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Our weekly digest of stories about Downtown Minneapolis and the Central Riverfront neighborhoods:

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.

WEEK OF JULY 9, 2018

Why Sherman wants to build a downtown tower
Minneapolis-based Sherman plans to build a 22-story, 250-unit market-rate apartment building on parking lots behind the Crooked Pint Ale House and the Eagle Bolt Bar at the southwest corner of Washington and Portland Avenues.

Sherman Goes Big for ‘Super Desirable’ but Challenging Minneapolis Site
Sherman Associates has lofty ambitions for a new project it hopes to pull together on a much sought-after site on Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.

Minneapolis once had a chance to be the Paris of the Plains
If the city had adopted a 1917 plan, it would have looked like the City of Light, with diagonal boulevards and roundabouts.

Wallet Lost 53 Years Ago at Dayton’s is Returned to Owner
Dayton’s department store is dead, but its reputation for customer service endures: A wallet lost at the downtown Minneapolis flagship in 1965 was just returned to its owner, contents still intact.

Dockless bike-sharing is coming to Minneapolis before summer's end
Dockless bikes, complementing the existing lime-green Nice Ride Minnesota fleet, will greatly increase accessibility for cycling, but some worry about theft, abandonment.

JB Hudson to Open at MartinPatrick 3
Veteran Nicollet Mall jewelry store JB Hudson is opening a second location within MartinPatrick 3 in the North Loop.

WEEK OF JULY 2, 2018

Franklin Avenue bridge over Mississippi unsightly, but safe
The Franklin Avenue bridge spanning West River Parkway and the Mississippi River is practically new, and already blemishes are appearing.

Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots! rolls out beer + music lineups
Set to coincide with Open Streets Northeast, the 12th annual all-day event will return to northeast Minneapolis on August 5.

Eyewear retailer Warby Parker will stay in North Loop after leaving Askov Finlayson
National eyewear retailer Warby Parker plans to open its own North Loop store after operating a store-within-a-store partnership inside Askov Finlayson for the past three years.

Cost of blacking out U.S. Bank Stadium for Final Four could hit $5.2 million
Curtains are required to block out light during 2019 Final Four.

Thousands join Minneapolis march opposing immigration policies
At least 7,000 people marched across downtown Minneapolis in stifling heat Saturday afternoon to protest U.S. immigration policies that they called cruel and unnecessary.

Nation's educators look to build new energy in Minneapolis
Thousands of educators will meet in Minneapolis over the coming days after an impressive springtime showing of grass-roots power by teachers — and then a gut-punch from the nation’s highest court.

First look: Centro at Popol Vuh brings cheap Mexican eats and hot-pink drinks to Northeast
There's a beautiful Mexican phrase for a person who's absolutely shitfaced: "You're as drunk as 400 rabbits."

Dueling piano bar SHOUT! House is closing
The bar has been open for 14 years, opening in the Block E redevelopment in 2004 before moving to its current space, the former Epic nightclub, near 5th & 2nd in the Warehouse District.

WEEK OF JUNE 25, 2018

Apartments to replace Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis?
Say goodbye to a legendary karaoke night, killer open-mic comedy, and one of the best bottle lists around: After nearly two decades in downtown Minneapolis, this could be the end for Grumpy's Bar and Grill.

Apartments could replace Grumpy’s Bar on Washington Avenue
The Washington Avenue outpost of Grumpy’s Bar and Grill would be demolished and replaced by apartments under a plan submitted to the city of Minneapolis.

Midcentury 'face-lifts' put Moderne facades on historic Twin Cities buildings
Many classical buildings in the Twin Cities got modern face-lifts, whether they needed them or not.

Dining on downtown’s patios
As the principal of Shea Design, a downtown-based firm that designs and consults with restaurants, Spaulding is on the frontlines of the local dining scene. As summer approaches, she said local restaurateurs call her to prepare for the rush of diners looking to eat outside.

Rolling on the downtown riverfront
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. You just have to know where to look.

Doran, CSM break ground on 25-story apartment complex
The Expo will add 368 rental units to growing Marcy-Holmes.

Minneapolis hikes parking meter rates in busy neighborhoods
The new meter rates vary from block to block. New rates were first introduced in Dinkytown and Stadium Village last Saturday. Next up are the North Loop and Warehouse District, where new rates will be in effect July 16.

