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by Chef
April 23rd, 2013, 10:10 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 4Marq - 400 Marquette Ave (313' - 30 Stories)
Replies: 835
Views: 151004

Re: 4Marq - (400 Marquette Avenue)

On topic I think this is a nice building, it is not the Taj Mahal but it is not unpleasant to look at. Some people expect every building to be an iconic groundbreaking design, that is unrealistic. No city has that. Most cities, even the great ones, are mostly full of regular buildings that are styli...
by Chef
April 23rd, 2013, 9:58 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: 4Marq - 400 Marquette Ave (313' - 30 Stories)
Replies: 835
Views: 151004

Re: 4Marq - (400 Marquette Avenue)

The developments they have been building in Seattle the last few years are nothing to write home about, our infill is probably a bit better. Actually, if you look at the development forums at SSC it quickly becomes apparent that we are getting top tier infill compared to most of the rest of the coun...
by Chef
April 3rd, 2013, 9:10 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 151256

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

Nick wrote:Maybe I should have taken Econ...if the rent is too high to keep all these tenants, why is the rent so high? Blah blah blah market forces blah blah blah..?
I think they bought at the top of the market and are trying to make their money back. They haven't accepted reality yet.
by Chef
April 3rd, 2013, 9:01 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 151256

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

just odd a chicago based chain can't make a go of it at that corner. business must have been just really slow. rent cant be higher in calhoun square vs a chicago location. guess it's all in the concept, food, ambience. Minneapolis proper is a hard market for out of town restauranteurs. It is full o...
by Chef
March 26th, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 151256

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

The word on the street in the industry was that Figlio's sales were dropping. I don't know if that is true but it is what I heard from reliable sources. If your rent is increased at the same time you can't continue with the status quo. The things restaurant owners say to the media should not be take...
by Chef
March 25th, 2013, 4:11 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News
Replies: 1472
Views: 151256

Re: Uptown Restaurant News

Figlio was dying when it was closed. Its' problem was that all the people who loved it were no longer young and no longer hanging out in Uptown. The love for Figlio was a product of middle aged people with families being nostalgic for their younger and more carefree days, but they didn't eat there a...
by Chef
February 13th, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Minneapolis: Highest Rape Rate in America?
Replies: 12
Views: 1806

Re: Minneapolis: Highest Rape Rate in America?

Rates for sexual assaults have more to do with how often the victim goes to the police rather than how often the crime is reported. If you look at victimization surveys they tend to give you different numbers. Often when someone is raped by a person they know they are reluctant to go to the police s...
by Chef
February 13th, 2013, 1:36 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 30547

Re: 2601 Lyndale Ave S (vacant lot, former hardware store)

Some of the side streets off of Lyndale are fully parked in by 9pm, I'm not sure about that block in particular but parking on Garfield and Harriet is tough at times. I live at 22nd and Garfield and usually don't get off work until late, I usually have to park 2 to 3 blocks from my apartment (which ...
by Chef
February 11th, 2013, 11:20 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lime - (2904 Lyndale Avenue South)
Replies: 398
Views: 67224

Re: Lime - (2900 Lyndale Avenue South)

Has anyone else noticed that the '50s modernist eave of the VFW is referenced in the eaves of Blue? I like the way they work together. Little details like that make a neighborhood feel more architecturally cohesive. I would be sad to see the VFW go. It is not a showpiece but it is one of those build...
by Chef
February 8th, 2013, 10:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 30547

Re: 2601 Lyndale Ave S (vacant lot, former hardware store)

If they need the parking to get permits for their expansion then what happens when parking spots go away? Somebody from the city needs to ask them that question. I think they really, really want their expansion projects to happen and they are trying to bs their way through all the legal hoops. It is...
by Chef
February 5th, 2013, 11:03 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Izzy's Ice Cream Factory
Replies: 176
Views: 31680

