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Q&A with Midori’s Floating World Cafe

Posted on 25 June 2020 by Tesha Christensen

by Elena Vaughn

Photo courtesy of the Midori’s GoFundMe page

Midori’s Floating World Cafe (2629 East Lake Street) is well-known and well-loved. On June 2, a statement was posted to the restaurant’s  Facebook page, thanking seven individuals or guarding the building during the uprisings. Co-owner John Flomer answered the following questions during an email interview.

How did you learn of the seven people physically protecting your business? 

“We heard from one person who knew two people who were arrested by the National Guard while protecting our restaurant. They both left their backpacks there and asked if we could find them and hold them. We found one, but it had be[en] emptied.”

How can Asian-Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement?

Our business is open to all. We do not discriminate. Over the years we’ve hired people from every race. We are in solidarity with the cause surrounding the death of George Floyd and others. It was uncalled for and senseless brutality.

What do you want to tell protestors, either in encouragement or warning?

We are very disturbed over the senseless deaths of minority citizens and support a vocal outcry over them, including peaceful protesting.

Find the restaurant GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/restore-midori039s-floating-world-cafe

 

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ADX Labs supports LBA

Posted on 25 June 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Kim Jakus (left) of the Longfellow Business Association and Steve Renner of ADX Inc.

ADX Labs, Inc. has provided an urgently needed grant of $40,000 to the Longfellow Business Association, to aid local small businesses to recover from looting damage. The donation was made by ADX Labs’ charitable arm, the ADX Foundation.
Steven M. Renner, founder and CEO of ADX Labs and chairman of the ADX Foundation said, “The tragic death of George Floyd in police custody resulted in peaceful protests but also extensive looting and truly terrible property damage. Here in Minneapolis, the Longfellow neighborhood has been particularly hard hit. This vibrant and diverse neighborhood has largely been reduced to rubble, and residents are experiencing great difficulties sourcing food and services from the many small business owners who have seen their premises destroyed. The ADX Foundation immediately stepped up to provide a grant to the Longfellow Business Association, which has pledged that every dollar will be utilized helping local small businesses get back on their feet, so their community can thrive again.”
The Longfellow Business Association’s Executive Director Kim Jakus said, “Our association has been serving neighborhood businesses and non-profits for the last 25 years. Over the last week, around 50 of our Longfellow businesses and non-profits were looted and damaged in the wake of the violent death of George Floyd. ADX’s grant will allow us to give direct grants to businesses in Longfellow to help cover insurance deductibles, repairs, relocations and eventually help with equitable rebuilding.”
Korboi “KB” Balla, owner of fire-damaged Scores Sports Bar said, “There are a lot of unknowns right now, but the community is what gives me hope to reopen.” Balla said that when businesses were burned down, “people came from far and wide to help clean up, and it’s unreal how much the community has come together.”
John Flomer, co-owner of local restaurant Midori Floating World Café, which was also looted and destroyed, said that many residents’ main concern is losing the community they love so much. “It’s all small businesses here, and we feel like we’re bleeding in the streets and waiting for the medics,” said Flomer.
Renner concluded, “ADX Labs is committed to supporting an inclusive, diverse and thriving Twin Cities. Coming during the coronavirus pandemic, the devastation of Longfellow’s businesses has resulted in yet more unemployment, and we hope local businesses can rehire all employees. We call on other Minneapolis businesses to donate.”

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Fundraisers in neighborhood

Posted on 04 June 2020 by Tesha Christensen

Following is a list of fundraisers in the neighborhood. The initial estimate from the Longfellow Community Council is that 31 buildings have been completely destroyed, including 3 major grocery stores, and 2 pharmacies. Beyond that at least 49 other businesses sustained significant damage. Many are locally- and minority-owned.

Longfellow Business Association: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/ODY1NzM=

Lake Street Council: https://www.welovelakestreet.com/

Longfellow Community Council: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuilding-longfellow-amp-lake

Seward Neighborhood Group: https://www.gofundme.com/f/x8jvsy-help-seward-neighborhood-rebuild?teamInvite=WJEIyIDGksAK1I2ChHozCPqsrfQT056aJgKJJ5mucLIvBfRPje4UNfqdGV8jDyzY

Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/minnesota-poc-business-support

Minnehaha Lake Wine and Spirits on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen)

DreamHaven Books & Comics: https://www.gofundme.com/f/dreamhaven-restoration?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Friends of Hennepin County Library Local Library Equity Fund: https://www.supporthclib.org/justice-for-all
Gandhi Mahal: https://www.gofundme.com/f/real-one-gandhi-mahal-revival-fundraiser

La Raza Radio Station: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-s-minneapolis?mc_cid=66e6f67e5f&mc_eid=c9ca6a86e6
Little Earth’s Resident Association: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Littleearth
Metro Behavioral Health Service: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-rebuild-ethnic-behavioral-health-service