Franklin Avenue bridge over Mississippi unsightly, but safe
The Franklin Avenue bridge spanning West River Parkway and the Mississippi River is practically new, and already blemishes are appearing.

NE. Mpls. getting 2 new Mexican restaurants — one casual, the other refined
Although the construction clutter might suggest otherwise, one of the year’s most exciting new restaurant projects is nearing completion at the corner of 15th and Quincy in northeast Minneapolis.

Four reasons to visit the Night Market
The Mill City Farmers Market’s Tuesday Night Market is your downtown, weeknight destination for local food and more.

More BBQ coming to northeast Minneapolis: Travail reveals Minnesota BBQ Co. location
Following hot on the heels of Market Bar-B-Que's announcement that they'll be moving to 220 Lowry Avenue NE in November, the team behind Minnesota BBQ Company announced they'll be settling into a home less than a mile away, at 816 Lowry Avenue NE.

WEEK OF JUNE 11, 2018


Traffic mayhem expected, Minneapolis motorists brace for nightmarish commute
Office workers, restaurant servers, business owners, and city officials, among others, are busy preparing alternate plans to avoid what are shaping up to be epic traffic jams through the summer.

First traffic snarls form on northbound I-35W in Minneapolis
A third lane was unavailable for drivers Monday. MnDOT hopes to add it Monday night.

Construction on I-35W will bring major changes to your commute downtown
Motorists will be dealing with closures for 4 months.

Downtown Minneapolis gets final closeups from 24th St. bridge
A photographers' favorite vantage point for downtown Mpls. skyline is being replaced.

I-35W construction: You'll still be able to park on Portland and Park avenues
An original plan cut the parking, but now narrower traffic lanes will keep it.


Minnesota Historical Society to offer architecture lectures, tours
The Minnesota Historical Society is teaming up with the state's architects to tell the stories of some of Minnesota's most iconic structures, including the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis, Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore and the James J. Hill House in St. Paul's Summit Hill neighborhood.

Dying trees show that the greening of Nicollet Mall is not so easy
Less than a year after nearly 250 trees were planted in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, some are dead and others barely hanging on.

Mill City Running expands with athletic club for runners
Owners say Mill City Athletic Club will be a ‘home base’ for the store’s 400-person racing community.

Timeline still unknown for reopening of Loring Park post office
The Loring Station post office is still closed following a small fire earlier this spring and officials aren’t sure when it will be up and running once again.

Marigold Way brings artisan designs from India to Minneapolis
Co-owners Katrina Ulrich and Jenny Loomis recently celebrated the grand opening of Marigold Way, their boutique in Sheridan’s 13th Avenue Business District.

Now open: Hot Indian
Hot Indian owner Amol Dixit recently opened his second brick-and-mortar location, this time in the skyway of the former TCF Tower.

WEEK OF JUNE 4, 2018

Fire-damaged Loring post office in downtown Mpls. won't reopen for months, if at all
If the site reopens, it will not be for several months.

Northern Spark Festival to light up the night
Northern Spark marks the summer solstice with more than 50 artists and 27 projects spanning three zones in Minneapolis.

North Minneapolis riverfront gets $15 million for redevelopment
Funding from the bonding bill would help redevelop the little-used stretch.

United Properties will renovate Warehouse District’s Kickernick Building
United Properties began renovations this spring on the Warehouse District’s Kickernick Building, a seven-story building known for ground-floor restaurant Brothers Bar & Grill.

Windows on at least 2 dozen vehicles busted out in NE. Minneapolis
Police say they have taken reports so far of damage to 20 vehicles. No arrests have been announced.

Minneapolis Water Taxi offers river rides
You won’t find the city’s newest taxi service on an app or even on land. Try looking on the Mississippi River.

A trip to Greece through food
Gardens of Salonica has stood the test of time in the Nicollet Island-East Bank neighborhood.

50 great restaurant patios, decks and other outdoor dining spots in the Twin Cities
The outdoor dining season is finally here, so let's enjoy it. On a rooftop. On a sidewalk cafe. Even on a Ferris wheel.

WEEK OF MAY 21, 2018

Hall’s Island returns to Northeast riverfront
The island north of the Plymouth Avenue Bridge isn’t new to the Mississippi River, but it hasn’t been there for over half a century.

