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WEEK OF APRIL 15, 2019

Twin Cities were once home to grand opera houses, one prominent in a murder trial
The Minneapolis Metropolitan became the scene of an alibi concocted by a notorious murderer. The architect of St. Paul's Metropolitan helped design Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

With reconstruction, Minneapolis looks to a safer, more vibrant Hennepin Avenue
One of downtown's main drags is due for a major renovation.

Berlin-based poet takes over the Minneapolis skyway
Exhibition will include text fragments from the four poets' poems, and audio of five Lippard poems, a different one each day of the week. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.)

Picasso's bulls charge into Minneapolis through an ultra-rare set of prints
Prints in a tiny but fascinating exhibition offer a revealing glimpse of his artistic process.

A giant glowing crystal ball and elf await Walker Art Center visitors
A giant glowing crystal ball with a shadowy elf inside of it sits on top of a sleek black desk that just arrived in the lobby of the Walker, outside of the Mediatheque. Next to it, a glowing pink rock, a stack of business cards with the text "Icosahedron" on them, books by Ayn Rand, Ray Kurzweil, and a potted plant. It appears as if the Walker is turning into a scene plucked from the TV show “Silicon Valley.”

Couldn't volunteer for the Final Four? Doors Open Minneapolis needs you
Greeters will get a "front-of-the-line" pass during civic fest.

Lileks: Why does company always come when we're at our worst?
We hope everyone who came for the Final Four has had a nice time. It’s probably too much to expect thank-you notes, but that would be appreciated. They could go something like this:

Rock the Garden 2019 Line-up Announced
Featuring Aussie talent, indie rock titans, and some local flavor, this year’s Rock the Garden line-up might be its most eclectic yet.

Burglars break into sprawling arts complex in NE. Minneapolis
Police say two suspects were seen running from the Northrup King Building on Saturday.

Historic $2.95M Lowry Hill home undergoes epic top-to-bottom renovation
The century-old house was once owned by the real estate broker who is credited for coining the term "Realtor."

While rivals worry, First Avenue expands its empire as one of nation's top indie promoters
As First Ave adds three venues plus a future amphitheater, some worry it's too much.

Peak North Loop? The neighborhood's getting an 'upscale' golf simulator bar/restaurant
Ever since the Warehouse District re-branded as the North Loop, the downtown neighborhood has barreled down the path toward peak gentrification.

Virtual Golf Meets New American Dining in the North Loop
Sibling duo launches new restaurant and indoor golf venue in Minneapolis.

Could P.S. Steak Be the Best New Steakhouse in the Twin Cities?
I defy anyone who hasn’t lived in the Twin Cities for quite a while to review P.S. Steak. There’s the address, for one thing. The condo building at 510 Groveland—prestigious and grand—has held one or another of our most significant restaurants since the building’s dining spaces first opened to the public in 1978.

Sneak Peek: Giulia at the Emery
Suddenly, we have a new Steven Brown restaurant in downtown Mpls.

The new Giulia isn't your average hotel restaurant
Marble columns, lush greenery, sunlight pouring in through skylights: The lobby at the Emery is the first hint that it’s anything but a bland downtown hotel for the stuffy business set.

Now Open: Bibuta, but not where you thought.
The sushi roll truck's skyway location has shifted and opened.

WEEK OF APRIL 1, 2019

At CBD store opening in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey reaffirms support for legalizing cannabis
Consumers are embracing the cannabis extracts, despite a lack of research.

How Twin Cities architects light our urban areas affects our city's mood
Well-designed light, from various sources, can transform city streets at night and during the shoulder seasons.

As electric scooters return to the streets, safety questions emerge
More than 4,000 scooters are expected to hit Twin Cities streets this summer — double the number from last year.

Raid on luxury apartment in Minneapolis yields 64 pounds of meth, loaded guns
Police say one suspect is tied to Mexican drug ring.

After a $7 million renovation, Marquette Plaza is rebranded the Marq
$7M renovation brings modern amenities to former Marquette Plaza.

