Law enforcement organizations to launch 2020 Joint Beats program in downtown mpls

The mpls downtown council (mdc) and Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID), in collaboration with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), and Metro Transit Police Department, today announced that the 2020 Joint Beats partnership program in downtown mpls will launch on Memorial Day.

Now in its 14th year, the Joint Beats program showcases collaboration between MPD, HCSO and Metro Transit PD that increases law enforcement visibility on the streets and helps enhance collaboration with street outreach teams—all in an effort to keep downtown safe.

“Law enforcement cooperation between MPD, HCSO and Metro Transit PD is crucial to the comprehensive public safety strategy the downtown business community supports and relies on,” said Steve Cramer, president & ceo of the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District. “Joint Beats is an important part of an effective proactive safety plan. We believe prevention, outreach and street activation all work in tandem to create a safe environment for our community. Public safety is a top priority, and our partnerships through Joint Beats help insure we are keeping our community safe.”

The 2020 Joint Beats will run through Labor Day. During that span, more beat officers are being placed in downtown’s core to enhance safety during the summer months.

The collective partnership between MPD, HCSO, and Metro Transit PD—along with continued work by the DID Safety Communications Center, DID Ambassadors, and local street outreach teams—work together to add to the safety of our downtown core.

“Working collectively as a downtown community is important, and we value the relationships we have with our local law enforcement partners, the business community and city officials,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “These relationships, along with the continued efforts with street outreach teams in our community, provide a robust plan to not only prevent criminal activity but also build relationships and provide appropriate services to those who need them.”

The Mpls Police Department will continue its downtown presence in the 1st Precinct along with its Police Reserves program. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will have a substantial presence in downtown Minneapolis through Labor Day. Metro Transit Police will also add additional officers to the downtown beat.

“We have a dynamic downtown that is not only home to more than 50,000 residents and 216,000 daily workers, but it also welcomes millions of visitors each year. It is a vibrant destination in Hennepin County,” Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson said. “Our team is excited to work together with our local partners and help those who live, work and play here have a fun and safe summer downtown.”

As a transit hub that intertwines LRT, bus routes and the North Star commuter rail, downtown is a key destination for Metro Transit riders throughout the year.

“Safety for our riders throughout their transit experience is our top priority,” Metro Transit Police Chief Eddie Frizell said. “Our team is committed to working in collaboration with our local law enforcement partners in helping make downtown a safe and welcoming place through enhanced presence and strong patrol and community connectedness.”

The continued efforts this summer communicates a serious and shared focused on downtown safety, which is the foundation of any successful community. The Joint Beats program works in tandem with City of Minneapolis leadership, the downtown business community, and street outreach organizations to help meet the needs of all who live, work and play downtown.

About the mpls downtown council

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District

The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a business funded non-profit focused on creating a more vibrant downtown. DID leads and collaborates on programs that make downtown safer, cleaner and greener. DID convenes people across sectors and jurisdictions to work on issues of mutual interest; develop innovative solutions to complex public space challenges/opportunities including strategic activation and seek continuous improvement of ongoing programs including the ambassadors. For more information, visit

DMNA announces opening of Police Safety Center at The Vicinity

DMNA Board Chair Pam McCrea is proud to announce the opening of the Mill District’s Police Safety Center at the Vicinity Building on South Second Street and Park Ave. The safety center will primarily be used by Lt. Grant Snyder and Sgt. David O’Connor of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). Both officers are on the “Homeless Initiative” task force which helps homeless individuals access services for housing, chemical dependency, and mental health.  The safety center will not be used for effecting arrests, bookings or interviewing individuals.  Rather, it is a workspace for Lt. Snyder, Sgt. O’Connor and other MPD officers, and it will provide our community with a visible and approachable police presence.

Current DMNA board member, and former board chair, Joe Tamburino has been working on the safety center project for over 3 years and is extremely happy that it is now open and running. “This is a wonderful development for downtown because it will give us a greater police presence in the neighborhood and a fantastic opportunity for the police to interact with downtown residents” Joe said.  “Hopefully in the late summer or early fall, after the virus subsides, we will be able to have a grand opening at the safety center so the public can see the space, meet the officers, and enjoy some food and refreshments” Joe stated. “And I truly wish to thank the wonderful board members and volunteers at the DMNA, the fabulous people at Sherman Associates, the dedicated officers of the MPD, and Chief Arradondo for all of their help in making this project happen.”