Sherman Associates breaks ground on Vicinity
The latest housing project to break ground in the Mill District features a mix of market-rate apartments, affordable housing and for-sale townhomes.

Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis closes for a yearlong, $10 million "face-lift"
Work began Monday on a $10 million renovation of Peavey Plaza, the sunken park next to Orchestra Hall and across the street from Brit's Pub on Nicollet Mall.

Hennepin County Government Center plaza fountain should be flowing after Memorial Day
Spring repairs cause a month's delay in filling the popular downtown Minneapolis fountain.

Minneapolis wins more big-time praise as a vacation destination
A few months after a major media outlet touted Minneapolis as a must-see travel destination, a big-time online travel site is echoing that sentiment.

Does density promote affordability? Economists say yes, Minneapolis residents are skeptical
City's argument for affordability rebuffed by many homeowners.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey wants to fund $50 million in ambitious affordable housing projects
Coming less than six months into Frey's first term, the announcement marked the mayor's most detailed plan for delivering on his campaign promise on affordable housing.

U.S. Bank Stadium bird study reaches midpoint, with results due next year
Vikings and state pay $300K to study danger posed by building's glass walls.

ClusterTruck aims to deliver better food faster
The latest restaurant in Minneapolis is right at home in a parking garage.

The Hideaway burger bar opens on Main Street
Jeff Arundel is going for a hat trick on Main Street. The self-described “reluctant restaurateur” and his wife have opened a third concept along the Marcy-Holmes riverfront, this time a burger joint in the former Tuggs Tavern space between their other restaurants, Aster Café and Jefe.

WEEK OF MAY 14, 2018

The Drive: Bus-only lanes on Hennepin Avenue get 3-day trial
A three-day pilot this week will bring bus-only lanes to a portion of traffic-clogged Hennepin Avenue during rush hour to see if they might speed up one of the region's slowest corridors.

Out with the old on Minneapolis' Nicollet Avenue with apartment building boom
The 1400 block of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis is a hodgepodge of one-story buildings from the early 1900s — home to three restaurants, a bar, a barber shop, a day care, a theater and a chiropractor’s office.

Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen snags a 2018 James Beard Award
At Monday night's ceremony in Chicago, another local got the W: Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable and Wayzata's Bellecour, who's this year's Best Chef: Midwest honoree.

Minnesota chef's 'pretty amazing' birthday present: James Beard Award
The chef/owner of Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis and Bellecour in Wayzata talks about being named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation.

Gavin Kaysen named Best Chef Midwest by James Beard Foundation
Chef/owner of Spoon and Stable and Bellecour won at the "Oscars of the food world." He's the fifth Minnesota chef to win in the category.

Palmer’s Bar Changes Hands: What’s Next for the Iconic Spot?
New owner Tony Zaccardi and former owner Lisa Hammer talk about the future of a century-old iconic Minneapolis bar.

WEEK OF MAY 7, 2018

I-94 to be shut down in downtown Minneapolis for next three weekends
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will shut the freeway down in both directions between Interstates 394 and 35W  for the next three weekends to allow crews refurbish the Irene Hixon Whitney pedestrian bridge spanning I-94 and connecting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Loring Park.

2019 Final Four to bring $142M, 94,000 visitors to Twin Cities, analysis claims
Event at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019 will attract 94,000 visitors — and their wallets.

3 Restaurants for Post-Farmers' Market Brunching
The sun comes out and the farmers follow. There’s nothing like a spring stroll through one of our local farmers’ markets to build a weekend appetite for a brunch breakaway.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Local Dining, Hot Sauce, and Minimum Wage
There may be one other person in Minnesota who eats out as much as I do, and apparently, it’s the mayor. When I first asked for an interview with new Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, I’d assumed we’d be stuck in some City Hall conference room, drinking pod coffee under fluorescent lighting. As it happens, on a recent Thursday night, I found myself kicking back with the mayor and a few Red Stripes in the far more relaxed setting of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen on Eat Street.

Bar Bets: Wine Deals at Mercy
Why has downtown Minneapolis turned into such a nothing when it comes to wine bars? It might be because we haven't been looking in the right places.

Doughnuts + frosé? Copper Hen Cakery team opening downtown coffee shop/wine bar
Chris and Danielle Bjorling, the husband-and-wife-duo behind Eat Street's Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen, are already hammering away at their restaurant's forthcoming Minnetonka sibling, The Copper Cow.

