Here's some from my article today about a proposed brewery/coffee house/wood fired pizza shop and local market.
A new project promises to bring a small batch brewery, wood fired pizzas, a coffee shop and more to Rochester's Kutzky neighborhood by this summer.
The plan is to transform 5,000-square-feet of the former Good Food Store building at 1005 Sixth Street NW into The Kutzky Market. Spearheaded by majority owner Annie Henderson, the concept is to bring together a coffee shop, brewery/restaurant, a leasable commercial kitchen, and a local retail market.
"With everything going on with DMC (Destination Medical Center initiative) and the hype around downtown, we decided to look in the core neighborhoods," said Henderson. "We wanted it to be something community based and neighborhood based, but still walkable from a lot of people's houses."
The building has been empty since the Good Food Store closed in 2013 and merged with the People's Food Cooperative in downtown Rochester.
Kutzky Market has a lot of permits and construction yet to get through before it becomes a reality. She estimates it should be ready to open sometime this summer. Some interior demolition has already started and the hope is for construction to start in earnest in March.
The main piece of this new project is Forager Brewing Co. as well as its daytime counterpart, Kutzky Coffee. Head brewer and part owner Austin Jevne will run Forager, where he will produce small batches of beer using local ingredients. The name of the brewer comes from the fact that many of the ingredients that Jevne uses are foraged from the southeastern Minnesota countryside.
Jevne the brewer and Henderson the visionary were connected by the owners of the Thirsty Belgium bar, where Jevne worked.
"It's kind of a perfect match," she said. "Austin already had that name (Forager) in mind. We thought it was a really cool name and now it's become a big part of our identity.
The conversation started about mid-January and now about month later, Kutzky Market is moving ahead.
Forager will also be a full restaurant with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. A large wood-fired oven will be used for many of Chef Jordan Bell's dishes, including pizzas. Bell comes to Forager from the popular Nosh Bar & Restaurant in Lake City.
Another owner, Rochester architect Adam Ferrari describes Forager as "the Farmer's Market approach to beer making and pizza."
During the day, the restaurant space will serve as the Kutzky Coffee shop.
Henderson's vision also includes The Kitchen, a commercial kitchen available for lease.
"Say you want to make things to sell at the Farmer's Market. You could lease the Kitchen for that and you could also sell your things in our retail market," she said.
The Kutzky Market will focus on locally created goods, including foods created by Chef Bell.
And then there's the artistic piece. Henderson is very active with various downtown Rochester groups, including the C4 art salon, so she intends to have periodic artists-in-residence as well as three walls for the display of local art.
Forager will also feature a piece of Rochester history. The group purchased the bar from Pappageorge Taverna at the recent auction of the furnishing, art and equipment from Michaels restaurant.
"This is a marriage of all of these different fun, entrepreneurial uses under one roof," said Ferrari of the whole project.