Office space at the former Burch Pharmacy building at Hennepin & Franklin is entirely leased up, now home to tenants including PrairieCare, the e-commerce and marketing agency Echidna, and Graves Hospitality.
Graves’ office features a shuffleboard table, chairs by Northeast-based Blu Dot, an art installation by Piet Stockmans, and President Ben Graves’ typewriter collection. The office is also the closest neighbor to the former Rye Deli restaurant, where Graves is reopening Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse in the coming months.
Renovation is underway on a restaurant design inspired by John Scott Bradstreet, described as one of Minneapolis’ first tastemakers who worked as a designer, furniture maker and Minneapolis Institute of Arts co-founder. A garden room in the new restaurant is inspired by a breakfast nook designed by Bradstreet at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. Screen walls are made with patterns fashioned from Bradstreet’s designs.
Graves Hospitality has developed and managed more than 100 hotels and restaurants, and the company was recently selected to build a full-service hotel for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
Graves is exploring another new hotel project in Uptown. Graves said in mid-March that they have narrowed options down to two sites. He said they would like to develop a new Uptown hotel “primarily because we live here.”
“We see that there is a small need and some demand for a unique food and beverage hotel,” said Graves, who lives near Lake of the Isles. “Food and beverage is the heart and soul of our hotels.”