Mama Safia’s Kitchen: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-mama-safias-kitchen?mc_cid=66e6f67e5f&mc_eid=c9ca6a86e6
Midori’s Floating World Cafe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/restore-midori039s-floating-world-cafe

A view from the library parking lot of the Nuevo Rodeo building as it smolders on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen)

Midtown Global Market: https://www.gofundme.com/f/midtown-global-market
Migizi: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Migizi-Communications and https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-migizi
Minnehaha Lake Wine and Spirits: for staff members, https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-staff-of-minnehaha-lake-wine-amp-spirits?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet

Minnesota Transitions Charter School: https://www.gofundme.com/f/20q90uquc0
Score Sports Bar: https://www.gofundme.com/f/scores-bar-mpls-riot-rebuild
Town Talk: https://www.gofundme.com/f/relief-for-town-talk
Urban Forage Winery and Cider: https://www.gofundme.com/f/urban-forage-glass-repair-and-security-upgrades?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

Please email tesha@LongfellowNokomisMessenger.com to be added to this list.

Firefighters spray down what remains of Gandhi Mahal and MIGIZI on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen)

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Lake Street Dumpling Tour is first of many ‘Make on Lake’ events

Posted on 25 June 2018 by calvin

By MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN
Sat., June 2 dawned cool and rainy, but people still came out in substantial numbers for the first ever Lake Street Dumpling Tour. Preregistration closed weeks before the event happened when 800 tickets were sold out. Five dollars covered two randomly selected tokens for dumpling samples at two of the 14 participating businesses along Lake Street, a dumpling map, and a dumpling sticker—all handsomely illustrated by south Minneapolis artist Cori Lin.

Participating businesses included Safari Express (sambusas) and Pham’s Deli (fried dumplings) at the Midtown Global Market; Panaderia San Miguel (empanadas) at 1623 E. Lake St.; Ashkay Paatram (samosas) at the Midtown Farmer’s Market; Midori’s Floating World (Japanese gyoza and wontons) at 2629 E. Lake; Gandhi Mahal (samosas) at 3009 27th Ave. S.; El Nuevo Rodeo (empanadas) at 2709 E. Lake; the Himalayan (momos) at 2910 E. Lake; and Urban Forage (samosas from Alimama’s Mediterranean Food Truck) at 3016 E. Lake St.

It’s hard to find a culture that doesn’t lay claim to dumplings. What exactly is a dumpling, and why are they so popular?

First off, they’re delicious, tasty morsels of dough that are steamed, baked or fried, and most often filled with meat, beans or cheese. Some are served plain, but most come with sauces.

Dumplings also make people happy. At Gandhi Mahal, diners stood contentedly underneath the awning as rain streamed down. Inside, the cashier kept shouting into the kitchen, “More, they want more!”

Photo right: Niko Simning served up steamed Japanese chicken and veggie gyoza, and fried banana wontons at Midori’s Floating World Café. (Photo by Margie O’Loughlin)

Theresa Swaney, Communications and Program Coordinator for the Lake Street Council, said, “We’re continually offering these kinds of events to highlight the unique qualities of Lake St. There isn’t another street quite like it but, even so, running a small business is hard. We often hear from small business owners that one of the challenges is getting new customers to come through the door. We opted to have people pick their two tokens randomly when they started the dumpling tour at the Midtown Farmer’s Market, in hopes of getting them to try a restaurant they didn’t know.”

The Lake Street Dumpling Tour was sponsored by Metro Transit and the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Program. The event was created by the Lake Street Council, whose mission is to engage, serve, and advocate for the Lake Street business community to ensure the vitality and prosperity of this commercial corridor.

For the summer of 2018, the dumpling tour was just the start. With support from the McKnight Foundation, Twin Cities LISC, the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Program, and GoodSpace Murals, the Lake Street Council is undertaking a creative placemaking initiative to develop relationships between local artists and Lake St. businesses. The coordinated public artwork series is called “Make on Lake,” and fifteen separate public art projects are part of this initiative.

Projects will take place through August 2018. One of the primary goals of Make on Lake is to support the success of small businesses, particularly those negatively impacted by changes in the current political environment and immigration policies.

The projects include permanent and temporary visual art and performance art installations meant to draw residents and visitors onto Lake St.

One of the projects currently on view at the East Lake Library is called Lake of Dreams: The Poetics of Forgiveness. Visual artist Alan Milligan and poet Nichole Mary Kelby collaborated on the 14’ long wooden boat, whose shell is lined with poems. The Lake of Dreams project will create a series of culturally themed boats and display them at various businesses and locations along Lake Street throughout the summer.

Details about upcoming Make on Lake activities and events can be found at the Lake Street Council’s Facebook page: @VisitLakeStreet.

