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Jim Durda has joined the Ryan Companies’ City Center property management team as general manager. Durda’s strengths include repositioning downtown assets, accelerating leasing and adaptation to market changes. He comes to Ryan from Zeller Realty where he was executive vice president. 

 

Parasole Restaurant Holdings signed an agreement with Titan Development & Investments and Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors to bring Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse to the five-star Hilton Downtown Rochester Hotel, scheduled to open in spring 2019. The hotel is part of Rochester’s Destination Medical Initiative. The first Pittsburgh Blue opened in Maple Grove in 2007. Parasole CEO Phil Roberts said this is the chain’s first out-of-town location and Rochester’s first true steakhouse, which he describes as “a steakhouse for people who work for a living,” or in this case, who save lives for a living. 

 

Restaurants aren’t the only ones raising money for charity. Architecture, engineering, construction and design firms from across the Twin Cities have signed on to compete in the 12th annual Canstruction Competition at Mall of America to raise hunger awareness. Volunteers from the firms are charged with building artistic sculptures made entirely from donated canned goods. The sculptures are on display in Mall of America’s rotunda September 16-19. All food and monetary donations are given to Second Harvest Heartland to combat local hunger. In 2017, Minneapolis donated more than 34,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest.

 

The Tiny Diner Farmers Market will continue every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., through September. In addition to fresh, locally grown food, the market will feature entertainment, ranging from baby goat day, chicken play day, a dog costume parade and the more traditional honey sampling with a rooftop beekeeper. Tiny Diner, located in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood in Minneapolis, showcases bio-intensive urban farming methods and efficient water-use strategies through its edible gardens and rainwater catchment systems. The market is located in the parking lot, 1024 E 38th Street. 

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