Lyndale Tap House opens at Lyn-Lake

The former site of JP American Bistro at 2937 Lyndale Ave. S. reopened Sept. 29 as a gastropub called Lyndale Tap House.

Owner Gene Suh partnered with restaurateurs Ryan Burnet, Tim Rooney and Josh Thoma and worked with design firm Shea, Inc. on the establishment, designed to resemble Downtown tequila bar Barrio.

The restaurant’s specialty is Baltimore pit beef, described in a press release as “a rare cut of top round that is rubbed with a special spice blend and slow-cooked over a six-foot oak-fired pit grill.” The menu also includes pork, sausage and ham dishes as well as salads, burgers, a variety of appetizers and other “unfussy yet upscale and clearly chef-driven” meals.

A full bar offers 18 tap beers and a variety of specialty drinks.

The Lyndale Tap House’s design mixes traditional European pub cues such as dark wood and antique mirrors with modern lighting, paintings from artist Jason Dorweiler and pin-up model photos by Viva Van Story.

The 2,800-square-foot space seats 125 and features a dartboard, video games, a jukebox and a photo booth.

Hours are 4 p.m.–2 a.m. Monday–Friday and 1 a.m.–2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Lyndale Tap House can be reached at 825-6150. A website, thelyndale.com, is in the works.   

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Rosalux to move to Soo Visual Arts Center

The “Paper Trails,” print show at Rosalux on Sept. 26 was the gallery’s last show at Open Book Downtown. In February, Rosalux will relocate to Soo Visual Arts Center near 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue, said gallery founder Terrence Payne.

Rosalux has been at Open Book for the past six years, and Payne said each year the rent was going up. The artists decided to search for a partner to make the gallery more affordable while still keeping the freedom for the artists to run the gallery the way they choose, he said.

Suzy Greenberg, one of the founding members of Rosalux, is the director of the Soo Visual Arts Center. After speaking to Payne the two decided to bring Rosalux over and merge into one gallery.

Payne said Greenberg is not doing as many exhibitions as she used to, and this will bring more activity to Soo Visuals Arts Center.

For the past couple of years the artists have had to spend a lot of time putting fundraisers together to help make rent, he said.

“Are we professional fundraisers, or are we artists?” Payne said that “Paper Trails” is the fourth fundraiser of the year.

Both Greenberg and Payne are excited about the move.

“It is kinda nice too, we have been working with that same space for quite a while now, to do something new,” Payne said.

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A different Atmosfere

High-end clothing retailer Atmosfere is planning to move from Calhoun Square to a new space in the Rainbow Building kitty-corner to the center at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street.

Travel-goods retailer Urban Traveler previously occupied the space, which has large glass windows fronting Lake Street. Atmosfere is planning to move Oct. 8, said manager Damon Capetz, whose father founded the store a couple years ago.  

“We had always been looking for a permanent space and we finally think we found a good one,” he said.

Atmosfere was born as a designer-clothing store for men. The new location will cater to women as well, Capetz said. The clothing will be cleaner and less club-oriented, he said.

“It’s going to be a very classy store,” he said.

Preliminary hours for the new store are 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday and
noon–6 p.m. on Sunday.

A website is in the works for Atmosfere and online sales are a possibility as well. The store’s phone number will stay the same: 332-0381.

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Aliveness Project coming to Kingfield

The Aliveness Project, a community center and support organization for people living with HIV and AIDS, is moving in about a year from 730 E. 38th Street to a long-vacant building at 3808 Nicollet Ave. S.

Joe Larson, executive director of the organization, said the current space is too small for The Aliveness Project’s services, which include a meal program, food shelf, physical therapy and case management. The center served 1,500 people last year.

“We just don’t have enough room in this space to do all things we’re doing,” he said.

The two-floor building at 38th Street and Nicollet is almost double the center’s current space. The Aliveness Project purchased the building and is running a capital campaign to pay it off and fund the build-out.

 A hefty $2 million is needed to cover all the expenses, Larson said. The organization needs at least half that to start the renovation. Larson anticipates a move date of about a year from now.

For more information on The Aliveness project, or to donate, visit aliveness.org or call 822-7946.

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From Figlio to Il Gatto

After much speculation from community members and hint dropping from Parasole Restaurant Holdings, the restaurant that will soon take Figlio’s place in Calhoun Square has a name: Il Gatto.

It means “the cat” in Italian and Parasole CEO Phil Roberts has been spreading feline clues about the name since July on social networking site Twitter.

Roberts said the remodeled restaurant at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, which was home to Figlio from 1984 until late September, would feature mostly Italian food. More details will come soon as the menu and concept are finalized, he said.