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East Lake Open Streets scheduled July 24

Posted on 29 June 2016 by calvin

Article and photos by MARGIE O’LOUGHLIN
E. Lake St. can be an unfriendly street for bikers. According to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, 13,000-15,000 cars use Lake St. east of Hiawatha every day. With the high volume of traffic and the tendency for drivers to speed, biking there can be pretty scary.

There is one compelling reason to bike E. Lake St. though, even if it means riding on the sidewalk sometimes. You can find all the essential stuff of life if you know where to go, and plenty of other stuff that’s just plain fun too.

A Day on Lake Street 01Photo left: Kym Erickson, manager of Soderberg’s Floral (3305 E. Lake St.), with Princess, the shop dog. “What makes our business succeed? We have been designing and delivering the best floral arrangements in town for 91 years.”

E. Lake St. has been a bustling commercial corridor for well over a hundred years. The Longfellow neighborhood is home to two of its original businesses: the American Rug Laundry (4222 E. Lake St.) and Soderberg’s Floral (3305 E. Lake St.). All along the street, established businesses sit next to, or near, new enterprises. This eclectic mix is part of what makes a bike ride or a walk down E. Lake St. an adventure and opens your eyes to a rapidly changing urban corridor.

A Day on Lake Street 12Photo right: Iris Eyestone, an employee of Northern Sun (2916 E. Lake St.), in front of a selection of their custom, preprinted T-Shirts. Also available are posters, buttons, canvas bags, yard signs, flags and banners for progressive causes since 1979. Little known fact: bring in a ticket stub from The Riverview Theater and receive a free bumper sticker.

The second East Lake Open Streets will take place this year on Sun., July 24 from 11am–5pm. For six hours, the street will be closed to motorized traffic between 42nd Ave. to the east and Elliot Ave. to the west. Bicyclists, wheelchairs and pedestrians will be able to roll and stroll right down the middle of the street without having to dodge traffic. There will be special events and activities all day long. It’s a great opportunity to think about how we use our streets, and to connect with neighbors and business owners.
Check the website a week or so before the date to get the final schedule at www.openstreetsmpls.org/east_lake.

Open Streets may be the best day of the year for those operating under their own power, but what about the other 364 days? Consider an ordinary day, on an ordinary block of E. Lake St., between 42nd and 41st avenues. A person can get an awesome tattoo (Leviticus Tattoo), find a competent therapist (The Family Partnership), have their teeth cleaned (West River Dental Care) fix their PC (Que Computer) or vaccinate their cat (East Lake Animal Clinic), all without having to leave the block.

The Open Streets event celebrates and magnifies what happens here every single day of the year: people working hard in a variety of practical and creative ways.

A Day on Lake Street 11Photo left: John and Midori Flomer, of Midori’s Floating World Cafe (2629 E. Lake St.), said, “Our sushi is delicious and rolled by hand, but people may not know is that our tempura is right up there too.“ Both John and Midori are art school graduates and chose the restaurant’s name as a reference to a style of Japanese art called Floating World.

As the street has pulled itself up by its bootstraps in the last fifteen years, businesses have flourished in what is known as, “The East Lake Renaissance.” Take, for example, the intersection of 39th Ave, and East Lake. Ten years ago, the intersection had only one viable business: The Blue Moon Coffee Shop (NW corner), which recently marked its 24th anniversary.

In 2016, all four corners of the intersection are solidly anchored. At the nearly-new restaurant Peppers and Fries (NE corner), diners are rewarded with burgers so good they recently won the Twin Cities Burger Battle for 2016. The Frattallone’s Ace Hardware Store (SE corner) is a welcome presence in the neighborhood, selling nursery stock free of neonicotinoids and affordable Christmas trees. The Longfellow Market (SW corner) is doing what seems nearly impossible, making a “go” of it as a small, independent grocery store.

Every block or intersection has its own story to tell, and those stories have changed as the decades have rolled by.

D & Z Auto Sales (3722 E. Lake St.) is one of the few remaining used car dealerships that used to line E. Lake St. By the late 1960’s, the area was known as “the used car haven of the western world.” The sale, repair, and use of cars defined E. Lake for decades as Automobile Row.

It was the re-location of car lots to surrounding suburbs (where land was cheaper) that prompted E. Lake’s nosedive in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. There simply weren’t businesses large enough to re-use those spaces, and the many large, vacant lots deteriorated with the presence of drugs, crime, and prostitution.

But the streetscape has changed again, that’s for sure. E. Lake St. is drawing diners galore to its array of ethnic restaurants. Its diverse businesses, many of which will spill out onto their sidewalks for East Lake Open Streets, are cranking out all kinds of services. Need a handcrafted hardwood cover for your radiator? Check out Prairie Woodworking (3535 E. Lake St.). Or what about a manicure or pedicure? Daisy Nails (3015 E. Lake St.) offers a rainbow of polish colors and friendly service—and, if your car is in need of a tune-up, Saigon Garage (3028 E. Lake St.) is conveniently located across the street.

