The Wayzata Police Department today issued a Crime Alert for Situational Awareness indicating there has been an “uptick in purse/wallet thefts,” from Wayzata restaurants.
This was on the heels of social media reports over the weekend on Nextdoor and the Wayzata Fan Club sharing the concerns.
Police encourage residents and visitors to keep purses and handbags in sight at all times; and to keep a watchful eye for people who appear out of place, are stalling, or hanging around looking for opportunity.
If you see anything suspicious please report it to 911.
Make Valentine’s special with a visit to Wayzata merchants
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is certainly in the air throughout downtown Wayzata. Whether you hope to pamper yourself or a loved loved one, splurge on food or on presents, the city has a handful of offerings to help make this February 14th most memorable.
A Plateful of Love
For those looking to express their love through food, a handful of Wayzata restaurants boast special Valentine’s Weekend menus. With so many options available, you are bound to find the perfect cuisine for the occasion!
CoV is offering chef-curated dinner specials all weekend along. Its 3-course prefix menu features a variety of appetizers, choice of filet, capellini, or chicken for an entrée, and two delectable desserts. For $75, you and your loved one can enjoy both each other’s company and a delicious meal. The a la carte menu is also available, if preferred.
At Grocer’s Table $105 for two people earns you a choice of soup or salad, choice of entrée, and two red velvet cupcakes. With a menu title like “Date Night for the Love Birds,” you can expect not only yummy food but a romantic ambience. What’s more, they offer a little something for the singles. Their “a la carte options for the lonely” provides discounted prices on five items, including salmon, short ribs, and of course a sweet treat.
NineTwentyFive plans to serve patrons another 3-course prefix menu. Priced at $85 a person, this one includes a choice of four starters, four mains (one of which is designed to be shared, upping the romance level), and two tasty desserts. The full menu is also available all weekend, although slightly limited on Valentine’s Day itself. Conveniently located within the Landing Hotel, you could go all out and make an entire night of it. There’s truly no better way to celebrate your love than with a relaxing staycation.
While 6Smith has not released the contents of its menu, it promises a handful of Valentine’s dinner features that are bound to wow. And who doesn’t love a slight surprise? The secretive menu certainly adds an element of excitement to your night out. Plus, 6Smith is offering these unknown specials through Tuesday, February 15th. Most other restaurants wrap up the day prior, so this extension is ideal for those who have to celebrate after the fact!
Boxed & Bouquet Love
Should you prefer to shower your loved ones with gifts, you too are in luck. Catering to both those who plan well in advance and those who need something morning of, the shops in downtown Wayzata have everything you might desire.
Graham Jewelers and Wayzata Jewelers both have extensive collections along with expert staff to answer all of your questions. From rings to watches, antique to custom made, you are certain to find the perfect piece for your loved one. You can even expand your own knowledge by perusing detailed fact sheets which cover all sorts of topics, including different gemstones and metals.
If flowers, cards, and chocolate are more up your alley, Candlelight Floral has you covered. You can purchase floral arrangements specific to Valentine’s Day or create a custom bouquet, particularly meaningful should you know your loved one’s favorite flowers. And for those last-minute shoppers, don’t forget about Lunds. The grocery store always has an excellent assortment of Bachman’s flowers and plenty of cards & candy!
No matter who you choose to celebrate or how, you’re bound to find just what you need in downtown Wayzata. It’s important to note, however, that this year, Valentine’s Day weekend coincides with the Chilly Open and the Super Bowl. So, if you’re planning to celebrate out on the town, be sure to make a reservation!
The Star Tribune has a piece entitled “Restaurant trends for 2014” featuring a number of prominent Wayzata restaurants including CoV Wayzata, 6Smith, Lunds and Byerly’s Kitchen, and Peoples Organic. Click this link to read the story:
Workers carry equipment and furnishings out of Northcoast. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Wayzata’s own Northcoast closed earlier this week. Workers carried out furnishings and equipment on Wednesday. Brenda Kaminski indicated she hoped to open in another location such as Bloomington last week in an interview with Wayzata.com. Kaminski also indicated that the rent was raised by the new management of the Boatworks to a point where it was unsustainable.
The Irish roots are obvious, from the Guinness sign hanging over the door way to the pictures of JFK and golfing legends on the wall. McCormick’s Irish pub is set to open next Tuesday. Owner Tim McCormick explained his vision for the place, “My grandparents are from Ireland. An Irish pub is always something that I’ve been drawn to. And living in Boston and my travels to Ireland have solidified that.”
McCormick detailed his passion for the perfect pint of beer, “We have serious quality control on proper pouring of the Guinness in twenty ounce pints. Its kinda a big deal for us. We pour the beer settled and black to the collar. Up over the edge so it mushrooms over the top of the glass. So there is an overflow and that tells me that we poured a good pint, and customers are getting the proper twenty ounce pour.”
Owner Tim McCormick explains his passion for his Irish Pub to Ashley Gilles. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Tim also talked about the other beers the establishment will carry, “We will have obscure beers that do not have any distribution, but its a really beautiful beer.” The pub will also carry an assortment of Irish whiskey.
The restaurant and bar should clear the last remaining hurdles in the next couple of days, including checks from the health department and clearing all required construction codes.
Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your perfect pint of Guinness is now available leader.
Patrons rewarded Wayzata restaurants with their business, including the steakhouse that just took the wraps off their outdoor sidewalk cafe–Gianni’s. Diners were quick to embrace the outdoor facility as seen above.
Not to be outdone by both Gianni’s and the Muni making headlines in recent weeks, Sunsets has an agenda item on the docket for next Tuesday’s City Council meeting: “Sunset’s Outdoor Waiting Area Request”. City Planner Bryan Gadow will be presenting the information.
This image taken from Sunsets website shows people waiting outside for a table during summer. Will Sunsets request and receive the ability to serve food and or alcohol in these areas?
An email requesting more information to the ownership group at Sunsets as to the nature and specifics of the request was not immediately returned.
Update at 1:41 pm. Brian Prose, part of the ownership group at Sunsets had this to say about the request before the City Council: “An outside waiting area has been something Sunsets has thought about for a few years. Often in the summer our guests ask if they can take their drink outside while waiting for a table. Of course our answer has always been no you cannot take a drink out side. In this competitive world we live in Sunsets is trying to figure out more ways to say yes.“
Prose continued, “I think it gives the city an ‘alive’ image that shows something is going on by being able to see people outside enjoying the downtown area.”
When asked whether or not this was reactionary, Mr. Prose denied that by indicating, “As for this being a reaction to Gianni’s or the Muni, the answer is no. We truly feel that a vibrant retail will only help all the downtown merchants.“
Politically, does the City Council have the ability to say no to restaurant requests regardless of size, shape, or scope given the new Muni was built with tax payer dollars? Does the Council feel guilt or responsibility to allow others to compete with the new Muni in non-traditional ways such as the recent Gianni’s request? Will other restaurants in town follow suit asking for more permits and permission to grow outside their physical buildings or compete in ways that traditionally would have been voted down?
Give us your take in the comment box, and as always, stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your Wayzata restaurant saga leader.
My husband and I have been trying to figure out the new name of the place that used to be called Patrick’s Bistro. We even walked past it, saw the name, but still can’t remember.
What used to be Patrick’s Bistro is now called Volnay Bistro Bar. It is located at 331 Broadway in Wayzata. The menu is is similar to what it was before, and still features the pastry counter full of treats. The phone number is 952-476-5444.