Smashburger to open new locations at St. Louis Park mall, Coon Rapids

MSPBJ reports that Smashburger will soon open a new location at the Knollwood Mall in St. Louis Park, and another is in the works for Coon Rapids.

The Denver-based company will unveil the 35-seat Knollwood location on Oct. 15, said Smashburger COO Josh Kern. Knollwood is in the midst of a $32 million renovation.

Smashburger will open a new store in Coon Rapids next, but Kern did not disclose any further detail about the project. The city of Coon Rapids had not received any information about the new location as of Thursday.

Smashburger began its expansion into Minnesota in 2009, but quickened the pace of its Twin Cities development in 2012. Once the newest locations are open, Smashburger will have 12 restaurants in Minnesota. The chain plans to add six to eight more locations in Minneapolis-St. Paul, which is one of the company’s tops markets, Kern said.

Posted in Coon Rapids, St. Louis Park

Saguaro Brings Southwestern Flare to Southwestern Minneapolis

Eater reports that a new family run restaurant has opened in the former Caribou Coffee location just off 53rd Street and Lyndale Avenue called Saguaro. Named for a type of cactus, the restaurant is run by mother and daughter Caryl Abdo and Amanda Abdo Sheahan. Their family is connected to the food world. They own Nicollet Island Inn, the My Burger chain and have connections to the Minnesota State Fair. The restaurant is inspired by Abdo Sheahan’s late grandmother, who was Lebanese lived in Tucson. Her cooking was a unique blend of Mediterranean and Southwestern cuisine.


Posted in Minneapolis

Neapolitan pizza shop slated for downtown Excelsior

MSPBJ reports that Olive’s Fresh Pizza Bar is planting a new location two blocks from Excelsior Bay. The White Bear Lake-based company serves wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza. The Excelsior location will be a sister to the original location, said Duff Smith, who is working with the pizzeria’s founders, John Marshall and Jason Bailey.

The pizzeria, at 287 Water St., will cover 3,000 square feet and seat 53 people. The restaurant will also serve beer and wine.

Smith said he hopes to open in later October.

He might open several more Olive’s Fresh pizzerias if the Excelsior location does well, and would consider locations in suburbs such as Plymouth, Chaska, and Woodbury.

Posted in Excelsior

Now Open: Uptown Curl

According to the Southwest Journal, curly hair has a cult following at 2006 Hennepin Ave.

“Curly hair has been an overlooked and underserved part of the beauty industry,” said Rosie Jablonsky, co-owner of Uptown Curl. “A lot of attention has been paid to straightening hair chemically.”

The veteran stylists follow the guidance of “Curly Girl: The Handbook,” written by Lorraine Massey. Trained in Massey’s techniques, Jablonsky is a “Deva Curl” educator, and she travels to salons throughout the state to teach other stylists how to define and hydrate curls.

Jablonsky said better curly hair care is gaining traction across the country, but most stylists are still unaware of the movement.

“This isn’t something you learn in beauty school,” she said.

Posted in Uptown

Apartments and retail planned in $50M redevelopment of St. Paul’s Sibley Plaza

MSPBJ reports that St. Paul’s Sibley Plaza shopping center will be torn down after nearly 60 years to make way for a Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets grocery store, a fitness center and 120 apartments, according to plans released by the property owner.

Sibley Plaza owner Paster Enterprises is partnering with Bader Development on the $50 million mixed-use project at the West Seventh Street property, which Paster has been contemplating for months.

It will take a year to plan the project and obtain entitlements from the city, Paster Vice President of Development Ken Henk said. Demolition would begin next summer and construction would end in spring 2017.

Longtime Sibley Plaza businesses will close, including Cooper’s Supervalu and 7th Street Tavern, which is the original Champps but had to change its name earlier this year. St. Paul-based Paster is working with existing tenants who might come back. Read more >>

Posted in St. Paul

Amy K Acupuncture moves from Northeast to North Loop

The Journal reports that Amy K Acupuncture has moved from the Lady Slipper Wellness Center in Northeast to the Designers Guild Building at 401 N 3rd St. in North Loop.

In addition to acupuncture, owner Amy Kuretsky offers a variety of treatments using herbal medicine and other traditional Chinese healing methods.

Posted in Minneapolis

Vellee Deli Confirms Restaurant Location in Downtown Mpls

Eater reports that the rumors have been confirmed: Vellee Deli, home of the Currito burrito will be setting up shop inside a location that was last a Taco Bell. The skyway level location of the Baker Center at 30 S 7th St in downtown Minneapolis, across the hallway from Turkey to Go, will soon be the answer to Minneapolis’ collective bulgogi dreams. No word yet on when Vellee Deli the permanent location will open.

Posted in Minneapolis