Restaurant slated for old Walker Library

After the Walker Library moved across the street in 1981, its former building with sandstone columns has served as a secondhand clothing store, spa, yoga studio, salon and fitness center. Now it’s slated to become a restaurant, and the property owner is seeking to build a 2,800-square-foot patio deck that would wrap the south and east sides of the building.

The deck would stand about seven feet above grade to align with the building’s first floor at 2901 Hennepin Ave. The city’s Heritage Preservation Commission revised and approved plans for the deck at a February meeting.

The building sits on the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s noted for its association with Gratia Alta Countryman, the first female chief librarian in Minneapolis and a leader in the national public library movement.

Property owner Ned Abdul of Uptown Partners LLC did not return calls to discuss the restaurant concept.