Lake Street stretches for miles through Minneapolis, from the chain of lakes to a bridge that spans the Mississippi River connecting to the other twin city, St. Paul. From Nicollet Avenue to the Lake Street/Marshall bridge, it’s dotted with a multitude of small businesses, many immigrant-owned. This was also the part of town that bore the brunt of much of the destruction from the nights of riots that began as protests over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
For three nights, the city burned, but when the sun rose, crews of volunteers showed up to to clean the street and put things back together. While some businesses, like the wonderful Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant Gandhi Mahal or Town Talk Diner with its iconic sign were lost, many others are open for business.
Driving down the street, the tapestry of cultures that make up this beautiful city are on full display. To help contribute to the rebuilding, visit We Love Lake Street.