The owners of Crave want to bring us another place to hang out, eat, and drink, which sounds like a definite wowza. This new restaurant will take over the less-than-appealing Shinder’s Corner and will be called UNION—complete with a temperature controlled, year-round rooftop, thanks to its retractable glass roof. The lower level will be dubbed the Marquee Lounge, which will be cocktail and DJ driven for the Minneapolis night owls. Fancy, huh? But maybe the best part of the whole thing is that Jim Christiansen will be the executive chef. If you ever had the honor of eating his creations at La Belle Vie or Sea Change, then you know this place is bound to be known for more than just it’s atmosphere. UNION/Marquee Lounge is set to open in November—something you should probably put on your calendar.
During the day, parking spaces can be hard to find, but the 9-to-5 crowd clears out and downtown Minneapolis transforms into a sea of asphalt. The Star Tribune reports 140 surface lots downtown, from the Metrodome to the Mississippi to Nicollet Mall. The city has taken note and Minneapolis secured a $43,250 Met Council grant to examine large (vacant) surface lots near the Metrodome. Ideas for development abound: MPR readers suggest downtown could use anything from a subway (not the sandwich shop), to a shooting range, to workout centers, to dog parks.
The Minnesota Zoo is home to an adorable baby Amur tiger. And she just got a new best friend. The St. Louis Zoo sent its tiger to Minnesota so the cubs can live together. “Zoo officials said they hope that bringing the two female cubs together will encourage their natural tiger behaviors. Neither cub was successfully nursed by its mother,” reports the Star Tribune. The bad news: The tigers are not on display to the public. The good news: You can witness the cubs’ cuteness on this web cam.
We’ve got Gov. Mark Dayton’s signing of the Surly Bill to thank for this onslaught of taprooms opening in the Twin Cities, and so far Minneapolis is only city making the most of it. But don’t worry, by September St. Paul will have joined in, with a Summit taproom. Twin Cities Business takes a look at the brewery’s plans for opening their rathskeller, along with a patio above the bluffs, open Fridays from 3-8 p.m.
You might need to add more coin to your dream vacay fund. A new study by Carlson Wagonlit Travel predicts airfares out of Minneapolis-St. Paul will go up more than anywhere else in the nation next year, blaming rising fuel costs. KARE 11 offers tips for keeping travel costs down, including flying midweek and parking far from the airport.