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June 2, 2003 // UPDATED 10:50 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Various local business news

Loring\'s Lurcat does lunch

Bar Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Place, is now open for lunch Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer and early fall. From the patio at Bar Lurcat, customers can sample the small-plate menu that includes dishes such as tuna tartare, Lurcat burgers, or fried buttermilk chicken with potato salad. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

Cafe Lurcat\'s alley patio is also now open for dinner and private parties.

Crown Theatre stages free summer kids fest

As summer wears on, parents and babysitters can find it increasingly difficult to entertain their children without breaking the bank. Now, Block E\'s Crown Theatres is offering a solution - for free.

The Crown Theatre\'s Summer Children\'s Film Festival was created to give parents and children a fun, affordable and air-conditioned activity during summer vacation, theater officials say.

\"Summer is long for parents. This is a good opportunity - especially as summer gets long and hot - to provide a place for families to come,\" said Jeremy Welman, vice president of operations and marketing for Crown Theatres. \"Obviously we have selfish motives. We want to sell popcorn, but we also want to gain exposure to the theater and get people in the habit of coming to our theater instead of somebody else\'s.\"

The Film Festival shows current children\'s movies as well as classics, and it\'s free for kids up to age 12 and their parents or chaperone. All movies are shown Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. The movies include the following:

\"Ice Age,\" June 26

\"Spirit,\" July 3

\"Like Mike,\" July 10

\"Stuart Little 2,\" July 17

\"Crocodile Hunter,\" July 24

\"Wizard of Oz,\" July 31

\"Wild Thornberrys,\" Aug. 7

\"Agent Cody Banks,\" Aug. 14

Parking at Block E, 600 Hennepin Ave., is validated for Crown Theatre customers. For more information, visit

A different kind of one-on-one in North Loop

Yoshiko\'s Sauna has closed, after the North Loop business was associated with prostitution. The Yoshiko\'s space at 117 Washington Ave. N. has already made way for the One on One bicycle studio to expand into the former sauna.

\"It\'s finally happened,\" said Eugene Oberpriller, owner of One on One, which is located in the same building.

Since he took control of Yoshiko\'s more than three weeks ago, Oberpriller has been demolishing and reconstructing the interior to make way for a boutique bicycle store with a gallery and coffee shop.

\"I\'m basically opening up a cultural store. Like Bob\'s Java Hut [a coffee shop in Southwest Minneapolis] has that motorcycle niche - I\'m supplying that to the bicycle market,\" Oberpriller said. \"I\'m using a coffee shop for an anchor. Then I\'m putting a gallery in the second half of the building and a full-blown bike shop in the back of the building.\"

Oberpriller said he would limit the bikes he sells to mainly Bianchi, Surly, Maverick and Van Dessel.

\"What happens is that most bike shops carry so many brands that your overhead is just crazy. I\'m trying to have the marquis brand, the workhorse brand and the everyday brand,\" he said.

The shop will also feature the gear to go with the bikes. \"We\'ll be doing a lot of branded stuff,\" Oberpriller said. \"In the snow, surf and skate cultures, there\'s a lot of clothing and not a lot of hard goods. The sales are huge in that. That\'s creeping into the bike culture where people are looking for lifestyle wear.\"

As for art, Oberpriller said he\'d be featuring local artist Fucci, whose art is ubiquitous on walls in Uptown. Oberpriller also said he\'d show the work of local photographers.

Said Oberpriller, \"I\'m basically opening up a cultural store and catering to the commuter market Downtown ... and all that housing going in along the riverfront.\"