Steak 'n' sushi restaurant planned for Stimson

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March 5, 2007 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 26, 2007
By: Michelle Bruch
Michelle Bruch

Theater District

A new restaurant under development in the Stimson building on Hennepin Avenue is set to open in mid-late July.

David Koch, the owner of Bellanotte on 1st Avenue, said the new venue is called R. Norman’s and is named for restaurateur Randy Norman.

Preliminary plans spread the restaurant throughout the entire Stimson building that wraps around the Pantages Theatre.

On the first floor, a traditional steakhouse will feature the same kind of vibrancy found at Bellanotte, Koch said. The second floor will feature sushi for people who want to eat something lighter in a more casual atmosphere. A rooftop area will offer capacity for an additional 600 people.

“The concept is about social interaction,” Koch said, noting that the venue is not a club.

Koch said the owners will light up the exterior with LED lights and illuminate the building’s Tennessee marble.

“We want to give that corner some life,” Koch said.

Skyways

D’Amico & Sons closed last month at the skyway level of the Oracle Center. Property Manager Jeff Hegg said last week there is some interest in the space, but no solid tenants are signed on yet.

Nicollet Mall

The 44th annual spring flower show is moving from the eighth floor auditorium to the first floor of Macy’s this month. The display runs from March 21-April 7 and is called Gadina Africana, showcasing the cuisine, music and culture of Africa. The flowers will encompass the entire first floor and one corner window. Guests at the show include Ethiopian-born chef Marcus Samuelsson and the Soweto Choir.

This year marks the first time the show has been held on the first floor Downtown since the early 1960s. According to Bachman’s, the Flower Show is inspired by Rwandan “Peace” baskets, made from papyrus and banana leaves. Macy’s has a “Path to Peace” project in which they offer handmade baskets made by 2,000 female survivors of genocide in Rwanda. A special consultant for the show was Keith Kirsten, called “South Africa’s favorite gardener.” Also included in the show are Michael Clinton’s landscape photos and Willa Shalit’s documentary-style photos of Africa. A gift shop will include African art, music and gifts.

Central Business District

The Canela Caf/ hosted a closing party last week for Tanya Gravening, an artist who organizes the new caf/’s gallery space. Each show is on display at the CC Gallery for about three months, and the next show, opening on March 24, is by Danny Sigelman.

Canela Caf/ opened three months ago in the Medical Arts building at 825 Nicollet Mall. The caf/ owners plan to add a salad bar to the restaurant at the end of March.

An annual rose sale benefiting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities is now underway throughout the Downtown skyways.

The rose sale from Feb. 27-April 6 is offered by Arc, a nonprofit agency that provides consultation and support to those with disabilities such as mental retardation, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. According to Arc, one in 10 families has a member with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Roses are for sale at the following times and locations:

Hennepin County Government Center skyway, 300 S. 6th St., March 19 and April 3 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

- IDS Crystal Court skyway, 80 S. 8th St., March 1, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

- Qwest building skyway, 200 S. 5th St., April 4, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

- Midwest Plaza, 801 Nicollet Mall, March 28, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

- Northstar Center skyway, 625 Marquette Ave., March 14 and April 2, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

- Thrivent Financial cafeteria, 625 4th Ave. S., March 22 and April 4,11 a.m.-1 p.m.

- Fifth Street Towers skyway, April 4 and 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

- Campbell Mithun skyway, 222 S. 9th St., March 27, April 2 and April 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.