Biz buzz // Jonesing for a burger

Parasole restaurant Holdings’ latest venture, Burger Jones, is set to open May 19 in Calhoun Village.

The new restaurant fills the space left by Applebee’s last year. Parasole CEO Phil Roberts said in early April that crews were putting the final touches on the completely revamped space and employees were being hired.

Burger Jones is going to be a top-notch, but casual burger joint, Roberts said.

“If you’ve been playing volleyball at Lake Calhoun in shorts and a T-shirt, you’re going to feel comfortable,” Roberts said. “If you work in one of the businesses around the corner on Excelsior and you’re wearing a suit, you’re still going to feel comfortable.”

The restaurant will have a saloon-type atmosphere, a full liquor license and lots of burgers to choose from, he said.

Prices will range from $8 for a simple burger to around $20 for something more fancy, like a lobster burger. The restaurant will offer a burger for everyone — hash burgers, turkey burgers, salmon burgers, Mexican burgers, veggie burgers and more. Roberts said the blend of meat — hangar steak, Kobe and chuck — is what will set Burger Jones’ beef options apart from the competition.

The fries will be the same ones served at Parasole’s Salut Bar Americain restaurants in Edina and St. Paul.  

Burger Jones will be open from 11 a.m.–1 a.m. daily and will offer outdoor patio seating.

Parasole also owns Manny’s Steakhouse, Chino Latino, Muffuletta, Good Earth, Figlio and Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse. For more information on Parasole restaurants, visit

(This story has been revised to correct information about Burger Jones’ opening day and hours.)


Eight types of risotto

After 19 years in the restaurant industry, eight of them spent as executive chef at Arezzo Ristorante near 50th Street and France Avenue, Gabriele Lo pinto is opening his own Italian restaurant at 610 W. Lake St.

The place will be named Risotto after its signature dish, which will come in eight varieties, Lo pinto said. The menu will offer a total of 24 Italian dishes and a wine list that includes selections from around the globe. Prices will range from $6–$8 for appetizers and $12–$17 for entrees.

Lo pinto moved from Italy eight years ago and said he’s always wanted to open his own restaurant. Risotto will open May 4. Lunch hours will be 11 a.m.–2 p.m. daily. Dinner hours will be
5 p.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 5 p.m.–11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Sunday.


The revolution is over

Cinema Revolution, at 2431 Lyndale, is closing its doors after six years of renting unique movies, books and periodicals. The store’s last day of business will be April 29.

The DVD-rental store specializes in foreign, independent and classic films, especially unrated or directors’ cuts of films. They also have a selection of books and magazines.

They are not planning on selling their inventory, but are looking for a buyer, such as a museum or collector, to buy the entire collection. They might hang onto it in hopes of opening again in the future.

The store will continue to be open from noon to midnight seven days a week and operate its website,, until it closes on the 29th.



Ensemble at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue will close April 25 after four years of business, owner Larissa Larson said.

She said the clothing store is closing so she can spend more time with her son and husband. Ensemble will have a 40 percent discount on all items in the store until it closes.

Larson said a baby-clothing store named Oscar & Belle will move into Ensemble’s location and open May 1.


Taco Blass at 38th Street and Nicollet Avenue is closed.


A new coffee shop named Dragonfly is moving into the former Café Bean space at 50th Street and Penn Avenue.