The safety center will also be very useful to ensure public safety in the neighborhood during the terrific public events that occur in our great city throughout the year, such as the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, the Pride Festival, Northern Spark, National Night Out, and many other wonderful celebrations.

DMNA Board approves funding for COVID-19 relief efforts

The DMNA Board took steps at their meeting last night to help address the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the downtown community.  The board allocated $20,000 to an organization called This organization has established a relief effort to respond to the financial needs of hospitality and event workers in the Twin Cities. is collaborating with the City of Minneapolis and Meet Minneapolis, and they have asked the DMNA to join their relief efforts. COVID-19 has severely impacted the downtown community with the closing of bars and restaurants, the shuttering of event venues and the loss of convention and tourism business. As a result, hundreds of people have been furloughed, laid off or terminated from their jobs. will use the DMNA’s funds to support the work of Navigators who are helping Minneapolis residents with the following challenges:

  • Applications for unemployment insurance
  • Childcare procurement
  • Navigating healthcare coverage
  • Securing food assistance
  • Providing working protections

If you are interested in joining the DMNA to help support the relief effort for Minneapolis hospitality and event workers, please go to and click on “DONATE” at bottom of page.

If you are a hospitality or event worker in need of assistance, please use the link below to request support:

In addition to providing funds for, the DMNA Board also allocated dollars for the purchase of masks for people living at The Atrium, a residential building owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, and for the purchase of masks for giveaway to downtown residents.  We are considering locations for distributing masks at Trader Joe’s, or The Commons.  More info to come on this effort.

Please contact the MPRB with questions or concerns about The Commons

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board assumed management of The Commons from Green Minneapolis on April 1.  Please direct all comments, concerns and questions to the MPRB by calling 612-230-6400 M-F from 8 am-4:30 pm or by emailing at any time.

MPRB Update 05-07-2020: Parkway closures continue through June

Board passes resolution allowing up to $250,000 to be spent on a series of parkway closures enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Sections of four parkways with little or no residential access will transition from one-lane to full closures to provide more space for social distancing and reduce costs

At its May 6, 2020 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners passed Resolution 2020-202, which grants MPRB Superintendent Al Bangoura authority to spend up to $250,000 on a series of parkway closures enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sections of eight parkways or park roads totaling 21 lane miles are closed to motor vehicles and open to pedestrians to allow more space for trail users to follow social distancing practices and limit the spread of COVID-19. The authorization to spend up to $250,000 includes costs already incurred for the closures, which started in late March. The closures will remain in place until the $250,000 is depleted, which MPRB staff estimate will take until at least the end of June.

“We recognize the important role parks play during this national health crisis and we will continue to look at ways to provide safe, close-to-home outdoor spaces throughout the city, for all Minneapolis residents,” said MPRB Superintendent Al Bangoura.

MPRB staff are working on determining a more precise time frame for how long the $250,000 limit will allow parkways to remain closed and identifying additional funding sources that could continue to fund the closures.

MPRB staff are also evaluating the closures to improve the trail user experience and reduce costs. Beginning today, Thursday May 7, sections of four parkways – Bde Maka Ska, Cedar, Nokomis and West River – will begin transitioning from one-lane to full closures in areas with little or no residential access impacts. The shift to full closures provides more space for social distancing and will lower costs by reducing equipment rental needed to maintain the closures. Up-to-date maps of every closure in the Minneapolis park system are posted on the MPRB Road Closures page.

“Minneapolis consistently ranks among the most physically active cities in America, and it’s important to continue providing spaces for residents to get outdoors and maintain social distancing,” said MPRB President Jono Cowgill.

The MPRB asks all trail users to follow the rules for parkways closed to motor vehicle traffic:

  • Parkway roads are dedicated to two-way pedestrian traffic; cyclists should remain on bike trails.
  • Bike paths will remain bike paths in their current direction, if applicable.
  • Walking paths are dedicated to two-way pedestrian traffic.

