New Town Hall Brewery planned for Northeast, at site of Little Jack’s

The Journal reports that Paul Dzubnar, who has rapidly expanded his Town Hall Brewery concept around Minneapolis, says a fourth location is on tap for next year.

Dzubnar and co-owner Pete Rifakes plan to open a Town Hall location at 201 Lowry Ave. N.E., as part of a redevelopment of the site that once housed Little Jack’s.

The new restaurant will have a similar pub-style menu to other Town Hall Brewery location at Seven Corners and the two others in South Minneapolis (those are called Town Hall Tap and Town Hall Lanes), but Dzubnar said it might have more of a supper-club feel to it — a nod to Little Jack’s, which closed in 2006. It’ll also have an attached banquet facility — city documents refer to it as Tied House Banquet Hall, though the name might change by the time it opens.

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Goodwill pitches new concept at Dinkytown Millennials

StarTribune reports that Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota debuted its next-generation store concept, called Gina + Will, in Dinkytown over the weekend. It’s not organized like a traditional Goodwill store, and it’s not marketed like one either.

The new store represents the nonprofit’s bid to capture more business from the millennial generation. Gina + Will costs about 30 percent more per square foot than a typical Goodwill store. The design, by HGA Architects, includes plenty of color and a “selfie wall” for taking pictures of new get-ups. There’s also a big-screen TV that captures and displays social-media posts from customers.

Even before it opened, the store was blessed with some good luck. Its location turned out to be just across the street from the new Dinktytown Target Express — another new concept from an established retailer looking to plumb the college-age demographic.

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Urban microwinery sets sights on South Minneapolis

MSPBJ reports that Urban Forage Winery & Cider House, a new winemaking facility and taproom, is planned for Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood.

Microwineries are rare in the Twin Cities despite a boom in microbrewing and distilling. The fledgling company will offer a selection of meads, berry- and rhubarb-based wines, apple cider, dandelion wine and lilac wine, however.

Owner and winemaker Jeff Zeiter and his wife Gita, a registered nurse, bought the 98-year-old building at 3016 E. Lake in February 2013.

Their 1,200-square-foot tasting room will be on the ground floor, which is currently occupied by an agency that dispatches personal care assistants. Production will happen in the basement. Zeitler estimates they will produce about 6,000 gallons of wine and cider a year.

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Central Avenue shuffle: Walgreens, Neighborhood HealthSource clinic moving in N.E. Minneapolis

The Journal reports that three businesses are on the move along Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, a shift that could mean a new Walgreens at 26th and Central.

The Journal(formerly the Downtown Journal) has a report on the happenings, and you should check it out because there are a lot of moving pieces, but here’s the gist:

  • Walgreens has bought Neighborhood HealthSource’s clinic at 2610 Central and wants a new store there.
  • Neighborhood HealthSource has bought Methven-Taylor Funeral Homes funeral chapel at 2301 Central and wants a new clinic there.
  • And Methven-Taylor Funeral Homes has already moved out and is consolidating that operation with another location in Columbia Heights.

Walgreens and Neighborhood HealthSource are staying put for now, while proposals for new buildings make their way through the city.

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Nadia Cakes will open a bigger sweet shop in the east metro

MSPBJ reports that Abby Jimenez, a veteran of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” is building a second sweet shop in Minnesota.

Jimenez is the CEO and executive chef of Nadia Cakes. Shes a transplant from Palmdale, Calif., where she started the company in 2007. She opened her first Minnesota store in Maple Grove two years ago, and said it has been a smashing success since.

She will build a new store in a shopping complex at Commerce Drive and Woodbury Drive anchored by SuperTarget. The 2,700-square-foot shop will be the company’s largest and enjoy three-sided visibility on a prominent corner lot. It will have tiled floors, marble counters, and cases filled with over 100 kinds of fresh treats.

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MyBurger, Caribou Coffee coming to Richfield

Sun Newspapers reports that Richfield’s new city center, called Lyndale Station, has lined up a pair of eateries for the development.

The Richfield Planning Commission unanimously approved plans by Wellington Management for the addition of a new building at Lyndale Avenue and West 66th Street. The addition will include a MyBurger, a Minneapolis chain that already has three locations in downtown, Uptown and the Stadium Village neighborhood.

It’ll be accompanied by a Caribou Coffee — about a year-and-a-half after another Caribou closed across the street. That location lacked parking, though, and retail partners that would help drive traffic.

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After brief revival, St. Paul’s Jerabek’s bakery closes again

reports that the century-old Jerabek’s New Bohemian bakery in St. Paul, which closed last fall only to lurch back to life weeks later, shut it doors again last Monday.

Eater Minneapolis has a post on the shutdown, noting that new managers brought in late last year weren’t enough to revive the business. On Jerabek’s Facebook page, owners said goodbye to customer

Posted in St. Paul