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May 24, 2004 // UPDATED 1:43 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

East Bank home store closes

Amy Kristine's At Home Store, 310 E. Hennepin Ave., is closing and selling off the last of its upscale home furnishings at 25 to 50 percent discounts.

Phil Rubin, a manager with Monk Enterprises, the liquidation firm running the store during its final days, said the East Bank specialty shop didn't do enough business.

The store has a prime location near the corner of East Hennepin and University avenues in Old St. Anthony's upscale shopping district. It has been open for 18 months.

Rubin said the store could stay open another month or two depending on how fast the inventory is cleared out. Another Amy Kristine's is closing in South Minneapolis and its merchandise is being sold at the East Bank store.

The store has the last of its high-end kitchen supplies, furniture, unique lamps, candles, bathroom supplies and other home accessories on sale.

GLBT restaurant to open

A new restaurant aimed primarily at the gay community called the Rainbow Rooster Diner is set to open in June at 501 Washington Ave. S.

Co-owner Ed Hopkins, who also runs the nearby Minneapolis Eagle bar and Bolt nightclub, 513-515 Washington Ave. S., said the diner would be the first of its kind in the area specifically catered to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community.

He is basing the diner concept on the Hamburger Mary's chain, which started in San Francisco and now has restaurants worldwide. The restaurants are often paired with dance clubs or bars geared toward gays and lesbians.

There will be typical diner grub at the Rainbow Rooster -- a lot of fried stuff and meat. Prices will average $7-$9 for entrees.

Besides serving the gay and lesbian community, Hopkins said he hopes to attract customers from the burgeoning residential community in the Mill District neighborhood.

Riverfront lofts and several new housing developments popping up along South 2nd Street are shaping a new popular high-end residential enclave near the riverfront Guthrie Theater now under construction.

"We will be more than a gay and lesbian restaurant. It will be a neighborhood place -- a very comfortable place," Hopkins said, who will run the diner with business partner Ken Kapaun.

Kapaun is working on the d/cor and is planning a chicken-coop theme. There will be seating for about 200 people.

Hopkins also plans to expand the Bolt nightclub in the basement area beneath the new diner. There will be elevators from the restaurant leading to the expanded club.

The Minneapolis City Council declined to issue Rainbow Rooster a liquor license at the Council's May 13 meeting because city Licensing staff had not completed its work. Councilmember Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) complained about the delay, saying Rainbow Rooster ownership had filed its paperwork 12 weeks ago.

Spray-on tan comes to Dayton Radisson Arcade

A new spray-on tanning salon, Lakeside Tan, is set to open June 7 in the skyway level of the Dayton Radisson Arcade, 45 S. 7th St.

The salon will feature UV-free Mystic Tan booths, which bronze people with a coating of Aloe Vera and DHA -- a color additive found in self-tanning lotions.

Lakeside Tan owner Jim Atkins said the sunless tan appeals to people weary of the health risks linked to traditional tanning. The skyway location will appeal to Downtown workers looking for a quick way to tan on their breaks. He has other salons in Edina and Shakopee.

A Mystic Tan session costs $9.95.

Lakeside Tan will also offer chair and table massages, Akins said. Chair massages start at $5 for 10 minutes, $9 for 20 minutes and $14 for 30 minutes.

Salon hours will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday.

The salon will offer free, one-time Mystic Tan trial sessions in June, Akins said.