West metro town briefs

  • Updated: March 4, 2014 - 12:57 PM


Event details history during Prohibition

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society’s next Tapping History event will take place Monday, March 10.

Historian Scott McGinnis will present “Wet vs. Dry: The Hawkins Vendetta — The History of Alcohol in Excelsior” starting at 7 p.m. at Jake O’Connor’s, 200 Water St., Excelsior.

The Historical Society’s “Tapping History: Pints and Reflections on Lake Minnetonka’s Past” is a new monthly series featuring a history expert on the second Monday of each month at the Excelsior pub.

On Monday, McGinnis will discuss the decades-long struggle over Prohibition in Excelsior, conflicting with its nature as a tourist town in the early 20th century. It ended with the prosecution of Excelsior hotel and bar owner Fred Hawkins by churches, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Minnetonka Record newspaper.

For more information, go to www.elmhs.org.


Lunds and Byerly’s Kitchen opens

Wayzata’s massive redevelopment project, the Promenade of Wayzata, is continuing to take shape with the opening of a Lunds and Byerly’s Kitchen this month.

Lund Food Holdings Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of Lunds and Byerly’s Kitchen on Thursday morning, March 6. The company pegs it as a “first-of-its-kind food destination in the Twin Cities,” featuring everything from sushi to a salad bar and a wine and beer bar.

The 17,000-square-foot grocery store, located at 250 Superior Blvd., also includes a free public community room and a Caribou Coffee, the first in Minnesota roasting coffee beans on site. For more information, go to www.Lundsand Byerlys.com/Kitchen.

The grocery store is part of the first phase of the 14.5-acre project by Roseville-based Presbyterian Homes & Services. When fully completed as planned, it will include five blocks of new senior housing, 130,000 square feet of retail, condos, office space, a 100-room hotel and a one-acre park on the eastern edge of Wayzata’s downtown off Lake Street and Superior Boulevard.

It’s the largest-ever redevelopment project for the city in scale, size and investment after demolishing the old Bay Center Mall, a 1960s shopping center.


Artist applications due next month for event

Applications for Eden Prairie’s annual Arts in the Park event are due by April 11.

The city’s daylong art fair includes entertainment, activities for kids and food vendors. Local artists can also display their work at the May 17 event.

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