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January 24, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Mill District

A local developer who is transforming an old radiator factory into a high-end furniture store at 903 Washington Ave. S. also wants a small grocery store and restaurant in the old building.

The city's Planning Commission approved a site plan review Jan. 10 for the proposal by Paul Fry of Minneapolis-based Frich Development.

Fry said he'd like to land a deal with a "boutique" grocer that also sells wine. The developer is also in talks with possible restaurateurs but wouldn't name any potential tenants.

The new furniture store, Dcor-ation, is expected to open this spring in the gable-roofed, 20,000-square-foot building.

The old factory is near the new riverfront Guthrie Theater under construction at South 2nd Street & Chicago Avenue.

Warehouse District

Jazzmine's restaurant/jazz club has closed.

The restaurant in the Colwell Building at 123 N. 3rd St. featured live music Wednesday through Sunday. Besides a range of jazz performers, Jazzmine's hosted funk and R&B musicians.

The restaurant's owner, Curt Carter, could not be reached for comment.

Music and restaurant insiders have speculated that a jazz shakeout could happen following the recent additions of Rossi's JazzRoom, 80 S. 9th St. and Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, to the Downtown scene. Before it closed, Jazzmines had ended its Sunday gospel brunch.

The restaurant was founded in 2000 by Ken Israel after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma and given six months to live. That year, Israel told a "Fortune" magazine interviewer, "I did this so that 20 years from now people will drive by and say, 'That's the place that Ken Israel started.'"

North Loop

Corazon, Inc., a new gift shop/art gallery, is opening this spring in the old Northstar building at 204 Washington Ave. N.

Susan Zdon, owner of the new shop, said about 60 percent of the store will be devoted to the gift shop, which will feature home dcor, paper goods, books and other specialty items. The rest of her 1,700-square-foot space will be devoted to an art gallery.

She has set April 15 as the target opening date.

Zdon's husband, Gary, suggested the name Corazon, which means "heart" in Spanish. The couple lives in St. Anthony Village. She said the name fits because she wants the store to be about "things people feel passionate about."

Zdon, who has worked at Patina gift shops and as a buyer for Bibelot, said the store will feature "comfort" items and be a good spot for people looking for the perfect gift regardless of the season.

She said she struggled to find the right spot for her store, drove all around the Twin Cities and nearly gave up before finding the North Loop spot.

The building's owner John Rimarcik, who owns the nearby Monte Carlo, 219 3rd Ave. N., and Caf Havana, 119 Washington Ave. N., is renovating the old property and its next-door neighbor, the Pacific Hotel.

North Loop

Another new business, the Brian Graham Salon, is lined up for the renovated Pacific Hotel at 224 Washington Ave. N.

Salon owner Brian Graham said he's shooting for an April or May opening.

The full-service salon will offer haircuts, color treatments, perms, manicures and pedicures, among other beauty treatments. Haircuts will start at $30.

Graham, who has most recently worked at the D. Richard Salon in Uptown, said the salon will cater to a diverse mix of clients, both men and women, and will target "urban professionals."

The 2,000-square-foot salon is the third business lined up for the old hotel. An Edina Realty Office and a new wine shop, Sam's Washington Avenue Wine Shops, are also set to open this spring.

Hours are tentatively set for 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday.

Central Business District

First, it was Tina and Tony who said goodbye to Hennepin Avenue - now Nick and Tony have departed Downtown.

Nick and Tony's Chophouse has closed at 50 S. 6th St.

The Downtown restaurant featured a large bar/lounge area and an elegant dcor with leather booths and dark mahogany woodwork. The menu featured a range of sandwiches, pastas, seafood and more expensive selections, such as an 8-ounce filet for $24 and a 16-ounce bone-in filet for $27.

Chicago-based RDG Chicago owns the Nick and Tony's chain. The company also owns two Nick and Tony's in Illinois and more than 30 other casual restaurants across the country in 10 states.

The company bills Nick & Tony's as a "classic chophouse" that specializes in American cuisines with prime steaks, chops and pasta.

A spokeswoman for RDG Chicago and Hines management, the owner/property manager of the 50 S. 6th St. office tower, could not be reached for comment.

CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

Red is still dead.

The Foshay Tower's posh nightspot at 114 S. 9th St. was set to reopen this month under new management after its 2004 closing, but plans have fallen apart.

Red's Executive Chef Marianne Miller told the Star Tribune that she failed to negotiate a deal to reopen the Russian-themed restaurant.

The elegant restaurant closed in November after a 10-month stint in the Foshay. Red featured a tasting menu with more than 100 sampler items, including red salmon eggs and Russian dumplings.

The restaurant replaced Caf un deux trois.

Miller and Foshay management could not be reached for comment.