44th & France
The owners of France 44, a liquor store at 4351 France Ave., have decided to expand their wine and spirits selection by taking over the space that currently houses Café 44, a restaurant and gourmet foods shop.
According to a statement from France 44, the expansion will allow the store to increase its wine selection, double the number of beers offered, create a new organic and biodynamic wine section, upgrade the glassware assortment, and increase space for sampling bars.
Café 44 officially closed on Dec. 10, though catering and gift basket sales and the usage of gift cards will continue. For more information, visit france44.com.
— Mary O’Regan
14th & Nicollet
The sign on the former New Dehli Bar and Restaurant building now reads India House.
The restaurant at 1400 Nicollet Ave. S. changed hands Nov. 1 and is now owned by restaurateur Joginder Cheema, who also owns Taste of India in St. Louis Park.
Samson Palkar, part-owner and manager, said India House will have a new menu focused on North Indian cuisine, with influences from other parts of the county. Not-too-spicy specialties like butter chicken and curry pakora — diced vegetables fried in chickpea batter and served with a house-made yogurt sauce — are "suitable to somebody who likes milder tastes," Palkar said.
(They’ll spice it up on request, he added.)
Palkar said they were in the process of remodeling the restaurant but planned to keep some of the New Dehli décor, like the large paintings that covered the dining room walls.
The bar, renamed Bar Nicollet, may also be remodeled for more of a "lounge" feel, he said. Bar Nicollet has live music about five nights a week.
— Dylan Thomas
48TH & Nicollet
Minneapolis artist Jane Elias has launched a new Tangletown art studio. Dubbed Simply Jane, the new space offers customers open studio time, communal events and a recently added art gallery featuring the works of seven artists.
"You come in to have an art experience," Elias said. "You can come in with friends and bring snacks and beverages and paint all day."
Located in a corner storefront at 4801 Nicollet Ave., the studio is open to artists of all levels and offers sessions that allow customers to purchase a piece and work on it in the studio. Sessions usually cost around $20 and include instruction and professional painting materials.
Sessions are family-friendly and range in themes, from furniture to canvas to home décor. Families and customers can also build on one activity with each visit.
Elias, prominent in the Minneapolis art scene since 1985, has decorated the studio with her signature mural style, which displays a garden theme. Besides its selection of art products, the studio features an area to paint and an area designed for planned parties.
"Parties are very popular," Elias said. "We do kids’ parties, baby showers, women’s night out — many types."
Starting Jan. 1, Simply Jane will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6–9 p.m. The studio will also be open on all Minneapolis Public Schools release days and throughout winter break. Walk-in visits are priced at $5 per person and $10 per family.
For more information, call 612-354-3961 or visit www.simplyjanestudio.com.
— Joey Peters
26TH & Hennepin
Muddy Paws Cheesecake, 2518 Hennepin Ave. S., has closed.
The award-winning cheesecake bakery is now planning to focus on its recently acquired St. Louis Park location, which opened in October.
"We wanted to establish a better baking facility with better options for delivery," a Muddy Paws employee said about the new St. Louis Park spot, located in Suite B2 at 7600 W. 27 St. "We’ll be focusing more on business and home delivery of cheesecakes."
Starting Jan. 1, the St. Louis Park location will be open Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Muddy Paws can be reached at 763-545-7161 and www.muddypawscheesecake.com.
— Joey Peters