Vacant Skyway Theater may house bar The long-vacant Skyway 6 movie theater on Hennepin Avenue may become home to a new bar and restaurant.
David Kabanuk, owner of the Tropix Beach Club at 400 3rd Ave. N. in the Warehouse District, plans to open a new venue called Barfly at 711 Hennepin Ave. S.
He has applied for a Class "A" entertainment license that would allow for live entertainment, including stand-up comics and DJs. The license also stipulates that adult entertainment is prohibited, given its proximity to the Skyway Lounge strip club at 725 Hennepin Ave. S., said City Licensing Inspector Ken Ziegler.
Kabanuk, who co-owns the theater building and others on the block, declined to comment on plans for the bar, saying it's still in the "concept" phase. -- Sarah McKenzie
Minneapolis Caf adds lunch The Minneapolis Caf will begin offering "power lunches" in November at the request of loyal customers looking for a midday bite, said David Fhima, the caf's owner and chef.
Fhima said he suspects the "power lunch" will fill a niche for Downtown customers looking for healthy fare at lunch instead of the fast food offered in most food courts.
The caf, at 1110 Hennepin Ave. S., features a Mediterranean kitchen with French, Spanish, Italian and Moroccan dishes, among others.
The lunches will be available beginning Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currently, the caf's hours are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the weekdays. Closing time is 2 a.m. on the weekends.
The "power lunch" menu will cost between $8 and $9, Fhima said. Customers can also order entrees from the main menu.
"You can come in, sit down, be served and taken care of without spending a lot of money," he said.
Items on the "power lunch" menu include ham and brie cheese sandwiches, a classic Crocque Monsieur (a French sauted sandwich with grilled cheese and ham), shoestring salad, light mussels and lamb burgers. -- Sarah McKenzie
Sacred gift shop opens at Basilica The Basilica of St. Mary will open a new gift shop this month called "LUX Eterna" (Latin for eternal light) featuring a wide range of artwork with religious themes.
Johan van Parys, director of Worship and Sacred Arts at the Basilica, said the store's emphasis will be on "good sacred art" -- pieces rooted in Christian theology with "artistic merit."
"You should see the fingerprint of the artist," van Parys said. "We're not interested in mass-produced stuff."
While some might scoff at the idea of mingling commerce with worship, van Parys insists the store is not about "commercialization." He said it's about increasing the availability of sacred art.
Kathy Dhaemers, associate director of Sacred Arts, said the store will feature artwork from all over the world, plus work done by local artists. She's also checking to make sure the production of items meet fair labor standards.
Pieces range from a Santa Fe nativity tapestry to Saint Francis of Assisi dog tags that say, "Protect my Pet."
The store will open Oct. 25 on the ground level of the undercroft at the corner of Hennepin Avenue South and 17th Street. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays. The store will also open during selected Basilica events. -- Sarah McKenzie