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


For Super Bowl, Minneapolis can expect rooftop snipers, restricted access and lots of security
Planners have been going building by building around the stadium figuring out security logistics.

Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee raises $50 million, plans street closures
Meanwhile, it released detailed plans on street closings downtown, beginning two weeks before the game.

Purple army deploys as 10,000 Super Bowl volunteers gather for pep rally
Most of the 10,000 volunteers for Super Bowl LII joyfully raised their thundersticks and new “Bold North” purple mittens at a pep rally-orientation Sunday for the first collective jolt of excitement they’re expected to provide to visitors during the 10-day event.

Randy Moss meets Mary Tyler Moore as ESPN chooses IDS Crystal Court for Super Bowl week set
ESPN will broadcast from inside the skyscraper beginning on Wednesday before the game.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce sues Minneapolis over $15 minimum wage
In a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, the chamber asked the court to issue a temporary injunction freezing the ordinance, then a permanent injunction nullifying it.

Mary Tyler Moore statue is back on Nicollet Mall
The beloved bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore exuberantly tossing her hat into the air is back at its original home at Nicollet Mall and 7th Street in Minneapolis. On Saturday morning, she smiled and tossed it under a dusting of snow.

Portland Avenue bridge over I-94 closed again
Drivers who use the Portland Avenue bridge to cross I-94 in Minneapolis will once again have to find an alternate route.

Jack Link’s shows off Wild Side retail store
Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is showing off a new side to its jerky business with “Wild Side,” a retail store that opened in early November in the Target Center skyway.

Nye's is making a comeback: Same owners opening Nye's Piano Bar in same location
A year and a half after its tearful goodbye, Nye’s Polonaise Room, an institution in Minneapolis for 66 years, is making a comeback — on part of its original footprint.

Burger Friday: A meatloaf patty melt lights up the North Loop's Fulton Brewery
Fulton Brewing, home of one of the city’s first taprooms, has recently added a kitchen. A somewhat unconventional one, as it’s housed in a retrofitted 1968 Airstream trailer that pretty much defines “cool.”

New 'world cuisine' restaurant filling massive Rosa Mexicano space in downtown Minneapolis
Prime Six, a restaurant serving “world cuisine” and featuring a dance floor is aiming to open at 609 Hennepin Av. by mid December.

Roll out the barrel
Bourbon. Over 200 labels, including impossible-to-find antique bottles of Buffalo Trace and Pappy Van Winkle.


Dayton’s may once again be downtown’s cultural center
Developers are proposing to breathe new life into the former Dayton’s building as a future retail and entertainment hub of downtown Minneapolis.

Wall St. Journal declares one U.S. travel destination among world's hottest: Minneapolis
Newspaper says city is "luring curious foodies" with top dining spots.

Nicollet Mall reopening celebration pushed back a day
A celebration is scheduled for noon Nov. 16, at Nicollet Mall and 7th Street. The date change is the result of a scheduling conflict, said Minneapolis spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie.

Nicollet Mall unveiling set for Nov. 16
There’s an end in sight for the construction on Nicollet Mall.

Minneapolis City Council candidate sues city over park he says was built to benefit Vikings
John Hayden, who is challenging Council Member Kevin Reich in the First Ward, filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing Minneapolis cannot operate the Commons because the city charter gives the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board authority over park operations.

Minneapolis Park Board to restore lost island in Mississippi River
Construction of the 3.3-acre site, which begins this month, will restore a channel between the mainland and what used to be Hall's Island.

U.S. Bank Stadium opens for runners, skaters through end of year
The stadium will be closed for running and skating in January with preparations underway there for the Super Bowl.

New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens
The $31.6 million project closed off a connection over the BNSF Northtown rail yard and Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic was on the new three-span bridge, which replaces a five-span bridge built in 1925, in late October.

Nicollet Mall will host 10-day Super Bowl festival
Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis are putting together a Minnesota-centric lineup.

Capone, craft cocktails meet at Al’s Place
There are secretive bars. Then there are speakeasies. Then there’s Al’s Place.


With Park Board, Minneapolis voters must resolve an intense generational struggle
New ideas this election at the cost of experience?

Counterpoint: Separate the bike lanes from density as Minneapolis issues
What they have in common is how concerns are unheeded as powerful interests pit the city's constituencies against one another.

New St. Anthony Parkway Bridge opens in Minneapolis
The $31.6 million project replaced an original bridge built in 1925.

Park Board to begin construction to restore Hall’s Island
The Park Board’s next major river-related project isn’t on the Mississippi River. It’s in the river.

