Nye's Polonaise Room is going – but some historical elements will be saved


Longtime fans of Nye’s Polonaise Room have grown nostalgic about the closing of the northeast Minneapolis landmark since news came last year it would be transformed.

Now the Star Tribune reports a revised plan from the restaurant’s owner and developers shows the two oldest building (of the four that form Nye's) will be saved – and also be part of the new project.

FOX 9 reported Nye's owner Rob Jacobs confirmed those two old buildings will be saved and incorporated into the retail element of the project, which will be adjacent to the apartment tower.

Plans for the project, to be called 116 East Hennepin, show a three-story building with a “Harness Shop” sign and a two-story building that curves around the corner will be preserved. Both of the buildings are more than a century old.

“We’re going down the road of making sure that we are doing the right thing, and the responsible thing,” Jacobs said in an interview with the Star Tribune.

Northeast development

The news is part of intense interest by developers in the northeast part of the city, located across the Mississippi River from downtown.

The Star Tribune reported plans are moving ahead for he site of the Superior Plating facility, just a few blocks from Nye's. At the final meeting of the Superior Plating Task Group Wednesday night, Lennar Multifamily Communities shared its proposal to build an 18-story tower and a low-rise apartment building, with retail space and a restaurant.

Not all the projects are giant ones. The Business Journal reports a neighborhood grocery store in Northeast is going to be transformed into a restaurant.

Chef Laura Bonicelli, who owns Bonicelli's Fresh Meal Delivery, will lease the property on Fillmore St. N.E. that currently houses the B-Line Market. When renovated, the 40-seat restaurant will offer "a mix of world cuisines made with local and organic ingredients."

To be called Bonicelli, the restaurant is expected to open later this spring.

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