Big Change(s) in Store for Lake Bde Maka Ska (and it’s not the name)

Yeah, Yeah, I know “Tin Fish” wasn’t the name of the restaurant on the northeast corner of Lake Calhoun that was destroyed by fire two weeks ago.

After a 14-year run, it closed in 2017, and Lola’s on the Lake replaced it last year.

But, at least to the locals (myself included), it never really stopped being the Tin Fish.

Now, in the wake of a fire of dubious origins, the site is  . . .  nothing (officially, it’s an in-progress demolition, surrounded by a yellow-taped no-man’s land).

Nod to Higher Density

What will replace it?

I don’t think anyone knows at the moment.

But, I have a suggestion: in the spirit of Minneapolis 2040 and higher urban density, why not construct a bigger, multi-story building — one that’s suitable for year-round use, not just the Summer?

The location could very well be the best in Minneapolis, if not the Twin Cities.

It’s not hard to conceive of a 2-story or even 3-story building on the site, topped by a patio overlooking the lake (just imagine enjoying drinks or coffee there!).

Done right, the landlord — the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board — could enjoy a financial windfall, rent-wise, and also create a bevy of new jobs.

P.S.: I can already hear, “but, what about parking??” No, there’s not room for much if any.

But, why not design it with plenty of bike parking??

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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