1934 Hennepin Avenue South, Lowry Hill District

The StarTribune and the Heavy Table blog are reporting that restaurateur Isaac Becker along with several partners plan to open a steakhouse restaurant in the former Burch Pharmacy space at Franklin Avenue and Hennepin Avenue.

According to the StarTribune article, the restaurant is to be called “Burch” and could open late 2012 or early 2013. Local architecture firm Julie Snow Architects will design the new space, which will feature a 100-seat dining room and bar along with an open kitchen.

Isaac Becker was named Best Chef in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation in 2011.

Sources: StarTribune, Heavy Table

    Service District Crews Pressure Washing Light-pole in Lowry Hill District

    Service District Crews Pressure Washing Light-pole in Lowry Hill District

    As part of its year-round services, the Lowry Hill District Special Service District conducts a spring clean-up to get the District ready for summer.

    Crews were out last week cleaning up the planting beds, picking up litter from the sidewalks, and pressure washing light-poles, benches, retaining walls, and around newspaper racks.

    Summer services continue through the end of October and include:

    • Twice-weekly sidewalk litter removal
    • Graffiti removal
    • Boulevard mowing, fertilizing and watering
    • Planting bed pruning, fertilizing and watering
    • Emptying sidewalk trash receptacles (occurs year-round)

    Now in its thirteenth year, the Service District is funded via annual service charge assessments to commercial properties within the District. In total, commercial property owners collectively invest more than $100,000 each year to help keep the Lowry Hill District clean and attractive.

    Service District Crews Pressure Washing Around Newspaper Racks in the Lowry Hill District

    Service District Crews Performing Landscape Maintenance


      Celebrating its 25th year, the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour runs Saturday, April 28, from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, April 29, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and is free to visitors.  Two Lowry Hill District area homes are featured on this year’s tour.

      Home #9: 2691 E. Lake of the Isles Parkway
      Excerpt from msphometour.com site:
      “This turn-of-the-century home has a great location overlooking Lake of the Isles. I wanted to incorporate some of the life-extending traditions of cultures I encountered in international travels, dubbed ‘blue zones,’ into my home.”   – Homeowner Dan Buettner

      For more information on this home: msphometour.com/homes/2691-e-lake-of-isles-parkway

      Home #10: 2400 W. Lake of the Isles Parkway
      Excerpt from msphometour.com site:
      “We bought and invested in this house because we love the historical nature of the neighborhood and the immediate proximity to the parks and urban area.”  – Homeowners Eric Roberts and Laura Davis

      For more information on this home:  msphometour.com/homes/2400-w-lake-of-isles-parkway
      Source: msphometour.com


        Each spring and fall, City of Minneapolis Public Works crews sweep every mile of the City’s more than 1,100 miles of streets – curb to curb – to help keep neighborhoods clean and livable and to protect waterways. Leaves and other debris on the streets can clog storm drains and pollute lakes and rivers.

        Street sweeping usually takes about five weeks to complete.

        • “No Parking signs” – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. Vehicles not removed will be towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
        • Use the Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup to see when your street is scheduled to be swept.  The schedule is updated frequently during the sweep to reflect the actual progress of street sweeping.
        • Phone calls to residents – During the spring and fall sweeps, in addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. Listed, residential telephone numbers will be called.