Parkways Closed to Motor Vehicles are for Pedestrians Only

Once closures go into effect:

  • Parkway roads will be dedicated to two-way pedestrian traffic; cyclists should remain on bike trails.
  • Walking paths will be dedicated to two-way pedestrian traffic.
  • Bike paths will remain bike paths in their current direction, if applicable.

Exceptions and Conditions

  • Emergency vehicles will be allowed on closed sections of parkways and streets at all times.
  • Service, delivery and sanitation vehicles will be allowed on closed sections of parkways and streets as part of their regular operations. Vehicle drivers will be required to move and replace barricades.
  • Access to residential buildings and residential parking facilities on closed sections of parkways and streets will be maintained.

Social Distancing

The Minneapolis Health Department, Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control offer the following guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 when visiting parks:

  • Bring a water bottle. MPRB water fountains remain turned off for the health and safety of park users.
  • Bring disinfectant wipes or hand sanitizer. MPRB restroom buildings remain closed.
  • Do not use parks if you feel sick or have symptoms, including fever, body aches, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow, don’t cough into your hands.
  • Wash your hands immediately before and after visiting a park or trail.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people that are not a part of your household.

Stay Updated

Visit for more information on the MPRB’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Receive timely email updates by visiting, entering your email and selecting the “COVID-19” topic in the “News Updates” section.

Restaurants and Coffee Shops Open for Business

For those who are able, it is vital that you continue to support local retail and dining operations. To help you, help the local business community, we’ve begun compiling a list of local restaurants and coffee shops that are open for delivery and take-out and need your support.  If you notice something missing, please let us know at


Bacon Social House 9am-4pm [OPEN]
700 S 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza – North Loop – Open for curbside pick-up and delivery with Bitesquad. 
600 Washington Ave N
Customers may order online on our website and choose either Pick-up or Delivery. For pick-up, customers may call when they are outside and we will run it out to them. Guests may also order gift cards online. We are open 11:30-9 am daily.

Caribou Coffee (Washington Ave & 5th Ave S) [OPEN]
509 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Beginning March 24th: Mon-Fri 5:30 am-6:00 pm, Sat 6 am-6 pm, Sun 6 am-5 pm

Collins Restaurant and Café’ (at Parkside Building, Elliot Park) [OPEN, CARRYOUT ONLY]
825 S 8th Street #L108
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 am-2 pm

Corner Coffee – Open for takeout and delivery
514 N. 3rd St., Minneapolis 

Crooked Pint Ale House [OPEN]
501 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Online Ordering: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm

D’Brian’s Kitchen and Catering (#4-Wells Fargo DTE Skyway) [Closed through April 10]
Delivery Fees Waived, Minimum Order $25
Hours: 7 am-2 pm
Phone: 612-338-2951
600 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Hours: Closed through April 10

Einstein Brothers (Wells Fargo Skyway) [Closed until further notice]
550 S 4th St Suite 230, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 333-9088
Hours: Closed until further notice

Finnegan’s Brew Co. [OPEN]
817 S 5th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 454-0615
Curbside pickup is available Monday-Friday: 3-6 pm: Growlers, 750 ml bottles, Merchandise

Inbound Brew Co. – Open 12-8 pm daily for to-go beers and merchandise
701 N 5th Street
Order online ahead of time so your order is prepped and ready to go.

Jimmy Johns at East End [OPEN]
720 S 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Mon-Thursday-10:30 am-10 am, Friday-Sat 10:30 am-11 pm
(612) 338-7827

Kindi Thai Restaurant [OPEN]
719 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 465-8303
Monday – Friday: 11:30 am-9 pm
Saturday: 11 am-9 pm
Sunday: 3 pm-9 pm

The Loon Cafe – Open for to-go and curbside pick up
500 First AVe. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
Available from 3:30 to 7:30 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.  Check out their curb-side pick up menu on their website then place your order over the phone.

