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August 9, 2004 // UPDATED 2:57 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

IDS restaurant gets outdoor dining

Mission, a new restaurant in the IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St., has added a 24-seat outdoor caf/.

The city approved Mission's permit request in late July.

Outdoor caf/s have become a hot trend among Downtown restaurateurs looking to capitalize on Minnesotans' craving for some rays during the summer months.

Anoush Ansari, one of the partners in the new restaurant, said the outdoor seating is very popular.

"We have two nice days in the summer in Minnesota and people want to be out for at least one of them," joked Ansari, who is one of the owners of Atlas Grill in the Pillsbury Center, 200 S. 6th St.

Mission is located on South 7th Street, between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue. It has been open since spring in a space formerly occupied by the Swedish restaurant Aquavit.

Mission has a Latin flair with influences from San Francisco's artsy Mission District.

Piano bar to fill part of Block E Snyders

Shout! House, a piano bar featuring dueling pianists, is slated to open in the old Snyders' street-level space in Block E the first week of October.

Billed as a "celebration of life at the top of one's lungs," the bar/restaurant at 600 Hennepin Ave. S. will feature two grand piano players who face off in a battle of rock ballads from the 1950s to today.

The audience drives the performance by making requests, said Shout! House Vice President Joe Woods, who will oversee

Minneapolis operations. The bar draws local and national performers.

Shout! House has another dueling piano bar in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.

"Our players know around 300 songs, music and lyrics in their heads, and it's all popular music from the '50s all the way through today," Woods said. "It's a destination for young and old -- from the 21 crowd on up."

A group of four rotating pianists play continuously 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Fridays and

Saturdays. Two players perform on the stage for about an hour, when another duo replaces them.

There's also a drum set and a bass guitar on the stage. Staff members and customers also occasionally jump on the stage to dance.

The 8,800-square-foot restaurant, which seats about 500 people, will feature bar food such as pizzas and hamburgers.

Shout! House was set to open in a skyway-level space above Bellanotte, but concerns about noise issues prompted the bar to move to the old Snyders spot, Woods said.

Block E is working on securing another tenant for half of the old drugstore space, but nothing has been set, said Sue Bonin, Block E's general manager.

City Market to appeal judge's decision

Laurel Village's City Market is appealing a judge's July 22 ruling ordering the grocer to leave its space at 1240 Hennepin Ave. S. within 30 days.

The grocer's lawyers Timothy Maher and Richard Saliterman filed a motion July 30 to stay the judge's order pending an appeal.

Judge E. Anne McKinsey ruled against the Downtown grocer in its lawsuit against its landlord, Golden Valley-based Great

Lakes Management Co., which manages Laurel Village.

The grocer sued December 2003 over a lease dispute, claiming it had properly renewed the lease for another five-year term. Great Lakes Management saw otherwise and asked City Market to be out of its space by Dec. 31, 2003.

A hearing on the motion was scheduled for Aug. 6, too late for this edition of Skyway News.

Nicollet Mall Dunn Bros wants alcohol

The Dunn Bros at 925 Nicollet Mall has applied for a liquor license to sell wine and beer.

The coffee shop, which features artwork by students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave. S., regularly hosts musicians for live performances and wanted to offer customers alcoholic drinks, said Dunn Bros Manager Lurelia Freeman.

The City Council's Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee held a public hearing July 28 on the liquor license application and forwarded it without recommendation to the full Council, which met Aug. 6, after this issue of Skyway News went to press.

The Nicollet Mall Dunn Bros is open Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.