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September 27, 2011

Reeling in a legend — The return of The Hot Fish Shop

Here's some from today's column. Look for the full deal in the print edition.

For the record, this deal was reeled in by George Rownd of Braasch Commercial Real Estate. Thanks to Bucky Beeman for the pic.

Its batter and tartar sauce were legendary among its fans during its 68 years as a Winona landmark in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Bluff.

And now a father and son duo are bringing the Hot Fish Shop, which closed in 1999, back to life in northeast Rochester.

Joe and Rick Coshenet hope to open the new incarnation of the seafood restaurant by early 09262011hotfishshopsignNovember at 3456 East Circle Drive N.E., where the Dish It Up Diner operated until last week.

"I want our food to be great like it used to be," says Rick Coshenet, who worked with his father at the Winona restaurant. His great-grandfather Henry Kowalewski opened it in 1931.

Expect the new place to serve walleye, shrimp, scallops and cod all coated in The Hot Fish Shop's original batter.

Don't worry, Dish It Up fans. It hasn't gone away. Owner Heather Tlougan is returning her business to its roots. She is still offering her heat-and-serve meals and desserts for sale at the Rochester Produce grocery on Second Street Southwest.


I have known Joe and his former wife Nancy and of course Nancy's father who was the orginator of the Hot Fish Shop for many years. With a high class shop as this was I can't imagine it being in Rochester at this location. I think it should still be in Winona as this business was part of Winona's history. My family was friends and we are all Polish and we all date back as family.

I agree Sandy. Growing up in Winona and going out to eat there is a memory I will always have. 2 problems........
1) Rochester is not where the Hot Fish Shop should be.
2) The location is horrible, no matter how good the food is, it will never have the charm of the old building.

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