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January 17, 2005 // UPDATED 1:48 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Loring Park

Kilted Coffee, an offbeat Scottish-themed coffee shop featuring kilt-clad barristas, has closed after a short stint on Loring Park's stretch of Eat Street.

The eccentric coffee shop featuring McBean, a skirt-wearing coffee bean mascot, opened last July at 1410 Nicollet Ave. - a space across the street from the Music Box Theatre, which features the play "Triple Espresso."

Kilted Coffee's predecessor in the space, the Eat Street Caf, also closed after a less than a year in business.

Kilted Coffee's Web site,, said the business is closed for restructuring and seeking out potential investors to help with a reopening.

Another Kilted Coffee was slated to open in Uptown at 2414 Hennepin Ave. S., next to Minneapolis Floral.

East Bank

A proposal for a new theater and hair salon at 509-513 Central Ave. N. has been dropped, and the building's owner is looking for a new tenant.

The old white building at the corner of Central and Hennepin Avenues formerly housed The New Union, a nonalcoholic music club for teenagers. Three local entrepreneurs had proposed converting the aging property to a 165-seat theater and hair salon called T.H.E. Theater Company and the Wash & Brush Up Company.

Plans called for the theater to host original productions with an emphasis on musicals.

The salon and theater were set to open spring 2004. The city's Planning Commission approved a conditional-use permit and parking variance for the new business last year.

Anna Christoforides, co-owner of the property, said new tenants are under consideration for the space, including an antique dealer.

Central Business District

The Greek Grill and Caf is set to open March in the City Center near the skyway linking the shopping center with the Fifth South Sixth office building.

The 2,305-square-foot restaurant will open near the new Baja Sol restaurant, which opened Jan. 3 in the 40 S. 7th Street shopping center.

Andrea Christensen, a City Center leasing consultant with the commercial real estate firm Colliers Turley Martin Tucker, said the Greek restaurant owned by Ahmed Koubaytari was brought back by popular demand.

Koubaytari previously ran a smaller Greek restaurant in the City Center's food court that attracted a group of loyal regulars.