What’s up at the Red Lion?

zeitgeist489357The Zinema will open in June, according to this Business North article.

19 Comments

peopleskey

about 12 years ago

I hope they left the stencil art by the back stairway, George Jefferson, Magnum, Morris Day, etc.

adam

about 12 years ago

Horsefist's still got the stencils.

And, no, since they'll be expanding the entire back of the building to the Michigan street.

adam

about 12 years ago

*to the Michigan Street... sheesh.

Bob Dylan Way Cultural Pathway. My apologies.

Calk

about 12 years ago

What kind of cafe and will it have free wi fi?

jp

about 12 years ago

NorShor Theater will celebrate it's centennial next year.  Right across the street from this little project.  

Not hating on the Zeppa crew whatsoever, I really do appreciate this, it just makes me sad that the more obvious choice isn't possible.  

A little sad ... or maybe that feeling is just bittersweet.  Sometimes it's hard to tell.  I personally dragged the charrete crew over from a&l central to look over this long overlooked block of old downtown and asked them to PUH-lease include old DT in their plan.  

So I'm glad it happened, just a little upset they didn't come to the conclusion I had hoped that they would have ... or maybe they did and just found some people wouldn't budge or compromise to meet them ... 

BTW, that was four years ago now, lol.  Looks like this plan is moving at the speed of Duluth, with a little personality and ego thrown in for good measure.

But don't try to catch me hating on it, I think it's a great idea and I'm glad it's happening.

Chris

about 12 years ago

jp, not exactly sure what you're getting at.  If its that the Norshor would have been perfect for this idea, I agree.  But, correct me if I'm wrong, didn't the Zeppas try and buy the place from Ringsred quite awhile ago?  I kind of thought they did all they could but found Ringsred totally inflexible about selling?  Having the Norshor as a strip club is not in anyones best interests for the continuing renovation of Old Downtown.  But as long as Eric Ringsred owns the building he'll run it as he wishes.

heiko

about 12 years ago

is this where the secret clubs are going to be?????maybe a secret club that allows kitten juggling?????

another amy

about 12 years ago

After visiting the Zeppa Foundation linked from the Budget North article, I wondered what they mean by "progressive policies relating to population control"?

Calk

about 12 years ago

Except for the Norshor (which really strived to an arts hub under JP and Rick Boo's management), that part of town is becoming happening district for the after-hours crowd! You have Carmody's (of course), the bar at 301, and now Blackwater. We went there last night, had great drinks at very reasonable prices, with delicious appetizers, amidst a friendly crowd. Can hardly wait to see how things develop with the Zeppa Fdn's plans for that part of Old Downtown.

ironic1

about 12 years ago

Calk, I thought Blackwater was now called Xe.  I've not been there, but do the waiters dress in black and carry semi-automatic rifles?  Their slogan could be...

"Blackwater: We put the Special Ops in House Special!"

...or then again, maybe not.

zra

about 12 years ago

i wonder how long it took blackwater to get the friedricesoysaucesweetandsour smell out of the place.

adam

about 12 years ago

Glad to see I'm not the only one, ironic1.

For the sake of brevity, however, and after much debate, we've decided to go with BrownWater. Fits better next to the Brown Star, and requires a lot less explaining.

Calk

about 12 years ago

Dudes! 

Seriously, Zra, hard to believe the place used to be a Chinese restaurant. I sniffed and sniffed to no avail -- could not detect any odors from its previous life. Can't say I miss the Chinese restaurant. I ate there like 3 times, it wasn't one of my favorite places. I did like the free wi fi though.

azeppa

about 12 years ago

To answer another amy, "progressive policies relating to population control" translates to "non-racist population control."

JP

about 12 years ago

Sorry for the delayed response been busy working hard at my real job (which I am SO grateful to have) and haven't had much time to chit chat on PDD lately.  Yes, Chris, I am afraid that you are correct.  Which was my point, actually, ut it was kind of buried in the comment, I know.  I thought I'd weasel around it without actually coming out and saying it myself.  That's my version of "being diplomatic" which I am still learning how to do.  

I did say I was supportive of the Zeppa efforts though, didn't I?  And for the PDD record, I do love Dr. Ringsred, but he makes some really goofy and infuriating decisions sometimes.  Some might say he does that  "often," come to think of it.  I've still got a soft spot for him, though, I'm not even sure why.  

Also, I appreciated the belly laughs on the blackwater thing.  I knew that name sounded familiar when I drove by a few days ago, but couldn't pin it down.  SURELY they did a name search before deciding on that one, or maybe they didn't.  Classic Duluth

Bret

about 12 years ago

Will your drink be served by a real mecenary?

french

about 12 years ago

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

The Big E

about 12 years ago

It looks like there may be a bit of a surplus of Blackwater co-workers just now, what with the no-longer-allowed-to-work-in-Iraq thing.  So you may yet find yourself trying to decide between leaving a 50 percent tip and winding up in a body cast.

Calk

about 12 years ago

I was at the Oevre magazine launch party at Greysolon last night, and Blackwater's weird name came up often in conversation, with someone even saying, "Blackwoods, yeah, sure, but couldn't they think up *anything" besides Blackwater? Even BlackSwamp would work better!"

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