Demolition of Fuji-Ya building begins
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has begun the selective demolition of the Fuji-Ya building to make way for a new restaurant pavilion on the downtown riverfront.

Nicollet Mall reopening celebration set for Nov. 15
The downtown thoroughfare has been closed since 2015.

Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis to come home to Minneapolis, bringing top talent to free Super Bowl concerts
Minnesota-bred producers in charge of big names for 10 days of free concerts.

Super Bowl Live to have free concerts on Nicollet Mall
The pop mega-producers discussed their plans for the free outdoor concerts as organizers unveiled the look and layout.

Proposed St. Anthony Falls apartment tower meets resistance
Conflicts over the height and density of developments within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District are piling up. The latest involves the mixed-use project from Doran Cos. and CSM Cos. that includes a 25-story residential building.

Construction starts on Ironclad development in downtown Minneapolis
On Monday, a groundbreaking ceremony happened at the site, located on the corner of Chicago and Washington Avenues a couple blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minneapolis looking to develop land near Grain Belt brewery complex
The city of Minneapolis is seeking proposals to redevelop a little more than three acres near the former Grain Belt brewery complex along the Mississippi River in northeast Minneapolis.

Kraus-Anderson moves into new headquarters in Minneapolis
Construction firm moves into headquarters on its east-side block.

For Dayton's developers, the price tag is big and the spotlight is bright
Developers will spend $190 million to remodel the Nicollet Mall flagship.

The night punk killed disco at Minneapolis' First Avenue nightclub
How Minneapolis' rock landmark transformed itself at the end of the '70s.

510 Lounge gets remake worthy of fabled Minneapolis address
510 Lounge, formerly La Belle Vie, brings one of the Twin Cities' great dining beauties back to life, beautifully.

Byte, the Warehouse District’s geeky pub, is closing
It’s game over for Byte, a geeky bar and restaurant that opened earlier this year in the Warehouse District.

Now open: Rebel Donut Bar
Rebel Donut Bar has finally opened in the Sheridan neighborhood, several months after owners Kiah Gumeringer and Vince Traver initially planned to open the tiny doughnut shop.

New cocktail bar and lounge will take over the former Nye's site in Minneapolis
A Nye's "regular" is opening Sonder Shaker, featuring a small menu of laid-back sandwiches and oysters to pair with the drinks.


Proposed St. Anthony Falls apartment tower meets resistance
Conflicts over the height and density of developments within the St. Anthony Falls Historic District are piling up. The latest involves the mixed-use project from Doran Cos. and CSM Cos. that includes a 26-story residential building.

Minneapolis downtown businesses make late push to swing City Council races
The possibility that the Minneapolis City Council could be dominated by a left-wing majority after next month's election has prompted an unprecedented late push from business groups to protect council members they view as open to compromise with business.

How to — and how not to — update old buildings in downtown Minneapolis
It’s a challenge to update a tired office building’s public spaces. Three new examples in downtown Minneapolis show what’s new, what’s possible and how modern design is still working its way through a phase you might call “playful incoherence.”

Glossy new Target Center unveiled after multiyear renovation
Target Center's $140 million renovation gives a new-look team a new-look arena.

Minneapolis to spend additional money on public relations for Nicollet Mall project
Council committee OKs funds for outside PR firm to boost Nicollet Mall project.

Minneapolis approves regulations for Airbnb, short-term rentals
Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals in December, just in time for the deluge of visitors expected for the 2018 Super Bowl.

Hotel bookings strong in lead-up to Super Bowl
Early February is typically not the busiest time for the Minneapolis hotel market.

Electric bike retailer opens in Downtown East
Victor Au took inspiration with the busy streets of Shanghai, China and the innovation of Tesla Motors in developing his own line of electric bikes, which are now available in Downtown East.

Cool Offices: Zipnosis expands to new space in T3 building
Over the past eight years since its startup, virtual-care company Zipnosis has continuously expanded, prompting a search for a larger and more accommodating space.

Popular Mpls. coffee shop opens new location, touts cheeky 'Starbucks pumpkin spice latte' look-alike
The new iteration, in the Miller Textile Building at 861 E. Hennepin Av., offers the same craft coffee drinks that Five Watt gained a reputation for, as well as new, playful sippers — such as the cheekily named Venti Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, which arrives in a 20-ounce paper cup that the shop created specifically for it, complete with a mound of house-made cinnamon whipped cream.

Here's a twist: Minneapolis chef replaced by chef he replaced
Ten years after taking over the kitchen at Sanctuary, chef Patrick Atanalian has moved on.

Chef Patrick Atanalian Bails on Sanctuary
What kind of chef walks away from his Super Bowl-adjacent restaurant months before the Super Bowl? This one.

