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February 23, 2004 // UPDATED 9:17 am - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Block E gets cookie shop

A Mrs. Field's Cookies is set to open in a second-level space in Block E, 600 Hennepin Ave. S., this month.

Store franchisee Joe Haun previously ran a TCBY frozen yogurt shop in the Rosedale Shopping Center. "I'm very excited about the Block E location," he said.

The cookie shop will be located next to the Cold Stone Creamery. Besides cookies, Haun will sell coffee, muffins, bagels, croissants, soft pretzels and yogurt smoothies.

Store hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on the weekdays and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. on the weekends.

Cyclists get caffeine

Cyclist extraordinaires Gene and Jennifer Oberpriller plan on opening a coffee shop this month in their Warehouse District bike shop, One on One Studio, 117 Washington Ave. N.

The Oberprillers are experts on the local biking culture and pedal 16 miles a day from their home in South Minneapolis to Downtown. The studio caters to Downtown's bike messenger community and has attracted the attention of other urbanites looking to ditch their cars and become more nimble Downtown with two wheels instead of four.

With the addition of the coffee shop, the studio plans to open daily at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The Oberprillers will carry Minneapolis-based Sonny's Ice Cream, teas from St. Paul-based Tea Source, B&W coffee (a Northeast brand), sandwiches, pastries and soups.

Amsterdam Bistro opens in Warehouse District

Billed as an "authentic European Bistro," the Amsterdam Bistro and Bar has opened at 112 N. 3rd St.

The restaurant's Executive Chef, David Nelson, comes to the bistro after working at the St. Paul Hotel and after seven years cooking with Seattle restaurateur Paul Mackay.

The bistro's fare is a mix of "contemporary and classic culinary styles," according to a statement released by the restaurant. The menu includes Maryland crab cakes, hand-tossed flat-bread pizza, bistro-style French onion soup, bourbon-maple-glazed salmon, and pepper-crusted pork tenderloin, among other things. Desserts range from chocolate molten cake to crme brulee.

Prices range from $5.95 for some appetizers, soups and salads to $24.95 on the high end for filet of beef with roasted shallots.

The restaurant is smoke-free and open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Happy hour runs 5-6 p.m.

In March, the bistro will begin renting out space in a boardroom that can accommodate up to 24 guests for private gatherings.