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Kingfield wine bar to open in June

Kings Wine Bar, a project of Kingfield resident Samantha Loesch and sister Molly Hanson, is scheduled to open in June at 46th Street and Grand Avenue.

The family-run venture was initially slated to open last fall, but the sisters had to bring on a new contractor late in the process to help finish construction, Hanson said.

Kings is planned to be a family-friendly community establishment that offers a variety of wine and Midwest beers, a full menu, a pleasant atmosphere and music from vinyl records.

“We really want it to be a center-of-the-community place where people feel at home and go to see familiar faces and connect with their neighbors,” Loesch said in a July 2008 interview about the business.

Loesch is the widow of Mark Loesch, who was killed during a late night bike ride in 2007, spurring a frenzy of community concern and media attention. Both Loesch and Hanson were profoundly affected by the incident and developed the idea for Kings as a way to move forward in a positive way.

Kings’ website,, is under construction and will soon have a wine list and menu. Hours will be 6:30 a.m.–midnight Monday–Friday and 9 a.m.–midnight Saturday and Sunday.   


New digs for MGM Liquor

MGM Liquor Warehouse moved in late April from 3254 W. Lake Street to a freshly remodeled space at 3056 Excelsior Blvd.

The new store, in the Calhoun Commons mall, is roughly the same size as the Lake Street location and will offer the same services, said MGM manager Chris Bartel.

The store’s number is still 922-1130 and its hours are the same: 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday.


Old-school barbershop, new location

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop prides itself on its casual rock n’ roll environment, affordable pricing and old school barbering, according to its website.

The place does hair cutting, coloring and styling for men and women. And it offers something else just for the guys — the lost art of the warm, single-blade neck shave.

Floyd’s planned to open a shop April 30 at 1220 W. Lake Street. It is the national chain’s first Minnesota location. Other Floyd’s shops are in Colorado, Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.

For more information, visit


Bad Waitress and Spyhouse serving more local eats

The Bad Waitress Diner and The Spyhouse Coffee Shops partnered in April with locally grown foods distributor Co-op Partners, which is a subsidiary of The Wedge Community Co-op.

The partnership will help the businesses increase their support of local, organic food producers, said Bad Waitress and Spyhouse owner Christian Johnson in a news release. Co-op Partners will provide produce, dairy, poultry and dried goods to each business.

Spyhouse has locations at 2451 Nicollet Ave. and 2404 Hennepin Ave. and The Bad Waitress Diner is located at 2 E. 26th St.


The Wild West meets Uptown

There’s whiskey drinking, steak eating, mechanical bull riding — no gun slinging — but Cowboy Slim’s at 1320 W. Lake St. is as close to the Wild West as you’re going to get in Uptown.

The new western-themed restaurant, owned by Minneapolis-based The After Midnight Group, opened in late April in the former Campiello space. The company recently opened a similar restaurant called Cowboy Jack’s in Plymouth, Minn.

Hours are 11 a.m.–2 a.m. daily and the phone number is 353-5156. For more information, visit www.theaftermidnight


Whose Uptown?

Uptown business leader and historian Thatcher Imboden has completely revamped his everything-Uptown website,

The site has lots of photos and information on just about anything you’d want to know about the area, from where to park, shop and eat to how the name Uptown came about.

Imboden’s goal with To promote the