SEE ALSO:-- AMC Theater, one of Block E's last tenants, seemingly on way out-- Ira Glass thinks Block E is a prison [AUDIO]Block E, or whatever it was called back then, used to have lots of character (see above photo). Now, it has the character of a black hole.On September 23, the AMC Theater will c ... More >>
One of the last tenants in the downtown eyesore that is Block E may be on its way out.Yesterday, the blighted downtown retail complex's AMC movie theater lost an appeal in federal court to extend its low-rent lease. It isn't clear whether that means the theater will negotiate a new agreement or c ... More >>
Loren Clyde Bauer.Loren Clyde Bauer has a serious problem. The 62-year-old man has been convicted repeatedly over the past decade of exposing himself in public, mostly in the Twin Cities, and evidently with a preference for the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabrics. Now he's been charged with indecent ... More >>
Another tenant bites the dust.Hopefully that Block E casino idea will fly, because it's clear that fewer and fewer businesses can succeed at the troubled downtown development. Applebee's is the latest casualty, closing its doors Sunday after being in business at the skyway location since 200 ... More >>
The economy claims another victim.Borders, the bookseller, has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for a while now, hamstrung by online competition and the recession, so its Chapter 11 filing is hardly a surprise. That doesn't make the news any easier for employees at four of the company's ... More >>
Photo via wikipediaProfit center or money hole?Bob Lux and his real estate development firm Alatus evidently look at Block E in downtown Minneapolis these days and see something that others don't: A cash register. The company confirmed over the weekend that it has completed a deal to purchas ... More >>
Not in MinneapolisHow is it that a restaurant bragging about its attractive waitresses squeezed into tight tanks and short shorts -- bras and pantyhose required! -- can't make a go of it across the street from an NBA arena in a major metropolitan area? Hooters in Block E, $1.8 million in the ... More >>
A year after announcing it wanted to sublease its space, GameWorks said it is closing its doors at Block E, as well as six other locations around the country. And while the local press has been quick to point out that this represents another step back for Block E, it's worth pointing out that ... More >>
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