Business related issues going on in and around Southwest Minneapolis
Uptown The third Twin Cities Pickled Parrot is opening in Uptown in late September in the old Booksmart location at 2919 Hennepin Ave. S., with its entrance on Lagoon Avenue.
General Manager Christian Eckert, said the new restaurant would be similar to those in Apple Valley and Eden Prairie, highlighting their ribs and seafood selection, lobster tacos and 24-karat gold Margarita. He said the dcor will be more upscale and urban than the suburban stores.
Eckert said one of the new restaurant’s unique features is the rooftop area with an island bar and dining and cocktail tables. He said he hopes to keep the outdoor patio open into October.
The restaurant hours will be: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to midnight every night.
For more information on Pickled Parrot restaurants, visit their Web site at www.pickledparrot.com. — Robyn Repya
Calhoun Square Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S, is holding the first of their annual Salsa Fiesta events Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Kitchen Window will host the event on the first floor, near the up escalator.
Kitchen Window will showcase dozens of local chefs and their salsa and guacamole recipes, in addition to other signature dishes. Event includes a food sampling area, a salsa contest, an art exhibition by the Artruijillo Gallery, Latin vendors, plus activities for kids and entertainment. The food area has an $8 admission fee.
Salsa Fiesta is part of Kitchen Window’s month-long event called "OktoberFiesta."
Proceeds of this event will go to the Chicanos Latinos Unidos en Servicio organization, a Latin human services agency that helps Latin communities throughout Minnesota. For more information about the organization, visit their Web site at www.clues.org. — Robyn Repya
38th & Nicollet Nardie’s Caf opened mid-August in the former Midtown Chicken Shack location at 3758 Nicollet Ave S. The Kingfield site is the second location for the family-run restaurant; the first location is on St. Paul’s University Avenue.
Lenny Lowel, general manager, said the restaurant specializes in soul and seafood, featuring many dishes, including catfish, collard greens and a variety of fried chicken.
While Nardie’s is right across the street from Shorty and Wags Chicken Wings and Ribs, 3753 Nicollet Ave. S., Lowel said they don’t want to compete. "We’re not looking for competition," he said. "We have different types of wings."
Nardie’s has counter-style ordering, with food brought to your table. The hours for the new restaurant are 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday- Saturday for dine-in or take-out orders. The phone number is 871-0041. — Robyn Repya
43rd & Bryant Two photographers, previously working out of a small space at 4306 Bryant Ave. S., moved a few doors down to the former Bryant Avenue Shoe Service space at 4310 Bryant Ave. S. They plan to have the grand opening of their new shop/studio on Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Photographers Amy Metry and Erika Rinkleff both work independently but share the space, which they said is now at least three times as large as their previous spot.
As photographers, they specialize in nontraditional photo work, in color and black and white, and work a lot with families, specializing in family and individual portraiture. "But it’s not like stepping into the Sears portrait studio," Metry said, since they often go on location to where the subject would like to be photographed.
Rinkleff said she works a lot with children. Metry said she also works with children but also does a lot of weddings and commitment ceremonies. Both photographers said they are considering starting photography classes.
While Metry and Rinkleff encourage patrons to stop in and see their work, they said they prefer clients make appointments. For more information, check out their Web sites at www.erikarinkleffphoto.com and www.ametryphoto.com. — Robyn Repya
44th & Drew Needlework Unlimited recently moved into new digs at 4420 Drew Ave. S. in Linden Hills after spending 20 years at 3006 W. 50th St.
"We just needed more room for merchandise," said Store Manager Bill Matey. "We’re one of the largest knitting and needlepoint stores in the area, and we’re probably one of the biggest in the nation."
He said the store offers night, day and weekend knitting and needlepoint classes, as well as personalized help with customer projects.
He said Needlework Unlimited is one of only three stores in the nation to carry Goddess yarn. It also has supplies for crocheting in stock.
"It’s a wonderful place," Matey said. "And we wanted to stay in this neighborhood."
The store’s hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. You can call 925-2454 for more information. — Michael Metzger