Parasole’s seafood restaurant plans head to Edina City Council

MSPBJ reports that Parasole Restaurant Holdings could start construction on its new Edina seafood restaurant in March and open it next fall, an executive said in an interview Tuesday.

The venture will be Edina-based Parasole’s first seafood concept since Oceanaire, which was spun off in 2001. Until now, Parasole has been mum on the details of the project, which has not yet been named.

The building at 7700 France Ave. will cover 7,625 square feet, comparable to Parasole’s Pittsburgh Blue and Salut restaurants, said Alan Ackerberg, chief development officer and partner with Parasole.

The restaurant will have seating for 242 diners, including an outdoor bar along France Avenue. The kitchen will have a charcoal-fired grill and a wood-fired oven for roasting seafood.

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Total Wine moves forward on Bloomington store

MSPBJ reports that Total Wine & More expects approval for its Bloomington store proposal could come as soon as the City Council’s Nov. 3 meeting.

A state administrative law judge who was asked by the city to review Total Wine’s liquor license request approved it, the Potomac, Md.-based independent wine and liquor retailer said Tuesday.

Total Wine planned to open the Southdale 494 Shopping Center store by the end of 2013. The proposal faced opposition from the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, which also also fought Total Wine’s Roseville and Burnsville stores before they opened.

“Our two stores that are now open in Minnesota are generating some of the highest sales in the country, which validates the fact the Twin Cities market has been over-priced and underserved for years.” said Edward Cooper, Total Wine & More’s vice president for public affairs and community relations, in a news release.

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Pizzeria Lola plans second Minneapolis location

MSPBJ reports that Pizzeria Lola is planning a Northeast Minneapolis location, according to public records.

Minneapolis-based Blue Construction Inc. secured a building permit Tuesday to remodel 165 13th Ave. N.E., on the same block as Dangerous Man Brewing Co. The paperwork for the interior demolition and build-out of the former Shuga Records space lists Pizzeria Lola as the future use.

Chef Ann Kim opened the first Pizzeria Lola in Southwest Minneapolis in 2010. Since then, Pizzeria Lola has become one of the most critically acclaimed pizza joints in the Twin Cities.

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Fleet Farm reaches deal for land to build store in Hermantown

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Mills Fleet Farm has reached a purchase agreement for property to build a new store in Hermantown.

Jeff Meek, vice president and chief financial officer with the Brainerd-based company, said the purchase agreement was reached last month for a parcel of about 34 acres near the corner of Loberg Road and Mall Drive. That’s west of Sam’s Club and south of Hom Furniture.

Aside from saying the company wants to open a Hermantown store “as soon as possible,” Meek said there isn’t a specific timeline yet for when a store might open, and no plans for how large it might be or how many jobs it would create. He said the company wants to take the time needed to “do it right.”

Fleet Farm has 34 stores across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Iowa. A store in Hermantown would represent a significant expansion of the retail chain’s geographic reach. Its stores nearest to Duluth are in Cambridge, Minn., about 100 miles to the south, and in Baxter, Minn., more than 100 miles to the west.

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Maple Grove Houlihan’s to be demolished for retail project

MSPBJ reports that the Houlihan’s restaurant in Maple Grove is closing today as a developer moves forward with plans to demolish the building for a larger retail project.

DJR Architecture Inc. of Minneapolis is buying the property near The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes development. It plans to demolish the building this fall and build a 12,200-square-foot building with mostly retail and perhaps a fast-casual restaurant.

No tenants have signed leases for the space, but discussions are ongoing, DJR’s Sheldon Berg told the Maple Grove Planning Commission Monday.


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Noodles, Chipotle slated for mid-December opening in Cottage Grove

South Washington County Bulletin reports that Cottage Grove residents could be eating at Noodles & Company and Chipotle Mexican Grill before Christmas, representatives from the restaurants say.

Construction on the 6,650-square-foot building in the city’s Gateway North district slated to house the food chains, as well as an AT&T store, is nearing completion.

Erin Murphy, senior manager of communications for Noodles, said an opening date has not been confirmed but she anticipated a mid-December opening.

A social media representative from Chipotle said “if all goes according to plan, we will see (Cottage Grove) by the end of December.”

Both restaurants will have indoor and patio seating. Noodles is expected to occupy 2,697 square feet on the north end of the building, with a 493-square-foot patio. Chipotle is planned to occupy 2,366 square feet on the south end of the building, with a 600-square-foot patio.

Early last month, AT&T was confirmed as the third tenant to occupy about 1,400 space in between the two restaurants. It will be a full-service cellphone store, expanding the cellular phone options for local residents, Mayor Myron Bailey said.

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Black Sheep Pizza Expanding to Eat Street With Third Location

CityPages reports that the ricotta and meatball pies of Black Sheep Pizza are rolling into the restaurant space last occupied by Eat Street Buddah Kitchen. The marathon-length monikered restaurant closed this summer. That spot had replaced Thom Pham’s Azia, which had resided at the address previously.

Black Sheep Pizza has selected the location for the third outpost of their coal-fired mini-empire. Other locations are in the North Loop and downtown St. Paul.

The fresh and gooey pies should be an excellent complement to neighboring restaurants Eat Street Social and Icehouse. Owners Jordan and Colleen Smith are aiming to open before the end of this year.

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