Category Archives: Neighborhood News

Toddlers Needed for the Annual Neighborhood Celebration Parade

We’re excited to come together and celebrate our neighborhood as well as offer an afternoon of fun for our kids.  We’re looking for 20 toddlers/parents to ride their trikes or be pulled in there red wagon for neighborhood parade on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Lineup is at Field School 10:45am, parade starts at 11:00am and ends at McRae Park at 11:30am.   Contact the office at frnng@frnng.org or call 612 721 5424 if you and your child will be able to participate in the parade.

We look forward to making this a wonderful event for you and your family!

Pepitos and Parkway Theater Acquired, New Restaurant Tenant Announced

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, February 14, 2018

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pepitos restaurant and the Parkway Theater, two popular institutions located in the Field Regina Northrop neighborhood of South Minneapolis, have been officially acquired and are scheduled to re-open in June 2018. Pepitos Mexican Restaurant, located on the 48th Street block of Chicago Avenue South, enjoyed a long and revered 46 year-run as a fixture in the neighborhood under the ownership of Joe Minjares, who also owned and operated the adjacent Parkway Theater. Due to a serious illness, Minjares had to close Pepitos Restaurant at the end of 2017, though its nearby deli on Nicollet and 46th Street remains.

Enter local investor/entrepreneurs Ward Johnson and Eddie Landenberger, who live in the neighborhood and saw the potential to renovate both the restaurant and theater, in an effort to bring new life into these two establishments. Both Johnson and Landenberger are longtime fans of Pepitos, and Johnson, in particular, has a special connection to Pepitos. “My wife and I had our first date at Pepitos. And fittingly in 2001 it’s where I proposed,” said Johnson.

After an extensive remodel, Johnson and Landenberger will continue to run the theater as a classic/indie movie and live performance venue. “Our goal is to restore the Parkway Theater to its former glory and bring new energy to the space through renovation, curated movie and speaker series, contemporary chamber music and more,” says Landenberger, a veteran of neighborhood redevelopment projects in South Minneapolis.

As for the restaurant, the pair found another family-owned, neighborhood institution to take over operations. El Burrito Mercado, a fixture in St. Paul’s West Side for 36 years, will open El Burrito Minneapolis in the space formerly occupied by Pepito’s. El Burrito Mercado is led and operated by Milissa Silva-Diaz together with her sister and niece, which makes it a 100% women-owned Latina business. Fittingly, according to Silva-Diaz, the bar portion of the restaurant will carry a theme featuring prominent Latina entertainers, artists, and influential women. Like it’s St. Paul counterpart, El Burrito Minneapolis will feature an award-winning menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, a take-out deli, as well as their popular tamale-making classes.

Minjares, for his part, is happy to be handing off the torch to people with deep connections to the neighborhood, and to his restaurant. “It’s bittersweet to say goodbye,” says Minjares. “But I feel like I’m leaving things in good hands, and there’s a bit of serendipity to be handing over the reins of the restaurant to another family-owned Mexican restaurant with a long history in the Twin Cities.”

Plans for the renovation of the Parkway Theater and the opening of El Burrito Minneapolis are pending approval of all necessary plans, permits, and liquor licenses.

 

Eddie Landenberger, is a commercial real estate developer, broker and property manager with extensive experience serving arts organizations and non-profits in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Eddie currently serves as Vice President at the Land Bank Twin Cities, overseeing acquisitions and property management of a diverse portfolio of urban properties. Prior to the Land Bank, Eddie spent several years as a business broker and economic development project manager developing restaurants and creative arts spaces in Minneapolis. As an active arts patron, he is strongly connected to the local arts community through Kate Nordstrum, his wife and music curator of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. He has an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

Ward Johnson has over 20 years of experience in business operations and entrepreneurship. As owner/CEO, he guided local pet food manufacturer Sojos (www.sojos.com) from a one-man operation to a manufacturing leader in natural pet products, until their ultimate acquisition by WellPet, LLC in January of 2016. He currently serves in a mentoring, consulting and investing role for local start-ups and seed stage companies. He attended the University of Minnesota and has a BS with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University’s Carlson School of Management.

Milissa Silva-Diaz, a Mexican-American, is a passionate diversity advocate with a vision to unite teams through culture, food and music – while infusing a good measure of business savvy. She is the eldest daughter of immigrant, entrepreneur parents, Tomas and Maria Silva. Milissa is most known for her innovative leadership at El Burrito Mercado, the multi-million dollar Mexican & Latino marketplace & restaurant, which employs over 80 staff members in St. Paul. Before taking on her role as El Burrito Mercado CEO and partner- owner, along with her sister Suzanne and niece Analita, she pursued other experiences which heightened her level of education and professional experiences in areas of private label foods, Latino entertainment promotion, and corporate experiences with companies like Target, Supervalu, and General Mills. Milissa currently serves on the board for Latino Chamber of Commerce and is a current board member of the St. Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation. She was recognized as the 2009 recipient of Minnesota’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “25 on the Rise”.