The Loop – gift cards available online 

NOLO’s Kitchen & Bar – Carry out, Curbside delivery and Delivery – thru Postmates& DoorDash. 
515 Washington Ave
Open Monday – Saturday 11 am – 8 pm, Sunday 11 am – 3 pm

Parlour Minneapolis – Takeout & delivery
730 N. Washington Ave, 
(612) 354-3135
Sunday – Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm, Friday – Saturday 4 pm – 10 pm
Delivery through bitesquad
Buy $100 gift cards, receive $25 bonus card

Pizza Luce – Open Mon-Sunday 11 am-2:30 am for curbside pickup and delivery.  
119 N. 4th St.
Folks can order online at or call 612-333-7359.  We are encourage pre-gratuity and credit card payments.  Pizza Luce offers free delivery with no service fees.

Pog Mahones Pub and Grill [OPEN]
903 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 236-4724
Everyday: Noon-7 pm

Red Cow – Open for take out, bite squad delivery, and curbside.  
208 First Ave. N.
Orders can be placed online or over the phone.

Red Rabbit – Open for take out, bite squad delivery, and curbside.  
201 Washington Ave. N.
Orders can be placed online or over the phone.

Sarpino’s Pizzaria [OPEN]
1028 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Sunday-Thursday: 10 am-1 pm; Friday-Saturday: 10 am-3 am

Sawatdee (11am-9pm) [OPEN]
607 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 338-6451

Smack Shack – Open for to-go and curbside. 
603 Washington Ave North
Buy a $100 gift card, get a Large Lobster Mac and Cheese and Mixed Green Salad. ($32 value). Available Friday, Sat and Sun from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Pay on our website. We will run it to your car.

Starbucks at the East End [OPEN]
713 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 383-2274

Starbucks at the Edition – [OPEN]
515 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 357-6344
M-F 5:30 am – 7 pm and Sat-Sun 6:30 am – 7 pm.  Mobile orders only through the app.

Subway Restaurant (at 701 Building) [OPEN]
701 S 4th Ave Suite 230, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 333-3109
Monday-Friday, 7 am-5 pm

The 508 – gift cards available online,

Umbra (at the Canopy Hotel) [OPEN]
708 3rd Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 540-7323
Offering curbside pickup and delivery Tuesday – Sunday from 11am – 8pm. Bottled beer and wine now available for sale with your pickup order.

Zen Box Izakaya [OPEN]
602 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 332-3936
We are OPEN with a Pay-what-you-can Take Out menu.
Orders are accepted by phone 612-332-3936 or online anytime from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Mon to Fri only. We have GIFTCARDS available online, click here​

Learn About Neighborhood Buildings as you “Stroll Through the Streets” of Minneapolis

During this time of isolation and social distancing due to COVID 19, and as the weather becomes nicer, many of us are venturing outside. As we take walks, “Strolls Through the Streets” is a new initiative that provides interesting information about venues and buildings in Minneapolis neighborhoods.

By going online to and clicking on the “Strolls Through the Streets” link, individuals will find venues by neighborhood and can learn architectural facts about each venue as well as how organizations inside are responding to this pandemic.

As producer Scott Mayer notes, “As we stay in place, our world becomes much smaller. It underscores even more why feeling a sense of community with the people close to you has become more essential. Having an opportunity to learn more about the places around us, whether by reading about them or experiencing them on walks while maintaining social distancing, is something Doors Open Minneapolis is happy to facilitate.”

Doors Open Minneapolis is encouraging walkers to share the exterior of their favorite venue – whether it be their home or a favorite building – and share the photo on Instagram.

WHAT: “Strolls Through the Streets” provides information about more than 30 venues throughout the City of Minneapolis that walkers can enjoy without having to enter the building.

WHO: Individuals can post an image of their favorite venue to Instagram using the hashtag #dompls along with 100 words or less explaining why it’s their favorite place. One person will be selected to receive $250 cash and the opportunity to direct $250 to one of several COVID-19 relief-based organizations.

WHEN: The contest begins May 4, 2020 and end May 11, 2020. The winner will be notified by May 25.


