Visit West Broadway - a neighborhood with dining, arts and parks.
West Broadway is arguably Minneapolis’ most diverse neighborhood. Prince spent a few important formative, guitar-strumming, piano-tapping years in the area. Revitalization is quickly ramping up, driven by community-led businesses, events and local entrepreneurs. These changes include a thriving cultural presence that’s near the tipping point into a full-fledged “scene.”
Eat, Drink, Chill
Breaking Bread Café is one of the ringleaders of the West Broadway community-driven revival. Their goal is to inspire others into an entrepreneurial spirit by hiring and training locals, serving as a social gathering point and giving back to the community. The café is a part of the Appetite for Change organization, “a community-based nonprofit, as well as a social enterprise, whose mission it is to use food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change.” Oh and the food is wonderful! They serve breakfast and lunch only, focusing on healthy spins on familiar dishes. They also cater.
On one hand, people swear by Serendripity Spot as a casual, super-friendly place to sip a coffee or tea and chill. On the other hand, their striking passion for waffles made with healthy, “hyper-local” ingredients, prompted Eater Twin Cities to declare their waffles the best in the metro area. But there’s more. They also serve sandwiches, any of which you have the option of turning into a “waffle-wich.” Serendripity Spot is dedicated to being a zero waste establishment, using all returnable or refillable containers and pouring to-go drinks go in your refillable mug - or you can purchase one of theirs. They offer a 5% discount to patrons who arrive by foot, bicycle, or bus.
Family-run Boom Island Brewery is your run-of-the-mill “guy goes to Belgium, becomes smitten by its beer” story – except this one ends with a brewery in an obscure part of Minneapolis that’s wildly popular anyway. Shhhh! Their secret is they use Belgian brewery-sourced yeasts in their beers to keep the bottled beer fresh and always evolving. They occasionally host live music.
Part market, part neighborhood celebration, the West Broadway Farmer's Market is open Friday afternoons, June through October. The requisite fruit and veggies are here, but there’s also clothing, art, live music, DJs and spontaneous dancing.
Utepils Brewing massive taproom and beer garden not only serves a variety of German, Czech and Belgian beers, but there’s also food trucks and events like “Beer + Yoga” and “Brushes & Brews” for those who feel a surge of artistic inspiration after a pint or two. Their beer is made with water from the city’s historic Glenwood Inglewood wells.
Now a popular local chain, the first Broadway Bar and Pizzeria opened nearby in 1953, renamed Broadway in 1961 and moved to its current location in when they built I-94 in 1975. These days it’s a beloved neighborhood institution and family-friendly place. The thin crust pizzas and pasta get the biggest raves.
The Capri Theater has been working to develop the artistic and performance community in North Minneapolis for over 50 years. It’s widely believed that Prince’s first solo performance (i.e. headlining as himself, not part of a different group) was at the Capri in January 1979. The theater is owned and operated by the Plymouth Christian Youth Center. They host live theater, concerts, film screenings and offer after-school youth classes and workshops.
At 740 acres, gigantic Theodore Wirth Park is the largest park in Minneapolis. There are year-round activities, including cycling, golf, archery, soccer, tennis, sledding, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnicking and pretty much any other activity you can imagine in a huge, grassy space. There’s also a garden, bird sanctuary and a beach. Theodore Wirth Parkway is a component of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 51-mile loop composed of parkways, trails, lakes and the Mississippi River Boulevard. It’s the only scenic byway in the country located entirely within an urban area.
To learn more about the West Broadway Business Association, visit westbroadway.org/