What is going on with the former Mucci's spot at Lake & Bryant? Well, readers, we got our hopes up this weekend when The Development Tracker posted that Union Hmong Kitchen was opening up a "permanent location" there. An intrepid neighbor asked for details when they talked with their team at the State Fair, who reported that they're just using it as a surplus kitchen (for now) with no plans to sell anything out of there.

So, yes, Union Hmong Kitchen is using the space to prepare for the State Fair and other adventures. You can even see stacks of rice bags at the front door. But it looks like they won't be serving food out of that location for the time being. If that changes, we will let you know. We are nonetheless happy to welcome Union Hmong Kitchen to Southwest Minneapolis.


We got to ride along with a water quality tester from the Park Board to see how they test our beach water. We have videos and more pictures up on Instagram, too.

Monday Meeting Review

If you are looking for summaries of any civic meeting, check out the Minneapolis Documenters website. They also have a meeting calendar.

Minneapolis City Council and committees
It's Ward Week this week, which means there are no City Council meetings scheduled. As of this morning, the Minneapolis Legislative Information Management System is down, as well, due to power outages. This system is where you can find meeting agendas and resolutions passed by the council (plus much, much more).

Documenters has notes from last week's public hearing on the Minneapolis Police Department's use of drones. The hearing was ceremonial in that the MPD has already decided to use drones in its work.

Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education
Tuesday at 5 p.m. On the agenda is an ESSER funds update. ESSER funds are K-12 emergency funds, the majority of which were awarded through the March 2021 American Rescue Plan. Finance Committee meetings are not livestreamed.

The Finance Committee meetings are not livestreamed. You can attend the meeting in person at the John B. Davis Center.

Met Council
The Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission meets Thursday at 4 p.m. The agenda incudes a presentation on parks and trails visitor data.

You can access Met Council meetings through the agendas, which include a live YouTube link to the meeting.

Hennepin County
There are no meeting scheduled for this week

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
There are no meeting scheduled for this week.


Our new neighbors, Union Hmong Kitchen (emphasis on the kitchen), are the first Hmong food stand at the Minnesota State Fair. (Sahan Journal)

Tomorrow, Abang Yoli finally brings their tasty fried chicken from Malcolm Yards to open up in the former Boludo spot on Nicolett and 38th. Lunch service starts at 11a.m. (Instagram)

Schatzlein Saddle Shop at 413 W. Lake St. is closing after 115 years in business (!!!). "Now is the time for some of the family members to retire," reads a social media announcement. Sounds like they'll be having an epic going-out-of-business sale kicking off today. (Facebook)

Bebe Zito's THC-infused ice cream was featured on local TV news, with a nicely placed "rocky road" pun thrown in. (WCCO)

The City of Minneapolis will soon have to grapple with balancing a budget that has been stretched by more than $100 million (and counting) in payments for lawsuits filed against the MPD and MPD workers comp settlements. Short-term, many holes have been plugged with pandemic relief funds that will soon disappear. (Minnesota Reformer)

Southwest High School's The Navigator reviews Brasa. (The Navigator)


Calling all artists (yes, you!): The Minneapolis Park & Rec is seeking nine artists to paint murals at park locations with the theme "Parks for All." Artists receive $6,000 plus $3,000 in artist supplies/travel. Spread the word to any Minneapolis-connected artist you know.

From a reader: The Stevens Square-Loring Heights Neighborhood Organization has a unique rental rebate program. Many of the major rental companies will take money off your rent (ranges from $60 to $225) for volunteering in the neighborhood (trash pick up, going to meetings, event volunteering, walking groups). This is an under-utilized resource.

Lyndale Farmstead Park is hiring a 55+ exercise and yoga instructor, and a host for the park's Intergenerational Preschool and Senior Time (how adorable). If you are interested in any of these jobs, contact Sara Richards: srichards@minneapolisparks.org, 612-370-4973.

The 32nd Street Bde Maka Ska beach remains closed. The soonest it could is Tuesday afternoon, when the next round of water quality testing results are posted.


A night of vocal trio covers at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis. Music starts at 5:30 p.m.  Lori, Judi, and Rachel will perform music from The Chicks, Wilson Phillips, The Ronettes, Emmylou, Linda & Dolly, The Wailin' Jennys, and Lucius with Brandi Carlisle.

80s rock and new wave cover band Atomic Beat plays the Lake Harriet Bandshell at 7:30 p.m.

Steamship Games is hosting a Digimon game night starting at 7 p.m.

Tonight (and every Monday) is Autotune Karaoke at Mortimer's.