Sit-down dining slow to come to North Side

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 18, 2012 - 9:08 PM

A developer tried without success to woo a higher-end restaurant, the latest in the struggle to offer more than just fast food in the area.

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bwikMay. 19, 1211:22 AM

It's a little late to be asking why people would not want to live and work on North Side. The same rules apply there as in every other place. The result that happened there is a judgement of people in the region. Maybe everybody in the world is wrong. Or, maybe people who take personal responsibility for their behavior, their police record, their community reap the rewards of life. I don't know the answers, but I don't want to be told it is a foregone conclusion that I ought to buy property and/or hang out on the North Side. I will be the judge of that.

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grosenowMay. 19, 1212:37 PM

So the city's answer to this dilemma is to support the development of more subsidized housing units along West Broadway. Adding a lot more folks with non existent or marginal disposable income and wonder why the restaurant developers stay away!!! Or even better yet why does Hennepin county even consider "not" putting the NW LRT line on West Broadway. Transit, systems such as LRT, are leading contributors to future development. When you spend 40 years or more talking about diversity, including economic diversity, while you keep pushing and packing lower income folks into the north side. Add in decades of bad press, calling out only our flaws, and fueling the whole metro areas perceptions of the North Side community. It should be no surprise to anyone that struggling to bring in family style sit down restaurants, is the result, It took a tornado, for crying out loud, to get any consistent good press, over here. To let the rest of the metro area know that the North Side is full of good folks. Families who have lived and worked hard here for generations. Along with lots of younger and newer folks who are also working hard, will continue to do so, and who have "chosen" to live and love our side of town.

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grosenowMay. 19, 1212:38 PM

So the city's answer to this dilemma is to support the development of more subsidized housing units along West Broadway. Adding a lot more folks with non existent or marginal disposable income and wonder why the restaurant developers stay away!!! Or even better yet why does Hennepin county even consider "not" putting the NW LRT line on West Broadway. Transit, systems such as LRT, are leading contributors to future development. When you spend 40 years or more talking about diversity, including economic diversity, while you keep pushing and packing lower income folks into the north side. Add in decades of bad press, calling out only our flaws, and fueling the whole metro areas perceptions of the North Side community. It should be no surprise to anyone that struggling to bring in family style sit down restaurants, is the result, It took a tornado, for crying out loud, to get any consistent good press, over here. To let the rest of the metro area know that the North Side is full of good folks. Families who have lived and worked hard here for generations. Along with lots of younger and newer folks who are also working hard, will continue to do so, and who have "chosen" to live and love our side of town.

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jhb8426May. 19, 12 7:31 PM

Ummm, let's see... Drug dealers operating with impunity, random shootings and robberies. What more do you need to attract people to the area?

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nonsuberMay. 19, 1211:33 PM

Agree with all the above. Better community policing, issuing less licenses for absentee landlords, and holding all residents responsible for deviant behaviors couldn't hurt! Our politicians are dropping the ball.

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DLBabatzMay. 20, 12 9:25 AM

The answer to the question, why are restaurants slow to open is in the article. The one new sit down restaurant that did open is losing money, and even the move up fast food chicken place did not make it a year.

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danderson45May. 21, 12 7:19 AM

Papa's Pizza and Deli. 42nd & Thomas. Incredible food.

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dehnsdMay. 21, 1210:34 PM

Good points, grosenow. Victory 44 on Penn Ave & 44th Ave is my favorite place on the north side. It's a unique sit-down place with great food at a reasonable price.

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bankarghMay. 25, 12 3:09 PM

Victory 44, Papas, the Lowry Cafe, and Tooties are all quite fantastic. Could use a little more variety though.

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