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Minneapolis voters will be able to weigh in on the city's police department on the local ballot, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Why it matters: The proposed charter amendment was spurred by mass protests against police brutality after George Floyd's death last year. It would replace the city's police department with a new Department of Public Safety that "could include" police officers "if necessary."
Hy-Vee's got a new "smart store" model, and the Twin Cities is going to get the company's biggest yet, reports Linh Ta of Axios Des Moines.
What's happening: Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker told Axios that the forthcoming store will be 147,000 square feet, providing ample space for experimentation. It will also have an e-commerce hub and micro-fulfillment center.
Details: The new smart stores have kiosks to help you do everything from order a custom cake to buy an elliptical machine.
The intrigue: A location has not been finalized yet, said Hy-Vee spokesperson Tina Potthoff.
Nick's thought bubble: Hy-Vee's not saying, but this is almost certainly the grocer's planned Bloomington/Southtown location that Axios Twin Cities reported about last week.
The former Champps restaurant (R.I.P.) next to Ridgedale Center is slated to become a wine bar, grocer and liquor store.
Driving the news: Top Ten Liquors has submitted plans to the city of Minnetonka, saying it will serve by-the-glass wines and small plates in a restaurant, plus operate a full-service liquor store.
Context: Top Ten is a fast-growing local liquor store chain. It's opened stores in Rosemount, Plymouth and Vandnais Heights in the past year, and now has 12 Twin Cities outposts.
What's next: A public hearing on the proposed store is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4.
Outdoor dining options kept many Twin Cities restaurants alive during COVID-19 restrictions last winter — and now the industry is revisiting whether to keep the patio tents and al fresco fixtures around.
Why it matters: The approaching cold weather combined with concerns over the Delta variant's spread have restaurant owners — who've seen some recovery from the pandemic's hard hit — searching for ways to keep diners coming back.
State of play: Summer was good to local restaurants. Across Minnesota, 42% of restaurant operators reported higher revenues this summer than pre-pandemic, said Ben Wogsland, director of government operations for Hospitality Minnesota.
What's happening: For some, last winter was a test drive for offerings that will be made permanent.
Meanwhile, there's still a lot of trial and error — and guessing on how hardy Minnesotans are.
The bottom line: Restaurants can continue to get creative, but only time will tell if there's a return on investment.