For a good while now, the Hard Rock Cafe has been a dinosaur that isn't aware that it's already extinct. This summer, the international eatery chain will open a new location at the Mall of America, but the news was rightfully overshadowed by the 400 Bar moving there with the promise of actual rock o ... More >>
Famous Dave's, the Minnetonka-based BBQ franchise, announced yesterday that CEO John Gilbert has resigned after 18 months with the company. Ed Rensi, the former president of McDonalds, has been chosen as Famous Dave's interim Chief Executive Officer in Gilbert's place. Rensi served as the presiden ... More >>
After a three year break, Hard Rock Cafe is returning to Minnesota -- and this time it's headed for the Mall of America. The Orlando-based franchise recently posted listings on its corporate website for general manager, restaurant operations manager, kitchen manager, and sales manager positions at ... More >>
A downtrodden black hole of a real estate development and a struggling, seemingly snakebitten professional sports franchise -- some might say it's a perfect match.THE BACKSTORY: Block E blight: There's only one business left insideAccording to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report, the Timb ... More >>
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 >>
Jim Marshall, the man behind one of the most iconic images in rock history, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His black Marshall amplifiers were corded to some of the greatest guitarists to pick up the instrument: Jimi Hendrix, the Who's Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and countless others. And then ... 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 >>
Upscale Mexican food comes to City CenterUpscale Mexican chain Rosa Mexicano opened their first Midwestern location this week in downtown Minneapolis. Filling the onetime T.G.I. Fridays with and pink accented elegance and transforming a long dormant corner of City Center.The Hot Dish stoppe ... More >>
Panoramio/matchboxNDSee ya!The Hot Dish posted this week on a few downtown Minneapolis staples that are flying the coop, plus stories on what may be the manliest restaurant in America and a bit of Twin Cities soul food history. As summer winds down and the fair is in our rear view mirror, here's ... More >>
Cold Stone Block E location took its last licks. Block E's restaurant scene has pretty much dwindled to nothing. Following the closure of Applebee's, Hooters, and Panchero's, the Downtown Journal notes that the second floor Cold Stone Creamery franchise has also shuttered. (The Hard Rock Cafe ... More >>
Panoramio/matchboxNDHard Rocked for nearly a decade. That giant guitar hanging off the side of Block E will strum its last chord at the end of this month. The Hard Rock Cafe--part of an international chain of eateries known more for their music memorabilia than their food--had almost a 10 yea ... More >>
Hard Rock Cafe's story is as quaint as it is homespun, or at least, that's what their website is shucking. Local hero and folksy humble-as-pie British megastar Eric Clapton donates his guitar to his favorite London restaurant, a quaint hangout called the Hard Rock Cafe...A week or two later ... More >>
Jeff KubinaThe solution for Block E?Is a high-end casino the answer to Block E's problems, or a problem waiting to happen? Either way, the Legislature may soon chime in on the destiny of the downtown Minneapolis development that has never found its mojo.
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 >>
Jeff KubinaWhat happens in Minneapolis, stays in Minneapolis.A series of developers have gambled on the Block E development, and lost. But Bob Lux, whose Alatus LLC bought the seemingly jinxed property last year, likes his chances with an idea that hasn't been tried: A luxury casino. It's a ... More >>
Behind the scenes with Rainforest Cafe owner
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 >>
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