Tangletown restaurant expansion may find opposition

Mustafah Ali, owner of Xamarweyne Caf, 4743 Nicollet Ave. S., may face neighborhood opposition to a proposed restaurant expansion because of increased parking needs.

Currently, Ali's restaurant occupies a third of an otherwise-vacant small strip mall. He hopes to add eight tables, but to meet zoning requirements must add more parking spots. Since there is no available space for increased parking, Ali is seeking a variance from the requirement.

Ali sought City of Minneapolis Board of Adjustment approval last month, but the board delayed its verdict after learning that the Tangletown Neighborhood Association had not heard of Ali's plans. Neighborhood approval is not mandatory, but the city traditionally seeks a neighborhood's position.

Ali's lawyer, Steve Lundeen, said Ali was unaware of the neighborhood custom, but is now on the Monday July 8 neighborhood board agenda. Lundeen said Ali lives in Tangletown and plans to purchase the historically troublesome property.

Tangletown board member Mike McAneny said parking at the 48th and Nicollet corner is "a little tight" and there may be some opposition from residents in the immediate area.