Design firm Gensler will move to a larger Minneapolis office in Baker Center
Its new office will give it more elbow room to accommodate double the staff.

The Guthrie Travels to the 17th Century With Cyrano de Bergerac
Guthrie artistic director Joseph Haj’s take on the French classic is a well-orchestrated epic about the duality of appearance and the heart.

Walker Art Center plugs into 'The Body Electric' for a live-wire new show
No selfies were harmed in the making of this exhibition.

Great Lakes Northern Outfitters’ New Swimsuit Line is Made of One Ingredient: Recycled Water Bottles
The Minneapolis-based apparel company has launched a new line of swimsuits made 100 percent from post-consumer recycled water bottles.

In Twin Cities restaurants, artisan grain use is on the rise
Ask pastry chef Emily Marks of the Bachelor Farmer for the secret to her croissants, and she’ll point to Baker’s Field’s mill, located mere blocks from her North Loop ovens.

The 10 best skyway lunch spots
Some are mom-and-pop shops, others are national chains. There are beloved Minneapolis classics, and hot newcomers.

9 Hotel Restaurants That Actually Serve Good Food
Whether a first-time visitor or a local fan staying downtown for the weekend, it’s easier than ever to find places to stay and dine in the Twin Cities.

An Eater’s Guide to the Twin Cities
Unofficial, highly opinionated information about Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Coming Soon: Snack Bar from Isaac Becker & Nancy St. Pierre
The top chef-restauranteur couple is taking over the old Be'Wiched North Loop spot for a slice-pizza and wine spot.

Bar La Grassa owners taking over former Be'wiched Deli space in the North Loop
Isaac Becker and Nancy St. Pierre, the couple behind 112 Eatery, Burch Restaurant and Bar La Grassa, just signed a lease on the space (in the mammoth TractorWorks Building) and plan to turn it into Snack Bar.

WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2019

Scenes from a day in the Minneapolis skyway
Photographer Adam Iverson recently collected everyday scenes from inside the bustling Minneapolis skyway. Here's what he saw.

Where did the idea for Minneapolis’ skyways come from?
Love them or hate them, the skyways' dual origin stories might surprise you.

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.

Renderings show future of Dayton's renovation
The same development, design and marketing team behind the renovation of the former Dayton's store in Minneapolis is also in the middle of an even larger project in downtown Chicago – the Old Post Office.

Development team juggles Dayton's store renovation, Chicago Old Main Post Office project
Soon contractors are scheduled to begin to cut the openings in the downtown Minneapolis store's lower floors to create a large atrium.

Downtown Minneapolis road closures begin Monday ahead of Final Four weekend in April
Planners say transit, free rides in Buicks, walking are all good options.

Pothole repairs in construction zone to reduce I-35W to single lane in Minneapolis
Drivers can expect delays in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday as crews from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) continue patching potholes on Interstate 35W.

Minneapolis seeks to transfer Commons park to Park Board
Minneapolis City Council to vote on transfer in response to court ruling.

No one hurt in fire knocked down at Minneapolis Grain Exchange building
No one was hurt in the incident, which resulted in the cordoning off of the historic block.

Southern Theater kicks off Monday 'Good Night' series featuring works-in-progress
Coming soon to the historic Southern Theater: "Good Night at the Southern Theater," a new Monday night cabaret series designed specifically for performing artists developing new projects.

Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart to Headline Inaugural Minneapolis Comedy Festival
The comedy festival will bring John Crist, George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer and more to downtown Minneapolis in June.

9 of our favorite bars in downtown Minneapolis
Here are nine of our most dearly-loved downtown Minneapolis bars that could just be that place for you.

6 new Twin Cities restaurants to know about — and some closings
Spring is around the corner, and so are new restaurants, pop-ups and franchises that wisely waited for the thaw before opening their doors.

