Monday, July 27, 2009

New NoMi Homeowner Reception At Victory 44 Restaurant (BRING BACK THE CALAMARI!!!!)



Photos By John Hoff

John Riedlinger, pictured above, is closing on a house TODAY. But he can take $13,000 and just leave that money at home, not bringing it to today's closing, because his Realtor, Connie Nompelis, (pictured on the bottom, to the right) helped to line Riedlinger up with $13k from the Pohlad Foundation ($8k) and Willard Hay. ($5K) 

John's new home is on Russell Ave. N. in Homewood. He is divorced and has two dogs...

So it won't exactly be "divorced Daddyville," which is my way of describing single fathers getting great home deals in NoMi, as I did, but Riedlinger says he is "daddy" to the two dogs.

In the next photo, Alan Johnson and Rachel Gall, who purchased a house on Thomas Ave. N. in the Cleveland Neighborhood. They managed to get $10,000 in free money from the Minneapolis Advantage program, and then patiently jumped through numerous hoops to put together a 203K FHA rehab. This will mean a new roof, new electricity, new bathroom. Some of the hoops involved "proving their contractor is good."

Their loan officer in this deal was Nicole Doran, who is reportedly becoming quite the 203K FHA rehab expert! Here's her Facebook contact info, click here.

Riedlinger, Johnson and Gall recently gathered at a "new NoMi homeowner reception" at the Victory 44 restaurant. State Senator Linda Higgins was there to great these new constituents. It was a lovely, perfect event...except that Victory 44 had taken the calamari off the menu because it reportedly "took up too much room in the fryer."

So everybody took a pile of chairs and set them on fire in protest, because this is NORTHSIDE, baby, and that's how we roll.

OK, that previous sentence was a joke, but I'm making my point, here, and I'm not the only one saying this though (once again) I'm pushed up toward the front of the crowd. BRING BACK THE CALAMARI! It was the best thing on the menu. Get a bigger fry basket or something, GEEZ!!!

What are you THINKING, Victory 44? Did you ask your CUSTOMERS, first?

Help me out, here. I want to like your restaurant and say nice things about it, and gather there with my friends for events which revolve around neighborhood revitalization. Help ME to help YOU.

BRING BACK THE CALAMARI!

9 comments:

MikeT said...

I second the call to bring back the calamari, which they do wonderfully!

I can also recommend;
The burger.
The fish & chips.
The Rueben.

All stellar!

Welcome to the new people, too.

veg*nation said...

welcome, new guys! and we don't actually hate you because we bought our houses five years ago and aren't getting the FANTASTIC deals that you are . . . really! no, i mean it--REALLY! lol

Molly MM said...

Victory 44 has the best Reuben I've ever had (with the exception of my mother's)

Jordan Neighbor said...

I third the call to bring back the Calamari...

puh-leeeeeze. I crave it.

MikeT said...

They need Guiness on tap, however. A dart board, too. A real one with pointy darts, not plastic.

Tracie said...

Welcome to NoMi! I have been living in the Cleveland Neighborhood now for 8 years and love it! You must try the Burgers at Tooties on Lowry & too they are the best! If you like pasta and pizza Papa's on 4159 Thomas Ave N will do the trick!

Ranty said...

Tracie!!! I miss you!!!

heart4thehood said...

been in north Minneapolis for over 20 years - loved it then it's still ok even with all the do-gooders trying to fix us...

some of us live here, raise our children, and are neighbors, I'm not sure what u are....

I looked at the pix in this post and can't help but wonder if some of the people are dealing, or using drugs.... cant be too sure - think we could allege drug dealing by these new NoMi residents

Homewood Confidential said...

I also recommend The Perfect Burger -- had it tonight and it was darn tasty.

Reasonably quiet al fresco dining, thumbs up!