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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 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.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 17, 2018

Planned 40-story tower across from downtown Mpls. sets groundbreaking
After several years of planning, the developer of a luxury condo tower across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis has started taking reservations, and has acquired a historic building next door to use as its sales center.

In face of $2.5 million debt, Soap Factory's Minneapolis home to be sold in sheriff's sale
Minneapolis art center hopes refinancing will allow it to regain ownership of the building.

First Ave, Electric Fetus named best in U.S. again by Rolling Stone
Minneapolis’ two oldest rock ‘n’ roll institutions have made Rolling Stone’s latest lists of the best rock venues and record stores in the country.

An Arby's closes and a fast food gap emerges in downtown Minneapolis
Without notice or a farewell, Arby’s closed its downtown Minneapolis restaurant the weekend before Thanksgiving and a gap suddenly became clear: the biggest fast food joints have abandoned the heart of the city.

Walker Art Center gets a big attendance boost from Sculpture Garden reopening
Its reopening helped extend streak of balanced budgets.

A guide to the evolving streetscape
Planning and design are focused on improving safety and encouraging more people to bike or walk, whether for commuting, running errands or recreation, said Nathan Koster, Minneapolis transportation planning manager.

Gambling growth gives boost to U.S. Bank Stadium reserves
As financing projections finally pan out, leaders mull how to handle the surge.

Scooter blight in the Twin Cities is a feature, not a bug of startups' business model
Maybe it’s time to make our peace with scooters. We don’t have to become enthusiastic users, as some of us simply can’t, but we have to accept them. And we have to accept the blame, too, for the clutter of privately owned scooters in our public spaces.

20 Christmas trees decorate one downtown Minneapolis condo
Two downtown dwellers celebrate the season with 20 themed Christmas trees in one festive condo.

Now open: Houser
Down on North 2nd Street, around the corner from the Monte Carlo, Denise Houser has recently opened her first retail shop. And a new chapter in her life.

Rising star chef delivers not one, but two remarkable Mexican restaurants in NE. Minneapolis
At Popol Vuh and Centro, José Alarcon proves that he's a chef to watch.

In the spotlight: Hai Hai
Saying that Hai Hai, the Vietnamese street food restaurant that took over the space of a seedy old strip club on the corner of 22nd & University, has had a good year is, as understatements go, a bit like noticing Beyonce has a few adoring fans.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 10, 2018

Massive 10-ton sculpture 'Nimbus' lands on Nicollet Mall Saturday
Artist Tristan Al-Haddad’s long-awaited sculpture “Nimbus,” which resembles a curved airplane wing, will be gently lifted into place above Nicollet Mall’s Theater in the Round in front of the Minneapolis Central Library.

Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis marks 150 years
The 12,000-member basilica has come a long way from its first home in a shed on the Mississippi.

Headed to Holidazzle in Minneapolis? Here's what's new to eat and drink
Keep warm (and full) with these fun new offerings at the Minneapolis holiday celebration in Loring Park.

Love is a giant spectacle in Morgan Thorson's new Walker Art Center dance show
REVIEW: Morgan Thorson's new piece has a mysterious message about power and consent.

Authorities find dead man floating in Mississippi River in Minneapolis
Hennepin County sheriff's deputies and Minneapolis police responded to just past the St. Anthony Lock and Dam around noon.

Two killed in crash at 4th Street ramp off I-94 in Minneapolis identified
Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday evening on a freeway off ramp near downtown Minneapolis, and speeding contributed to their deaths, the State Patrol said.

Dominium pulls out of North Loop affordable housing project
Developer says it will focus on projects in the suburbs.

Target Plaza III in downtown Minneapolis sells for $171 million
One of the downtown Minneapolis office buildings that houses Target Corp. has a new owner.

Guthrie staffer works to make the theater accessible to every body
Meet the Guthrie Theater staffer who works tirelessly to make shows available to all.

Guthrie Theater hires Royal Shakespeare veteran as new production director
When Rebecca Cribbin was introduced as the Guthrie Theater's new production director at Monday’s annual meeting, lifetime trustee Margaret Wurtele went over to meet her, and inquired about her accent.

'West Side Story' propels Guthrie Theater to a record-setting year
Despite turnover in top positions, the theater had its highest-grossing season.

Holiday Shopping Secrets: Kramarczuk's
The iconic Nordeast deli is a treasure trove of gifts for foodists!

Draft Horse put out to pasture in Restaurant Heaven (it's closing)
Motion: Should the farm-to-table northeast Minneapolis restaurant close forever?