New in Northeast, Momo Sushi has thrifty prices and maximalist rolls
A small sushi counter, staffed by a chef carefully crafting roll after roll. A four-seat bar serving up flights of sake. Diners tucking into plates piled high with udon noodles. And... Tibetan prayer flags dangling from the ceiling?

Burger Friday: The famous La Belle Vie lamb burgers are back, at P.S. Steak
The burger: The classic, slider-scaled La Belle Vie lamb burgers have been resurrected, in all of their flavorful glory, at P.S. Steak, the restaurant now occupying that hallowed dining ground at 510 Groveland.

Everything Necessary to Eat on Minneapolis’ Eat Street Corridor
Running from North to South from downtown Minneapolis to that weird Kmart complex that needs to get torn down already, aptly named Eat Street section of Nicollet Avenue is an intriguing and often affordable area to get a full taste of all the different flavors of the Twin Cities.

How to Eat Your Way Through Minneapolis in 24 Hours
Despite temperatures that vary wildly, we love being outside and building a day around several great meals.

WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2019

Why midcentury motels failed in downtown Minneapolis
Affordable, accessible motor inns were once the place to stay downtown. That all began to change in the 1960s.

After shutdown scare, Minneapolis' Soap Factory will reopen by Labor Day
This fall, the Soap Factory will receive 6,000 square feet, rent-free, in the basement-level of the 130-year-old soap factory near the downtown riverfront for the next two years. Its board of directors voted to accept the offer on March 4.

Soap Factory Safe for Now, Following Deal to Resolve $3.8 Million Debt Issue
RJM will take over ownership of the Soap Factory building in Southeast Minneapolis and allow the arts organization to remain there for two years rent-free.

Two Twin Cities takes on Mozart opera that 'treats women like they're idiots'
Get the scoop on this year's Mill City Summer Opera production - “Così fan tutte,” scheduled for July in the Mill City Museum courtyard.

I-35W reconstruction project is where time (and traffic) stand still
We can state for certain that time travel will never be invented. The proof is right under our wheels.

U.S. Bank Stadium is taking on a new look for the NCAA Final Four
The darkening curtains are nearly all installed, and scaffolding is underway for lower-level seating.

Thrivent moving investment division to six floors of AT&T Tower in downtown Minneapolis
The 300-member team, which includes 117 investment professionals, will take up 118,000 square feet of leased space on six floors of the AT&T Tower a few blocks away from Thrivent's new corporate center in downtown Minneapolis.

Basecamp Fitness to Open in Minneapolis
The West Coast-born fitness concept will open its first Midwest location in the North Loop this May. The best part? Classes are only 35-minutes long.

Bacon-centric restaurant coming to downtown Minneapolis hotel and development
Breakfast meat takes a starring role on the menu at Bacon Social House.

The MEGADILLA at Flagsmash
Gonzales told me that he's confirmed as one of the vendors in the upcoming North Loop food hall called Graze Provisions & Libations.

With Beast, a barbecue junkie’s smoke den blossoms in Northeast
When Jeff Weber decided to move into the former Legend’s space in northeast Minneapolis, the chef thought back to the days the building was a barbecue spot run by Jimmy Theros, who’d later go on to open Rudolph’s in south Minneapolis.

Downtown’s Newest Hotel Restaurant Taps Food Network Personality to Lead Kitchen
Josh Hedquist is bringing tableside mozzarella pulling to Giulia.

WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2019

Ferris wheel on Nicollet Mall is part of Final Four festivities
A free music festival at the Minneapolis Armory and an outdoor venue is part of the growing list of festivities.

Minneapolis to open more than 100 buildings to the public for civic celebration
The event is designed to allow the public to explore the city's architecture behind the scenes.

Winter reminds us why we love the Twin Cities skyways
Not everyone thinks highly of these aboveground, indoor sidewalks. In some quarters, they’re considered the Devil’s Habitrail, responsible for kidnapping the vitality of the streets and killing ground-floor retail.

Traffic woes ahead: Multiple summer construction projects planned for Interstate 35 and 35W
Building MnPass lanes from Roseville to Blaine is expected to last three construction seasons.

