News Business Sports Entertainment Life Obituaries Opinion
Jobs Homes Cars Classifieds Shopping

Search PB Blogs



« Mayo Clinic Ventures leader leaving for Colorado gig | Main | Kiger's Notebook reborn »

March 15, 2012

Something fishy in downtown Rochester

Something smells fishy. Literally.

I was sniffing around this week when I noticed some work crews in the former Red Lobster space at Second Street Southwest and Broadway in downtown Rochester.

I started wondering if my (admittedly very large) nose had caught the scent of a potential story.

01112011redlobsterchairsThat street level space in the Rosa Parks Pavilion has been empty since Red Lobster scuttled out of downtown and moved into a newly revamped shell by the Apache Mall last year.

Red Lobster leased the spot from Mayo Clinic, which owns the complex. That lease ran out in March, so the property is now back under the control of Mayo Clinic.

Does that mean another restaurant could be cooking? Or could some Mayo Clinic execs be getting new offices?

The answer was in an unusually informative city building permit. It said that carpet, paneling, ceiling tiles and the Red Lobster bar are all being removed.

"Just removing items for clean-up to get rid of fish odor," the permit says. "Future tenant not defined at this time."

Housing a seafood restaurant for 25 years seems to have added a certain "air" to the spot.

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to keep on fishing.


We were looking online for the phone number of Olive Garden and one the addresses that came back was this location.

I think they are both owned by the same corporation which is Darden.

If you look in the Yellow pages-it has the Ground Round listed and the Phone # is actually Whiskey Creek Steakhouse.

I looked to see Mike and you're right! I never use the phone book anymore so I hadn't noticed. Typo?

Kiger, you still working at PB? Last update March 15? What gives?????? Do we need to hire a new guy???

Is the blog on vacation or what?
Going on three weeks since the last post...sure would be nice to know to save myself from checking it daily. Than of course, its the web hits and advertising that matters most in the eyes of the P-B.

Anyways...Wild Bill's Saloon grand opening is set for April 23 according to a sign on the building.

I was wondering what happened to this blog too. I have always enjoyed reading it :( Please come back Jeff! I see you are tweeting but it's not the same.

The comments to this entry are closed.