Years ago, the sign above the Midas Muffler (601 E. Lake St.) used to say in English and Spanish, “East Lake is great, and getting better.” Come out and celebrate that spirit and energy with East Lake Open Streets on July 24.

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2015 Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival scheduled July 18

Posted on 26 June 2015 by calvin

The Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival is on schedule for Sat., July 18, from noon to 10pm. This neighborhood celebration of the arts and culture of the Twin Cities is also the annual fundraiser for the non-profit community theater Patrick’s Cabaret.

2015 will see the festival expand into Minnehaha Ave. with numerous neighborhood restaurants, including Gandhi Mahal, Midori’s, Le Town Talk, El Nuevo Rodeo, African Paradise, Merlin’s Rest and many more. Area restaurants represent an astonishing mix of offerings in the festival’s new International Food Court.

Patrick’s will present a variety of interactive activities, including live performance art, an exhibition of visual artists, and the very best local craft sodas, beers, and distilled spirits.

The 2015 festival will feature five music stages, with live entertainment throughout the day and into the night.  Performing bands include:
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Savage Aural Hotbed
Poverty Hash
Mike Munson
Mr. Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes
Barbara Jean
Left Lane Cruiser
The Beavers
Charlie Parr
Last Revel
Frog Leg
Fury Things
Fattening Frogs
CATL
Willie Murphy &
His Angel Headed Hipsters
Jimbo Mathus and The
Tri-State Coalition
Black Market Brass
Burnside & The New Generation
‘Spider’ John Koerner
Eleganza
Flood Brothers
Joe & Vicky Price
Jeff Ray & The Stakes
Bernie King &
The Guilty Pleasures

Tickets are $20 for this fully immersive city-central festival experience, with all proceeds going towards continuing the valuable year-round community programming offered at Patrick’s Cabaret. You can purchase tickets online at http://rootsrockdeepblues.com.

While the outdoor festival activities conclude at 10pm, the RRDB Festival party will continue just two blocks away with some very special indoor performances in the ballroom at The Eagles Post 34!

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2015 Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival takes shape

Posted on 27 May 2015 by calvin

The 2015 Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival, presented by Patrick’s Cabaret, has been renamed The Longfellow Roots, Rock & Deep-Blues Festival.

The 2014 ‘Best of Twin Cities’ (City Pages) and 2014 ‘Best of Minnesota’ (StarTribune) summer music, arts and cultural event is back on Sat., July 18, from noon to 10pm. The most ambitious and accessible neighborhood celebration of the arts and culture of the Twin Cities is also the annual fundraiser for the non-profit community theater Patrick’s Cabaret.

In addition to adding the neighborhood name (Longfellow) to its already laborious acronym, 2015 will see the festival expand into Minnehaha Ave. with the addition of numerous neighborhood restaurants, including Gandhi Mahal, Midori’s, Le Town Talk, El Nuevo Rodeo, African Paradise, Merlin’s Rest and many more, representing an astonishing mix of offerings in the festival’s new International Food Court.’

Patrick’s will present a variety of interactive activities, including; live performance art, an exhibition of visual artists, and the very best local craft sodas, beers, and distilled spirits.
The 2015 festival will feature five music stages, with live entertainment throughout the day and into the night. The festival will include perennial festival favorites like Kent Burnside & The New Generation, Minneapolis’ own ‘Spider’ John Koerner and Duluth’s Charlie Parr, as well as intermittently returning acts like Indiana’s gut-bucket power trio Left Lane Cruiser, local Afro-funksters Black Market Brass and award winning Iowa blues artists Joe & Vicky Price.

As always, there will be exciting fresh faces and sounds this year, including the last living Bentonian-style blues player, Mr. Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes, from Bentonia, MS, the Toronto-based punk-blues duo CATL, acclaimed composer, producer (and former Squirrel Nut Zipper leader) Jimbo Mathus and The Tri-State Coalition from Oxford, MS, Minneapolis West-Bank musical legend Willie Murphy & His Angel Headed Hipsters, and local folk-grass trio Last Revel.

Other booked performers include Miss Tess & The Talkbacks, Flood Brothers, Fury Things, Fattening Frogs, Frog Leg, Jeff Ray & The Stakes, Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures, Mike Munson, Eleganza, Savage Aural Hotbed, and Poverty Hash.

Tickets are $20 for this fully immersive city-central festival experience, with all proceeds going towards continuing the year-round community programming offered at Patrick’s Cabaret. You can purchase tickets online at http://rootsrockdeepblues.com.

While the outdoor festival activities conclude at 10pm, the RRDB Festival party will continue just two blocks away with some very special indoor performances in the ballroom at The Eagles Post 34!

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