The electric scooter fleet could triple in Minneapolis
Almost 226,000 rides were taken on the rental scooters last year, and this year there could be 2,000 of the two-wheeled vehicles.

Guthrie Theater's 2019-20 season travels from Southern 'Steel Magnolias' to British 'Emma'
There's lots of romance and comedy on tap for theater's 2019-20 season.

New $4.6 million curtains going up to block sun at U.S. Bank Stadium for Final Four
Fabric, panels installed to accommodate Final Four can be reused at other events.

Concert giant Live Nation prepares to challenge First Avenue with Fillmore Minneapolis club
Announced back in 2017 but kept relatively quiet ever since, Live Nation’s new Minneapolis Fillmore Theater is finally under construction in the North Loop.

Giant golden egg-shaped sauna lands in Minneapolis to spark sweaty conversation
The 16-foot-tall "Solar Egg" hatched this week at the American Swedish Institute where visitors can sauna in its steamy, 180-degree heat.

Food Hall-Styled Restaurant Incubator Coming to North Loop This Summer
Occupying a space on the first floor of the under-construction, mixed-use development known as The Nordic, the space will help local chefs test their restaurant concepts.

Coming Soon: Your Restaurant Concept to the North Loop
A food hall that wants to give you a restaurant for (almost) free will hit this summer.

New North Loop food hall will launch 4 micro-restaurants by rising chefs
A Pittsburgh-based food hall concept modeled on the tech industry gives Twin Cities chefs a chance.

Now Closed: John Randle's on Nicollet
Guess who's getting a Rojo Mexican Grill?

WEEK OF MARCH 4, 2019

Three high-rises with nearly 800 apartments will hit downtown market this year
A bumper crop of creative amenities aims at making these buildings stand out more than they already do.

Minneapolis Finally Got a Skyway App, But Does It Have a Future?
The app's success is predicated on its adoptability by the buildings in which the skyway system serves.

New $63M luxury hotel opens in downtown Minneapolis' historic Thresher Square
The 183-room hotel is the latest addition to the downtown Minneapolis market.

Denver’s “Best Brunch and Dinner” is coming to Minneapolis.
Bacon Social House will open a 3,000 square foot restaurant at 700 S 3rd Street on the ground floor of the recently completed Canopy by Hilton hotel.

Doran's 30-story tower is out and two six-story buildings are in
A mixed-use project planned within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District has seen a large design revision and that includes the removal of a 30-story tower.

The final floor of The Vicinity, a new mixed-use project at corner of Park Avenue and Washington Avenue S (205 Park), is nearly complete.
The six story building will be home to 118 apartments, four for-sale townhomes and four commercial spaces once complete.

Why the Brutalist architecture style in the Twin Cities is literally painful
For a while, it was thought to be forward looking. Now it's widely considered inhumane.

Chalk it up at Walker Art Center this winter
Giant pieces of chalk await visitors at Walker Art Center, welcoming them to a fun and messy art experience.

Metro Transit moves bus routes from 8th Street to 6th Street in Minneapolis
Drivers who use 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis, get ready to contend with more traffic and pedestrians.

Amplifon moves headquarters to downtown Minneapolis
About 180 headquarters employees have relocated to the Fifth Street Towers.

WeWork to open co-working site in the North Loop
WeWork's office in the new North Loop building will be its third Twin Cities location.

WeWork’s Minneapolis Expansion Continues with Third Co-Working Space
The 60,000-square-foot space will open this July in The Nordic, an under-construction building in the North Loop.

9 Minnesota chefs, 4 restaurants named semifinalists for 2019 James Beard awards
The so-called “Oscars of the food world” recognize and celebrate excellence across 21 categories.

New craft brewery to land in Northeast Minneapolis
Falling Knife is aiming to open by late summer.