Hennepin Theatre Trust will partner with PNC Bank on lounge
The Hennepin Theatre Trust announced Wednesday it has entered into a multi-year naming rights agreement with PNC Bank to brand a lounge in its new headquarters as the PNC Lounge.

Study aims to track sources of downtown runoff
A new Mississippi Watershed Management Organization study is aiming to better understand the types and amounts of pollutants that come from different surfaces in downtown Minneapolis.

Magus Books & Herbs reopens in Northeast
Magus Books & Herbs has relocated to Central Avenue, moving from the store’s longtime home in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota.


Barricades coming down on part of Nicollet Mall
A maze of barricades on Nicollet Mall came down Friday south of 8th Street, signaling the end is near after years of construction on Minneapolis’ signature walkway.

Twin Cities homelessness: Seniors find themselves on street, in shelters
Serving their needs is a particular challenge.

One of North Loop’s last remaining surface parking lots could become apartments in $70M project
One of the largest blank canvases left in the North Loop — a 2.5-acre surface parking lot a block off Washington Avenue — might become a 207-unit apartment building.

Tentative plans for Nicollet Mall 'Dayton's Project' leaked [PHOTOS]
Minneapolis is getting a first look at what might be next for the closed Macy's space on Nicollet Mall.

Northern Lights: NFL releases official brand renderings for Super Bowl
NFL executives in town this week for Super Bowl planning showed off the league's official branding for the 10-day festival starting in January.

Muslim ban protests expected Thursday across downtown Minneapolis
The protests will pop up as the evening commute begins, including near freeway entrances.

Super Bowl host committee convinces Nicollet Mall crepe shop to reopen
When La Belle Crepe owner Alan Lenne abruptly closed his tiny Nicollet Mall restaurant earlier this month, he placed the blame squarely on the seemingly endless Nicollet Mall reconstruction, and what he saw as the city’s unhelpful attitude toward his struggling business.

New North Loop restaurant opens in former Gardner Hardware building
Nolo’s Kitchen debuted on Monday, featuring a bright, warehouse-style setting and breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

A look inside NOLO's Kitchen (and a sneak peek at Basement Bar)
The North Loop's newest neighborhood hangout is now open -- and soon, it's getting a cool little downstairs sibling.

Hello and goodbye: Openings, closings come fast and furious in Twin Cities restaurant scene
Here's a quick look at everything that's new in the Twin Cities restaurant scene — plus a nod to what's shutting down.


In St. Anthony Falls District, former funeral home comes down for condo tower
A neighborhood group challenged the city's approval for developer Alatus to proceed with the tower, in the planning stage for two years.

Minneapolis funeral home demolished, but 40-story condo tower still on hold
The Washburn-McReavy funeral home in the East Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis has been reduced to rubble after developer Alatus LLC finally cleared one hurdle in its quest to build a 40-story condo tower on the site.

The Soap Factory's recent evolution; 'All the Way' to open at History Theatre
On the last Wednesday in September, the Soap Factory, a venerable nonprofit arts center in a 130-year-old, 52,000-square-foot historic warehouse near the Minneapolis riverfront, had a symbolic groundbreaking for a complete renovation.

Alatus envisions slim, high-rise residential tower across from Minneapolis Convention Center
The firm, which separately is developing a 40-story luxury condo tower just across the Mississippi River from downtown, presented its plans Tuesday night to the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s land use committee.

Hotel, residential complex breaks ground in Downtown East
Graves Hospitality has broken ground on Ironclad, a three-part project featuring a Marriott Moxy hotel, an apartment building and a retail complex.

U.S. Bank Stadium, one year in review
The landmark of East Town brought in 1.6 million visitors in its inaugural year.

Renovated Metropolitan Club at Target Field to be open to all next season
The renovation is the largest offseason upgrade to the ballpark since it opened in 2010.

WeWork opens in Minneapolis
Co-working provider WeWork opens Monday in Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis adding to the already growing network of co-working offices in the Twin Cities.

Art that runs the gamut
In any given month, Gamut Gallery might host glitch sound artists, art inspired by beer cans or paintings exploring the depths of the human psyche.

Nicollet Mall reconstruction closes once-popular crepe shop, owner says
After enduring seemingly endless road and sidewalk construction, the owner of La Belle Crepe shuttered his tiny Medical Arts Building shop on Wednesday.

Celebrate National Coffee Day with these 5 new Twin Cities shops
That’s right, your daily, de-zombifying ritual is finally being recognized, and now is the time to celebrate. Isn’t it great? The world never stops plying you with reasons to Instagram.

