Minneapolis is a Top 10 summer vacation spot?

According to National Geographic, Minneapolis is one the the Top 10 places to visit for your Summer Vacation

Target Field Minneapolis

We were listed right between the San Juan Islands and Alaska.   Here are some of the reasons they give to visit Minneapolis this year:

“June-August celebration of arts, music, and cultural festivals (check out the Minneapolis Aquatennial, July 16-24); farmers markets (17); and fan-friendly Minnesota Twins baseball (played downtown at Target Field—ranked the top sports stadium in North America by ESPN The Magazine). Survey the vibrant scene from the new CRAVE restaurant rooftop patio near the State Theatre, then grab a bike at the nearest Nice Ride Minnesota kiosk ($5 plus trip fees) and cruise all or part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 50-mile urban trail loop. With 22 city lakes and the mighty Mississippi, playing on, in or near the water always is an option. Indoor activities center on the city’s 57 museums and the 4.2 million-square-foot Mall of America housing 520 plus stores and Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park.”

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North Loop News: New Warehouse District Restaurant to Open This Summer

Great news for condo and loft owners in the North Loop! 

North Loop Condos

Photo by Michelle Bruch, City Pages

Eric and Andrew Dayton, sons of Gov. Mark Dayton are renovating a vacant warehouse district building into a restaurant and cocktail lounge set to open this summer.  Located  at 1st St N. and 2nd Avenue N., the new developement will feature a restaurant, retailer on a first floor and a cocktail bar in the basement.  The rooftop will be turned into a garden which the the restaurant will use in its menu.

More details to come.

Top 5 Condos with Restaurants on the Ground Floor

Minneapolis Lofts and Condos with Restaurants in Them

One of the unique and great perks of living downtown… is a restaurant in your building!

North Washington Cafe

Tower Lofts

Café: North Washington Café

Category: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: Coffee/Soup/Sandwich’s/Wine and Beer

Hours: Monday through Thursday 6am – 11pm, Friday – Saturday 7am – 2am, Sunday 7am – 9pm

Neighborhood: North Loop

Address: 700 Washington Ave N

Humboldt Lofts

Restaurant: Spoonriver

Category: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: New American/Vegan/Vegetarian/Full Bar

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:30 – Bar Close, Sat/Sun 10 – Bar Close

Neighborhood: Mill District

Address: 750 S 2nd St

The Ivy

Restaurant: Porter and Fry

Category: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: American/Seafood/Full Bar

Hours: Monday through Friday 11 – Bar Close, Sat/Sun 7:30 – Bar Close

Neighborhood: Central Business District

Address: 1115 2nd Ave S

Basset Creek Lofts

Café: C. McGee’s

Category: Breakfast, Lunch

Cuisine: Coffee/Soups/Sandwich’s

Hours: Monday through Friday 7 – 4

Neighborhood: North Loop

Address: 901 N 3rd

Arts Quarter Lofts

Café: Bad Waitress

Category: Breakfast, Lunch

Cuisine: Coffee/Soup/Sandwich’s/Wine and Beer

Hours: Monday through Friday 7 – 11:30, Saturday  8 – 11:30, Sun 8 – 11

Neighborhood: Eat Street

Address: 2 E 26th St

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Luxury Casino Pitched for Block E

Developer Bob Lux is pushing for a “Luxury Casino” in Block E


Photo: Jennifer Simonson, Star Tribune

Bob Lux is most know for his involvement in developing arguably the two highest end high-rise condos in Minneapolis, the Carlyle and Grant Park.

According to the Star Tribune “Lux’s company, Minneapolis-based Alatus LLC, issued a statement Tuesday saying that the developers have been vetting all manner of ideas for Block E, which is adjacent to the new Twins ballpark and Target Center.

Suggestions for the site have included restaurant, retail and entertainment options, as well as a limited-footprint, sophisticated, best-in-class gaming component similar in style and experience to the Bellagio or Wynn” in Las Vegas, Alatus said, adding that it “will be continuing to listen, discuss and explore all ideas.

It’s unclear who would own or operate the casino. Such a project would require approval of the Legislature, and possibly an amendment to the state Constitution.”

Do you think having a casino downtown Minneapolis would help or hurt the area around Block E?  Read More

Minneapolis Warehouse District Building Forecloses: OM Restaurant Shuts its Doors

401 First Av. N is Scheduled to be Auctioned at Sheriff’s’ Sale Feb. 25

The buildng that recently housed the 2 level Indian restaurant OM is going into foreclosure and will be auctioned at a  sheriff’s sale on February 25th.  You may remember the building as the Nate’s Clothing building on 1st Ave in the warehouse district.  According to the Star Tribune, ”The Uppals bought the building in 2008 for $3.65 million. Property records show the property now has an estimated market value of $2.7 million.”  I remember when the property was purchased a few years back and recall hearing about potential apartments or condos being built out above the restaurant.   It appears the bank supposedly was not keen on allowing them to draw down on their loan in order to do the appropriate renovations necessary to renovate the space above the restaurant.  Bad timing obviously.

26th and Nicollet Gets Rejuvenated: Proposed Vertical Endeavors Climbing Gym!

As mentioned on Twitter last night, I attended the Whittier Business Association meeting and heard some very exciting news in regards to Eat Street.  26th and Nicollet has become a destination for some time now and  took a bit of a hit when restaurant anchor Azia closed its doors.  I was excited to hear that the building on the corner of 26th and Nicollet, formally the location for Azia and Taco Morales is currently in the process of being renovated (equipped with HVAC).  There are some prospective tenants currently working out the details  but it sounds like restaurants will soon fill this wonderful corner of Eat Street again.

Those of you familiar with Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul will be happy to know that if all goes well there will also be another location on Nicollet between 26th and 25th right between the Jasmine Deli and  ‘Azia’ building.  This will occupy the old Ice House that you may not have ever noticed existed.  It sounds like the complex will be one of the larger climbing facilities in the region and will definitely be a destination spot for folks outside of the neighborhood in addition to the already prevalent Minneapolis climbing ‘gym rats’.   This will be a big draw to the neighborhood especially during the weekday evenings and weekends which inevitably should be positive for local restaurant owners.   As a former Vertical Endeavors regular I am excited and hopeful this will come together soon. 

I don’t have all of the details but am thrilled to see some activity back in the area!

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Bar La Grassa, Another Reason to Live in the North Loop

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