Popular NE. Minneapolis restaurant Young Joni hit by fire could soon reopen
Fire over the weekend that scorched a popular northeast Minneapolis restaurant while diners were inside started in the chimney area above the brick oven and does not appear to be suspicious, fire officials said Monday.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 25, 2019

Loring Park's popular dandelion fountain to get full restoration
Loring Park's dandelion-shaped fountain has been the backdrop for countless engagement proposals and wedding photos in downtown Minneapolis throughout the decades.

The Park Board’s Vision for Gateway Park
Gateway Park is a plaza located at the intersection of Hennepin Ave and S 1st St and is bordered by two properties, River Towers and Voya Financial, headquartered in the iconic office building designed by Minoru Yamasaki.

The Burgeoning Apartment Buildings of Downtown Minneapolis
At some point the building boom and the construction is going to end, right? Right?!

Metro Transit rolls out its first electric bus ahead of June debut
The environmentally friendly C Line rapid fleet will take to the streets June 8.

Lululemon is setting up shop in the North Loop
The company will open their fifth Twin Cities location this April in a 2,741 square foot space at 124 N 3rd Avenue. The historic building they will call home was recently renovated and restored by Paster Properties.

8 things to know before buying a retirement condo
In many ways, this purchase is much different than buying a house.

Expect Sweet Vibes at Edwards Dessert Kitchen
Dessert reaches its apex in the North Loop.

Downtown Minneapolis' Eastside restaurant shines under new ownership
Grand Cafe's Jamie Malone is placing an emphasis on fun, family-style dining.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Almost 50,000 people now calling downtown Minneapolis home
The number of residents moving near city's center has risen for past decade.

Downtown Minneapolis is one step closer to new skyways at the Central Library
Two new skyways would connect Central Library with nearby buildings.

Minnesota Opera aims to protect, develop artistic space with purchase of Lab Theater
The Minnesota Opera wants input from local arts organizations after purchasing the Lab Theater, its next-door neighbor in the Minneapolis North Loop.

After leading a Minneapolis riverfront revival, MSR Design heads downtown
Leaving its historic home isn't easy, but the design firm has decided to embrace change.

The Architectural Legacy of James Dayton
From the dramatic, light-filled MacPhail Center for Music and the recent modern addition to the Westminster Presbyterian Church to cozy restaurants like Alma, The Bachelor Farmer, and The Lynhall, the work Dayton and his firm created communal spaces in which we all want to gather.

The View from Here – Mill District Condo with Million Dollar View
An iconic Minneapolis design duo—interior designer Billy Beson and architect James Dayton—combined their talents to renovate a penthouse loft in a landmark Mill District building, bringing its interiors to the same level as its million-dollar view.

Minneapolis pledges $300,000 a year for St. Stephen's homeless outreach team
St. Stephen's wins contract because of past success.

As it searches for new leader, HCMC faces huge challenges
Serving as the Twin Cities' safety-net hospital system comes at a financial cost.

Walker Art Center's new boss makes her first public appearance
In brief remarks, Ceruti noted that it was “exciting to come to the Walker because of the strong permanent collection.”

Strong apartment market continues to push up rents in Twin Cities
Minneapolis added nearly 5,000 apartments last year, not enough to match jobs.

'Too fancy, too expensive': Minneapolis' McKinney Roe downscaling to Irish pub
The new format is “essentially a less expensive operation to run” and more in line with Cowley’s other restaurants: Jake O’Connor’s Public House in Excelsior, O’Donovan’s in downtown Minneapolis and Lola’s Lakehouse in Waconia.

Hai Hai in NE. Mpls. delights with Asian dishes you 'can't find anywhere else'
The hot spot brings a taste of southeast Asia to northeast Minneapolis.

Where Demi Fits
The new Gavin Kaysen restaurant is not for everyone.

5 things to know about Demi (since you won't be able to get a reservation for months)
Well, the Instagram influencers of Minneapolis-St. Paul already snatched up essentially the entire first two months worth of reservations at Gavin Kaysen's latest: Demi.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11, 2019

Vote blocks demolition of 130-year-old Minneapolis relic
Minneapolis City Council members voted Thursday to block demolition of what is likely downtown’s oldest surviving apartment building, which was ravaged by a fire in 2016.

