Pearson’s closes, new restaurant opens
Pearson’s Edina Restaurant, a staple of the 50th & France area since 1973, sold and closed Feb. 7, then promptly reopened under new ownership.
On Feb. 10, the 50th Street Cafe opened in part of the space vacated by Pearson’s. John McCarty, the new owner, owns several other restaurants in the Twin Cities, including the New Uptown Diner in Minneapolis and the New Louisiana Cafe and Grandview Grill in St. Paul.
Pearson’s was known for Scandinavian fare such as lutefisk and Swedish meatballs. The new restaurant is keeping five of Pearson’s original recipes, at least for a little while, 50th Street Café general manager Deacon Eells said.
The first two days of business had a steady flow of customers and were “almost exactly what we’ve expected,” Eells said.
There are plans for a dinner-centric restaurant to open in the remaining space that the 50th Street Cafe is not using. Eells said several reputable restaurant owners in the Twin Cities have approached McCarty to talk about prospects, though he declined to talk specifics.
One Yoga celebrates new digs
One Yoga celebrated its new space with a grand opening party and free mini classes on Feb. 5.
The yoga studio has moved to a spot at 721 W. 26th St. — a more spacious location than its former home across the street from the Wedge Co-op on Lyndale.
One Yoga is a nonprofit studio with the mission of making yoga more accessible to people who typically wouldn’t have the means to practice. The studio offers classes on a sliding fee scale and also has an outreach program that brings yoga to other community nonprofits in the area.
“We work to make the deeper aspects of yoga available, too,” said Benjamin Vincent, one of the teachers at One Yoga.
The new studio, roughly 5,000 square feet, features two yoga rooms and artwork by local artists in the lobby. One Yoga accommodates between 65 and 100 students a day, Vincent said.
The studio has a wide variety of class offerings. For more information, visit one-yoga.org.
Blue Plate Restaurant Co. to make first foray into Uptown
The Blue Plate Restaurant Co. will be opening a new bar and grill this summer in the old Hollywood Video building at 2112 S. Hennepin Ave. in Lowry Hill.
Blue Plate co-owner Luke Shimp said the new restaurant will feature some of the Blue Plate favorites that patrons know and love from the company’s other restaurants, which include the Edina Grill, Groveland Tap in St. Paul, and the Highland and Longfellow Grills in Minneapolis. He added that ownership intends “to try and make [the new restaurant] a little more unique than the others,” though he said that the new spot’s concept and name haven’t yet been pinned down.
He did say, however, that Blue Plate’s first foray into Uptown will feature a full bar with an emphasis on craft beer, classic cocktails and kegged wine.
Renovation work on the old Hollywood Video building will begin soon. Shimp said that the building will be reduced from 8,000 to about 5,000 square-feet, a patio will be installed on the west side of the building, and parking stalls will be added.
Ownership is targeting an early July opening.
Haus Salon opens in Kingfield
Haus Salon is now open at 4240 Nicollet Ave. S. in Kingfield.
“We’re totally image-based and image-focused — we don’t have a spa. We have a photo studio and do before and after photos, so we keep a records of everyone’s look and the evolution of them,” said co-owner Charlie Brackney, who used to work as Juut’s creative director.
Brackney, 27, has risen up the ranks of the Twin Cities salon world in remarkably quick fashion.
“I kinda figured out what I wanted to do early in life, and started working at salons [in Fort Worth, Texas] when I was 15. And I’ve always wanted to own a salon so I just made it happen,” he said, adding that Haus’s financial and administrative operations are primarily handled by co-owner Jessica Reipke.
Haircuts range from $50–$100, color treatments from $50–$150. The salon also does hair extensions and smoothings.
A grand opening coupled with an in-salon art show is scheduled for the second weekend in May.
For more information about Haus, or to schedule an appointment, call the salon at 827-4287.
Wonderment closing; new craft store may soon take its place
Despite a strong six-year run at the store’s 4306 Upton Avenue S. location in Linden Hills, Wonderment is closing up shop at the end of the month.
Ultimately, Wonderment was dragged down by lackluster sales at the store’s second location off Grand Avenue in St. Paul. With the recession contributing to a decline in sales in Linden Hills, ownership decided to shut down both children’s stores.
“The Linden Hills location has been quite successful, though sales have gone down since 2007,” said Lisa MacMartin, one of the store’s three co-owners.
The store is discounting all remaining inventory — including handmade toys, games and store fixtures — in hopes of clearing everything out by the end of February.
MacMartin has been in dialogue with Wonderment’s landlord about opening a new craft store in the same location in April. She is still working to obtain financing, but said she is confident that the pieces will fall in place.
Regarding the new store, MacMartin said “it wouldn’t be Wonderment, but I envision that we would still have the hand-made wooden toys, and we’ll add artisan items and gifts for grown-ups.”
Improv meets bar trivia Sunday nights at the Brave New Workshop
Each Sunday, The Brave New Workshop, located in Lowry Hill East at 2605 Hennepin Ave. S, now hosts a night of improv and bar trivia.
“The Sunday Sunday Sunday Show” combines traditional bar trivia with the workshop’s unique brand of improv.
“We’ll have a round of trivia, then a round of improv for entertainment’s sake, then improv meshed with the trivia,” said Mike Fotis, host and director of “The Sunday Sunday Sunday Show.”
Fotis said that the “improv meshed with trivia” aspect of the show involves graduates from the workshop’s school of improv posing questions by using their skills to act out a day in the life of a historical person, reenact events, play air guitar, and so forth.
And shy people need not worry. While the show may involve some on-stage audience participation, Fotis assured prospective attendees that nobody will be forced to embarrass themselves by playing air guitar while humming “Open Arms” in order to answer the question, “what is Journey’s highest-charting single?”
The show begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. There is a $5 cover, but the comedy theater’s bar offers drinks specials during the show and the winning teams are rewarded with “uniquely mediocre prizes.”
Kitchen renovation tips at Warners’ Stellian
Nicole Curtis of the DIY Network’s, “Rehab Addict,” will be offering tips on kitchen renovations to improve a home’s chances for resale on Feb. 23 at Warners’ Stellian’s Edina location.
Curtis, an entrepreneur who rehabs old homes, will have five tips on kitchen improvement projects for those who attend her workshop at 5:30 p.m. at Warners’ Stellian, 3353 W. 70th St.
— Sarah McKenzie and Andre Eggert contributed to this report.