WCCO’s Mike Max visits with the owners of Wayzata Bait & Tackle, and reports that the institution will be replaced by an auto dealership in the near future.
A young boy and his mom are hoping you might be able to help them find the owner of a high school class ring that’s 84 years old, after finding the memento on the shores of a lake near Duluth, Minnesota.
The class ring is from 1939 and appears to have the initials G.R.T. engraved on the inside. It was manufactured by Josten’s.
If you or someone you know knows the owner(s), please have them reach out to Daniel Gustafson at 952-473-1000.
The upscale burger chain will open it’s 6th location in the Promenade at 881 Lake Street, near the Hotel Landing
Red Cow handcrafted burgers will open in the former Fly Fleet Running space at the Promenade of Wayzata.
A post on Instagram shared the news, “We are so excited to announce the opening of our sixth Red Cow location! It wouldn’t be possible without all of our raving fans. Follow the herd west to the suburbs this Fall! Stay tuned for more information.”
Owned and operated by Luke Shimp and Tracy Bachul, the concept was born out of discussions to open a family restaurant and grew into the present day modern tavern offering special burgers and beverages.
The menu will feature brunch on Saturdays and Sundays including a breakfast burner featuring two patties, peanut butter, bacon, and over-easy egg, cheddar on a sourdough bun.
Appetizers will include on the bone or gluten free boneless wings in four different flavors; Wisconsin cheese curds, mini reubens and ahi crisps to name a few.
Salad options include the Red Cow signature salad, a combination of mixed greens, crispy prosciutto, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp seeds, and shaved parmesan topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. A wedge salad features iceberg lettuce, heirloom tomoatos, bacon, red onion, and blue cheese.
Burger fans will have no shortage of options. The ultimate burger will feature a certified angus beef burger, wisconsin aged cheddar & red cow sauce. Lettuce, tomato, and onion are available upon request. Other burgers options include a breakfast burger, a patty melt, a turkey burger, an Ahi tuna burger, and more.
A variety of draft beers will be available, as well as traditional cocktails such as an old fashioned, a mos-cow mule, a strawberry margarita, and more.
Wine selections will include rose, prosecco, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, riesling, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, and more.
Other distilled spirits will be available as well.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for more information as it develops.
“The Wayzata girls lacrosse team stayed unbeaten this season with a dominant 17-5 win over Breck Wednesday. The Trojans built a 10-2 halftime lead, with Katie Sikorski scoring five goals and Risa Bumgardner three in the opening half. Petra Lyon scored all five goals for Breck. Wayzata is now 5-0 this season.” From CCX Media.
“The Wayzata baseball team has an experienced group heading into the 2023 season as they look to bounce back from a subpar season a year ago. The Trojans return 12 players and several key starters from a team that had some ups and downs in a 10-13 season in 2022. A deep and talented pitching staff should lead the way this spring. The Trojans also have two players from the school’s state championship boys basketball team.” From CCX Media.
The Wayzata Historical Society will host a program entitled “Yellow Jackets: The Story of Lake Minnetonka’s Streetcar Boats” at Wayzata City Hall on Thursday, April 27, 2023.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
The program will delve into the history of the “streetcar boats” that were operated by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company between 1906 and 1926.
The boats were designed by Royal Moore, a Wayzata based boat builder and were able to provide transportation on Lake Minnetonka during that era.
The event will also feature a discussion on the history of the streetcar steamboat Minnehaha, which was raised from the bottom of the lake in 1980 and restored back to passenger service in 1996.
Minnehaha, one of the six identical streetcar boats, is an iconic symbol of Lake Minnetonka’s heritage and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. The Minnehaha has been operated by the Museum of Lake Minnetonka in recent years.
It is the only steam-powered vessel-for-hire based in the state. However, the boat has been stuck in drydock since 2019 when it lost access to the only launch ramp capable of getting it back into the water.
During the program, an update on the current status of Minnehaha will be provided to the audience. The boat is currently being stored in a maintenance facility and continues to receive care while awaiting a new launching home.