Minnesota Opera betting on a small, versatile venue in the hopping North Loop
Minneapolis' hottest neighborhood just got a brand-new attraction: a small, versatile opera venue.

Nice Ride to roll out electric bikes for sharing in Minneapolis
Pedal-assisted additions will be up and running in Minneapolis this spring.

Judge gives Minneapolis 90 days to determine next steps for Commons Park
A Hennepin County judge said the city can no longer operate Commons Park, a 4.2-acre green space next to U.S. Bank Stadium, beginning in May.

Guthrie Theater rebuilds leadership team after high-profile departures
The region’s flagship theater announced Wednesday that it had hired a new managing director and development director, both critical roles on the theater’s five-person senior management team.

SPS Tower in downtown Minneapolis sells for $144M to Japanese buyer
The sale of the 31-story office skyscraper comes a year after the tower was renamed as its major tenant SPS Commerce signed a new lease and expanded its space to take up about 30 percent of the 655,000-square-foot office complex.

This Morning Brings the Chance to Be the First to Dine at the Hottest New Restaurant of 2019
Gavin Kaysen, the two-time James Beard Award winning chef behind Spoon and Stable and Bellecour opens up reservations for his third restaurant this morning at 10 a.m. Demi is a limited seating, tasting-course restaurant that will have two dinner options of elegant and opulent artistry in the North Loop.

One Great Plate: Shanghai Kitchen's Wonton Soup
The best six bucks you can spend on lunch in the Minneapolis skyways? I got you.

WEEK OF FEBRUARY 4, 2019

Once-chic Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis Gateway District was design 'triumph'
Rising on the site of the 1858 Nicollet House, the hotel was financed by the public, and torn down in 1991. United Properties has proposed a 33-story glass office tower for the site.

800-stall parking garage proposed in North Loop next to Mpls. Federal Reserve
Parking has become tight in the North Loop area as the number of surface lots has dwindled.

Replacing trees on Nicollet Mall will cost Mpls. taxpayers $240,000
When the trees began wilting en masse last summer, public works officials assured the public any necessary replacements would be covered financially by a warranty.

Full funding secured to repair Stone Arch Bridge
Work likely won't start until 2021 and shouldn't close the pedestrian path.

Downtown Council Launches Effort to Boost Minneapolis Retail
The plan focuses on drawing retailers to a five-block stretch of Nicollet Mall.

Metro Transit eyes upgrades to NexTrip service
Metro Transit’s NexTrip service — by text, by app or online — has been getting a lot of use lately, particularly during the recent cold snap as transit users anxiously checked the status of their buses and trains.

Vintage Minnesota: The 2010 Dome collapse
After a fierce winter storm dumped 17 inches of snow, three sections of the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof tore.

Hennepin Theatre Trust Announces 2019-2020 Season
Hennepin Theatre Trust (the group behind the Orpheum, State, and Pantages Theatres) recently released its 2019-2020 season lineup, and it has a little something for everyone.

$1.875M condo in Minnesota's tallest residential tower boasts bird's-eye views
Corner unit in the Carlyle offers sweeping vistas of downtown Minneapolis' skyscrapers and stadiums.

'Frozen' tops hit-laden lineup for 'Broadway on Hennepin' season
There are some hugely popular productions head to the Twin Cities.

Two of the Most Exciting Restaurants of 2018 Came From One Self-Taught Chef
How Chef of the Year Jose Alarcon made the tacos and esquites Minneapolis is craving.

Burger Friday: At FireLake in downtown Minneapolis, it's all about lamb
The burger: Two years ago, when chef Keven Kvalsten took over the leadership at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar in downtown Minneapolis, there was a lamb burger on the menu. He dropped it, until a small but vocal group of regulars cried foul.

