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A more eclectic, residential Uptown is on the way

The new Arts & Rec restaurant opened its rooftop deck in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood in the Seven Points building, in time for the Uptown Art Fair’s return – the first since 2019. It’s located across the street from three other newly in-vogue foodie destinations, Sooki & Mimi, Black Walnut Bakery and La La Ice Cream. Seven Points also includes new independent businesses, and the construction of a seven-story apartment building is underway. Developers are envisioning a more eclectic and residential Uptown, shaped by locally owned shops and restaurants, as well as unique art spaces.

Grain Belt Brewery office building in Northeast Minneapolis to become event center

The almost 130-year-old former Grain Belt Brewery office building in Northeast Minneapolis will be transformed into an event venue by Entourage Events Group. It will have private dining rooms, meeting and conference rooms and bridal suites in the front half and a large ballroom in the back. Construction is underway and will debut in Fall 2022. It will be called “The 1893 at the Historic Grain Belt Office,” a nod to the building’s original use and the year it was constructed.

MAIC to become even bigger, brighter community gathering spot

The Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) is among three community organizations selected to house solar power collectors and batteries to help through times of power outages and natural disasters. This is part of a $9 million Resilient Minneapolis project provided by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. MAIC’s $30 million renovation and expansion development is targeted to launch later this fall and reopening the center is expected in Spring 2024.

5 to 10 on Hennepin empowers youth with summer-based entertainment and arts program

Hennepin Art’s program, 5 to 10 on Hennepin, is in its seventh year. The program is a community-focused, youth-based summer entertainment program and empowerment platform. Teens and kids use art as a way to express themselves with help from teaching artists. 5 to 10 on Hennepin is sponsored in part by Ameriprise and the Office of Violence Prevention for the City of Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings among the biggest draws in NFL

The Vikings are one of the Top 10 most popular NFL teams based on fan attendance in 2021, according to a recent ranking from Fox Sports. There are 32 NFL teams. The rankings looked at the highest total attendance percentage for fans for NFL teams’ home and away games. The team also tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the highest average attendance percentage at home games, at 100.4% (that includes standing-room only tickets, as well), drawing an average crowd of 66,702 to U.S. Bank Stadium, according to the Sports Business Journal.

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