Fun Place. In reference to the two previous comments, I'm sorry you experience homophobia in your life, it's disappointing and regrettable. The Newsroom, however, I would not classify as "not gay friendly" or abusive to gay culture. I've been stopping through for years and been waited on by gay members of their staff. The servers are happy and some I've seen for years. I find it hard to believe a homophobic manager would hire gay employees. As for the food you brought in, it is a health code infraction to have outside open containers of food or drink inside a restaurant. I'm sure you were told bringing food inside a business specializing in providing food for others was not welcome. It wasn't done because your gay. There are more than a few gay bars around downtown meaning there are gay people in every restaurant; they have a wine list as long as your arm; this isn't "Brothers".
I went to the newsroom after a Vikings game with my partner from out of town. My partner placed a souvenir bucket with some popcorn leftover from a football game we just attended on one side of the table. All was going fine, the waitress was really nice and we ordered food and drinks. We'd been there for a while enjoying ourselves, and we held hands and were having a great time when the manager came up and literally yelled "
You can't have that (the popcorn) in this restaurant! It breaks health codes!" and he promptly walked away. I couldn't believe it. He embarrassed us and everyone around us. We got the check as fast as we could and left, totally humiliated and angry. Having dealt with homophobia enough in my lifetime, I knew that the manager did what he did to get us to leave. It worked! And I will never go back and I will spread the word to anyone who listens....don't bother going to the Newsroom in Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall if you believe in fairness and being treated as a equal human being.
Won't be back. Overpriced and not gay friendly. Manager was rude and embarrassed us. We felt uncomfortable and left.
Just don't go. my friend and i were looking for a place to grab a bit the other night and i suggested stopping in there because i have been by in the summer time and always wanted to check it out. the summer is probably the only time you want to go, and only because you are sitting on a patio enjoying people watching and the heat. the inside of this place is chintzy. it's filled with tvs which made my stomach turn, though the real culprit for my nausia probably had more to do with the food. it's just bad. the dinner menu is wayyyyyy overpriced for what you end up eating. i didn't go for anything too meaty like the steaks or the burger (why are the sandwiches on a seperate menu??). instead i opted for a pasta dish. seriously, why spend 15 dollars for something that you could dump out of a lipton instant meals bag and heat up in your microwave? my companion wasn't impressed with his food and neither of us finished our meals. and it's not like you are paying for the ambiance, it's like tgi fridays in newsprint. there were a couple other tables, but mostly the staff just hung out looking bored and annoying. our server wasn't fast, wasn't very attentive and didn't have much personality: the only thing he actually did do was reinforce how annoying it was to be there. the place is lame.
Nice space, good meal, GREAT CHICKEN WINGS. GET THE WINGS AS AN APPETIZER. The dining area is interesting with a cool news room theme. Our server was great and the food was delicious and not too expensive.
Below Average Food and Service.
My boyfriend and I wanted to try out the News Room since it's close to my apartment and on the trendy "Eat Street" of Minneapolis. I'd heard there was a good atmosphere.
When we got there, we were a little disappointed by the menu choices and had to ask for the sandwich menu (it comes separately). Why wouldn't they just put one on the table?
The server was flaky and when my boyfriend ordered a beer, she said "I think you should have a [insert beer name] because we're doing contest to see who can sell the most." My boyfriend was like "no, thanks...." It took her forever to get us waters and it wasn't even busy.
I chose a Spring Chicken Sandwich, which was pretty good. My boyfriend got one of their Kobe Beef burgers. He took about two bites before putting it down because it was gross. I tried it and it tasted funny to me, too. The fries were disgusting--you could taste the other food that had been cooked in the oil before them. When the waitress came to check on us, we said the food was Ok and she didn't even ask if there was anything she could do to improve it. She just walked away.
Overall, the service was poor, the food wasn't that tasty or special, and we left not wanting to go back. As we walked out, the hostess just stood there scowling, without even saying "thanks for stopping" or "have a good night!"
Avoid breakfast. The breakfast menu is pretty small so it was tough to find something for my 3 year old. I had a ham and asparagus with goat cheese omelette and my daughter had the pancakes. While my omelette had a good taste some of the asparagus was a little undercooked and the pancakes were nothing to brag about. The service was terrible there were only three tables at the time and everything took forever even trying to pay the tab. Will NEVER go there again. And what's up with the ship in a news room???????
There are better options downtown. If you like average food and average service then the News Room is for you. You know what you'll get, but you won't be delighted.
dumb. no flair, no significance, and when I go downtown, I want that, plus decent food and service. I just don't get this place.
Newspaper-themed restaurant known for its traditional American menu and impressive decor..
Each room is inspired by a section of the newspaper, with a giant stock ticker tape winding around the ceiling in the business section and TVs broadcasting classic movies in the entertainment section. And every wall is papered with blown-up front pages. Appetizers include Buffalo wings and pan-seared scallops with caramelized shallots. Choose among 15 salads and a dozen pastas. Meat-and-potato entrees include fish, steaks and a hearty, comforting meatloaf.
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