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Visions for Vacancies: Bally's Building

What should go here? You tell us.

Patch readers, you know the drill by now: In the comments below, tell us what you think should fill this vacant space.

The old Bally's Total Fitness, located at the corner of Excelsior Boulevard and Quentin Avenue, is a large building in a prominent location, so there are a lot of possibilities here. Let your imagination run wild.

Isaac April 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The area would great benefit by a regional restaurant, not a large chain like Applebee's or TGI Fridays, but perhaps something the likes of Big Bowl, Crave, etc., something Asian fusion.
Larry Reynolds April 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Not sure about the Bally's building, but please, please, please get another hardware store in the old Jerry's Hardware in Miracle Mile!
Rob April 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I like the idea of a restaurant/bar, but would prefer something locally owned.
Dawn Fish April 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
We could use another good restaurant AND some good breakfast places. But before we deal with the Bally's vacancy, let's deal with some of the others that have sat for YEARS: the building on NE corner of Texas and Minnetonka, the spot vacated by the video store six years ago on the NE corner of Dakota and Minnetonka (and the empty half of the building on the southside of Minnetonka, across the street, next to Pizza Hut) and so many more. And by the way, we do not need another pizza place on Dakota and Minnetonka. We're covered on that one.
Alison April 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
A small hotel might fit nicely in that lot, perhaps?
Matt Farley April 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
hahaha... loved the pizza joke. Too bad the gas station is closed, you could have bought frozen pizzas there ;)
Emily B April 26, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I second the idea of a good breakfast place, though I'm not sure Bally's is the best location for something like that. I also agree with filling the Dakota/Minnetonka space... its a pretty major intersection to have that gaping emptiness. We really need another local coffee shop. I like Bean Good for sure, but many folks aren't going to drive that far east if they can hit up Caribou at 100 first. We need something for folks in the west part of SLP. Too bad Coffee Buzz didn't make it.
Dennis Deurr April 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Not possible I guess, but bring back old Mr. Q's restaurant at the Bally's site, Don's Park Market at Mtka & Dakota, a bakery like Palm's at Texas & Mtka and a ban on any new pizza places...
Dennis Deurr April 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
OR... bring a Broadway Pizza to the vacant Dakota & Mtka site & rename the corner "Pizza Mall of America"...
Sean Gilbertson April 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
+1 for a new breakfast place. I doubt that could use that entire building, though.
Ann Peters April 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Something for family. Bowling on the bottom half. Upstairs food, games and party rooms.
Michael Rose (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Larry, you'll be happy to hear that your wish should indeed come true (see the third to last graph): http://patch.com/A-r6BW
Michael Rose (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 03:45 PM
We did a "Visions for Vacancies" post on that building at Minnetonka and Texas. Here is what people are saying about that location: http://patch.com/A-swG0
Michael Rose (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Great ideas, all...keep 'em coming!
Michael Rose (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Sounds kind of like a Park Tavern, or Pinstripes. Like it.
Melanie April 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
That building is such an eyesore. I'd love to see it rAzed or significAntly remodeled. I like the idea of a local restaurant. By the way, if anybody here is a local history nerd like myself, here is a link to some info about the history of this site:
Melanie April 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
http://www.slphistory.org/history/eb4900-04-10.asp
Michael Rose (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Thanks for the nugget, Melanie!
Elizabeth Millman April 26, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Buffalo Wild wings! Their headquarters are in SLP, yet we don't have one in SLP.
Brent Snyder April 26, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I love the idea of keeping it local! In fact, it would be nice to see an eatery/local brewery at the base of what could essentially be a nice (non-flagged) boutique hotel. Not just a typical hotel, but a lodging experience that represents not only St. Louis Park, but Minnesota. Featuring nice limestone exterior and quality products in each rooms. It would also be great to have small board rooms and meeting facilities, so that SLP could bring groups in regionally. Folks could grab a luxury shuttle to West End or walk to Excelsior & grand for other shopping/dining. The lodging and meeting facilities would bring groups/visitors, those visitors will impact the other businesses.
Brent Snyder April 26, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Agree. :-)
Dawn Fish April 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
good one
Heather G April 26, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Yes, the pizza joint comment brought a smile to my face!
Jeff April 30, 2012 at 05:26 PM
How about an SLP library branch? A library was one possibility included in the original plans for Excelsior and Grand, but it never materialized. It would be within easy walking distance for lots of folks, including families, seniors, Susan Lindgren students and Park Nicollet employees. It could include public meeting space and space for for the arts--including music performance. Plus plenty of free parking 1 block away at the E&G ramp.
SarahS May 17, 2012 at 03:13 PM
YES! Totally agree.
Terry M. Warner June 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
How about a CVS Pharmacy? We already have a glut of Walgreens, and this is a good "walkability" area to boot! Terry

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