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November 10, 2011

Urban legend - Bar to open in downtown Roch.

Here's some from my column in today's paper. It looks like the story that a new bar is sailing into the former Gilligan's space is not a tall tale.


The drinks stopped flowing back in September, but work is under way to open a new downtown Rochester bar in a legendary location.

ShowPhoto-2A new nightspot — Legends — is taking shape as construction rolls along at 11 Fourth St. S.E. in the AFL Labor Temple.

That's the spot where Gilligan's bobbed along for almost four years until Scott "Minnow" Fisher closed it two months ago.

While official details on Legends are sparse, the talk on the street is that the new bar will cater to a different crowd than Gilligan's did.
Legends is said to be lining up cooks to create a food menu, and even planning some live music performances.
There's no word yet on when Legend's might launch. Rochester building permits do show that the old bar will be or already has been replaced with a new one, so that seems like a good sign of something happening soon.


Hopefully, these new folks will take advantage of the river view and do something special with it. Maybe it will encourage other river development before someone decides to pave it all over for parking lots.

Awesome news, Who's behind this bar? Is it The same group (The Powers) who used to have the Legends restaurant at the RAC?? It's nice to see so many new small businesses opening up in Rochester, Shows people are willing to take risks again!

Wasn't that spot a good Mexican restaurant back in the '90's?

yep, it was estebans!!

Will someone please open a bar with a large, make that Very large, selection of micro-brews in downtown Rochester. Something like the Happy Gnome/Muddy Pig/Groveland Tap in Saint Paul?

@Mark, while it's not on par with the Muddy Pig or the Happy Gnome, Big Brads has a very nice selection on tap. And I'd be willing to place there isn't another place the state with as many Rogue's on tap as Big Brads.

Not that I wouldn't love to go someplace where I could have a Odells 90 Schilling and Fulton's Sweet Child of Vine sandwiching a lighter pint like LiftBrdige's Farmgirl Saison....

Whatever happened to that place? Up and closed?

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