Restaurant Inside Northeast’s Food Building Is Closing
Draft Horse, the restaurant inside Northeast’s food building will close after three years on December 30.

A limited-time menu at the Walker showcases British food (that doesn't suck)
A pile of flour. Mounds of rising dough. Croissants. Jam tarts. Each with a tiny mouth, singing along to the Paul McCartney song "We All Stand Together."

The Most Anticipated Twin Cities Restaurant Openings for Winter
A modern steakhouse, Gavin Kaysen’s latest and more for our longest season.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 3, 2018

Precursor to Minneapolis' famed Metropolitan Building had a dazzling inner court — and bad karma
E. Townsend Mix's Temple Court was a design warmup to Minneapolis' majestic Metropolitan.

Revisit 6 retail titans from Minnesota's 20th-century department store heyday
New book "Thank You for Shopping" remembers the golden age of department stores.

Northeast Minneapolis giant Walt Dziedzic dies at 85
Gregarious and blustery, he sought to serve the people as a soldier, police officer and elected official.

A Minnesota architect looks back at creation of U's 'expressive' Weisman Museum
The University of Minnesota's Frank Gehry-designed art museum is marking its quarter-century birthday this month.

Loring Station post office in downtown Minneapolis resumes some operations 7 months after fire
The Loring Station resumed mail delivery last week for ZIP codes 55403 and 55405 from its location near the westbound entrance to Interstate 394, the Postal Service announced.

Big developer AECOM looks to stretch its reach in the Twin Cities construction market
If you have been to a hospital, traveled by light rail or attended a sporting event in the Twin Cities, there’s a good chance you have encountered an AECOM project.

Holidazzle in Minneapolis is promising to be bigger and better this year
The sort of "winter state fair" is expected to draw 250,000 to Loring Park.

After shooting, Aqua Nightclub in Minneapolis closes indefinitely
Nightclub threw one last bash before disappearing.

Minneapolis, Hennepin County leaders join in conversation on race, homelessness
More than 200 policymakers and people who work with the homeless gathered to reflect on homelessness and steps to improve conditions.

Downtown Minneapolis to designate pickup zones for Uber, Lyft at bar close
Plan would aim to reduce downtown congestion.

Minneapolis-based Periscope ad agency sold to Wisconsin firm
It's the latest domino to fall in the Twin Cities' ever-changing advertising landscape marked by deals.

Walker Art Center's annual award-winning TV ads lead a British pop culture invasion
The annual Arrows Awards at Walker Art Center are just part of a media onslaught on its way from the U.K.

Now Open: HOUSER
Inside jewelry brand HOUSER's new North Loop storefront.

Bachelor Farmer Gets a New Chef ... Finally
Johnathan Gans will step into the role vacated by Paul Berglund.

Hai Hai lands a spot on two more national year-end best-of lists
This is so not the first time Hai Hai's been the subject of national recognition.

Minneapolis gets lots of love from Esquire's 'Best New Restaurants' list
Hai Hai, Grand Café and Martina get shout-outs.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19, 2018

10-ton sculpture ready to swoop into Nicollet Mall
"Nimbus" will be the crowning touch of the remake of Nicollet.

Hennepin County restores historic flagpole monument at downtown Armory
Group of veterans who work for the county helped with the new design.

Walker Art Center hires New York curator as its new boss
Mary Ceruti has run the SculptureCenter, a haven for contemporary artists, for the past two decades.

Weekend closure of I-35W in Minneapolis will be last of the year
Here’s a promise from the Minnesota Department of Transportation: This weekend’s closure of Interstate 35W between the Crosstown and Interstate 94 from Friday night to Monday morning will be the last one in 2018.

More gates, more turf, more accessible photo ops going in Target Field for 2019 season
The Minnesota Twins are messing with the Gold Glove, the larger-than-life sculpture on Target Plaza outside Gate 34, the entrance named for the late Kirby Puckett.

Downtown ambassador Jason Moreau is more than able to serve the public
Moreau, the first Downtown Improvement District ambassador who operates from a wheelchair, had to work hard to land his job.

A fixture of downtown Minneapolis for five decades, the Journal newspaper calls it quits
Shrinking ads and a shift in downtown demographics are blamed for its demise.

Former Timberwolves star Ricky Rubio selling North Loop penthouse for $1.225M
Penthouse condo combines modern style, a vintage bar and a killer downtown view.

Will a Five-Star Hotel Finally Land in the Twin Cities?
United Properties inked a term sheet with Four Seasons for the Gateway tower in Minneapolis.

