the buzz


A &#8220Miami Vice”-themed restaurant named Restaurant Miami opened this month at 913 W. Lake St.

Owner Robert Serr originally intended the restaurant to be a late-night establishment called Afterbar, but the concept was met with resistance from neighborhood groups and the City Council.

Instead of Serr's requested 2 a.m. liquor cut-off and 4 a.m. closing time, the Council limited the restaurant's hours to 11:30 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 12:30 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. The restaurant's current hours are 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

A public hearing will be held after six months of operation, at which time Restaurant Miami could have its hours extended.

Inside the teal and pink restaurant are matching lights, booths, tables and chairs. Mirrors and a large mural of a tropical sunset adorn the walls.

Aside from the dining area, the restaurant features a bar, a game section and a &#8220Scarface” lounge with TVs playing clips from the movie. Each table in the restaurant is equipped with a phone that can be used to dial other tables. Other curiosities abound, such as mock ovens through which food is delivered.

The pricey menu is diverse, with offerings ranging from chicken wings to veal milanaise. Meals represent dishes found in several different countries.

For more information, call 823-1985.

Lake & Hennepin

Cold Stone Creamery recently closed its Uptown store at 1418 W. Lake St.

A Cold Stone representative said in November that the ice-cream chain was looking for a larger space in the area. The representative did not return phone calls this month.

Cold Stone started dishing out ice cream at the 1,800-square-foot Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street space in the spring of 2004. It replaced Garden of Eden, which sold lotion, perfume and bath products.

Cold Stone operates another Minneapolis store in suite 270 at 600 Hennepin Ave. S.

The Uptown space is for lease. For leasing information, call 508-1726.


Madwoman Foods Bakeshop and Foodery, a bakeshop specializing in gluten-free, low-glycemic foods opened earlier this month at 4747 Nicollet Ave. S.

The bakery offers a variety of teacakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies and cakes, as well as tea and organic coffee. Madwoman caters to people who are intolerant or allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

Madwoman Foods has operated a wholesale business in the Midtown Phillips area for more than four years. Its products can be found in natural food stores, co-ops and other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Massachusetts.

The Nicollet store's hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The bakery can be reached at 825-6680.

50th & XERXES

It's Play Time!, a gift shop and activity center for children, has closed after a two-year run. The shop at 3100 W. 50th St. featured the &#8220Mess Pit,” an on-site activity area for kids, and a wide variety of unique gifts.

The store was managed by Jim Rabidue and Bridget O'Boyle, a husband and wife team. O'Boyle said the couple has decided to move on to new ventures.