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April 25, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

North Loop

Moose and Sadie's caf has wandered down the street to Bev's Wine Bar, 250 3rd Ave. N., while its 212 3rd Ave. N. location below the Colonial Warehouse is being renovated. Peter Kirihara owns both North Loop restaurants.

Manager Mike Hosner said that when the caf moves back, it will feature a full kitchen serving breakfast and lunch. Chef Susan Musket will head a cooking staff that will prepare all the food on-site, including fresh pastries. The restaurant will be a coffee house at night, as in the past.

The kitchen will be largely open to the caf, which Hosner said will be "brightened up." Although there is no set date for the reopening, renovation could take a couple of months.

In the meantime, coffee, cookies and pastries are being served at Bev's, just two blocks south across Washington Avenue North, behind J.D. Hoyt's restaurant, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekends.

A week after the move, barista Angela Campbell said business has been slower, but Moose and Sadie's regular customers are starting to find their way to the temporary location for their morning coffee. Prepackaged sandwiches and other lunch fare are not available during the renovation.

North Loop

May Day revelers can celebrate the first-ever Sunday brunch at Sapor Caf and Bar, 428 Washington Ave N., when weekly service is launched May 1.

The two-course brunch will cost $14.95 and will include fruit, yogurt and possibly salad before a choice of main entrees such as egg dishes, pancakes and more, according to Sapor co-owner Julie Steenerson.

The menu will include the debut of Sapor's reportedly delicious scones (according to North Loop Neighborhood Association board members), which have only been available to private morning business meetings, Steenerson said. Sweet and savory breads are baked fresh at the restaurant.

In the warmer months, diners can move outdoors to the patio. Morning cocktails such as mimosas and bellinis can be enjoyed year-round.

Steenerson hopes the added meal's "worldly flair" will complement "all the development going on around us," she said.

The Sunday brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call 375-1971 for reservations, which are recommended.

Central Business District

After 18 years on Nicollet Mall, Let It Be Records, 1001 Nicollet Mall, is calling it quits. Let It Be will be closing on or before June 15, according to owner Ryan Cameron.

However, Cameron said the store is not a casualty of a coming condominium development. The developers of The Nicollet, a 50-story condominium development planned for the site, offered to pay relocation costs, Cameron said. He looked at other spaces, but he ultimately decided it was time to retire.

"I don't feel forced out at all," he said. "Eighteen years is a long time."

Cameron has been let out of the remaining year of Let It Be's lease and the developers, Nicollet Mall, LLC, will assist with storage costs.

For now, Let It Be will continue to order new releases. A full liquidation will begin mid-May, and Cameron said he will continue to offer "more [product] than I could sell in a lifetime" through his mail-order and Web site,

Cameron said employees and customers were obviously disappointed. Employees were given two months notice, he noted.

"It was not an easy thing to do," Cameron said. "But it was what I wanted to do."