a pulse on the midtown global market

So, over the last couple of weeks, midday doctor appointments have afforded me the luxury of being in Midtown, midday, midweek.

I’ve been to the Midtown Global Market a couple of times… and its deathly quiet in there over lunch. Which, perhaps is OK … it’s not downtown (which is what I am used to) and likely doesn’t have much traffic.

I really like the idea of Midtown… I love shopping over there (when I get there) and I enjoy the variety of restaraunts and little shops. We scored some great smoked trout way cheaper than we get it at the farmer’s market and gotten some pretty killer ethnic fare. I don’t get over there very often, and I’m afraid it’s in one of those locations that isn’t quite “in” any specific neighborhood (you know, it’s not longfellow, its not uptown…)

I don’t know… I want to see it make it. But is it going to?

8 Comments so far

  1. Moe (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

    My wife and I go all the time, and it’s always busy. I think the success depends on what kind of place it is. Farm in the City is expanding, as is
    Jakeeno’s. But other places have closed.

    Los Ocampo is my favorite mexican place in Mpls (and they’re opening up across the street in the old Carne Asada place), and the farm in the city has some great products at really good prices.

    My only complaint is having some of the same restaurants inside as out on Lake St. Manny’s Tortas now has three places on Lake St.

  2. Chris (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm


  3. Erica M (unregistered) on October 11th, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

    I usually only get there on weekends and it seems to be busy, but I wouldn’t say crowded.

    I expect for weekday lunch, they’re mainly depending on the Allina folks. There just aren’t a whole lot of other big-office-y type places in the area.

    If I did happen to live in one of those condos or apartments I’d be pretty stoked to have all that stuff delivered to me.

    (Glad to hear Jakeeno’s is expanding. I go to their other joint on Chicago all the time and they’re super nice folks.)

  4. James Norton (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    I’m always pleasantly surprised when I go there — by a good slice of sweet potato pie, affordable and excellent avocados or Mexican sweets. Something different every time. But it’s kind of a schlep down Lake Street, and I never go as often as I feel I should. I often feel as though it’s far more quiet than it should be — the quality and variety of the stuff they offer should be keeping the place humming, if not packed.

  5. Erica M (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    Everytime the subject of the MGM comes up, I have the same thoughts, similar to what Jim said. And I hear the same thing from lots of people:

    “It’s pretty cool. I really like it when I go there. I don’t go there as often as I’d like. I would really like to see it succeed and thrive, so I feel like I should go more often. I wish everyone else would go more often, too.”

    I get the impression the food/grocery joints do just fine. I wonder more about the retail outlets in there. Because I never go there to shop. Usually just to eat.

    To Jim’s point about the location… it does feel like it’s far down Lake St (from Uptown, where we both live). But… I drive that far across Eden Prairie (from my girlfriend’s house) to go to work every day. When I’m out for a run, I’ll routinely run the 1.5 miles from my apartment down the Greenway to the Midtown Exchange and back. My point being it’s interesting the perspective that you have and how small your world can become when you *do* have so many options in close proximity.

    Although the construction on Lake St really doesn’t help.

  6. ryan (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    I don’t do east of 35 on lake….heck your lucky if I do east of lyndale….

  7. Dave Dash (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    I think this location requires a long term investment. MGM is great for the area, I think, but people aren’t used to going to MGM.

    It’s awesome for it’s selection of good restaurants, and a nice central place for all of them, but it’s an afterthought now, and maybe that’ll change in time.

  8. Seb (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    I Love the Midtown Market. I really hope that it does make it. We need to support our little local shops. It’s a nice place to go get your produce cheap and the service is great there too.

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