New York Times Travel: 13th Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, Revived
The May opening of Northeast Social (No. 359; 612-877-8111; northeastsocial.com) marked the neighborhood’s move upmarket. The chef-owned bistro specializes in farm-fresh comfort food, like potato gnocchi stroganoff ($15). Here, too, neighborhood artists get their due: The row of lurid, long-necked portraits — think goth Modiglianis — comes from the painter Nicholas Harper, who runs the Rogue Buddha Gallery next door (No. 357; 612-331-3889; roguebuddha.com).
Indeed, neighborly collaboration seems to be the rule. When the writer and performer Stephanie Wilbur Ash stages her radio variety show, “PowderKeg Live!” at the Ritz Theater (No. 345; 612-623-7660; ritzdolls.com), “the restaurant next door will put out free brats before the show,” she said, referring to the Modern Café (No. 337; 612-378-9882; moderncafeminneapolis.com), the granddaddy of the street, where weekend brunch continues to be a local affair.