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June 29, 2012

What's bobbin' with Red Robin?

People are always asking me when their favorite fast food chain, like White Castle or Sonic, is coming to town.

One name that has come up regularly in the past few years is Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. So when a little bird told me that a deal to build a new Red Robin in Rochester was cooking, my heart was all a flutter.

Then my hopes for news about a new hamburger chain crash landed after talking to the Castle Rock, Colo.-based company.

6a00d83451cc8269e20147e2983b91970b-800wi"While we are always looking at potential areas for growth and continually receive requests from our loyal guests across the country to bring a Red Robin to their area, we do not currently have any Red Robin restaurants planned in the Rochester-area," stated Peter MacKellar in an email. "For those Rochester residents craving their gourmet burger fix, the closest Red Robin restaurant is located in Apple Valley."

I have to admit, I still have a good feeling about my fine-feathered source.

It is possible that something is in the works, but it just has not hatched yet.

Either way, it looks like Red Robin fans will need to migrate north for a while longer.

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