|Jeffrey Thompson for MPR|
|Papa's Restaurant and Deli owners earlier this year|
The end of the week brings one bit of happy news for Nordeasters, and one not-so-nice piece of news for the Victory neighborhood in north Minneapolis.
Let's start with the good news:
The empty space on Johnson Ave. near 28th St. in Northeast will soon have a new resident. The storefront was briefly home to Amici Pizza and Bistro and before that operated as Snap! Pizza -- a fast, counter-service companion to the old Pop! restaurant that was next door. Now, a hand-written sign in the window (as documented
by Twitter tipster/MNMO contributor Reetsyburger
) tells us that this spot is going to be a breakfast and sandwich-type joint called 'Nuff Sandwiches. No official word yet on when they will be open.
On the other end of the restaurant timeline, it looks like Papa's Restaurant and Deli in north Minneapolis has closed. Owners Mick and Kris Brogan said that the restaurant suffered a major blow when its surrounding neighborhood was deeply affected by last year's tornado. Though the restaurant itself was not hit, the very worst of the storm damage occurred about 10 blocks away. Papa's never recovered in terms of revenue and was forced to shut down about a week ago.
2851 Johnson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN