Business Buzz

Ridgewood & Lyndale

Quizno’s Sub Restaurant is opening Friday, May 14 in the new Agora Market, 1911 Lyndale Ave. S. It is owners Darby and Michelle Gelo’s first restaurant. Denver-based Quizno’s claims it is opening a new franchise every three hours.

Hours are 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The location also offers catering.

24th & Nicollet

Blue Eyes Caf/ is not the kind of place where you’ll see Frank Sinatra; instead, the 2424 Nicollet Ave. caf/ serves Vietnamese drinks and several $5 entrees. The Eat Street restaurant’s fare includes rice with roasted pork and roasted chicken.

Manager Kaylin Dao said that in addition to Vietnamese coffee (a very concentrated coffee brew with condensed milk and sugar to cut down on the bitterness), Blue Eyes Caf/ also offers mochas and smoothies.

Blue Eyes Caf/’s phone number is 879-5012.

29th & Lyndale

Pete Bonahoom is setting up his new Whittier restaurant, Galactic Pizza, on what he calls a socially responsible business model.

When the 2917 Lyndale Ave. S. location opens in June, three-wheeled electric-powered cars called Gizmos will deliver the pizza. Bonahoom specified that the electricity he gets from Reliant Energy be exclusively from their wind generators (such power costs 20 percent more). For each sale of Second Harvest Heartland Pizza, he’ll donate $1 to the to the Minnesota Food Bank. The cheese on all his pizzas are from cows who have not been treated with RBH growth hormones.

Ultimately, however, the success of his enterprise will rely on his pizzas’ flavor. His specialty pizzas feature barbecue, Alfredo, pesto and his most unique offering, hemp pesto sauce. While you can’t get high on it, Bonahoom said, it’s a healthy, tasty sauce that uses hemp oil.

The restaurant, which will not serve alcohol, will seat 15. The delivery area is from I-94 to 50th Street and from I-35W to France Avenue.

Lake & Humboldt

World traveler Kevin Sheehy opened a store April 24 called Caravan in the space tucked inside and between Dunn Bros and Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery at 1500 W. Lake St. The store features rugs, pottery, purses, bags, cards, art and jewelry from all around the world, costing from $2 to $2,000.

Sheehy has accumulated goods for more than 20 years from locations such as Turkey, India, Nepal, Mexico and Peru. He’s sold the products from his travels for more than four years at the Downtown Farmer’s Market.

He carries some local merchandise and said he’s eager to expand his selection. Sheehy plans to host monthly weekend events highlighting one new local artist and musician each time.

Store hours are Tuesday though Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is available in the rear of the building.

Lake & Fremont

Phoenix-based Wild Noodles, which specializes in gourmet noodle dishes, is opening its first Minnesota store at 1221 W. Lake St. on Monday, May 17.

Franchisee Aaron Cherrington described the restaurant as "fast-casual" but said it is more upscale in atmosphere and food.

At the new restaurant, customers order their noodle dishes at the counter and can watch their meals being prepared in fiery woks. Wine and beer, as well as fountain beverages and desserts, are also planned to be available with meals.

Prices range from $5.99 to $8.99, and the restaurant will accept take-out and faxed orders. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit or call 821-1600.

Lake & Hennepin

Drink of Uptown, LLC applied for a liquor license for the former Snyders Drug space at 2939 Hennepin Ave. S. The application states that Drink would serve a full food menu throughout the day and into the evening business hours.

A recorded message at the property manager’s office stated a lease for the space was signed in April. The message also stated that a party has been paying rent since April and plans to open pending city licensing approval.

Drink’s license application seeks a July 1 opening date. It is unclear if Drink of Uptown is of any relation to downtown’s Drink, 26 N. 5th Street. No one from the downtown establishment returned calls by the Journal’s deadline.

34th & Nicollet

Golf enthusiast Ty McCoy opened Tee Tyme Barbershop located at 3401 Lyndale Ave. on May 1. This is the first time the Minneapolis native has ever owned a business.

The golf theme will be more than just a name for the young man who recently took up the game. He plans to install a putting green where customers can practice their short game while waiting for a haircut.

Haircuts cost $15 dollars for men. He also cuts women’s hair but only does trims. His hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Tee Tyme is closed on Sunday and Monday — most likely because McCoy will be out on the links.

Tee Tyme’s phone number is 822-6068.

34th & Nicollet

Nicollet Deli is a new take-out restaurant opening later this month at 3404 Nicollet Ave. Its owner is Sedat Soyer, a native of Ankara, Turkey, who has lived in Minneapolis for the past 10 years. This is his first try in the restaurant business.

The Lyndale neighborhood deli will serve chicken, gyros, Philly Cheese Steak, Italian beef, pizza, burritos and egg rolls. Alcoholic beverages will not be served, just soft drinks.

Nicollet Deli will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. They have yet to get a phone number.

38th & Grand

Victor’s 1959 Caf/, 3756 Grand Ave. S., Kingfield’s popular Cuban breakfast and lunch spot, reopened for business April 26 after closing Feb. 2 for renovations.

Co-owner Niki Valens said Victor’s just completed a kitchen expansion and spruced up the dining room, and they also plan to add green space to the front of the business.

She said the extra space will allow for dinner service starting sometime in June or July. "We finally have a kitchen that can put out a dinner," Valens said.

She said she and her husband, co-owner Victor Valens, will seek a wine and beer license to supplement their dinner menu.

Business hours will change once dinner is added, but until then the hours remain 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.

38th & Grand

The Grand Family Dental practice, 3757 Grand Ave. S., closed in April. Dr. Jamie Graham, who purchased the Kingfield practice the last year, opened a new practice in the Lyn-Lake area called Fiant Dental.

Fiant Dental is located on the second floor of the business district’s newest building at 2937 Lyndale Ave. S., and offers the same dental services as the previous practice.

Although the practice kept its existing phone number, Graham also acquired a new one, 827-7400. Information can also be found at

So what’s going into the empty Grand Dental space? While nothing’s final, but Niki and Victor Valens, owners of Victor’s 1959 Caf/ across the street at 3756 Grand Ave. S., said they’re in talks with to buy the property. "We have a really fun business idea in mind," Niki Valens said.

She said they’ve devised a plan for a store called "Victor’s Havana Take-Away," which would sell specialty Cuban foods, accessories (such as Cuban cigar box purses) and provide a place to display Cuban art.

50th & Penn

In response to the impending West 50th restriping project, which will reduce the street’s driving lanes and parking, Broder’s Cucina Italiana, 2308 W. 50th St., now offers delivery service.

Co-owner Tom Broder said the Cucina delivers anything from pizzas, sandwiches, salads and entrees — with a $15 minimum. He said delivery starts after 5 p.m., and orders are taken by phone.

The delivery territory is West 36th Street to the Crosstown and France Avenue to Lyndale Avenue, extending east to I-35W between 46th Street and Diamond

Lake Road.

Broder also plans to revamp the Cucina’s menu in the next two or three weeks.

For more information on Broder’s delivery, call 925-3113 or visit

50th & Bryant

If you yearn for the days when you could get a good, cheap haircut at a barbershop — not a hair salon or boutique — BT Barbers, 5005 Bryant Ave. S., might be just what you’re looking for.

BT Barbers is named for owners Barb Nevils and her daughter, Tenell East. They took over the space occupied for over a decade by Skip’s Barber Shop.

"We’re a family barbershop," Nevils said. "We’re taking over Skip’s Barber Shop’s male clientele. We do children; we have a small child’s chair, and we do women as well. It’s not a franchise system."

She said a basic haircut for a man is $16, for a woman it’s $20 and a child 12 and under is $14.

The new owners refurnished the interior and even added TVs for customers who want to watch a ballgame while their locks are sheared.

BT Barbers is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s closed on Sundays and Mondays.

54th & Nicollet

Hidden Health Chiropractic, a Windom-based business, moved to a new location in the Minnehaha Mall at 5451 Nicollet Ave. on April 5. Dr. Shona Mackenzie said her business had been in a home office on 54th and Queen for the past five years.

Mackenzie said two chiropractors, Dr. Eric Jensen and Dr. Kori Mortenson, have joined the practice.

Mackenzie said the trio has built a practice serving all ages but catering to families. There is a family room, where the whole family can receive chiropractic care together.

Prices depend on the type of work each patient has done. The business accepts customers by appointment and on a walk-in basis.

Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday by appointment. For more information, visit

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24th & Hennepin

The hip-hop store Fifth Element, 2411 Hennepin Ave. S., is expanding into the space next door, formerly occupied by National Karate, which closed in late January.

The shop sells vinyl, tapes, CDs and accessory items, and featuring a mini-stage for in-store demonstrations and promotional events. Owner Brent Sayers said he is not ready to talk about what he will do with the added room.

Business hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

28th & Hennepin

Dial-a-Shine, a new shoeshine business, opened in March in the second floor foyer at 2819 Hennepin Ave. S., above the Taj of India Restaurant. Three brothers, Melvin, Dexter and Tommy Alexander, started the business next to the Fades of Gray Salon.

The trio cleans, conditions and polishes leather shoes, bags, brief cases, coats and purses. Melvin Alexander said it is necessary to treat items once a month to prolong the article’s wear. He said they even restore worn tennis shoes.

Prices start at $7 for shoes, $10 for boots or tennis shoes and $16 for suede. Customers can stop by for a shine or drop off their shoes for pickup. The enterprising trio also picks up items from homes or businesses.

Shine stand hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. For more information, call 805-9095.

Lake & Irving

Mildred’s Antique’s, 1517 W. Lake St., cleared out their inventory and closed shop April 23. Co-owner Greg Benning said another local business owner made an offer to purchase Mildred’s home of 12 years that was too good to turn down.

He wouldn’t give specifics but said the buyer owns an Uptown salon, though not their own building, and would turn Mildred’s into a salon. Although Benning is closing shop, he said the quirky business he co-owns with Cynthia Horsmann will keep going online until they find a new location.

Shopping at Mildred’s is like being at an antique garage sale. Shoppers never know what they’re going to find, whether it’s salt and pepper figurines or a vintage dress. "People have liked our store because it’s different and stuff was in good shape," Benning said.

As for Mildred, Benning said the store’s namesake is a doll given to him while he worked at the Hazelden Foundation. A picture of Mildred, along with the business’s merchandise can be found at

Lake & Fremont

Cheapo, 1300 W. Lake St., just finished a yearlong renovation reorganizing their main floor to accommodate an additional 30,000 CDs and records spanning all musical genres.

Spokesperson Ted Davis said the Uptown store now offers 100,000 music titles, including 1,000 local titles chosen for consignment. "We’ll have the deepest selection in the state," he said.

In addition to expanding local titles, the jazz, folk and roots sections are also bigger. Future plans include a basement expansion of the store’s vinyl collection, but details aren’t yet available.

To kick off their reopening, the Uptown location is staging a mass used-music buy with $250,000 delegated by Cheapo management to help fill up their new store space.

"We’ll take your M.C. Hammer tape and someone will come back and buy it," Davis said, adding that recycling music is the only way Cheapo, a local chain, can compete with bigger corporations.

The special buy is 9 a.m.-midnight, Friday-Sunday April 30-May 2.

54th & Nicollet

Tangletown’s source of frozen custard isn’t quite ready for business, according to its owner.

Liberty Frozen Custard, 5401 Nicollet Ave. S., will open in June in a best-case scenario, said owner Vicky Uhr. "We’re way, way, way behind schedule. We underestimated the challenge we’d receive from the city in turning a gas station into a restaurant."

Uhr said she received building permits in late March. She had originally hoped to have the eatery open in spring.

The building was home to a Standard Oil station in the mid-1950s. Uhr said the building’s inside will be renovated but that, overall, the structure will retain the retro look of a gas station. She said the renovation includes the construction of kitchen facilities, seating and walk-up windows, and restoration of the metal enamel-coated panels covering the inside and outside of the building.

Liberty will serve hot dogs, brats, pizza and other food items in addition to frozen custard.

Liberty Frozen Custard’s tentative hours will be Sunday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays it will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

60th & Nicollet

Hong Kong’s restaurant, 6009 Nicollet Ave. S. abruptly closed in early April to the surprise of Windom residents. The phone lines have been disconnected and attempts to locate the owners were unsuccessful.

Management at the Perkins Family restaurant next door said Hong Kong’s owners mentioned they might open another location, but nothing has been planned.

Perkins staff said they were surprised to see the restaurant close. Windom residents at the April Windom Community Council meeting said the restaurant has been open for nearly 30 years and the closing was a surprise for them, too.


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Ridgewood & Lyndale

The owners of the Loring Park Dunn Bros coffeehouse, 329 W. 15th St., are moving a handful of blocks away to 1915 Lyndale Ave. S. in the new Agora Market development.

The new location is set to open in mid-May, if Agora’s construction is finished on time.

Co-owner BeckaJo Bredeson said the Stevens Square location should be busier, with more nearby retailers providing customers.

Bredeson said the new store would have a much different look than the Loring location; the roaster will be placed in a more prominent spot, and Bredeson will begin baking muffins and scones on-site.

The move is not without sacrifice. The lease for the Bredeson’s new location forbids them to sell their deli sandwiches because it will be next door to a new Quiznos Sub store.

However, Bredeson said she would consider carrying some Quizno’s sandwiches before that store opens at 11 a.m. She also plans to put a heavier emphasis on breakfast items.

Hours are set at 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bredeson said hours are subject to change, depending on customer demand.

24th & Lyndale

Clich/ is a new used and vintage clothing store scheduled to open April 3 at 2403 Lyndale Ave. S.

Owners Josh and Delayne Sundberg, both in their 20s, are going into business for the first time. They said they are tailoring Clich/ for college students, young people and collectors looking for a little pizzazz in with vintage and recycled clothing at affordable prices. They will also sell incense, shoes and candles.

Delayne Sundberg said her love of vintage clothing began in her teenage years at Minneapolis’s Roosevelt High. In addition to her collection, friends and family have contributed to their initial stock. She said she would be replenishing merchandise from estate sales that she and her husband attend on a regular basis.

"There aren’t enough affordable places around town to buy funky clothes," said Delayne Sundberg. "A lot of used clothing places start out selling vintage clothing and then go to new lines of clothing that is inexpensively made, instead of recycled clothing. We do not want to do that."

The Whittier store’s phone number is 729-0974.


On March 20, the Bear North Knitting business, which formerly operated from a kiosk in Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., opened a retail store in the Uptown shopping center. The business is expanding its yarn selection and now offers knitting classes.

Hours for the new store are Fridays 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit


Flanders Contemporary Art is moving Uptown this June. The downtown contemporary art gallery, currently at 400 1st Ave. N. is building a new space near the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, though owners will not divulge their exact location.

When completed, the space will take on the look of a New York City/Chelsea- like gallery. The new, two-story Flanders will feature over 5,000 square feet of exhibition space.

In addition, the gallery’s neighboring 12,000-square-foot warehouse will feature 30-foot ceilings complete with skylights for shows containing large-scale works.

Over its 25-year history, Flanders has shown and placed work by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and Andy Warhol.

43rd & Nicollet

Southwest’s discount purse-and-accessory Mecca, Fun Sisters Boutique, 4253 Nicollet Ave. S., will expand into new space in early April.

Owner Patsy Skiba said their expansion into the shop next door, formerly Up a Creek, would allow her very cramped and crowded shop to nearly double in size. She plans to add a few home accessories and expand the gift selection in the new area. Skiba said she will also expand the watch and reader glasses selection.

Shop hours are still random, open only one extended weekend each month. Fun Sisters will be open Wednesday, April 7, 8 and 9 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, April 11 from noon-5 p.m.

60th & Lyndale

Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., opened Patrick’s French Bakery & Caf/ inside their Windom greenhouse March 24.

French-native Patrick Bernet, an accomplished pastry chef and his wife Azita Bernet — also a pastry chef– started Patrick’s French Bakery & Caf/ two years ago in Richfield’s Southdale Square. This is the pair’s second location. The menu includes pastries, quiches, sandwiches and beverages.

Bachman’s Vice President Paul Bachman said that the company had received many requests for dining, but before committing to any caf/ they tested the idea amongst customers. He said Bernet set up a kiosk at Bachman’s during the 2003 holiday season and it was a hit, so the company decided to transform the greenhouse and open a caf/.

Bachman touted Bernet’s recent fourth-place finish last month in the U.S. Pastry Competition in New York City. He said Bernet’s winning sugar creation, a Cinderella castle made of sugar and chocolate, will be on display at the new caf/.

Hours for the new caf/ will be the same as Bachman’s hours, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.