These 31 bars will be open late for the MLB All-Star Game

These 31 bars and adult venues have a special license to stay open until 4 a.m. on the last day of MLB All-Star Game festivities in anticipation of a baseball-fueled blitz of nighttime business.

The Minnesota Legislature gave the bars (and adult venues, denoted with an *) a special dispensation. The extended hours only apply from noon on July 15 to the wee hours of July 16.

The 508 Bar & Restaurant—508 First Ave. N.
Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar—700 Hennepin Ave.
Aqua Nightclub—400 First Ave. N.
Augie’s Cabaret*— 424 Hennepin Ave.
Bar Fly—711 Hennepin Ave.
Brother’s Bar & Grill—430 First Ave. N.
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre—824 Hennepin Ave.
The Capital Grille—801 Hennepin Ave.
Cowboy Jacks—126 Fifth St. N.
Club New York—10 Fifth St. S.
Devil’s Advocate—89 10th St. S.
Downtown Cabaret*—115 Fourth St. S.
The Executive Lounge*—418 Third Ave. N.
Firelake Grill House—31 Seventh St. S.
First Avenue—701 First Ave. N.
The Grand Hotel—615 Second Ave. S.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis—1300 Nicollet Mall
Hubert’s Sports Bar—600 First Ave. N.
Kieran’s Irish Pub—85 Sixth St. N.
The Local—931 Nicollet Mall
The Loon Cafe—500 First Ave. N.
Marin Restaurant & Bar—901 Hennepin Ave.
Millenium Hotel—1313 Nicollet Mall
The Pourhouse—10 Fifth St. S.
Rick’s Cabaret*—300 Third St. S.
The Seville Club*—15 Glenwood Ave.
The Shout House—650 Hennepin Ave.
Solera Restaurant & Event Center—900 Hennepin Ave.
Spades Nightclub—322 First Ave. N.
Uncle Bucks—26 Fifth St. N.


Elvis Costello, Minneapolis (1978)


Downtown fire, location unknown (1951)


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In Minneapolis, a Blueprint for a Bustling Downtown

The building of a nearly $1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium has become the impetus for resuscitating a barren stretch of this city’s downtown that Gov. Mark Dayton called “a concrete oasis.”

Officials broke ground this month on the city’s largest real estate project in two decades, a $400 million mixed-use development going up next to the new stadium.

The five-block project, called Downtown East, includes plans for two 18-story office towers for Wells Fargo, a six-level parking ramp, about 24,000 square feet of retail space, 193 apartments and a four-acre urban park near the stadium’s northwest corner.

Many cities have tried to generate urban renewal around a big project like a new stadium with mixed success over the years. It is often hard to persuade those who left for the suburbs to return.

Mayor Betsy Hodges is promoting such a turnaround for Minneapolis. “We have an opportunity that few cities get, a big part of our downtown that’s underdeveloped,” she said. “It’s a 21st-century resurgence, as people reimagine downtown living. They rediscover the value of living in a city and what advantages that brings in terms of recreation, employment, opportunities to live without a car and be around other people.

Ultimately, Downtown East is a chance to spur the development that the 31-year-old Metrodome failed to generate, said Michael Langley, chief executive of the Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. “This is an opportunity for a huge do-over,” he said.

The timing of the groundbreaking was exciting, he added. The city will host the 2018 Super Bowl, it was announced last week. “I think we see ourselves on a bigger stage, and we see opportunities that can be created by working together and that was probably missing before.”

(Source: The New York Times)

Minneapolis staff recommends hotel, apartments for Downtown East site

Two ambitious proposals for a key spot in the Downtown East mixed-use development were reviewed in recent weeks by city officials, who ultimately backed a $101 million hotel-apartment hybrid for the spot.

Minneapolis-based developer Ryan Cos. was chosen above a competing bid by Golden Valley-based Mortenson Development, which proposed a $63 million, 300-room hotel for the site.

A mix of city officials, from planners to finance experts, made the recommendation, but the City Council will have the final say on the proposals at its March 28 meeting.

Ryan’s proposal calls for a 150-room Radisson Red hotel and an additional 200 apartments. The firm will pay the city $5.7 million for the land and the so-called “air rights” above the ramp, which will be used by office employees and fans using the stadium.

City finance officials say Ryan’s hotel and apartment tower, which would span about 27 stories, will generate $876,000 in upfront park dedication and building fees, and annual city taxes of about $1.2 million by 2029.

Construction on the ramp development, should Ryan’s proposal be approved, would begin in May 2015 with completion slated for August 2017.


Minneapolis via Tom Nguyen Art, h/t Meet Minneapolis

View of the Third Avenue bridge and downtown Minneapolis on a twenty-six below zero day. (1951) via Minnesota Historical Society

Mill City Ruins Print via Ephemere Designs