Chicago’s Aloha Poké plans Minneapolis restaurant
The restaurant chain will open a skyway restaurant in the 811 LaSalle building by the end of the year.


Editorial counterpoint: Confront problems, yes, but don't overlook downtown Minneapolis' many strengths
Downtown safety is an issue to work on, but from population growth to thriving development, Minneapolis has plenty to work with.

Three ideas for improving safety in Minneapolis' exciting and vibrant downtown
Relatively inexpensive steps can help keep downtown vibrant while tackling legitimate issues.

Council Member Jacob Frey proposes boosting police presence in downtown Minneapolis
Mpls. mayoral candidate's plan to curb downtown crime was released as part of his platform.

Weekend motorists begin detours during I-35W closure
MnDOT says to plan alternate routes, leave early to avoid delays.

Hennepin County Board approves purchase of landmark Thrivent Financial building for $55 million
Two Hennepin County commissioners voted against the deal, calling it too costly.

Veterinary clinic opens in the North Loop
Neighborhood gets its first full-service veterinary practice.

Imagining Spirit Island
Andrea Carlson’s latest project meditates on a lost Mississippi River landmark

The Sioux Chef will partner with Park Board on Water Works restaurant
The future destination park will be home to city’s first year-round park restaurant.

Dinkytown's morning institution, Al's Breakfast, now serving dinner and late-night menu on weekends
Known for its unchanging ambience, Dinkytown's classic diner is trying something new.

Fulton adds kitchen to North Loop taproom
Breweries aren’t often known for their food, but Fulton Beer is doing things differently.

Fifth Street Towers renovation puts a bar in Minneapolis skyway
A skyway bar and nap pods are among the perks in the updated tower.

Skyway bar coming soon to Fifth Street Towers
Office workers in the Fifth Street Towers won’t have to even touch the ground before hitting the bar.

Bulldog NE closing, will reopen with new owner and new name
The Bulldog Northeast is shutting its doors early next month but will get new life with a new name under longtime chef Kevin Kraus when it reopens shortly thereafter.

New 'hidden' Japanese whiskey bar opens above Kado No Mise in North Loop
Right now, the bar doesn’t have a sign of its own, but it can be accessed through Kado No Mise’ main entrance, and by asking to go upstairs.

3-foot-long bratwurst welcomes challengers at NE. Mpls. German restaurant
The Meterbratwurst challenge at Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit is an Oktoberfest favorite.

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson revisits Twin Cities favorites
Five restaurants and four bakeries continue to impress.


Downtown Minneapolis once was a great place to live. No more.
I moved there 17 years ago. It felt secure, energetic, promising. No more.

Zone of concern: Ways to make downtown Minneapolis safer
The Warehouse District is a center of public-safety considerations. How to respond is an election-year issue.

Downtown's dilemma: 'A mind-set of violence' in Minneapolis
Minneapolis wants a safe and vibrant downtown for residents, office workers and visitors. But rising rates of violent crime in parts of the city's core threaten to undo years of progress.

With too many homeless and too few shelter beds, city funding policy debated
Advocates, Minneapolis leaders debate best way to use federal funds.

Giving Minnesota's homeless young people hope
Investing in programs like YouthLink upfront will pay dividends later for the thousands, like I once was, who are living on the streets.

U.S. Bank Stadium repairs behind schedule, still 'several weeks' from completion
Ongoing repairs to the zinc-paneled exterior of the 13-month-old stadium remain visible with no hard deadline for completion.

Several staff members resign from Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges' re-election campaign
Untimely shake-up is the second one for incumbent Minneapolis mayor.

Diving into the downtown housing market
Would-be downtowners can find a new home through Explore Downtown Living.

Running for sixth term, Goodman says ‘experience matters’
Lisa Goodman is tied for longest tenure on the City Council, and while her three opponents say it’s time for change, the incumbent is leaning on her longevity as she asks voters to return her for a sixth term in office.

Check Out: North Loop Fall Crawl
Your favorite North Loop shopping destinations are joining forces for a fall fashion crawl that includes discounts, prizes and of course the latest looks for autumn.

Minneapolis bagel shop rises to the occasion
Rise Bagel Co. offers fresh, old world-style bagels and sandwiches.

Foodie Neighborhood: North Loop
If you find yourself in North Loop looking for a bite to eat, you’re in trouble. Not because you don’t have any options, in fact it’s quite the opposite.

Prairie Tree Alights on Nicollet Mall
Ned Kahn’s mesmerizing Prairie Tree has been installed on Nicollet Mall near 11th Street in front of the WCCO building. Composed of 2,304 stainless-steel vanes, the kinetic work is entirely powered by an endless, renewable, free, zero-carbon energy source – the wind.

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