JP American Bistro closes
JP American Bistro restaurant shut its doors in late September for the last time after five-and-a-half years in business.
Owner JP Samuelson said he finally gave in to “a perfect storm” of struggles — the economy, rising property taxes, slow holiday seasons, and, of course, ongoing Lake Street construction.
“At some point, you have to make that decision, painful as it is,” he said. “We had great employees, great customers, a great neighborhood … but at some point you have to cut your losses.
“I believed in it longer than I should have.”
Samuelson said he’ll do some teaching and catering while he figures out what to do next.
Before Samuelson opened the bistro at 2937 Lyndale Ave. S. with his wife, Cheryl, the Lyndale resident was the executive chef for D’Amico Cucina, and prior to that worked for acclaimed restaurants and chefs in New York City.
Contract post office – 28th & Blaisdell
Tired of the occasional out-the-door lines at the Lake Street post office at 31st Street & 1st Avenue? Head to 2746 Blaisdell Ave., where a new office opened earlier this year in the Los Amigos Supermercado.
It’s a contract office, which basically means a full-service post office inside an existing retail business. It’s staffed by store employees, not postal workers, but keeps longer hours and is open weekends.
The office opened in April as a way to alleviate growing traffic at the Lake Street office. It largely operated under the radar until last month, when it celebrated its grand opening.
“It’s a real nice thing to have in the neighborhood,” said USPS spokesman Peter Nowacki. “It gives us another outlet without having to put up a full-blown post office somewhere.”
Employees at the new office speak Spanish to better serve the neighborhood’s large Hispanic clientele, Nowacki said.
The Blaisdell office is open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon–5 p.m. Sundays.
Kitchen Window – Hennepin & Lake
Kitchen Window, the Uptown supply store for all things cooking and entertaining, has signed a new 10-year lease on its Calhoun Square space.
“It is a real milestone and solidifies our opportunity to expand our business and the level of service we provide to our customers,” said Kitchen Window president Doug Huemoeller in a release. “We have been a part of this wonderful neighborhood for a long time.”
Calhoun Square is in the midst of a massive two-year renovation intended to revitalize the mall’s interior and exterior aesthetics and draw additional visitors. Construction continues on the parking ramp, and crews plan to begin some demolition work this month.
Calhoun Square has already confirmed leases for other current and new retailers, including an LA Fitness sports club, which plans to anchor the mall’s second floor.
For more information and updates on Calhoun Square, visit www.calhounsquare.com.
Café Agri – 43rd & Bryant
Café Agri, the all-organic restaurant at 4300 Bryant Ave. S., opened a new addition this month that nearly doubles the size of the restaurant.
Café Agri co-owner Fabrizio Ciccone said the 24-seat room was planned in response to a growing customer base for the restaurant, which opened this summer.
The room features hand-brushed graffiti artwork by young South Minneapolis artists. The graffiti reproduces scenes of Italian agritourism (where people tour working farms, pick their own produce and learn about agriculture), one of the restaurant’s main inspirations.