Uptown Business News – 6/23/12

Business, Featured — By on June 23, 2012 1:06 pm

A little bit of catch up on what’s going on in the Uptown business districts.

Building renovation possible at Bryant & Lake
The Southwest Journal has this story about a possible renovation of the old Woodcraft Hobby and neighboring building at 901-909 West Lake Street that is currently home to Sunrise Cyclery.
*Disclosure: I work for The Ackerberg Group

Trader Joe’s rejected by City Council committee
The Zoning and Planning Committee of the Minneapolis City Council unanimously (6-0) voted to reject the rezoning of the property that is proposed for a Trader Joe’s at 27th and Lyndale over concerns it would be considered  spot zoning.

Vandalism at 36th/Bryant again
Kyles Market and Calhoun Pet Supply, both at the corner of 36th Street and Bryant Avenue, have been vandalized now four times since February. There is  a suspect photo and the police say that the cultural origin of the owners may be a factor. There is a $1,000 reward offered. More on the situation, including photos of the suspect, can be found at the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association site.

JJ’s Coffee & Wine Bistro now open
The new 1800 Lake apartment building had its first floor retail tenant open this month, JJ’s Coffee and Wine Bistro. Their menu includes a wide variety of coffees, wines, some beers along with pizzas, burgers, and cheeses. I hear the view is pretty descent.

JJ's Coffee and Wine Bistro

JJ's Coffee and Wine Bistro just opened at 1800 West Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis

Motto opens at 31st and Hennepin
The design clothing, gifts, and home decor store, Motto, opened at 3105 Hennepin Avenue. The locally-owned store is the product of owners Maria Walker and Maryn Bulygo.

Motto in Uptown Minneapolis

The design-focused clothing, home, and gift store opened in June at 31st and Hennepin

Birdhouse opens at 25th & Hennepin
The restaurant owners of the popular restaurant Heidi’s, Stewart and Heidi Woodman, have opened their newest creation, Birdhouse, at 2516 Hennepin. The space was previously home to Duplex. The new restaurant features a menu of affordable organics dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Hot Dish has an initial write up here.

World Street Kitchen to open at 28th and Lyndale
Joining the new Greenleaf Apartment building on the northeast corner of 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue S will be World Street Kitchen. You may have heard of them as they have operated a food truck over the last three years. According to the Southwest Journal, the owners had originally wanted to open a brick and mortar restaurant but felt doing street food on the street was the best move at the time. They will keep the food truck but open up 2,700 square foot, 70-seat restaurant the end of 2012.

Bar Louie is under construction at MoZaic
Those walking through the new plaza at MoZaic (the tall building behind the Lagoon Cinema) may have noticed there is construction going on in part of the plaza and  first floor. This is for the upcoming opening of Bar Louie, who is taking 7,500 square feet of the 11,000 square foot ground floor commercial space in MoZaic. Bar Louie hopes to be open in late summer/early fall.
*Disclosure: I work for The Ackerberg Group, developer/owner/manager of MoZaic

Bar Louie at MoZaic

Construction in the patio section of Bar Louie in the MoZaic project in Uptown Minneapolis. The patio and the plaza are buffered by an artist-designed red bench (foreground), a water fountain (silver horizontal beam in photo) and a hedge (not installed).

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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  1. Mike Kann says:

    What’s going on at 1940 Henn? Next door to Rye?

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