Luxury hotelier Four Seasons signs up as partner of Gateway project
Developers had long hoped to line up Four Seasons to occupy the hotel space in the new tower planned for the north end of Nicollet Mall.

Bibelot bids adieu; owner of Twin Cities gift shops is retiring
After 52 years, the owner of the four neighborhood stores has decided to retire.

Country bar in the works at former troubled nightclub spot in downtown Minneapolis
The new bar, Wild Greg's, is owned by a Vadnais Heights city councilman.

Jerky goes berserky with cola, mocha flavors at Jack Link's new Minneapolis test kitchen
The company's downtown Minneapolis store sells the experimental flavors deli-style.

Travail Comes to Downtown Minneapolis ... For a Bit
The Travailians will be in residence for six months.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12, 2018

How the shape of windows tells the history of Twin Cities architecture
Windows are more than just a means to bring in light and air; they're a way to read the style and technology of an era.

In Minneapolis' skyways, artists take on midterm election voting and its aftermath
The 2018 midterm elections may be over, but the four Twin Cities artists aren’t done talking about the importance of voting.

Offices out, apartments in for Ryan Cos. project near U.S. Bank Stadium
A Hail Mary football pass from U.S. Bank Stadium, Ryan Cos. wants to build a 25-story apartment tower to complete its massive five-block redevelopment around the stadium.

New plan for Gateway project envisions 35-story tower
United Properties plans tower with office space, hotel rooms downtown.

Minneapolis presence strong 16 months after Valspar purchase
New owner Sherwin-Williams has moved work from Chicago to Minneapolis.

Old School by Steeple People reopens to cheers
Steeple People’s nonprofit thrift shop is back in business, and customers lined up outside the door on opening day Oct. 21.

$3.25M penthouse condo with party-size deck overlooks downtown Minneapolis
The loft-style unit comes with 800 square feet of private outdoor space — plus a leather-floored library.

Interact Center brings New Orleans sound to the Guthrie
It’s rehearsal time at the Interact Center, which showcases artists with and without disabilities.

Eat Street businesses exit 1400 block, some hoping to return
Monell “Locks” Castellan set up a barber chair on the Nicollet Avenue sidewalk outside his empty Upper Cuts Barber Shop with a sign: Closed for reconstruction.

New cider taproom opens in North Loop: 'We could fool wine drinkers'
Number 12 Cider House brings its blue-ribbon cider to Minneapolis.

3 Minneapolis restaurants hit their stride after new chefs take over
At Tullibee, Esker Grove and McKinney Roe, changes in the kitchen yield positive results.

Get Your Bluegrass and Bourbon Fix at Marvel Bar
Pickin' usually leads to grinnin', but especially on this particular Tuesday.

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Revisit 6 retail titans from Minnesota's 20th-century department store heyday
New book "Thank You for Shopping" remembers the golden age of department stores.

A new tactic for bar-close safety in Minneapolis: 'Make downtown fun again'
Downtown businesses cautiously optimistic new strategy is calming after-hours chaos.

Officials cheer Crown Hydro decision
News that Xcel Energy took steps in October to cut off planning for a proposed hydropower facility at St. Anthony Falls was cheered by elected officials who represent the Minneapolis riverfront area.

A destination shop for downtown pet owners
Downtown residents, especially those on the north end living close to the river, have a new venue not only for basic dog care, but doggy socializing.

Solar garden to sprout atop downtown Minneapolis parking ramp
Construction will begin in spring 2019; no parking spaces will be lost.

Fantasy sports company SportsHub continues to grow
The North Loop firm SportsHub is growing and received its latest venture money from a fund backed by the Wilf family.

Swervo pays about $5 million for former YMCA site in downtown Minneapolis
The former YMCA building in downtown Minneapolis has a new owner. Twin Cities-based Swervo Development paid about $5 million this week for the six-story, 140,000 square-foot space, which is located a 30 South 9th Street.

Minneapolis designer's set is the dazzling star of Guthrie Theater's latest show
Her work has dazzled audiences for years. Now set designer Kate Sutton-Johnson gets a big Guthrie welcome.

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association misses $80K of grant money
The organization that puts on the annual art bonanza Art-A-Whirl, Northeast Minneapolis Artist Association’s (NEMAA), didn’t get $80,000 worth of grant money this year.

A vintage store for the Harley enthusiast
When you open a store with a name like The Cat and the Cobra, you have to be prepared for the questions.

