A $50 million redesign of Nicollet Mall is currently in the planning process, with construction work set to begin as soon as next year and finish by the end of 2016.But with downtown building owners expected to pay for about half of the project via assessments, the Downtown Council is talking openly ... More >>
While the artisanal farmers markets in our beloved Twin Cities are ridiculously charming, there is also a certain beauty to serving a wide swath of diverse people with a large selection of vegetables, goods, and bargains in a convenient location. That's where the Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Ma ... More >>
After months of anticipation, the day of the MLB's All Star Game has finally arrived. Whether you're lucky enough to have tickets, or you're just hanging out in Downtown Minneapolis to enjoy the spectacle, odds are that at some point you're going to need some food. While some 30-odd bars have been g ... More >>
Around 10 a.m. Friday, a Metro Transit No. 10 bus veered off Nicollet Mall, hitting a lamppost, trash bins, and the WCCO TV building in the process.Riders reported that the driver was apparently having some sort of medical emergency in the moments before his bus veered off course, and he ended up be ... More >>
If you've ever looked into the depths of a steaming cup of liquid chocolate and thought, "Could I get this with a side salad?" have we got the event for you. Today, PETA representatives will take to Nicollet Mall wearing salad -- and not much else -- while handing out cups of hot cocoa.See also:Punk ... More >>
There were 21 applicants, a four-month design process, and a presentation Tuesday night at the Guthrie. But now, we have a winner in the contest to re-design Nicollet Mall: New York City-based James Corner Field Operations, a 13-judge panel announced this morning. The firm, which also has offices ... More >>
The renderings released a week ago offered a sneak peek, but last night, the three design teams selected to pitch the future of Nicollet Mall got to deliver their full visions in a two-hour event at the Guthrie Theater.All three proposals plan to resurface the streets, connect the pedestrian mall to ... More >>
The Star Tribune editorial board is the butt of ridicule and criticism this morning for a bizarre line in today's piece about Nicollet Mall.In arguing that the mall is already a public place that caters to a diverse clientelle, the unsigned author drops this clunker:Starch-collared corporate types s ... More >>
Nicollet Mall hasn't gotten a facelift since the late-1980s, and the decades haven't been kind to Minneapolis's slowly-crumbling main street. Seeking solutions, in April, the city sponsored a contest calling for re-designs.After 21 teams replied, the city winnowed the firms down to four, then three, ... More >>
Come 2014, Brit's Pub may have some stiff competition for the busiest rooftop patio on Nicollet Mall. A new Arizona-based chain restaurant called Ling & Louie's is moving in across from Target Corp. headquarters, reports the Mpls/St.Paul Business Journal, with plans to add a top-level dining dec ... More >>
The Yoplait Pop Truck will likely whip up that special frenzy that only accompanies freebies tomorrow during the Minneapolis Farmer's Market on Nicollet Mall. To promote its frozen yogurt pops, the truck will be handing out chocolate, fresh berry, and lemon meringue flavors. You can grab your pop be ... More >>
Read all about it: Nicollet Mall mainstay the Newsroom has acquired new cooking talent and designed a new menu. Joe Campbell has joined executive chef Andrew Baebenroth's team as sous chef. Their new menu debuted last week. The restaurant offers an American-eclectic menu and is centrally located in ... More >>
If you needed proof that some people really do get their jollies from inflicting senseless harm upon others, consider what happened last Friday evening in downtown Minneapolis near Fifth and Nicollet.A trio of cyclists were biking down Nicollet Mall about 7:45 p.m. when a group of men at a b ... More >>
Cocoa and Fig is celebrating its second birthday at the Gaviidae Common location (Skyway Level, 651 Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis) with some special deals.Today's special is two frosting-rich cupcakes for $4 (limit 12). Cupcakes available to walk-in customers (while supplies last) include ca ... More >>
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. And while most folks will have family obligations that involve eating huge amounts of carbs then watching football on the couch like a beached whale, that doesn't mean that you can't get out of the house for a little bit of fun.This week in Freeloader is expandin ... More >>
A crowd of hundreds walked and fought its way down Nicollet Mall Saturday night.A series of fights broke out after a teen dance party in downtown Minneapolis on Saturday night, causing wild scenes on busy streets, and leading to the arrests of three participants.Early news reports called the acti ... More >>
Food trucks bring new eats to the street
Holidazzle: an excuse to eat Scotch eggs!The [insert name of current corporate sponsor here] Holidazzle parade is a local tradition that everybody gets dragged to at one time or another. And unless you snag one of the coveted skyway spots, you're going to be standing out in the cold or sittin ... More >>
Discover tasty treats to go
Old Cuban$9Barrio925 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.612.333.9953235 E. 6th St., St. Paul 651.222.3250websiteThere is something that many drinkers agree upon: mojitos are yummy. Rum, lime, mint, and a little something sweet equals warm weather drinking pleasure. Not content with serving any old mojito, Barri ... More >>
What with sushi showing up in school kids' lunchboxes these days, it's hard to remember that there was a time when Japanese food was foreign stuff. One of the local pioneers in the category, Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, located at 1333 Nicollet Mall, is celebrating its 30th anniv ... More >>
Photo: minnemomIn 1920, streetcar ridership in the Twin Cities was 238 million. Today, the Minnesota Streetcar Museum's Como‑Harriet Streetcar Line and Excelsior Streetcar Line are all that remain of the once mighty system. And Friday, the Minneapolis City Council may have made another mode ... More >>
The downtown area's vitality will get a much-needed shot in the arm, according to a new study.
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Minnesota's version of the Bug's Life bug zapper.
More than 9,000 Minnesotans are homeless. I decided to join them.
Prior to Sunday's Liberty Parade festivities, we took a moment to ask organizer Chris Pennington a few questions about his unique approach to interacting with the RNC.
Cold and calculated: PETA protest, Nicollet Mall
The Minneapolis police team up with Target to keep an electronic eye on the corporation's corner
Stupor Bowl Saturday, and the bike messenger's perilous ride on the mean streets
Cyclists angered by a Minneapolis plan to ban bikes from Nicollet Mall hope to convince the City Council that planners haven't really looked for other solutions.