Close to Home – Jan/Feb 2018

The Field, Regina, and Northrop Neighborhood Group Newsletter is a bi-monthly publication that is delivered to all addresses with our defined neighborhood.  We start 2018 with a strong issue delivered earlier in January.  We’ll be spotlighting a few stories here on our website to ensure you have the latest information at your fingertips.

Simply click on the link to download and view the latest issue.

 

If you have questions or would like to contribute to the creation of your neighborhood newsletter, please contact the Communications Committee Chair via email at communications@frnng.org

 

The Neighborhood celebration RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 17

The Neighborhood celebration has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, June 17 due to weather concerns.

Field Regina Northrop is commemorating 52 years as a neighborhood, and once again we will celebrate with an event for friends and family at McRae Park. Our annual spring neighborhood celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. at McRae Park.

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be activities at the park, including a variety of musical entertainers, games of chance, face painting, kids games, and of course, ice cream and fabulous food. Food truck vendors will be on hand serving a variety of treats. There will be plenty of food choices for everyone!

On stage, we have a program of family-friendly live music and dancers. Join us on Saturday, June 17 to celebrate with your neighbors!

Keep track of the event by visiting www.frnng.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information. This event will take place on this date – rain or shine. We will provide alternate location in case of rain on June 17.

Social Media Coordinator advertisement

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG) is seeking a temporary social media coordinator to help promote neighborhood events and information social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) and our web page. This contract position is funded for three months. This person or group should be able to help develop existing content from our print newsletter and new content from other sources to effectively communicate with residents and business online. Coordination between the FRNNG webpage and social media will be important.

Applicants should have experience with Facebook and Twitter administration and communication strategies, as well as wordpress content editing and publishing. Please share examples of communication work on social media with your application in addition to a sample three month budget required for an average of 3-5 social media posts every week.

Send your application to communications@frnng.org by May 18th with Social Media Position in the subject line. A committee has been formed to review the applicants and will award the project no later than May 25thst.

4700 Cedar Ave Development presentation – Wednesday 2/15

In February the development group who is working on re-developing the abandoned gas station on the 4700 block of Cedar ave re-submitted their design to the Minneapolis planning commission for review after their initial proposal was tabled pending revisions. A diagram of the plan is shown here overlaid on the existing property. On Wednesday, February 15th the Architect in charge of designing the proposed redevelopment of 4700 Cedar will attend the Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood meeting to discuss the site plan and neighborhood concerns. The Presentation will take place at 6:30 at the beginning of the regularly scheduled monthly board meeting.

The meeting will take place  at the Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church on the main level. The address is 1620 E 46th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. For more information please contact the office at (612) 721-5424

NRP Phase II Plan adjustment

The Field Regina Northrop Neighborhood Group (FRNNG)  Board of Directors voted on November 16, 2016 to add the following language and dollars to its NRP Phase II Plan Education Strategy 4.1.A.1 “Arts in the Community Project”.  Add the language, “Program will also include other community building, arts education strategies such as; Visual, Performing, and Multi-Media arts programs.”  FRNNG Board plans to allocate $10,000.00 to this strategy for future programs.

For questions or comments please email frnng@frnng.org

46th Street repaving to begin September 29

This press release was provided by Hennepin County 

Starting Thursday, September 29, Hennepin County will begin repaving 46th street (County Road 46) between Lyndale and Cedar avenues. Crews have been active in the area prior to this date doing prep work.

The milling operations, or pavement removal, will be the first major activity. It will start on the west end of the project area and move east. In total, work is expected to last two weeks, but the schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

Traffic will be maintained in both directions during this work, but will be diverted to either side of the roadway depending on where the construction activity is occurring. For your safety and the safety of our crews, please slow down as you travel through this area.

Thank you for your patience.

Creating safer lane configurations

Crews will begin by removing the top layer of pavement from one side of the roadway at a time. Next, they will lay fresh pavement, let it cure and then apply fresh paint markings.

When the new paint is applied, it will create a newly configured roadway to improve the safety and experience for all road users.

East of Nicollet Avenue: 46th Street will be changed to a three lane configuration with one traffic lane in each direction and a shared center turn lane. Bike lanes will be added on both sides and on-street parking will be removed.

West of Nicollet Avenue: 46th Street will retain two lanes with one lane in each direction. Bike lanes will be added in both directions and parking on the south side of the road will be removed.