11 Enticing Minneapolis Skyway Restaurants
With miles of twists and turns and businesses above ground, it can be difficult to separate the dining stops worth finding and those that are best skipped. From doughnuts to salads, burgers to soup, here are the best eats in the Minneapolis skyway.

WEEK OF  JANUARY 28, 2019

Minneapolis Central Library opens vinyl listening room to share collection
The library hosted the first event in its new "Vinyl Revival" series, which aims to bring attention to the thriving audio format.

Bird advocates get U.S. Bank Stadium to retract blackout drapes between Final Four and Garth Brooks
Preservationists say the black curtains behind the western glass doors will be more deadly to migrating birds.

Final Four music festival heads to Minneapolis Armory; four-day party set for Nicollet Mall
The free three-day music festival for the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in April will be at the Minneapolis Armory, a smaller venue than those in other recent host cities where tens of thousands of fans filled outdoor parks for big-name acts.

Group seeks to woo more retail to the Minneapolis core
After gathering input from retailers, property owners, real estate brokers and others, the Minneapolis Downtown Council said Friday it will make a pointed effort to woo more retail stores to spruced-up Nicollet Mall promenade.

Pop-up gallery in Minneapolis skyway offers taste of Berlin's hot art scene
German sponsors are behind an unusual pop-up gallery in downtown Minneapolis.

Prison for man who sexually assaulted woman outside downtown Minneapolis bar
The woman was waiting on Hennepin Avenue for a ride from her mother; accomplice remains jailed, has trial date set.

Retail and P.O. box services back next week after fire at Loring post office
More than nine months after a significant fire, retail and counter services will resume next week at a post office station on the edge of downtown Minneapolis.

Everywhere Awesome to Eat and Drink in the North Loop
Every city has its cool kids neighborhood and the North Loop is Minneapolis’ hub, humming with creative excitement and it’s an easy walk from downtown.

First Bite: P.S. Steak
The rebirth of the La Belle Vie space has cometh! Should you goeth?

Minneapolis’ Grandest Dining Room Is Completely Unrecognizable as a New Steakhouse
P.S. Steak has claimed an iconic dining room as its own.

New P.S. Steak lounge pays homage to influential bartenders of the Twin Cities
Many a late night in La Belle Vie’s elegant lounge ended with a pair of mini lamb burgers peppered with a spicy kick of ras el hanout. The Moroccan-inspired sliders were the perfect foil to the craft cocktails coming out of the bar — long before craft cocktails were even a thing.

Fhima's shows promise in downtown Minneapolis' classic Art Deco restaurant space
Drawing on lessons from the failed attempts of others, chef David Fhima takes on the troubled but glorious Forum Cafeteria.

New North Loop food hall is officially underway
The Business Journal reports that five-sixths of the kitchen openings have been filled, with local chefs behind 'em—though spokespeople couldn't say which locals, yet.

Burger Friday: Hop on board for a beer-friendly burger at Bus Stop in Minneapolis
For those thinking that Brian Ingram nabbed the location for his Bus Stop Burgers & Brewhouse due to its proximity to U.S. Bank Stadium – the newcomer is located on the street level of one of two matching Wells Fargo office towers that front the Commons park, the football palace’s front yard – think again.

Chef Shack owners are selling their food trucks and restaurant
Life on the ranch can be pretty damn tough—even if that "ranch" is actually "a restaurant and fleet of food trucks."

They Opened One of the First Ever Food Trucks In Minneapolis — Now They’re Pulling Out of Town
Chef Shack is selling their fleet and Seward restaurant.

Minneapolis food truck trailblazers selling Chef Shack restaurant and trucks
When Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer started slinging their Indian-spiced mini-doughnuts from a trailer a decade ago, there was only one other licensed food truck operating in Minneapolis.

Ten things you need to know about chef Gavin Kaysen's new North Loop restaurant
Demi, the small-scaled sibling to Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, is scheduled to open in mid-February.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2018

Vision for north Minneapolis riverfront nears approval
Redevelopment would bring housing, business and entertainment to north Mpls.