A 'late-night patisserie' from Schwan's is coming to the North Loop
It's 10 p.m. Do you know where the pies are?

Coming soon: Hennepin Made retail space
The 1,500-square-foot space inside the company’s new building in the North Loop will offer some of the glass company’s fixtures, decorative vases, candleholders and more.

Now open: Beancounter Coffeehouse
Beancounter Coffeehouse is now open in downtown’s Soo Line Building.

WEEK OF APRIL 30, 2018

Designs for lengthy Hennepin Avenue reconstruction take shape
The $20 million reconstruction project will be underway for four years.

City reveals new details of consolidated office project
The City of Minneapolis is planning to relocate more than 1,000 employees to a new office building planned for a site kitty-corner from City Hall, and in April it revealed more detailed plans for the project.

Minneapolis hopes to grind out a new tunnel deep below downtown
State aid is being sought to augment old conduits deep below the city. The $38 million project to dig a new passage 70 to 100 feet beneath Washington Avenue would be the largest of its kind downtown since the system was built about 80 years ago.

Homeless youth get a downtown view
Heather Huseby rattles off all the ways YouthLink’s drop-in center helps 2,000 young people each year, from connecting them to schools to feeding them hot meals. But housing on site? It’s a first for the organization, as well as downtown Minneapolis.

Woman's Club of Minneapolis opening its doors at lunch and dinner
Starting in early June, the landmark Woman’s Club of Minneapolis will be opening its swank dining room to the general public, serving lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and dinner Wednesday through Saturday.

Summer of gridlock ahead for downtown drivers and I-35W rebuild
Overlapping closures along I-35W will put a miserable squeeze on metro commutes.

Amazon to hire additional 200 people for Minneapolis tech office
Fast-growing Amazon plans to hire an additional 200 engineers and other IT workers for its tech hub in the North Loop where it now employs about 150 people, Amazon confirmed to the Star Tribune.

WEEK OF 4/16/2018

Want a mummified monkey found in downtown Dayton's? No receipt needed
The remains found by a construction worker may have been animal stolen in '60s.

Minneapolis mummy monkey mystery: Solved already?
As the story was told to Murphy, his dad and a friend skipped school -- either junior high or high school -- to make their way downtown to execute their caper. Their plan went as follows: Step one, kidnap a monkey then on display as part of a Dayton's store window display by putting it in a backpack and escaping; step two, take it home.

Workers discover mummified monkey in former Minneapolis Dayton’s
A spokeswoman for the Dayton’s Project, an office, retail and restaurant complex going into the century-old building, said workers found the carcass in an air duct on the seventh floor last week.

Twin Cities Family Offers Theory On Mummified Monkey In Dayton’s
A Twin Cities family says it knows how a monkey died in the ceiling of the Dayton’s building in downtown Minneapolis back in the 1960s.

History: The washing crew
The Minneapolis Steam Laundry, shown here circa 1896, was headquartered at 109 2nd St. Look closely and you can see their hard-working employees on the sidewalk, by the wagons, in the windows and even on the fire escape!

Will it be easier to walk and bike next winter?
Snow and ice are melting away, but for many the challenges of getting around in the winter on icy sidewalks, snow-filled crossings and disappearing bike lanes remain a source of lingering concern and frustration.

Cactus haven calls Northeast home
While it likely wouldn’t survive long outside, a rare and unique assortment of cactus plants call a small shop in Northeast home.

Primp Boutique Adds Extended Sizing
Locals love Primp Boutique for their affordable and on-trend clothes, accessories, and shoes (hello, $24 palm tree espadrilles!). But in an initiative to listen more closely to shoppers and give the people what they want, shop owners Michele Henry and Wesley Uthus are making some much-appreciated changes.

Palmer's Bar, a West Bank institution, will be bought by Grumpy's NE bartender Tony Zaccardi
Zaccardi, who’s been a veteran of countless local bands over the past quarter century, might still be best known as the dreadlocked, bespectacled drink-slinger behind the bar at Grumpy’s Northeast for more years than are worth counting. But now—once all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed—you’re going to have to get used to Tony Zaccardi, the new owner of Palmer’s Bar.

These 3 Minneapolis restaurants are flying high with new chefs in the kitchen
Star chefs are putting their own stamp on Seven, Corner Table and Sanctuary.

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