The event is free, and no registration is required.
A potential one time gift seeks to help fund boardwalk and could rename the structure to Lakewalk; Council to discuss on April 18th Workshop at 5:50pm
A DRAFT letter from William Sternberg, Director, Business Development & Philanthropic Advisor of the Minneapolis Foundation was published in the April 18th Wayzata City Council Workshop agenda packet, and stated:
“The Minneapolis Foundation (the “Foundation”) is pleased to approve a grant of $500,000.00 to The Wayzata Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) to support the Boardwalk section of Wayzata’s Panoway Project. The Boardwalk section, or “lake walk” is the proposed lakeside walkway that will stretch approximately 1,000 lineal feet from the COV RR Crossing to the Wayzata Depot, adjacent to Lake Street in downtown Wayzata. This grant is awarded from the Carisch Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.“
Included in the draft pledge from the Carisch Family is a request to rename the boardwalk to “Lakewalk”; with the specific signage to read:
Enjoy the Lakewalk – The Carisch Family
The proposed donation will be made from the Minneapolis Foundation on behalf of the Carisch Family Fund, to the Wayzata Conservancy in order to help fund construction, operations, maintenance, upkeep, restoration, etc. of the Boardwalk.
Proposed signage included in the Workshop packet.
According to the City Manager’s Memo attached to the letter, “The Conservancy will present a draft proposal and Pledge Agreement for a $500,000 donation to the Conservancy from the Carisch family through the Minneapolis Foundation. It includes a request to name the boardwalk as the “Lakewalk” and include signage as shown in the updated signage standards. After the Council’s preliminary review of the draft proposal and Pledge Agreement, the Conservancy is prepared to present this donation at the next Council meeting on May 2.“
Organizers hope other large donors may step forward to fund the project as well given the pledge.
A bit about the Carisch Family:
Marquee Place in Wayzata
Business partners Lyle Carisch and Ray Lee built the Wayzata Theater on the 600 block of Lake Street; it operated from 1932 until 1985. The family operated 100’s of theaters across the country, and later expanded into Arby’s franchises across the nation.
The family also owns the 600 block of Lake Street, known as Marqee Place, which houses many of Wayzata’s favorite businesses and restaurants.
The 600 Block of Lake Street, known as Marquee Place is situated in front of Panoway on Wayzata Bay, and the proposed boardwalk.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com on this evolving story.
This post was edited to reflect that the letter in the Workshop Packet is a DRAFT, and that both sides are considering the matter.
In a remarkable legal move, Anthropologie, a division of Urban Outfitters, has fired back at Wayzata Bay West Retail, the owner of the Promenade, with a countersuit alleging a failure to fill the retail space with “first-class” retail tenants relieves the company from paying higher rents.
The Promenade’s landlord had previously filed an eviction notice against Anthropologie in February, citing unpaid rent and fees in excess of $180,000.
Anthropologie claims that it only owes “alternate rent,” which is equivalent to 5% of gross sales until the Promenade can lease more than 75% of its retail space to high-quality tenants.
The alternate rent is 2-3 times less expensive than the standard rent under the lease agreement, according to court documents.
According to original specifications published in 2008, The Promenade has 255 senior housing units, approximately 155 condominiums, a hotel with 100 rooms, over 130,000 feet of retail space.
Despite the wildly successful development of luxury condominium buildings like Regatta Wayzata and the Landing, the Promenade has experienced issues with filling its retail spaces, particularly on the interior of the development. The suit alleges that because a school occupies a significant portion of the West Block the co-tenant requirements in the lease cannot be met.
The challenge for the retail commercial space environment was apparent prior to the redevelopment. Long term Wayzata residents may recall that the shopping center, formerly known as the Wayzata Bay Center, was torn down in 2012 due to difficulties in securing retail occupants.
