I drove past the Alaska Eatery today, the sister restaurant to the Wayzata Eatery owned and operated by Tahar. According to City Search, it gets 4.5 stars out of 5–a pretty impressive mark. It is located in the old Shelly’s Woodroast location on 394 / Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park. Apparently there is impressive Alaskan decor, the service is better than average, and the food is quite good. The pros listed on the City Search site are: food, service, better than any seafood options in the service, and lively service. Cons include: Parking is in the back, not on the level of top seafood places in Minnesota, you see the back of the building from the street. Elisha and I are looking forward to trying this new place with a Wayzata connection!
Is it just me or does Cargill of Wayzata report another record breaking quarter every quarter? It is an impressive organization, as it seems a lot of businesses and people out there are just trying to hang on during this so called rough economic time. When you read the press releases it sounds like a broken record. “Cargill increased profitability by 86% for the quarter ending…” That means Cargill is doing 86% better than it did in the last period.
Thing is, they seem to do that for every measured period recently. If that holds true for consecutive quarters that means Cargill is doing over twice as good as it did the year before, and year over year. The productivity and profitability are both impressive and staggering when considered over longer periods of time. According to a Star Tribune article dated April 15, 2008, Cargill made $471,611 an hour, and 11.3 million per day. A substantial amount of the profit is from record lows for commodities and record high demand for milk, eggs, meat, and grain.
Is anyone aware of a time when Cargill was on hard times? If so, email me at wayzata at gmail.com as the Wayzata community would love some insider info.
The next couple of days should put a real dent in the ice that is on Wayzata Bay. Gray’s Bay is starting to get quite of bit of water around the edges as you drive over the Gray’s Bay Bridge. The bridge under Libb’s Lake has been liquid for weeks, and the Wayzata Boat Works docks never really do freeze. Most of the ice has a real grey tone to it, and in speaking Greg, the guy who rents me my boat slip, the ice actually gets very porous, fills with water, and then sinks. We will keep you posted as to the status of the ice and let you know as soon as it goes out. Stay tuned to Wayzata.com.
Could you give me a ballpark estimate of commute times between Wayzata and St. Paul, during rush hour and not-during-rush-hour? Many thanks.
Thanks for asking that question. It should take about an hour and 15 minutes for you to commute on a normal day during rush hour. Figure another 45 minutes or so for a day with rain or snow. Non-rush hour with clear weather should take just under half an hour. Hope this helps.
The Sun Sailor is reporting that the armed robber who hit the Blockbuster in Wayzata on March 30th is still at large. The original police report indicated that the suspect was a black male with light skin, 25-30 years old, 6 feet tall, and wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, a knit hat and blue jeans.
The article also indicates that the last armed robbery in Wayzata was in 2002 at the Wayzata Amoco.
Wayzata is a safe as they come in the metro area in terms of crime. According to City Data, since 2001 there have been no registered sex offenders living in Wayzata, no murders, 2 rapes, 4 robberies, and 9 assaults. Cars are stolen with some frequency, but that is to be expected as a lot of the cars belonging to Wayzatians are high end luxury imports. There is recently a story about a Wayzata High School student who has been prostituting herself, and was involved as an accomplice to an attempted murder.
What is interesting about armed robbery is that it takes as much or more effort to rob a Blockbuster for $350.00 as it does to flip burgers for the clown for a week. It must be desperation, and thank goodness no one was hurt in this instance.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com for all the developments.
Blue Man in a Red District is reporting that Ashwin Madia has defeated Terry Bonoff in Wayzata today in the Third Congressional District. Stay tuned for more info. Image courtesy madiaforcongress.com.
Is there a park in the area, preferably on the water, which would be suitable for 47 tourists on a bus to stop for a picnic lunch in July? We will be coming from Noerenberg Gardens, heading east.
Thanks for the email JD. You could try to have a picnic at the corner of Ferndale Road South and Grove Lane East. This is part of the Wayzata Beach property which is public property located at 220 Grove Lane East. My recollection of the site is that there are not enough picnic tables to accommodate 47 guests, but it is worth a shot. You can call the City of Wayzata at 952-404-5300 to verify how many tables are there, as well as check on a parking permit. Other options in Wayzata include Klapprich Park, an 8 acre park located at 340 Park Street East. Again my recollection is that there are not enough picnic tables.
You could try the Gro–Tonka park in Minnetonka which is close to the lake and located at 17003 Prospect Place. It has a picnic shelter with seating for 32. Reservations are available, and parking is provided. You can call the City of Minnetonka at 952-939-8390 for more information.
Additionally, the City of Excelsior has the Commons area has exactly what you are looking for, as they take reservations, the picnic facilities are right on Lake Minnetonka, and they can accommodate a group of your size. You can call them at 952-474-5233. Even though your group is under the threshold for required reservations, I recommend you get some anyway to ensure your group is able to enjoy the specific day you need. This is probably your best bet in the whole Lake Minnetonka area.
If you have any other questions, please contact me personally at your convenience.
SeattlePI.com is reporting the Rob Scott, age 51 and a former Wayzata Student who once played King Aurthur’s page in Camelot in 9th grade will be performing will be performing in a play titled “Enchanted April” as it opens tonight at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, WA.
Scott will be playing the flamboyant Frederick Arnot, a British Writer and part of an eight member ensemble cast. Break a leg Scott!
Hockey player Joe Adams, a resident of Wayzata and Boston College Hockey senior forward has “toiled tirelessly” in his efforts to help the Eagles reach the Frozen Four. The Frozen Four is College Hockey’s championship finals, similar to the Final Four put on by the NCAA Basketball Committee. According to a CBS Sports article published today, Joe has played in four games this season and has played a crucial role in helping BC win an impressive 104 games since they began playing together in 2004. Boston College will meet Notre Dame on Saturday night in Denver for the final game of the season. Watch for Joe to contribute if given the chance. We wish him luck!