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GOLF FOCUSED RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN THE NORTH LOOP

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Golf lovers, we’ve got a place you’re gonna love.

A new restaurant will be opening later this summer that will feature six state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators… and some food and drinks of course. Thr3 Jack (pronounced like Three Jack) will be opening on the ground floor of The Nordic located at 729 Washington Avenue N in the North Loop.

The space that they will call home will span just over 9,000 square feet and will be located towards the middle of the site in portion of the project that also has a parking ramp on the upper floors. The restaurant will have 200 seats indoors and another 50 seats on an outdoor patio that will face the new “park” like environment that United Properties is creating between The Nordic and the Loose-Wiles building.

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Lucy Robb and her brother Bo Massopust are the creative minds behind Thr3 Jack. The name for the restaurant comes from when a golfer has to take three putts into order to sink the ball into the green’s hole. The decision to locate within the North Loop was a no brainer for the duo as they feel that the neighborhood is where most of their target audience likes to spend their time.

While they don’t have a chef, yet they’ve recruited Nathan Rostance (previously with The Bachelor Farmer) to get the place up and running along with recruit a full-time chef to take over. Jesse Held of Jester Concepts (they’re the ones behind Borough, Parlour, Monello, Constantine, Mercado and P.S. Steak) will create the bar program that’ll focus on country club classics that have a twist and also no-proof cocktails (alcohol free).

Construction is already underway on the space that was designed by Minneapolis-based ESG Architects. The interior will sport a classic look with large uses of wood and will feature a long bar running parallel to the golf simulators.

Thr3 Jack is anticipated to open in August at 729 Washington Avenue N.

 

FAIRGROUNDS COFFEE AND TEA LEASES SPACE FOR NORTH LOOP LOCATION

A new coffeehouse is coming to the North Loop, with love sent by Chicago.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea will open a new 2,420 square foot location at 120 3rd Avenue N in a historic building that is currently undergoing a complete renovation. This will be Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea first (or second) location outside of Chicago, they currently have two locations within Chicago. Another location is also under construction in Los Angeles.

Now, Fairgrounds is not just another coffeehouse. 

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What makes Fairgrounds different than other coffee houses is that they serve products from multiple coffeehouses and breweries. Most coffeehouses stick to a single brew, typically their own.

What Fairgrounds is classified as in the coffee world is a "brewery agnostic". This means they serve brews from a number of different breweries and coffeehouses, and not just any coffeehouses, but the nations BEST coffeehouses. We're proud to say that Minneapolis' very own Spyhouse is on their list.

The new cafe will service hot and cold brews along with espresso, matcha, tea, and a unique list of elixers (fancy coffee beverages). There will also be a food menu including breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea is expected to open in Summer 2018 at 120 3rd Avenue N.

 

CANOPY BY HILTON PLANNED FOR DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

A rendering of the Canopy by Hilton planned for Downtown Minneapolis | Canopy by Hilton

A brand new Hilton hotel brand will call Minneapolis' East Town neighborhood home come 2018.

Sherman Associates announced last week that a Canopy by Hilton will be the hotel that opens in Thresher Square once a top to bottom renovation and restoration is completed. The hotel will span all seven floors and will feature 182 guest rooms along with a ground floor restaurant and bar that focuses on farm to table food.

The drop-off area for the Canopy by Hilton planned for Downtown Minneapolis | Canopy by Hilton

It's big news for Sherman Associate's latest project as the Thresher Square Canopy by Hilton will be the first location for the brand within the Midwest. Once open the hotel will be the 7th Hilton property in Downtown Minneapolis and the 9th property within Minneapolis.

While the historic Thresher Square building is being renovated, Sherman Associates is also constructing a seven story mixed-use building next door called "East End". That building will be home to 180 market-rate apartments along with ground floor retail. Trader Joe's will call most of that ground floor home while Jimmy John's will open a location in a retail space at the back of the building.

ABOUT CANOPY BY HILTON

A new customer is here; The Millennials.

