Biz Buzz

50th & Aldrich

A new restaurant called Blackbird opened in early July at 815 W. 50th St. in Lynnhurst.

It’s the first restaurant for husband and wife owners Chris Stevens and Gail Mollner, of St. Paul, who both have experience cooking in and managing restaurants.

Stevens said he’s worked in kitchens since he was a kid. His last restaurant gig was as executive chef of the now-closed Table of Contents. Mollner has also worked kitchen jobs and more recently was employed with Midwest wholesale produce distributor Roots and Fruits.

Stevens and Mollner started work on the Blackbird space last fall, transforming it from the Caribou Coffee it used to be into a restaurant with an old-fashioned European feel.

The new place is open for coffee in the morning and will eventually offer brunch. Fresh sandwiches and salads are lunch options and a number of entrées including trout, salmon and free-range chicken can be had for dinner.

Blackbird is open Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, call 823-4790 or visit

Franklin & Nicollet

Jimmy John’s sandwich shop recently opened its eighth Minneapolis location at 1 W. Franklin Ave. in the Greenleaf Lofts building.

The shop makes “gourmet” sub and club sandwiches. It also delivers to Southwest addresses east of Penn Avenue and north of West 27th Street.

Hours are 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.–2 a.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 767-3333.

Upton & West 43rd

Neighborhood artists will showcase their work in the neighborhood’s business district. The art will be on display in 20 storefronts near Upton & West 43rd Street. The Art Walk runs Aug. 16–Sept. 3.

The night the Art Walk opens is also the final night of the Linden Hills Live summer concert series. The concert runs 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Art walk maps are available at Sebastian Joe’s, 4321 Upton Ave. S., and Dunn Bros, 2814 W. 43rd St.