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Minneapolis American Indian Center breaks ground on $32.5M expansion

After years of planning, construction began last week on a $32.5 million renovation and expansion of the half-century-old Minneapolis American Indian Center in south Minneapolis. The new complex will reflect the transition of the center from a 1970s-era social services center to a centerpiece of Indian food, art, health programs, youth activities and commerce. This is a signature project for an organization that serves 4,500 Native Americans and an additional 10,000 visitors annually who participate in community events, visit Two Rivers Gallery, shop at Woodland Crafts and eat at Gatherings Café.

5 restaurant openings in Minneapolis you should know about

Blondette: Chef Daniel del Prado and his team transformed the fifth-floor atrium of the Rand Tower Hotel into a gorgeous lavender-lit space. Situated beneath a retractable roof, guests can enjoy classic French dishes and techniques with the use of Pacific Northwest ingredients
Arts + Rec Uptown:
A choose-your-party spot that’s unlike anything else. Enter through Seven Points Mall and end up in a room styled like a vintage record shop that kicks off an immersive mini-golf course. Or enter through the street-level glass doors and walk into a bar and restaurant. In the middle, there’s a stage and a private, rentable bar.
Clancey’s Meats & Fish:
Opened in the former Grand Cafe, the restaurant by Kristin Tombers is known for its farm-sourced meats and an iconic roast beef sandwich, and the new space gives it room to spread out, with plenty of seating and an expanded gourmet grocery and prepared foods selection.
Chloe by Vincent:
Chef Vincent Francoual has launched what’s intended to be the first in a portfolio of restaurants that will allow his expertise for, and love of, French cooking to shine. This casual French bistro holds court in the historic Thresher Square, which is occupied by the Canopy by Hilton hotel.
Tom’s Watch Bar:
With more than 100 TVs, a 360-degree viewing room, the ability to personalize audio tableside and a supersized roster of sports programming, this sprawling bar and restaurant in downtown Minneapolis leans into what it is: a mecca for sports fans.

Uptown businesses unite to create winter wonderland

Several Uptown businesses have partnered to breathe new life into the neighborhood so more people would stop by, creating the Love from Uptown campaign. This holiday season, the campaign is hoping to draw more visitors in with beautifully decorated windows. Right now, 24 storefront windows are adorned with holiday cheer. “If we band together as a community to create engagement and uplift through this campaign, we can be a part of the reboot and revitalization of Uptown right now,” said Esther Callahan, Co-Artistic Director of Arts + Rec Uptown. The holiday windows will be up for the rest of December, but some businesses will stay decorated through the winter.

New vendors chosen for Lake Nokomis, Bde Maka Ska concessions

The Painted Turtle has been chosen to replace longtime vendor Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis, while Lola on the Lake will return to the rebuilt Bde Maka Ska pavilion in partnership with Pimento Kitchen. The Painted Turtle, the newest venture of the restaurateurs behind the North Loop dog park and taproom Unleashed Hounds and Hops, will offer scratch-made “classic Minnesota lakeside fare” like battered walleye fish and chips, while also partnering with La La Ice Cream, Kramarczuk Sausage Co. and local breweries to offer scooped ice cream, hot dogs and beer. Lola, which offers smoked wings, ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and shrimp tacos, started operating at Bde Maka Ska in 2017, but was displaced when the popular pavilion burned down in an accidental fire two years later.

Winthrop & Weinstine looks to add downtown Minneapolis office space

The Twin Cities' fifth-largest law firm, Winthrop & Weinstine, is looking to increase its downtown Minneapolis footprint as the firm eyes expansion. Winthrop, which currently leases about 100,000 square feet in Capella Tower, is exploring multiple options, including expanding its current office space, relocating within the building and moving to a new space. “We're very committed to downtown Minneapolis. We think that Minneapolis is an economic hub that is extremely important to not only the city but the region and the state of Minnesota,” said President Tammera Diehm.

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