1. Anyone can participate.
2. Photos must be taken of the exterior of a building in Minneapolis and including people wearing masks is encouraged!
3. All photos must be submitted via Instagram using hashtag #dompls by no later than midnight May 11, 2020.
4. The photo that the judges deem to be most representative of Doors Open Minneapolis wins, and becomes the property of Doors Open Minneapolis.

About Doors Open Minneapolis:

Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event to be held September 12-13 that gives the public free, behind-the-scenes access to over 110 buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis gives visitors the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are. Doors Open is a chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Minneapolis’ buildings, and experience the rich and diverse cultures of our community.

Doors Open Minneapolis is produced in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and AIA-MN, presented by Comcast, and sponsored by the Minneapolis Foundation, Andersen Windows & Doors, Commonwealth Commercial, Xcel Energy, Braun Intertec, Emanuelson Podas, Bellisio, United Properties, Harris, Fluid Interiors, IATSE, ESG Architects, AirVuz, Metro Transit, Tunheim, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Star Tribune, My Talk Radio, WCCO Television, City Pages, OutFront Media, and The Development Tracker.

Follow Us on Social Media:
• Facebook: @dompls
• Twitter: @doorsopenmpls
• Instagram: #dompls

Governor extends Stay at Home order until May 18

Our Stay Home Order has been extended until May 18. While retail businesses can begin offering curbside pickup on Monday, the Governor is asking Minnesotans to continue to stay home, practice social distancing, and wear cloth masks as we turn the dial toward reopening society.

MPRB Update 04-21-20: East River Parkway closes to motor vehicles on April 21

Beginning tomorrow morning, April 21, the southbound lane of East River Parkway will close to motor vehicle traffic and open to pedestrians from Fulton Street SE to Emerald Street SE. Bicyclists are asked to stay on bike paths.

Map of East River Parkway Closure [PDF]

The East River Parkway closure joins closures already in place for Bde Maka Ska Parkway, Cedar Lake Parkway, Lake Harriet Parkway, Lake of the Isles Parkway, Lake Nokomis Parkway, West River Parkway and Main Street SE. Maps of every closure in the Minneapolis park system are posted on the MPRB Road Closures page.

Parkways Closed to Motor Vehicles are for Pedestrians Only

Once closures go into effect:

  • Parkway roads will be dedicated to two-way pedestrian traffic; cyclists should remain on bike trails.
  • Walking paths will be dedicated to two-way pedestrian traffic.
  • Bike paths will remain bike paths in their current direction, if applicable.

Exceptions and Conditions

  • Emergency vehicles will be allowed on closed sections of parkways and streets at all times.
  • Service, delivery and sanitation vehicles will be allowed on closed sections of parkways and streets as part of their regular operations. Vehicle drivers will be required to move and replace barricades.
  • Access to residential buildings and residential parking facilities on closed sections of parkways and streets will be maintained.

Community Morale Boosting Event on April 21, at 7 p.m.

Help boost the morale of the downtown community. Step out onto your balconies or patios at 7 p.m. on April 21, to show your appreciation for our neighbors who on the front line of the Coronavirus crisis.

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Other Medical Personnel
  • EMTs
  • Police Officers
  • Firefighters
  • Social Workers
  • Trash Collectors
  • Grocery Store Workers
  • Custodians
  • Postal Workers
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Bus Drivers
  • LRT Train Operators
  • Hotel Workers
  • Airline Employees
  • Farmers
  • Truckers
  • Day Care Providers
  • Teachers and support staff who are working behind the scenes to provide K-12 distance education
  • School lunch workers who are working behind the scenes to create and distribute healthy meals for kids
  • Others who are working to keep our city safe, healthy and our economy on track

Whether it’s clapping, cheering, or ringing a cowbell, these small gestures are a simple thank you for the sacrifices these people are making for the well-being of our city.  This is also an opportunity for us to cheer for ourselves for enduring this pandemic.

Please help spread the word through your residential building. Our hope would be to continue this weekly until the Stay at Home order is lifted. Other Minneapolis neighborhoods have been doing this for several weeks, and others are joining tonight.  Let’s show them how proud and loud we can be!