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Restaurant Profiles

A la Carte Catering
Adrian's Tavern
Boca Chica Restaurante
Buona Sera
Cafe Twenty Eight
Country View Estate B & B
D. Fong's Chinese Cusine
Girvan Grille
Hell's Kitchen
Jensen's Wine & Dine
Joe Sensers Sports Grill
Joe Sensers Sports Grill & Bar Eagan
Joe Sensers Sports Grill & Bar Roseville
Key's Bar & Grill - Foshay
Key's Cafe - Downtown St. Paul
Kip's Irish Pub
La Casita Mexican Restaurant Columbia Heights
La Casita Mexican Restaurant Roseville
La Fonda de los Lobos Restaurant
Lightly Epicurean Caterers & Deli
Lone Spur Grill & Bar
Los Andes Restaurante
Lotus Restaurant
Luci Ancora
Luna Rossa Trattoria
Mansetti's Pizza & Pasta
Maria's Cafe
Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
O.K. Corral
Ol'Mexico Restaurante
Park Tavern
Q. Cumbers Buffet
Ristorante Luci
Sunsets of Woodbury
Sunsets on Wayzata Bay
The Original Pancake House-Eden Prairie
The Original Pancake House-Edina
The Riverview Cafe
The Riverview Wine Bar
Ursula's Wine Bar and
W.A. Frost & Company

Local Favorites Go Global

If you haven’t been to the Midtown Global Market nestled on the first floor of the Midtown Exchange (formerly the old Sears building), it’s time to go. Designed to model successful marketplaces such as The Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and the Grandville Island in Vancouver, Midtown Global Market is a revitalizing revelation to both the neighborhood and the new restaurants and stores that have opened within these venerable old walls.

Two of Twin Cities Dining Guide’s favorite restaurants have opened their second shops there. Golden Thyme Coffee Café, owned and operated by Mychael Wright, an entrepreneur at the forefront of the revitalization of the Selby Avenue Business Corridor, and Andy’s Garage, owned and operated by DJ Traudt, himself a seven year veteran of the redevelopment on University Avenue. These two conscientious entrepreneurs have joined forces with the Neighborhood Development Center, Midtown Community Works Partnership, and other local business people to contribute their unique restaurant talents to the new Midtown Exchange.

DJ told me that the atmosphere in the Market is totally different from any other business enterprise. Unlike “food courts” where there is little or no cooperation and cutthroat competition is the rule, the owners of these new restaurants sat down together to figure out how to make the experience of customers as pleasant as possible. He said the level of cooperation was amazing.

In addition to restaurants you’ll find Latino and Asian grocery stores, a children’s play area with padded floors, backgammon and chess tables, and shelves of boxed games so customers can relax for a few games over coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Allina Healthcare’s new headquarters, a Sheraton hotel, offices, and more than 350 rental units and condos also share the space. In fact, DJ is selling his house in St. Paul and buying a condo in the Midtown Exchange as a total commitment to making this new market work.

The Midtown Global Market is located at the corner of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. Parking is available in the Metro Exchange ramp between 10th and 11th Avenues, or the metered lot to the west of the building for $0.25 per 20 minutes. The Market is open daily from 7am – 8pm. Andy’s is open 10am to 8pm daily with a selection of burgers, sandwiches and malts. Golden Thyme is open from 6am – 8pm featuring coffee, breakfast croissants, sandwiches and smoothies.

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