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Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: January 31st, 2018, 9:46 am
by LakeCharles
I wonder how long those fast fashion chains will be around. Getting someone like Topman to sign a 10 year lease seems like we could easily end up with a vacant building in 5 years.

But maybe I'm just out of touch.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: January 31st, 2018, 10:27 am
by NickP
If Uniqlo happened I would be super excited :-)

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: January 31st, 2018, 10:29 am
by VacantLuxuries
I wonder how long those fast fashion chains will be around.
It would give the HERC more to do. /s

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: January 31st, 2018, 11:12 am
by amiller92
John wrote:
January 30th, 2018, 7:06 pm
Uniqlo and Topman
Get off my lawn (i.e., I'm old so I don't know what those are)!

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: January 31st, 2018, 1:02 pm
by colink
AmazonGo perhaps?

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: February 2nd, 2018, 7:41 am
by LakeCharles
LakeCharles wrote:
January 31st, 2018, 9:46 am
I wonder how long those fast fashion chains will be around. Getting someone like Topman to sign a 10 year lease seems like we could easily end up with a vacant building in 5 years.

But maybe I'm just out of touch.
Case in point: H&M just announced their third quarter earnings, and they are down over 20%! They will also be closing 170 stores (not the Uptown one, yet).

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: February 14th, 2018, 12:07 pm
by xandrex
Not Uptown, but we don't have a LynLake thread.

I was driving on Lyndale last night and it seems that an Anytime Fitness is going into the Lime apartment building based on the enormous signage out front. Nice to see that retail spot fill in.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 16th, 2018, 10:47 am
by seanrichardryan

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 16th, 2018, 11:03 am
by minntransplant
seanrichardryan wrote:
May 16th, 2018, 10:47 am
Bar Louie has closed- https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... ml?ana=twt
I'm surprised. It always seemed busy, especially during patio season. Great opportunity for someone else ...

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 19th, 2018, 11:09 am
by buzz
I heard that Culver's will be going in to the Dulono's space at 607 West Lake. Can anyone confirm this?

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 19th, 2018, 7:31 pm
by PhilmerPhil
It seems really unlikely. Being in the pedestrian oriented overlay, not only drive thrus, but also fast food are banned. But gosh be darn, I would love to have a Culver’s in walking distance.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 19th, 2018, 9:44 pm
by Minnehahaha
A ban on drive thrus seems pretty clear cut... but fast food? How is fast food even defined for such an ordinance?
I love having a Culver's in the Midway... it was the best recent addition to the neighborhood until the stadium came along.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 20th, 2018, 10:00 am
by thatchio
Per 520.160 - definitions:
Restaurant, fast food. An establishment whose design or principal method of operation includes five (5) or more of the following characteristics. In addition, any restaurant with a drive-through facility shall be considered a fast food restaurant.

(1) A permanent menu board is provided from which to select and order food. (2) Customers pay for food before consuming it. (3) A self-service condiment bar is provided. (4) Trash receptacles are provided for self-service bussing. (5) Furnishing plan indicates hard finished stationary seating arrangement. (6) Most main course food items are substantially prepared or cooked on premises and packaged in individual, nonreusable containers
With the above, I think they'd meet the definition without making changes to their business model.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 20th, 2018, 10:02 am
by EOst
If they really wanted, it probably wouldn't be hard to skirt 3 and 5 to avoid falling under the ban.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 20th, 2018, 10:27 am
by Silophant
Yeah, having condiments at the tables and, I guess, cushioned chairs instead of hard booths should be doable. Additionally, since their standard business model already includes servers bringing customer's food out to their tables, it wouldn't be too hard to remove the garbage cans and have them bus tables too, like Noodles and Co.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 20th, 2018, 10:50 am
by thatchio
Some of their restaurants, like the Richfield one, includes movable chairs. The only stationary seating are the booths.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 21st, 2018, 9:33 am
by BoredAgain
Why does our code ban fast food restaurants? I understand (and approve of) banning drive-throughs, but pedestrians need to eat quickly too.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 21st, 2018, 12:27 pm
by xandrex
Yeah, I actually really hate that our pedestrian overlay districts ban fast food. It just comes off as the worst sort of progressive "we know what's best for you." It's not like fast food needs a drive-thru (which is a legitimate thing to ban). I assume it also will prevent more than a few fast food places in emerging, walkable nodes from redeveloping.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 21st, 2018, 12:35 pm
by mamundsen
Case in point... most skyway food joints easily meet 4/6 of the items above. Depending on their furniture and packaging they could have 5 or all 6. I consider most to be fast casual, not fast food.

Re: Uptown Retail & Restaurant News

Posted: May 22nd, 2018, 11:46 am
by xandrex
Another Not-Uptown-But-We-Don't-Have-A-LynLake-Business update:

Heyday is closing. Two new restaurants showing up in its place. http://www.citypages.com/restaurants/he ... /483351921