The hospitality industry is changing at a rapid pace as hotel brands race to re-brand themselves and appeal to a new industry and customer. Whether that be the rebranding of well established brands such as Hilton's Embassy Suites or the creation of entirely new hotel concepts such as Hilton's Canopy by Hilton, the hotel industry is taking notice and responding quickly.

Canopy by Hilton bills itself as an "energizing new hotel in the neighborhood." Their boutique styled hotels are filled with extras and surprises.

An interior rendering of the lobby area | Canopy by Hilton

Upon arrival guests are given a "Welcome Treat" which often is a local sweet of some type. Check-in is available in person at a desk or also on your mobile phone. The lobby is designed for lingering, wandering, and meeting new friends.

Breakfast in on the hotel, whether that be in your room or in their cafe. Same with basic wi-fi, it's all free. Guests also can come down to the lobby each night for a sampling of the areas best beers, wines, and spirits complimentary of the hotel.

The guest rooms feature a split room design with a sliding barn door separating the spaces. The over all design is a new take on modern/traditional with eclectic pieces of furniture such as lounge chairs, side tables and desks along with of course a luxurious bed. Take a look for yourself here.

While exploring the hotel further guests will notice the attention to detail, more importantly the attention to local details. Canopy by Hilton properties take design cues from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Downtown Minneapolis location for instance will highlight the local Mill District vibe with an industrial chic look. 

Canopy by Hilton plans to open in Minneapolis in January 2018 before US Bank Stadium hosts the Super Bowl. 

 

 

 

WEST ELM PLANS NORTH LOOP HOTEL

A mock-up of a potential design for West Elm's new hotel guest rooms | West Elm

A well known home retailer is planning to enter the boutique hotel market with one of their first properties being planned for Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

West Elm, a company that is part of the William Sonoma and Pottery Barn family, opened its first retail store in New York City's Dumbo neighborhood in 2003. Since then the company has expanded to include over 100 locations across the United States and Canada including one right here in Edina, MN. 

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that West Elm was venturing into a new area of business, the hospitality industry. The company isn't going to provide just the linens for hotel brands, rather they're creating an entirely new brand of boutique hotels.

A DIFFERENT BOUTIQUE HOTEL

It makes sense when you think about it. Why wouldn't a retailer that provides everything for the home enter the hotel business? 

That's what West Elm is looking to capitalize on. The company will be able to provide everything from the sheets on the bed to the nightstand and the glass that contains water sitting on top. West Elm will also be able to use their vendor relations in order to provide nicer furnishings for their guest rooms at significantly reduced rate on their end.

Guests who choose to stay at a West Elm Hotel will be able to purchase any of the items within their hotels room. And when we say any of the items, we literally mean ANYTHING.

Upon check-in guests will be prompted to download an app that will reveal more information about the furnishings within their room, even allowing guests to order furnishings at any point during or after their stay.

THE DETAILS

West Elm has been perfecting what will ultimately end up as their boutique hotels. In a Brooklyn warehouse they have been assembling mock hotel rooms, testing what works and what doesn't work in order to create a one of a kind boutique hotel.

Their new boutique hotels will be designed depending on their location, the same way West Elm retail stores are. That means each one will be different and unique, something that is a drawing factor to those business and leisurely travelers looking for something different than just the repetitive standard hotel chain.

Dimly lit hallways will grace West Elm hotels, a design feature that they've found encourages hotel guests to soften their voices and move about quietly in common spaces. Custom designed marine blue tiles will adorn the bathrooms, marble coffee tables will provide a space for your morning cup of coffee, and 280 thread count sheets will keep you warm and provide a good nights sleep.

THE FIRST LOCATIONS

In late 2018 the first West Elm Hotels will open in Detroit and Savannah. Following those first two initial openings three more hotels will open in Charlotte, Indianapolis, and right here in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

Details regarding where exactly West Elm will locate their hotel in the North Loop have yet to be revealed. The size of the hotel is expected to be between 100-250 rooms with room rates raning from $175 to $400 a night.

Inspiration for a West Elm Hotel guestroom | West Elm