Restaurant coming, bike shop leaving Bryant & Lake

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August 22, 2012 by Sarah M

// By Dylan Thomas //

CARAG — Downtown wine bar Spill the Wine has plans to open a new location at Bryant & Lake, in a building that currently houses the departing Sunrise Cyclery, whose owners are planning a move this winter to a site nearer the Midtown Greenway.

The changes coincide with the Ackerberg Group’s plans to renovate the one-story 901 W. Lake St. building, announced several months ago. The local developer has partnered with Urban Anthology on the project. Renovations are not yet underway.

Kevin Kuppe of the Ackerberg Group, speaking at the Tuesday CARAG neighborhood meeting, said negotiations were ongoing with Spill the Wine owner Katie Greeman to open a new restaurant in the building’s 3,050-square-foot corner space. The redevelopment plans call for construction of a street-level patio for the restaurant.

Greeman, who lives in the Kenny neighborhood, was also at the meeting, and she described her plans for the new location as “more of a neighborhood version of what we already have downtown,” referring to the wine and small-plates offerings at 1101 Washington Ave. S. The smaller Bryant & Lake space has room for about 60–70 seats inside and another 30 seats outside, split between the planned patio and a few street-side two-tops.

Greeman said the restaurant would be open seven days a week, closing at midnight Sunday–Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sunrise Cyclery, a bike shop specializing in used bicycles and parts but also offering new bicycles and equipment, is in negotiations with the owner of a long-vacant, one-story industrial building in Whittier. If a lease is signed, the business could relocate as soon as Dec. 1, said Jennifer McDonald, whose husband, Jaime, opened the shop in 2004.

McDonald said Jaime had his eye on the 2901 Blaisdell Ave. building years ago, when the shop departed its original location on 2nd Avenue between Lake and 31st streets. But the building wasn’t available at the time, so the business ended up at Lake & Bryant.

McDonald said the new building offered about 5,000-square-feet of floor space, giving Sunrise Cyclery more room to host events and programming. They aim to operate under a “public shop” model, inviting customers in to work on their own bikes, she said.

The building is located less than one block from the Nicollet Avenue ramp on the Midtown Greenway. Noting the proximity to the bicycle and pedestrian corridor, McDonald said the business might branch out a bit to offer coffee and possibly bike lockers and a shower for commuters.

The Ackerberg Group has not announced a tenant for the other half of the 901 W. Lake St. building, but has said it is seeking a retail tenant for the 2,500-square-foot space.


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