May your city never become SF, NYC or Seattle; but perhaps Minneapolis instead?
We could use a word for the condition of becoming such a place. Maybe Minneapolisization?

13 Minnesota arts and entertainment events we can't wait to see in 2019
Star Tribune critics and editors anticipate most promising art and entertainment.

Two investigations find no discrimination by Guthrie Theater
Resignations from the Guthrie Theater scene shop earlier this year resulted in a number of charges and investigations, two of which have been resolved in favor of the theater.

New British-inspired distillery brings single-malt and cycling to Minneapolis
There's even a red phone booth.

Dalton and Wade restaurant's closing after New Year's Eve
As far as things that end go, restaurants that specialize in whiskey and brisket are pretty far down the list of good things to see die. Such is the case, we regret to say, with Dalton and Wade, the North Loop bar/restaurant that opened in a tricky little spot, down a hill off Washington Avenue, and toward some recently built apartment buildings.

North Loop 'country' restaurant with 200 whiskeys is closing
A group of five friends (three of them brothers) opened the North Loop “country-style” restaurant in July 2017 and offered 200 whiskeys and a menu of hearty “Americana” food. The restaurant, at 323 Washington Av. N. in Minneapolis, announced its Dec. 31 closing in a Facebook post.

What were the 10 best dishes at Twin Cities restaurants in 2018?
Restaurant critic Rick Nelson's look back at 2018, one delicious dish at a time.

The most anticipated Twin Cities restaurant openings of 2019
So much to look forward to in the new year when it comes to fresh eats.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 24, 2018

Soap Factory building in Minneapolis sold at sheriff's sale for $1.2M
It took only five minutes. In a small Minneapolis City Hall basement office, the Soap Factory said goodbye Tuesday morning to the mortgage of its flagship building near the downtown riverfront.

Edina Investment Firm Buys Time for Soap Factory to Save Its Building
O’Brien-Stanley Partners purchased $1.2 million of the Soap Factory’s debt to RJM Construction, boosting the nonprofit’s hopes of reclaiming the building through fundraising within six months.

Twin Cities bag maker earns a spot in Walker Art Center shop
Crafted in her Robbinsdale basement, Laurie Sorenson's line of totes, pouches and purses have caught the eye of local shops.

Hollywood director's career started with a field trip to the Guthrie in Minneapolis
Filmmaker Peter Hedges went from the Minneapolis theater's seats to the director's chair.

Videos at Walker Art Center mine the past in search of meaning
Two intricate new video installations by British artist Elizabeth Price have arrived at Walker Art Center, but if you aren’t paying attention you won’t find them.

Inspired by vintage Greyhound depots, Minneapolis bus-themed restaurant to serve burgers, beer
Greyhound bus stations aren’t exactly the height of opulence these days, but Brian Ingram hopes to hark back to a more romantic era of bus travel in his new restaurant, Bus Stop Brewhouse.

Downtown Minneapolis microbrewery will have State Fair-inspired snacks, burgers in bowls
Smoothies, burritos -- even, controversially, IPAs -- what aren't we serving in bowls these days?

'Top Chef' contestant plans to move Stillwater restaurant to Minneapolis
Chef Justin Sutherland's Pearl & the Thief will close Dec. 31.

Another restaurant fails on Hennepin Avenue corner
Prime 6 has suddenly closed, having only opened in February.

HopCat say it's changing the name of its famous 'Crack Fries'
The bar chain has a location in downtown Minneapolis.

Newcomer restaurant Prime 6 abruptly closes in downtown Minneapolis' City Center
The restaurant, located at the 6th-and-Hennepin corner of the City Center complex in downtown Minneapolis, opened in February.

Get a peek inside P.S. Steak, opening next month in former La Belle Vie
There’s a flurry of construction and training activity taking place inside 510 Groveland in Minneapolis. That’s where P.S. Steak is gearing up to open in the swank, historic space that was famously home to La Belle Vie.

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