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June 9, 2003 // UPDATED 10:51 am - April 30, 2007
By: Ellen Nigon
Ellen Nigon

Various local business news stories

Coming June 23 --not your typical hotel restaurant

Devastated by a decline in business travelers and a reputation as sometimes-lifeless conveniences for the expense account set, hotel restaurants have been among the hardest hit by the post-9/11 slump. Beginning June 23, the Radisson Hotel's Fire Lake hopes to be "a stand-alone restaurant that could thrive anywhere," said spokesperson Melissa Stevens.

"It's called Fire Lake because Minnesota has thousands of lakes, and in the restaurant we'll be using real fire with dishes made over an open flame," said Stevens. "We'll have things like mesquite-grilled chicken, bread baked daily in a wood-burning oven and hardwood grilled salmon."

Meals at Fire Lake, Nicollet Mall and 7th Street, will be cooked in an open, exhibition-style kitchen, so guests can observe how their food is prepared. Said Stevens, "With the exhibition kitchen, you'll constantly see the dance of the flame."

Fire Lake will be open the following hours:

Breakfast, 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Lunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Dinner, 5 p.m.-midnight

Late-night breakfast, Friday and Saturday, midnight-3 a.m.

Starlight Lounge to get Elbow Room

Flatland Gallery in Old St. Anthony has closed, allowing its neighbor, the Starlight Lounge, to expand.

Owner Chris Paddock said that the doubling of the 40-seat bar at 401 E. Hennepin Ave. will be called Elbow Room and is sorely needed. "When people walk in and see all the seats taken they turn around and walk out. They go someplace else. My customers kept telling me they wished The Starlight Lounge was bigger. I took that as them saying they wanted some elbow room.

The Starlight Lounge will also get a few technical upgrades, Paddock said. "We're going to freshen up the current Starlight Lounge and put in a better sound system so the music surrounds you better."

The expansion should be done by mid-July, he said.