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August 16, 2012

Local self-serve yogurt shop to surface with 2nd location

After years underground in Rochester's subways, Pat Carroll is coming to the surface to serve up his latest project.

Carroll is known for his iconic Carroll's Corn popcorn shop and its sweet sibling, the self-serve yogurt shop called Carroll's Cup. Both are downtown in the subway under the Kahler Grand Hotel.

312777_239735886074877_1319522239_nNow he's working on creating a second Carroll's Cup in the Apache Mall's Food Court. Construction crews have already began work in the 850-square-foot space that formerly housed  Taco Bell.

If things go according to plan, the new Cup should start serving this fall. The hope is to open by late October or early November.

"We're really excited about this," says Carroll.

He says the popularity of Carroll's Cup, which opened last year, got him thinking about the possibility of a second location.

"Then the Apache Mall came to us, asking if we'd be interested in going in there," says Carroll.

This shop will be similar to the original Carroll's Cup. However, leaving the subway and the downtown Mayo Clinic crowd means this one with have a few new twists.

First and foremost, fans will find the ten flavors of yogurt and 50 choices of toppings available at more times than the current schedule of the subway location allows.

"A lot of customers say to us, 'We wish you were open at night. We wish you were open on weekends,'" he says. "Now we'll be open during the mall hours."

Being about twice the size the original Cup, the plan is to make it easier for customers as they create their customized treats.

Unlike the usual counter service seen at the other Food Court eateries, Carroll's Cup will be an open room with yogurt machines and a self-serve toppings bar with fruit, granola, chocolate sauce, candy and more.

Expect it to have the same "fun and upbeat" flavor of the downtown location with lots of bright, eye-catching colors, says Carroll.

Self-serve frozen yogurt is a hot commodity these days.

A national franchise is trying to wrap up its own construction to get its Second Street Southwest location open soon.

CherryBerry is located in one of the new Shoppes on Second buildings in front of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites at Second Street Southwest and U.S. 52.

Co-owner and manager Joel Granberg says work is moving along quickly now, after a slow start.

He estimates that the 2,000-square-foot at 123 16th Ave. S.W. could open as soon as late August or early September.

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What happened to the Taco Bell in the mall??? It was always busy. guess its not coming back :(

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