district of downtown Minneapolis, Ryan. Cos. has finally snagged a new officemate.

A festival for artists, by artists
What sets the Loring Park Art Festival apart from other art fairs, Mary Anne Snedic Wunderlin said, is the park.

CoCo shared-workspace founders got 'fueled' for the future of 'Fueled Collective'
CoCo was the local spark in a national movement that has grown from fewer than 500 spaces nationally to something approaching 20,000.

Northeast’s Hazel & Rose to relocate to North Loop
Hazel & Rose co-owners Emma Olson and Bobbi Barron are relocating their women’s boutique to be a part of the growing retail destination of the North Loop.

Loring Park’s neighborhood brewery
Of all the places his taproom and brewery could end up, Derrick Taylor didn’t think a 36-story apartment tower in Loring Park was one of them.

The locavore burger that everyone should be eating is at Draft Horse in northeast Minneapolis
I hesitate to declare that the cheeseburger at the Draft Horse is all about the bun, because that wouldn’t do justice to several other top-notch components.

Local products only is the rule at new Northeast liquor store
A drinking tour of Minnesota doesn’t require a road trip across the state. Michele Ross has managed to fit one in a 1,000-square-foot space on East Hennepin Avenue.

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