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Jan 04

The Loring Bar & Restaurant — New life for a long time Dinkytown favorite

The Loring Bar & Restaurant (formerly the Loring Pasta Bar) was recently purchased by four long-time employees of the restaurant. Lynn Nyman, now chief manager, has been with the Loring since the beginning. And so has executive chef Pablo Jesus (PJ) Palchizaca who is also one of the four new owners. The Loring currently employs about 50 people between the kitchen, front of house, bar, maintenance, and catering staff.  Inside, they have made very few changes, and guests can still enjoy…

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Jan 04

University Baptist Church: Inclusion, Peace, and Faith found in Dinkytown

University Baptist Church has roots going back to 1850, when the First Baptist Church of St Anthony was organized, but they didn’t make their home in Dinkytown until 1890 when they bought a building at the corner of 13th Ave & 4th Street SE (where the Pourhouse is now located). This location is also where the Minnesota Dance Theater began in the 1960s — but the building was lost to fire. In 1921, the church changed it’s name from Olivet…

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Jan 04

Kafe 421 – A friendly & fine dining experience near campus

Kafe 421 has been a Dinkytown favorite since 2002.  When owner Georgia Sander used to visit her daughter Antigoni at the University of Wisconsin – Madison they would go out to eat around the campus. She wanted to open a place near the University of Minnesota where parents could have the same experience with their kids, making Dinkytown the perfect location. Georgia was in the catering business but wanted to open a place of her own where you could get…

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Jan 03

The Cove – A taste of Hawaii in Dinkytown

The Cove, one of Dinkytown’s newest fast casual restaurants opened in June 2017. The restaurant is named after the place where Owners Lee & Lana got married in Hawaii.  Lee is a very hands-on owner, and you can find him at the restaurant nearly everyday, and Lana runs the social media. They offer fast-casual Asian fusion, with their specialty being build your own Poke (pronounced po-kay) bowls. You can also find a variety of Banh Mi sandwiches and fries, if you’re…

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Jan 03

Gina + Will : A Goodwill Concept Store Begins in Dinkytown

Gina & Will, a Goodwill concept specialty store, opened it’s doors in Dinkytown in August of 2014. It is the first and only Goodwill concept store in the US that is tailored to college students. Their mission states: Gina + Will™ cares about the community and helping others, and believes fashion shouldn’t be a chore. We offer cheap, stylish items within walking distance from the UMN Twin Cities campus. Every dollar spent supports Goodwill-Easter Seals’ workforce development programs, putting 4…

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Dec 29

Burrigato: From Concept to Reality

  One of Dinkytown’s newest restaurants is Burrigato, located at 314 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis, next to Erbert & Gerberts.  With a soft opening on April 20 2017, they took the summer to perfect their menu and systems and had their Grand Opening in October 2017.  Owners Korra Ektanitphong & Daniel Ringgenberg both went to the U and lived in Stadium Village.  The concept of fast, home cooked, authentic Asian food made “burrito style” was born when Korra & Daniel…

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Dec 28

Vescio’s: A Dinkytown Staple Since 1956

Chances are, if you attended or worked at the U you’ve been to Vescio’s. Founded by the  by Frank & Charolette Vescio in 1956, they’ve been serving authentic Italian comfort food to generations of University students, staff, and locals. One of the oldest businesses in Dinkytown, today the restaurant is run by Frank Jr. & Eileen Vescio and their children Tony & Susie. Largely unchanged over the years, they focus on classic Italian family recipes that have been favorites for…

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Dec 03

The Book House – Over 40 years in Dinkytown

The Book House is a classic used book store with a heavy focus on academic subjects. They buy and sell books of all types, for cash or store credit. They’ve been Dinkytown since 1976, originally located near the corner of 14th Ave SE & 5th St until 2012 when the site was sold for construction of The Venue. At that time, the shop was relocated to their current location on the 2nd floor of the Dinkydale building. Kristen Eide-Tollefson, who founded the…

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Jun 16

Dinkytown Tattoo adds some artistic flair to Dinkytown

Dinkytown is known for it’s eclectic and diverse business mix, so it’s only fitting that one of the largest tattoo parlors in the Twin Cities is located here. Dinkytown Tattoo is located at 407 14th St SE after moving from their original shop location around the corner on 4th Street last year. Originally known as Inkaholics in 2006, in 2010 they became Dinkytown Tattoo after being bought by current owners Greg Lombardi & Daniel Peace.               Greg started his career as a…

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Jun 02

Student Design work on Display at Alpha Print

Dinkytown was recently the subject matter for an art project by students from the College of Design Color and Form in Surface Design class. Led by James Boyd Brent, each student’s challenge in this screen print poster project was to create a visual response to Dinkytown. They were asked to engage with the qualities that make up a sense of place — the history, culture, social life, commercial life, and so on. The handmade screen prints were printed in limited editions…

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