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April 17, 2014

Ex-bar will soon house memorial services

The former Mickey's Irish Saloon building is getting a very different tenant soon.

Rochester Cremation Services is re-working the former bar building at 1605 Civic Center Drive N.W.

04162014mickeysMike Johnson, who owns Rochester Cremation, hopes to be in his new site by end of the month. It's located in a high profile spot on Civic Center Drive, just west of the Hy-Vee grocery store in the Barlow Plaza.

"It's a big project," he said of transforming the saloon into a funeral home.

Funeral Director Johnson explained that his cremation business simply has outgrown its current location at 14 Sixth St. N.W. After a long search, he picked the Civic Center building as the best choice. Johnson is leasing the building, which is owned by Gary Mattison.

"We simply need to have a bigger building for memorial services. A lot of people today don't have their own church any more, so they turn to us," he said.

While there will be memorial services there, the cremation process will not take place in the Civic Center building — it will be done elsewhere.

Mickey Clark opened Mickey's Irish Saloon there in 2004. The bar, which was known for its large St. Patrick's Day party and for hosting boxing/mixed martial arts bouts, closed its doors in May 2013.

February 27, 2012

Roch. church in final countdown to building project

Here's a little from my weekend piece about Trinity Presbyterian nearing the launch of a project to build a new church in N.E. Rochester.


A growing Rochester congregation that has been meeting in a school for the past two years could break ground on a new church complex as early as this spring.

TrinityMeetingHouseTrinity Presbyterian Church is finalizing plans to build the first phase of a new complex at the corner of Viola Road and Schaeffer Lane in northeast Rochester, near Century High School, says the Rev. Chris Harper.

"This gives us an opportunity of building something to TrinityPropertyLineenable us to accomplish the purposes we feel like we  have — to help the people that come to Trinity and help the community," he says. "We're hoping to be able break ground this spring, if possible."

However, the church hopes to first sell its existing buildings at 1300 10th Ave. N.E.

Trinity stopped holding services there two years ago and began meeting at Schaeffer Academy at 2700 Schaeffer Lane N.E. Those 10th Avenue buildings are being rented by two other local churches. There has been interest from potential buyers.