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July 06, 2010

Fat Willy's revving up

This time around Bill Henderson is in the driver's seat as he gears up a new hot rod of a bar-and-grill in south Rochester.

Henderson, who has managed the Mayo Civic Center concessions for Canadian Honker owner Joe Powers for the past seven years, is cooking up a place of his own called Fat Willy's.

It's being put together in a commercial building across from the Wehrenberg Galaxy Theater in the Shoppes on Maine development along U.S. 63 South.  "This something I've always wanted to do," said Henderson, who is retired from Mayo Clinic and has worked with Powers since he opened the Honker in 1985.

With a hot-rod garage theme, the 3,500-square-foot Fat Willy's is expected to take off from the starting line in September. Look for the menu to feature hamburgers, fries and sandwiches.

"Basically we'll be 092607shoppes onmainelampsjkserving bar food, but we'll also do some unique stuff like shrimp boil specials and broasted chicken," he said. "We just want to make it a fun place where people can sit down, have a beer, good food and shoot the breeze."

092607galaxycinejk Inside it will seat about 125 to 130 people and another 65 to 70 on a large patio that has a fire pit and outdoor bar.

"With that pond and waterfall out there, it is just a heck of a nice atmosphere," Henderson said.

Why the name?

"Everybody has always called me Willy," he said with a chuckle. "

And, well, I'm not the slimmest guy in the world."

Fat Willy's is also an homage to the classic 1941 Willys Coupe, known for its wide rear end. Henderson estimates that he'll have about 15 on staff.

January 11, 2010

Mea culpa - my last mistake of 2009

PICS OF BOOM TRUCK 006 You’d think after living here and writing about the area for more than 10 years, I’d be able to keep the names of cities straight.

But you’d be wrong, if you thought that.

Case in point, I mixed-up Kenyon for Kasson in my Dec. 31 column.

The Kenyon Lumber Mart, also known as KLM, closed Nov. 24 and is for sale.

Meanwhile, the Kasson Arrow Building Center is open, is renovating its showroom and is adding cabinets to its offerings.Prior to becoming an Arrow Building Center,  the Kasson business was known as a lumber mart.

Hence, my goof-up not only was wrong, but it confused people who still think of the Kasson center by its pre-2002 name.

The K with a closed lumber yard is Kenyon. The K with an open lumber yard is Kasson.

I’m sorry for the error. Luckily it was still in 2009, so 2010 is error-free … for the moment, at least.