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December 3, 2002 // UPDATED 1:34 pm - April 30, 2007
By: By Ellen Nigon
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The Metro Apartment building, 90 S. 9th St., seems to be filling up with restaurants. Jimmy John's currently resides there. The Melting Pot and the St. Regis Tavern have announced their arrivals.

Add one more to that list.

Bombay Bistro will be located on the ground floor of the Metro's Marquette side. Owners expect to open the

Indian restaurant the first week in January.

Ajay Mehta will own Bombay Bistro along with two other partners. According to Mehta, the restaurant will serve

Indian delicacies buffet-style during lunch and a la carte

during dinner.

Between lunch and dinner, Bombay Bistro will have snack time from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. "We from India are in the habit of having chai, coffee and pakoras (fritters) in the afternoon," Mehta said.

On Sundays, Mehta plans to host an Indian Food Fair, with a more extensive buffet offering foods from all over India.

Prices aren't set yet, but Mehta said the weekday buffet will cost about $7 per person.

North Loop's Reserve will soon rise

By Ellen Nigon

After a neighborhood dispute over its height, the North Loop condominium complex known as The Reserve will soon break ground.

To most neighbors' satisfaction, the 108-unit building will rise eight stories at 360 N. 1st St. Nearby residents had fought to keep The Reserve in scale with other buildings in the neighborhood after they learned that the new development might be as tall as 11 stories.

Construction for The Reserve begins the week of Dec. 15 and will be ready for occupancy in the summer of 2004. The condominiums contain 31 different floor plans, ranging from 985 square feet to 3,234 square feet. Pre-construction prices range from $289,900 to $1,255,000. Amenities include an exercise room, business center, party room, concierge services and a 24-hour doorman.

The Reserve sales office is located at 360 N. 1st St. Office hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except holidays. For more information, call 332-5900.

Rock Island Lofts come to North Loop

By Ellen Nigon

Shamrock Development recently broke ground on its latest housing venture in the North Loop neighborhood. Shamrock, which developed Lindsay Lofts at 408 N. 1st St., will open Rock Island Lofts in early 2004.

Rock Island Lofts, 111 4th Ave. N., will include 63 condominium units, ranging from $300,000 to $1 million. The eight-story building will have three levels of below-grade parking and two-story penthouses on the seventh floor.

"We offer a higher standard and we find that most people are very happy with it," said Sue Makredes, general manager for Shamrock Development.

That standard includes custom maple cabinets, granite countertops and hardwood floors in all of the condominiums.

Makredes expects that the same type of residents who live at Lindsay Lofts will also choose Rock Island Lofts. However, those residents are anything but typical.

"We have single women who have moved here from Chicago. We have gay couples who have lived other places in Minneapolis," Makredes said. "We have couples in their 40s and 50s who had big homes out in Eden Prairie who didn't want to take care of them anymore. We have retired people who just like being down here. We have professional couples who both work down here."

For more information on Rock Island Lofts visit