Anchor tenants The Foursome, The Pancake House, True Value Hardware, and Ben Franklin occupied large areas of the shopping center, but much of the old Wayzata Bay Center sat empty for extended periods of time and was deemed blighted and obsolete by the Wayzata Council in order to utilize TIF funds for development.
A more recent and significant closing was Lunds & Byerlys Kitchen located in the Superior Block of the Promenade, a test store for the upscale grocer who evaluated a combination grocery store / deli / restaurant concept that was a favorite for locals. It occupied 17,000 feet over three years at the newly developed site until corporate pulled the plug in 2017. Other entities have also come and gone over the years.
It remains to be seen how this legal battle will play out, but one thing is for sure: all eyes are on Wayzata Bay West Retail and Anthropologie as they wage war in the courtroom.
The stakes are high for both parties involved in this legal battle. This dispute highlights the challenges faced by developers and retailers in today’s rapidly evolving retail landscape. With the rise of e-commerce and changing consumer preferences, traditional brick-and-mortar retail spaces must adapt or risk becoming obsolete.
The Promenade’s retail struggles are in contrast to much of the retail space in Wayzata, which are filled with vibrant businesses and restaurants, notwithstanding a few closures of redundant coffee shops.
As the case moves forward, local residents and business owners are watching with keen interest, as the loss of Anthropologie could impact the Promenade and the Wayzata retail community for some time.
The article was edited on 3/14/2023 at 5:27pm to clarify that the dispute between the parties resides in the occupancy of the West Block of the Promenade of Wayzata, not the whole of the shopping center.
Neighborhood meeting scheduled for Monday, April 24th from 5:15 – 6:30pm at Wayzata City Hall
Developer Curt Fretham and his company Lake West Development have submitted another application to redevelop the former TCF headquarters site located at 200 East Lake Street in Wayzata.
Plans include 30 residential Condos in downtown Wayzata, 28,240 square feet of commercial space, and underground parking.
The public has been invited to a neighborhood meeting on Monday April 24th, from 5:15 – 6:30pm at City Hall.
Other anticipated dates include:
Monday, May 1, 6:30pm – Planning Commission public hearing
Monday, May 15, 6:30pm – Planning Commission consent agenda
Tuesday, June 6, 7:00pm – City Council
More information can be found on the City of Wayzata’s website including a full copy of the application.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for more real estate news.
The Wayzata City Council will discuss further a 3 lot subdivision proposal by applicant Black Dog Homes at it’s upcoming April 4th regular council meeting.
The Planning Commission had recommended previously that 2 lots would be better than 3 given the adjacent lots and homes on the south side of the street.
The lot at 1030 Lake Street East had been owned by the Penningroth family for multiple generations, and has traded hands a couple of times in more recent years.
The subject property overlooks the Burlington Northern Railroad Train Tracks, and Eastman Lane near the Lake Street round-about adjacent to the Hotel Landing & Condos. It also has views of Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka.
At issue is whether the proposed lots fit into the character of the existing neighborhood, and should the neighborhood be viewed as just the collection of homes and lots on East Lake Street or something more.
The legal description notes the property as part of the Minnetonka Arlington Heights addition to Wayzata, part of the original platting of a large portion of the east side of the community.
The application had been on the consent agenda for approval at the March 21st council meeting, but was pulled for further discussion.
Jeff Nelson was one of several opponents who spoke at the meeting. He lives across the street at 1037 Lake Street and voiced his and some of the neighbors concerns during the public forum:
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan guides the parcel for less density than is currently in place in the R-1A zoning which allows for 60 foot wide lots with a minimum area of 9,000 feet.
Jacob Steen, attorney with the firm Larkin Hoffman spoke on behalf of Black Dog Homes and noted that the application conformed to the Wayzata code and requirements for subdivision without a variance.
The agenda item failed to receive enough votes to pass, or be tabled given the absence of council member Jeff Parkhill and council member Cathy Iverson recusing herself. The default action therefore is for the item to be placed under Old Business in the upcoming agenda item for further action by the council.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for more news and info on this topic.
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