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Downtown Minneapolis to host more than 1,800 events this summer

Downtown Minneapolis' summer events calendar features 15 major concerts and 16 total days of festivals, including both Taylor Swift at U.S. Bank Stadium and Twin Cities Pride at Loring Park and Parade Park during the last weekend of June, plus more than 280 performances at music venues, over 195 major theater performances and about 75 professional sporting events. Local officials hope the programming will attract more people to the central business district and encourage office workers to hang around after they clock out for the day. A kick-off event, Downtown Field Day, will take place June 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Commons across from U.S. Bank Stadium. Nicollet Mall will also host the revived Taste of Minnesota, a free two-day event celebrating food, music and art, on July 2-3 from noon to 8 p.m.

Minneapolis ranks third nationwide for parks

The Trust for Public Land's annual ParkScore rankings looked at some 500 park systems across the United States. Minneapolis boosted its ParkScore ranking (#5 in 2022) after opening new park space, including Bridal Veil Gardens in the Prospect Park neighborhood. When it comes to park access — determined by how many residents live within a 10-minute walk to any park inside or outside the city — Minneapolis is closing in on 100%. Only 2% of residents in the city, must walk more than 10 minutes to reach a park, compared with the national average of 76%. Al Bangoura, Minneapolis parks superintendent, said they're especially proud of the system's "equity-based investments in park improvements and programming," and are committed to acquiring more land along the upper riverfront and in former industrial areas to remediate into green space — one way to expand parkland in a built-up city.

Owamni founder Sean Sherman has sights set on new project opening next month

Chef Sean Sherman - co-founder of Owamni - is working with his nonprofit NATIFS to open an Indigenous food labs model: a casual, counter service restaurant he hopes to one day scale in other states. It'll have Indigenous products for sale and a community classroom in the back to share knowledge, culture, and tradition. The Indigenous Food Lab space inside the Midtown Global Market opens to the public next month. The classroom space will open at a later date. Sherman is a world-class chef guided by the principal of making healthy Indigenous foods available, especially to Indigenous communities. He removes colonial ingredients like cane sugar, wheat flower, and dairy to unlock an authentic pathway to health.

Downtown Minneapolis' Northstar Center East office tower bought for apartment conversion

Real estate developer Sherman Associates announced Tuesday that it has closed on a $91 million purchase of Northstar Center East in downtown Minneapolis. The company plans to turn the 13-story office tower into 216 apartments.
The 329,000-square-foot office tower will be one of the first office-to-apartment conversions since the pandemic began. Sherman says the building will have over 10,000 square feet of amenity space, including a fitness center, sports simulator and virtual reality rooms. The apartments will each have smart home technology and average over 900 square feet, according to the company. Sherman expects to start development immediately and plans to complete construction in September 2024.

Red Stag space in NE Mpls becomes bar, music venue Zhora Darling

A new restaurant, bar and music venue is moving into the longtime Red Stag Supperclub space in Northeast Minneapolis. For now, owners Eric Odness and Michael Petersen aren't saying much about their plans for Zhora Darling at 509 First Ave. NE, and plan to hold off on announcements until they've finalized deals for the restaurant and music venue. The duo promises an exciting menu. Zhora Darling is in good company in Northeast's St. Anthony area, a popular dining destination. It's right next to Herbivorous Butcher and down the street from Sidebar at Surdyk’s, All Saints and Stepchld.

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