It’s a great story about an old dilapidated downtown corner in the heart of Minneapolis that received some much-needed TLC. Well-known area restaurateur, Kam Talebi, saw the dilapidated old had-been bookstore and instead, saw a goldmine of potential: The Union Fish Market and Rooftop — one of the best dining experiences Minneapolis would have to offer. Talebi isn’t just a dreamer though. He’s a dreamer who knows how make it happen. Renovations down to the tiniest details, top name chefs and cocktail creation-ists, and a patio-dining experience to end all patio-dining experiences were all a part of the dream-made-reality. Talebi dreamed it, and then Shea Inc. (the company behind the well-known restaurant “CRAVE”) produced it, all to the soundtrack of a well-deserved buzzing local and national media swarm. Even Travel and Leisure magazine rated it as a “place to watch” in their Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013!
Around the block from Target Field, at the heart of this beloved midwestern city with its bad reputation for weather, sits this exciting dining experience. In the street-level Fish Market, patrons can nosh on any array of cooked seafood-centered plates featured on the menu (from lobster to rainbow trout) or enjoy their seafood fresh and raw “a la carte.” A Fish Market diner could leave after a delicious meal completely satisfied with a merry story to tell about their dining experience. But up on the rooftop is where the real magic awaits.
Rick Nelson of Minneapolis’ own Star Tribune captured his experience in a review following his own experiences at Union Rooftop. “The rooftop is a world apart, a soaring, energetic and crisply elegant space that’s so transporting that the IDS Tower, our reassuring compass, is the only indicator that you’ve remained in Minneapolis. It’s a thriller at lunch, when the eye sees only sky and skyscrapers (even on a cloudy day, it’s the architectural equivalent of a Seasonal Affective Disorder light therapy lamp). By night, it’s urbanity personified, and an instant point of pride for the city.”1
It’s no easy feat to create a year-round indoor/outdoor patio dining experience on the roof of a historical building in the heart of this incredible city. The 12-paneled, free-standing, retractable roof houses the bar and plenty of dining space for patrons. For added comfort, it’s complete with heaters for those really cold Minneapolis days. The retractable roof is open whenever feasible, and closes at night when the temperature starts to cool. At the touch of a button, it takes under five minutes to open or close the motorized structure, and accordian-style NanaWall doors seal off the inside dining room from the elements. When it’s open, they fold around the side of the building and out of the way.
Whether you’re a tourist or a native, whether you’re in the area in the color-changing fall, flowering spring, or buried in one of those Minnesotan winters, the Union Retractable Rooftop truly is a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a spectacular view of a one-of-a-kind city.
Freestanding V design (10m w x 22m l x 6.7m h) (30’w x 70’l x 22’h), 4 modules – 12 bays, motorized operation, opening in less than 10 minutes. Glazed with insulated and reflective glass (6mm tempered +12 (4+4)mm laminated). The gable end side aluminum profiles are heat insulated and completed with folding doors. The structural system is made of aluminum, and all other hardware are made of stainless material.
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