Re: Izzy's Ice Cream Factory

At the same time, it's a factory, so probably not a great view for pedestrians. Unless they have it set up like a Krispy Kreme shop ;) It will be made up for I think. Love it. ;) Speak for yourself. I love doing factory tours. :) Actually, they'd be crazy not to do something... like a brewery tour....
by Chef
February 5th, 2013, 10:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lime - (2904 Lyndale Avenue South)
Replies: 398
Views: 67224

Re: Lime - (2900 Lyndale Avenue South)

I think the tile coloring is garish enough that it looks like 5 year olds were coloring a line drawing of the rendering. Often these things turn out a bit more muted in real life. I hope that is the case here or this thing will look awfully inelegant in a decade. The building itself has nice lines t...
by Chef
January 14th, 2013, 12:57 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 30547

Re: 2601 Lyndale Ave S (vacant lot, former hardware store)

It is worth noting that Lynn Gordon, the principle owner of the French Meadow, is so detached from reality that she is almost certainly suffering from some sort of mental illness. This is why they do things that don't make sense
by Chef
January 13th, 2013, 6:35 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 30547

Re: 2601 Lyndale Ave S (vacant lot, former hardware store)

lordmoke wrote:I apologize if I missed it, but when and where is the meeting on this again? Definitely don't want this to happen. Retail on Lyndale is finally starting to fill back in. The last thing we need is another parking lot.
Six o'clock tomorrow (Monday).
by Chef
January 11th, 2013, 12:54 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Rex 26 - 2601 Lyndale Ave S
Replies: 262
Views: 30547

Re: 2601 Lyndale Ave S (vacant lot, former hardware store)

The owners of the French Meadow have always dreamed of having a big parking lot. At one point around ten years ago they wanted to buy the CC Club and knock it down for parking but the owners of the CC Club wouldn't sell. In general they are very disorganized and self centered people, the notion that...
by Chef
January 6th, 2013, 1:05 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Junction Flats - (643 Fifth Street North)
Replies: 121
Views: 27402

Re: Junction Flats - (643 Fifth Street North)

[offtopic] Why is it unrealistic to assume that some point in the next 10 years the HERC land will be prime real estate and a new garbage burner can be relocated somewhere out of the city's core? Because it is unrealistic. What neighborhood or suburb would ever accept a garbage burner being built? ...
by Chef
December 7th, 2012, 11:07 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Loring Vue Apartments - (415 Oak Grove Street)
Replies: 216
Views: 35432

Re: Loring Vue Apartments - (415 Oak Grove Street)

Turning a house into a restaurant is rarely a good idea. It causes all sorts of problems with execution and finances due to the fact that houses are not designed to be restaurants. I was the head chef of one for four years (Duplex). Never again. The other element is that once you turn a house into a...
by Chef
December 5th, 2012, 9:43 pm
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News
Replies: 1008
Views: 149078

Re: Downtown Restaurant News

Not to be a dick but I'm not sad to see spill the wine go. Maybe something that doesn't suck will move in... I interviewed for the head chef position there a few months after it opened. It was the weirdest job interview I've ever had. I didn't get a good vibe. It was obvious from body language and ...
by Chef
December 5th, 2012, 12:44 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Suburban World Theater rehab - 3022 Hennepin Ave S
Replies: 100
Views: 18735

Re: Vacant Historic Theaters in Uptown/LynLake

I think live music venue is the most obvious way to go, and there would certainly be a demand for it.
by Chef
November 12th, 2012, 11:33 am
Forum: Minneapolis - South, Southwest, and Uptown
Topic: Lime - (2904 Lyndale Avenue South)
Replies: 398
Views: 67224

Re: Greco Lyn-Lake Building - (2900 Lyndale Avenue South)

I'm wondering how excited you guys would be if, as a nearby resident like me, you awoke to a shaking apartment due to this construction. Two days in a row. How is this possible before 8 a.m.? Aren't there laws? (I'm not too concerned, really. Just a bit of an annoyance. Glad to come on here and fin...

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