Coming soon: Broken Clock Brewing taproom
No kids, we have not yet reached “peak beer.” The golden age of suds brewing and imbibing is not cresting yet.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 29, 2018

Xcel Energy Terminating Grant Awarded for St. Anthony Falls Hydro Facility, City Officials Pleased
Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council member Steve Fletcher praised an Xcel and Public Utilities Commission decision to pull funding for the Crown Hydro project, as it’s no longer favored by the city or public.

10th Street gridlock is wearing on Minneapolis drivers
Utility work has a block of 8th Street closed between Hennepin and LaSalle avenues in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s wearing on motorists.

Park Board weighs Graco Park deal
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is expected to pass an agreement to rename undeveloped parkland along the Northeast riverfront in return for a dropped lawsuit and funds to begin building a new regional park.

5 public places to discover the work of famed Minnesota artist Siah Armajani
Take a weekend field trip to explore public work by the artist behind the Sculpture Garden walking bridge.

RSM Plaza’s redo solves skyway puzzle
For anyone who has ever gotten lost coming off the skyway into RSM Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, a $10 million renovation of that space will straighten the path.

After bookstore's exit, RSM Plaza in Minneapolis undergoes renovation
With the more than $10 million in work, the complex's confusing skyway connections are streamlined and brightened.

Walker presents first U.S. museum overview of art-world trickster from Mexico City
Mario García Torres asks: How can an action be turned into art?

Schwan's — yes, Schwan's — turns Edwards Dessert Kitchen into North Loop's sweet spot
Frozen foods giant Schwan's is going against type with a focus on elegant, intelligent desserts.

These 3 cocktails at Fhima's Minneapolis are smoking hot
Fhima's Minneapolis beverage director Sean Jones serves up three smoking cocktails.

Mill City Farmers Market pizzeria expanding with new south Minneapolis restaurant
It’s another farmers market success story: Arie Peisert, chef/owner of Northern Fires Pizza, a familiar stand to Mill City Farmers Market shoppers, is matriculating his pizza-oven-on-a-trailer into a permanent brick-and-mortar location on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis.

Popol Vuh/Centro Sets a New Bar for What Mexican Food Can Be
We are not, as a city, hurting for tacos. Despite sitting some 1,300 miles from the border, we’ve actually enjoyed a pretty robust Mexican food culture.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 22, 2018

A famed Calder sculpture once graced Nicollet Mall. Can't it return to its home?
A sculpture by Alexander Calder, now in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, originally graced Nicollet Mall. Should it return to downtown?

Key I-35W ramp into downtown Minneapolis reopens
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's massive reconstruction of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis south to 43rd Street hit a milestone last week: the $240 million project is now 30 percent complete.

Minneapolis approves $900K subsidy for Final Four tournament
Officials expect to make $1.75M on the event.

Minneapolis may yank license of Aqua nightclub after shooting
City inspectors warned nightclub about security, council member says.

City Pages to move to Star Tribune Building
City Pages’ 36 employees will occupy offices on the 11th floor of the Star Tribune building, which adjoins Capella Tower on S. 6th Street and 2nd Avenue S., said Steve Yaeger, vice president and chief marketing officer of the Star Tribune Media Co.

Target Center replacing Hubert's with shipping container-themed restaurant
Cargo Food Authority, opening in November, will serve global fare, food court-style.

First look: At Tavola, a Tuscan staycation in downtown Minneapolis
Considering that it’s only mid-October and Minneapolis is already getting snow, you’re probably perusing vacation porn on your “breaks” at work.

Table stakes
The stylish, brand-new Elliot Park Hotel is home to Tavola — Italian for “table” — with plenty of those gleaming white marble-like surfaces ready to welcome hungry diners

Coming Soon: Demi by Gavin Kaysen
A teeny-tiny deluxe chef's counter restaurant by the king of Spoon & Stable and Bellecour is coming this winter to the North Loop!

Spoon and Stable chef to open new tasting menu-only restaurant in North Loop
Soigné Hospitality — that’s the formal name for the company behind four-star Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and four-star Bellecour in Wayzata — is adding a third restaurant to its constellation of Twin Cities dining properties.

Coming Soon: No. 12 Cider House and Gluten-Free Pizza to North Loop
Get out your calendars and pen this in: November 10, 2018 as the date the long-awaited Minneapolis outpost of Buffalo, Minnesota's Number 12 Cider House opens. This is a big honking deal.

Review: Popol Vuh and the rise of a Mexican culinary star
Wedged in the crooked elbow of Quincy Street in northeast Minneapolis, the twin kitchens of Centro and Popol Vuh are part of another origin story: The tale of how an industry powered by the kitchen labor of Latinx immigrants gave way to a firmament of Latinx culinary stars.

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