Skip to main content

Photos: First look at plans to replace Nye's with 29-story tower

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Architects have revealed plans for a 29-story tower to replace historic Northeast Minneapolis bar Nye's Polonaise, which is closing this summer.

A proposal to build a tower with 189 apartments, under- and above-ground parking, and street-level retail space will go before the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission next week.

Two of the existing buildings will be saved. The plans show the three-story, 110-year-old "Harness Shop," currently home to the Chopin Dining Room, will be moved 30 feet to the west and join the bar building on the corner of the lot.

But gone will be the distinctive funnel-shaped entrance of Nye's that currently separates the two buildings on East Hennepin Avenue.

According to the plans, there will be 6,500 square feet of retail space on ground floor level, on East Hennepin Avenue and Second Street, as well as one level of underground parking and five levels above ground.

The Star Tribune reports the plans from Twin Cities-based Schafer-Richardson and restaurant owners Rob and Tony Jacob have been met with concern by the adjacent Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, which expressed concerns about shadowing and blocked sight-lines in the neighborhood.

MPR notes the plans cleared their first hurdle this week, being given the tentative approval of the neighborhood's group task force.

The decision to close Nye's and replace it with apartments has prompted the creation of a protest group to save the venue, which currently has more than 8,700 followers on Facebook.

Next Up

covid vaccine kids

How to get kids under 5 the COVID vaccine in Minnesota

The MOA will begin offering the vaccine to kids 6 months to 5 years as soon as Wednesday.


Boy dies in overnight house fire in eastern Minnesota

The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. Monday, June 20.

Daniel James Hart

Suspect in Plymouth gas station homicide released on $100K bond

Despite not being charged with murder, the criminal complaint does refer to Hart as "the shooting suspect."

Screen Shot 2019-10-02 at 11.58.53 AM

Stabbing during brawl involving 25 tubers on Mississippi River

It happened east of Bemidji on Sunday evening.

Screen Shot 2022-06-20 at 11.40.12 AM

Man dies trying to save his dog on Minnesota lake

It happened on a lake east of Pelican Rapids on Saturday, June 18.

trench collapse victims

Saint Paul trench collapse victims are identified

The two workers killed on the job in St. Paul have been identified by family and friends.


Intense heat could fuel severe storms in Minnesota

Heat index values will surge into the 100s across parts of Minnesota on Monday.

Minnesota River in Renville County

2 dead just miles apart on the Minnesota River in Renville County

The body of a man was caught in a log jam. Just hours later, a young man drowned.


Interstate 35 near Rush City suffers 'major road buckle'

Pavement can buckle when it expands in extreme heat.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.29.03 AM

Jensen vows medical board investigating him 'will be dealt with'

Jensen says the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is investigating him for the fifth time.