Penn Avenue shops riding out the road work

Armatage neighborhood served ice cream on Penn this week to draw shoppers

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As cars continue detouring around Penn Avenue, the Armatage neighborhood is urging residents to keep visiting the shops on Penn.

The neighborhood hosted a party July 17 at 54th & Penn to bring people in to the area.

“Our goal is to invite residents up to the business node to make sure they know businesses are open,” said Tina Erazmus, Armatage Neighborhood Association coordinator.

During construction, Café Maude is now closed on Mondays and no longer serving weekday lunch. It remains open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner and weekend brunch, and it is offering free valet parking for dinner service.

Wagners is currently closed on Penn and plans to reopen following the end of construction in the fall. In the meantime, customers can visit a second Wagners location in Bloomington at 2100 W. Old Shakopee Rd.

As crews started ripping up the road at 54th & Penn, Settergren Hardware opened up its rear parking lot, allowing vehicles to drive down the alley to park and walk around the building to enter.

The Armatage neighborhood is considering a second party when the work is finished in October.

“It’s the great wall of the Armatage neighborhood,” Erazmus said. “It’s nice to have everybody come back together.”