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Editor's note - Tip of the hat to Sean Baker of the Med City Beat for reporting on this opening first. Keep up the good work. ---- The new Newt's South will open its doors at 11 a.m. Wednesday, which... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Heard on the Street
Good news from Grand Rounds: Grand Rounds Brew Pub to open on April 15 Locally brewed beer and international comfort food are on new pub’s menu Grand Rounds Brew Pub will open its door to the community on Wednesday, April 15 at 11 am. Grand Rounds, located at 4 Third Street SW, is the first brew pub and restaurant to open in Rochester in 20 years. Grand Rounds will be open from 11 am to 11 pm, Monday through Saturday. The pub will also be open for brunch on Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Head Brewer Steve Finnie... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Four Stars
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Here's what I'm cooking up for the 507 column this week: This has been the winter of our discontent in the Rochester dining world. The closing of Kevin Madden's Downtown Kitchen last month was another major loss in a string of losses. I don't need to remind you about Michaels and Sontes, both of which closed after one last wing-ding on New Year's Eve. Madden's Downtown Kitchen, which opened in September 2012 in the former Jasper's Alsatian Bistro building on Historic Third, was an interesting blend of French-influenced tradition and trend-bending. Aside from Pescara, it was the most formal dining... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Four Stars
Here's a funny note from a reader -- you might see the joke appear in Punchline sometime: I suspect that you are really the "Answer Man" and know that you will forward this to the Punchline joke guy because his... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Furst Draft
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Behind door #1 is a blast from the past plus a new name on Rochester's North Broadway block of consignment shopping. Penny Bracken, known for her three Kismet stores on the 600 block of North Broadway, closed off the back... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Heard on the Street
A year after quadrupling the size of their businesses by leasing the former Menards North store, two Rochester retailers have purchased the building for $5 million. Jim Sather and Mark Byer moved Furniture Superstore and America's Mattress into the complex... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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Cardio3 released a financial report today with a lot of interesting tidbits like it's building in the Minnesota BioBusiness Center due to an agreement with Mayo Clinic. Also it's developing a U.S. headquarters… in Boston. Here's most of my article... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Heard on the Street
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The Minnesota Marine Art Museum deserves all the press it's getting for the acquisition of Emanuel Leutze's "Washington Crossing the Delaware." It's a big deal for the museum and a perfect tool for marketing the institution (and Winona) nationally. But... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Furst Draft
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A Crooked Pint Ale House is on tap to open soon in Rochester's former Green Mill Restaurant building. Green Mill Restaurants CEO and Crooked Pint franchisor Paul Dzubnar announced this week that the "nouveau urban pub with a local neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Heard on the Street
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A pic and note from Larry Nielsen, captain of the Pearl of the Lake excursion boat out of Lake City: "The shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River is officially open as the “Mary Evelyn” entered the ice pack on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Furst Draft
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House Republican leaders announced this morning a budget plan that includes $2 billion in taxes — a number that caught Rep. Greg Davids by surprise. The House Taxes Committee chairman said he had been expecting anywhere from $500 million to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Political Notebook
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It may sound like an eight-year-old April Fool's prank, but it's no joke. Local media icon James Rabe is returning to the Rochester radio airwaves on April 1, exactly eight years since he last signed off from the KROC-FM morning... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Heard on the Street
A bill aimed at making sure Rochester won’t be stuck paying more than $128 million for Destination Medical Center won unanimous support Monday from a Senate panel. The legislation, sponsored by Rochester Republican Sen. Dave Senjem, requires any money spent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Political Notebook
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Rochester Rep. Kim Norton is among a small group of Democrats who support a Republican proposal to limit how much employers need to pay tipped employees. Norton is one of three Democrats who are co-sponsoring a bill that would allow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Political Notebook
Here's what readers are saying about the Chateau, in advance of tonight's Dialogues: Hello, I can't be at the program at the Library this evening as I'll be attending the Friends of the Library meeting here in Lake City, but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Furst Draft
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Ahead of Thursday night's Post-Bulletin Dialogue on the city's proposed $6 million purchase of the Chateau Theatre, I've been making notes. For the record, anyone who knows me knows I'm passionate about: theaters, architecture, historic preservation, vibrant downtowns and the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Furst Draft
News release just now: The Park and Recreation Department and Rochester Active Sports Club, with financial assistance from a Statewide Health Improvement grant from Olmsted County Health Department, are embarking on a Master Planning effort to potentially develop a park... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Furst Draft
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Instead of St. Paddy's green, things are blue at Rochester's O'Neill's Pizza Pub. The popular Irish-flavored spot at 1201 S. Broadway in the Crossroads Shopping Center closed its doors for good on Saturday, after an early St. Patrick's Day party.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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A comment/question from a reader, for Thursday's Dialogue on the city's proposed purchase of the Chateau. (Pic is of the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing): Mr. Furst, I am out of town and so will be unable to attend the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Furst Draft
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This week's column will crown the Four Stars of lamb in the Rochester area. Here's a paragraph that must be cut to make the thing fit -- some honorable mentions: The Outback Steakhouse in Rochester, which has New Zealand lamb chops ($21.99) -- three presented handsomely with bones up, a salt-crusted baked potato and bright green mint jelly; Mac's Cafe in downtown Rochester, which has a lamb burger ($11) that's lean and delicious; and Nupa Mediterranean Cuisine, which has two locations in Rochester and has a Lamb Kabob Plate ($12.50), a feast with roasted chunks of lamb, grilled veggies, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Four Stars
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Here's the media advisory that Gov. Mark Dayton's office sent out Sunday afternoon. The phrase "possible purchase" is the one to parse: Lt. Governor Smith’s Public Schedule for March 16, 2015 ST. PAUL, MN – On Monday, March 16, 2015,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Furst Draft
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The owner of a new Rochester shop hopes to fill a spiritual void in this area. Brinn McManus opened the doors of A Beautiful Soul on Friday at 619 6th Ave. NW. That's where Culligan water used to operate until... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Heard on the Street
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So the Answer Man reported today that a Rochester hair salon icon is closing its doors on Saturday, after 55 years of curling, cutting, dying and styling in the Med City. Don Williams and Nick Bowlus founded the Fashion-aire Beauty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Heard on the Street
The Minnesota House unanimously approved a bill today shortening the terms of Houston County Economic Development Authority members. The bill, sponsored by Preston GOP Rep. Greg Davids, would shorten the Houston EDA terms from six years to three years. Davids... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Political Notebook
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Supporters and opponents turned out in force today to weigh in on a bill that would legalize the use of silencers in Minnesota. A House panel is considering a bill to lift the ban. The committee recessed at noon. and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Political Notebook