Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

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HiawathaGuy
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby HiawathaGuy » November 27th, 2019, 2:46 pm

MNdible wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Everything old is new again.
I'm still waiting for Chevy's to open again at 7th & Hennepin! :o

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby mamundsen » December 2nd, 2019, 5:19 pm

The 801 Chophouse has a sign saying Now Open. I’m really disappointed that they have the windows completely covered with what looks like interior wood shutters or sliding panels.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby twinkess » December 2nd, 2019, 5:42 pm

So did we talk about this? The 801 Chophouse didn't take their name from the address, 801 Nicollet Mall S. It's the name of the chain and just a coincidence that they landed at that address.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby HiawathaGuy » December 3rd, 2019, 10:04 am

twinkess wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 5:42 pm
So did we talk about this? The 801 Chophouse didn't take their name from the address, 801 Nicollet Mall S. It's the name of the chain and just a coincidence that they landed at that address.
Yes, it was discussed when they announced taking this spot. Works well for them regardless!

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MN Fats
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby MN Fats » December 31st, 2019, 10:18 am

Erik the Red to close Jan 1, reopen Fall 2020 in south Minneapolis.

http://www.startribune.com/downtown-min ... 566596221/

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby QuietBlue » December 31st, 2019, 11:45 am

I think that might be a better spot for it. Where it is now, it seems it would get a lot of business on game/concert days, but not many other times.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby bubzki2 » January 2nd, 2020, 8:52 am

From what I've heard ETR really didn't offer anything all that special, so there was really no reason to head there other than game days. More options in this part of town now makes them a harder sell. A bit more effort and creativity and someone else could find success in this location.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby amiller92 » January 2nd, 2020, 11:59 am

It was a great location for a bar when the Twins played 81 games at the Metrodome.

But, darnit, where am I doing to grab a beer on my way home from Williams Arena, having missed my connection to the 14 and having a half hour to kill before there's another one?

grrdanko
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby grrdanko » January 2nd, 2020, 1:32 pm

This isn't a bad location. It's right next to HCMC. The largest employer downtown. It's also a few blocks from quite a few large residential building and there is a new apartment building next to it that is almost complete. This could be a really successful spot for someone that could make this a regular option for the neighborhood and the hospital.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby amiller92 » January 2nd, 2020, 2:11 pm

Might make sense for a diner or something, but I'm not sure the workers, patients and visitors to the hospital or the new residents of the (subsidized? income restricted? both?) new housing are going to be enough to support a craft beer or sports bar.

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MN Fats
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby MN Fats » January 2nd, 2020, 3:13 pm

Right. I'm thinking this will be vacant for an extended period of time, unfortunately.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby SurlyLHT » January 2nd, 2020, 5:48 pm

A Diner of the Uptown Diner variety would be good here. North Central University is also nearby in addition to HCMC. Or maybe the Wilf's will buy it and turn the whole thing into a permanent Vikings themed bar like their Longhouse. They could expand the place, add a rooftop patio for "tailgating etc etc. (The Longhouse by the way probably took revenue from Erik The Red.)

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby mattaudio » January 3rd, 2020, 2:17 pm

SurlyLHT wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 5:48 pm
A Diner of the Uptown Diner variety would be good here.
How does that differ from Band Box a few blocks away?

rhettcarlson
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby rhettcarlson » January 3rd, 2020, 2:38 pm

It's an old building with existing kitchen infrastructure in place. It should be relatively cheap space where a new restauranteur could plug in easily. Hope sooner rather than later.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby grant1simons2 » January 6th, 2020, 10:35 am

Honestly surprised no one has proposed they just redevelopment the lot. It's 15,500 sqf across from the stadium. East Town apartments is going up next door, two blocks away they hope to convert to apartments, the medical examiner is moving (has moved?) to Minnetonka, AND 7th/8th have BRT now.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby SurlyLHT » January 6th, 2020, 11:44 am

mattaudio wrote:
January 3rd, 2020, 2:17 pm
SurlyLHT wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 5:48 pm
A Diner of the Uptown Diner variety would be good here.
How does that differ from Band Box a few blocks away?
Band Box is way smaller, more limited of a place than the Uptown Diner.

grrdanko
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby grrdanko » January 15th, 2020, 11:40 am

Ike's is closed permanently.

startribune.com/ike-s-food-cocktails-in-downtown-minneapolis-is-permanently-closed/566972891/

They tried to blame their closing on crime just like Rojo did.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby HiawathaGuy » January 15th, 2020, 11:45 am

grrdanko wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 11:40 am
Ike's is closed permanently.

startribune.com/ike-s-food-cocktails-in-downtown-minneapolis-is-permanently-closed/566972891/

They tried to blame their closing on crime just like Rojo did.
That's a stretch, and you know it.
Here are the facts:
StarTribune wrote:Citing failed lease negotiations with the building owner, Ike's proprietor Gene Winstead said he's disappointed they could not agree on a new rental arrangement after "extensive" talks that began in July. According to court records, the owners of 50 South Sixth Street served the restaurant with an eviction summons on January 10. According to Winstead, the negotiations were meant to "address restaurant and market conditions" impacting Ike's bottom line, including "labor costs, operational costs, maintenance costs and taxes."

He finished by citing: a perception of downtown Minneapolis as unsafe for evening diners. "There is a little truth to it, but it's mostly perception," he said.
Ike's has been downtown for 18 years. I think it's misleading and unfair to post the article link and then make a claim that seems unwarranted.
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BBMplsMN
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby BBMplsMN » January 15th, 2020, 11:47 am

grrdanko wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 11:40 am
Ike's is closed permanently.

startribune.com/ike-s-food-cocktails-in-downtown-minneapolis-is-permanently-closed/566972891/

They tried to blame their closing on crime just like Rojo did.
That's not what the article actually says. He cites failed lease negotiations meant to "address restaurant and market conditions" such as labor costs, operational costs, maintenance cost and taxes. All legitimate concerns. The only time he addresses crime, the article says: "He also cited a perception of downtown Minneapolis as unsafe for evening diners. 'There is a little truth to it, but it's mostly perception.'"

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant News

Postby SurlyLHT » January 15th, 2020, 12:36 pm

Can't the city do something to help the restaurants and small businesses Downtown?


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