Benefits of the new configuration include:

  • Narrowed lanes for vehicles to encourage safer speeds
  • Dedicated lanes for bicyclists
  • Pedestrian buffer space from motorized traffic provided by the bike lanes
  • Improved striping to help travelers navigate the roadway safely
  • Improved traffic flow from the center lane moving turning vehicles out of the way
  • Greatly reduced number of conflicts from vehicles maneuvering around turning traffic

Planners and engineers expect the new design will decrease conflicts and potential crashes by half.

Based on community input

The final design of this project was based heavily on input from area communities, residents and stakeholders. Many expressed an interest in creating a safer and more pleasant experience for all road users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists.

A working group studied transportation issues in this area and considered possible measures that could be implemented with the paving project. The group consisted of representatives from the Field Regina Northup, Kingfield and Tangletown neighborhood associations, as well as city and county staff. Local businesses and property owners were also engaged in this process. An informational open house was held in 2015 to gather input and help guide the planning of the project.

Thank you to all who contributed to this process!

Contact Hennepin County

Learn more about the project at www.hennepin.us/46street 

Contact:

Bob Byers, P.E.
Project engineer
robert.byers@hennepin.us
612-596-0354

See active projects on our interactive road construction map.

Learn more about how transportation is connecting people to places.

A Night on 48th

 

The celebration takes place at Turtle Bread Company on Saturday, November 4, from 7–10 p.m. Tickets purchased before October 27 cost $15 – $20 at the door – and include the buffet of food from Turtle Bread Company and Pizza Biga, live music, and a wine raffle ticket. Staff from Turtle Bread serves soft drinks, wine, and beer at the cash bar. Space in Turtle Bread is limited; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchase your ticket online with the link below or by calling the office 612-721-5424.

 


Select the Number of Tickets
Names for ticket pickup



Question: When does the buzz about Night on 48th begin? Answer: Right after last year’s sold-out festive event. It’s not an understatement to report that people have fun at Night on 48th. They talk about it – and look forward to it – all year long. They relax, visit with each other and meet new people, sip wine and beer from a cash bar, eat tasty food prepared by Turtle Bread Company and Pizza Biga, listen to laid-back music, and shop the silent auction.

In addition to creating a night of pure neighborly fun, Night on 48th is our neighborhood’s primary fundraiser. It’s an event during which neighbors celebrate all that makes Field Regina Northrop an appealing area in which to live, do business, and have fun.

The funds that are raised through ticket sales, support from generous sponsors, and sales of items and services donated to the silent auction all contribute to the many activities and improvements that occur in our neighborhood.

Music

Music provided by AKOUO returns by popular demand. The band will again establish a relaxed ambiance for socializing and shopping. They describe their sound as “a collage of musical genres” including jazz, R&B, funk, gospel, country western, and rock, all of which was embraced with enthusiasm for the past several years by guests.

New this year: childcare

On a first-come, first-served basis for adults who reserve to attend Night on 48th, a limited number of spaces for childcare, for kids from ages 5 to 10, are available at McRae Park. There is no charge for this service but tips will be happily accepted. To reserve space for your child or children, send an email to mcrae@minneapolisparks.org or call the park at 612-370-4909.

Silent auction

Exciting items will be included in the silent auction including the always-popular stay at Pier 1 in Duluth. Check our webpage and Facebook page to stay current as silent-auction items are listed.

Items donated to the silent auction provide the opportunity for guests to shop locally, support our neighborhood, and score attractive products and services from nearby businesses and individuals. The silent auction is also an opportunity for an individual or business to donate an item that puts your name in front of 125 people. To learn more, contact program manager Stearline Rucker in
the neighborhood office.

In addition to those who donate to the silent auction, the neighborhood greatly appreciates the sponsors of Night on 48th who make this annual event a big success, even before the first guest has entered the door! Please thank our sponsors when you patronize their businesses.

Our volunteer board members set up the event, provide hospitality during the event, and clean up afterward. If you would like to get involved to help host Night on 48th, please contact Stearline in the FRNNG office. (612) 721-5424; frnng@frnng.org

We’re eager to see you on Saturday,
November 4. Invite a neighborhood friend and join us to have fun and raise money to keep our community safe, connected, and beautiful. 

Open Streets Coming to Chicago Avenue in 2017?

By Chris Schommer & Stearline Rucker

FRNNG, in coordination with our neighbors to the north and south, is working on developing an Open Streets event along Chicago Avenue for 2017.

These popular city events close off the street from vehicle traffic on a Sunday and let people use the street however they like. There are events held up and down the street and FRNNG is tentatively planning to combine our annual celebration with Open Streets next summer.

If you would like to see this happen, we need your support! While the Open Streets personnel are well practiced with running an Open Streets event and will be able to provide volunteers on the day of the event, the vast majority of planning is done by neighborhood organizations
and volunteers. If you are available to help make this vision a reality and bring an Open Streets event to Chicago Avenue, please contact the office at (612) 721-5424 or frnng@frnng.org.