A regional seafood legend re-surfaced in Rochester on Tuesday when the new incarnation of the Hot Fish Shop opened its doors. Joe and Rick Coshenet, a father and son team, opened the restaurant at 3456 East Circle Drive N.E.
For more on this, check out today's Heard on the Street column in the print edition.
The new shell is almost ready, so look for the Red Lobsterto scuttle south, out of Rochester's downtown soon.
I have all of the details in my column today about its move to 1280 U.S. 14 S.W., on the west side of Apache Mall. Red Lobster expanded and extensively revamped the building, which housed Romano’s Macaroni Grill that closed in 2008.
The Lobster is moving from its 25 year home in the Rosa Parks Pavilion at South Broadway and Second Street.
Here's some from a video clip I did this week as well as two others I did earlier.
What I'm rambling about today is what retailer is moving into the empty slot between Rochester's Trader Joe's grocery and Chuck E. Cheese.
Yeah, this is the deal I teased at the end of June. Sorry about the inadvertent, misleading hints. That space really has always been a blind spot for me. I kept forgetting it existed, even as I drove by it.
Interestingly enough, this brand also includes a guy's name. All the info is my column today.
Side note - If you think I look and sound goofy on these videos, I can assure you that I'd look and sound much, much more goofy if it was not for skills and infinite patience of my producer, director and one-man production crew, Ken Klotzbach.
I know that some of you already knew about this, but here's some details on the Harbor Freight store opening from my column today. Remember, its Thursday, so Heard on the Street is on Page 1B today instead of its usual nest on Page 2A.
If you watch the video, look for the blooper/ outtake clips at the end. I know it is hard to believe that I am not smooth and succinct all of the time, but now there is video evidence of my goofiness. Heh.
Fixing to buy some tools?
Soon you'll have a new place to shop for power drills, socket wrenches, arc welders or whatever else your workshop might need.
Harbor Freight Tools is planning to open the doors of its new Rochester store at 8 a.m. Friday.
Harbor Freight, which is known for its national tool catalog, offers a broad selection of tools ranging from automotive to power tools to gardening to whatever. The majority of the offerings are private label brands.
The Calabasas, Calif.-based tool retailer is nailing down the final touches on its new 15,000-square-foot store at 4200 U.S. 52 North in the shopping center near the Minnesota School of Business.
Here's some from my column PLUS a video of me standing on a dirt pile.
Look for the print edition for entire piece.
Construction crews have cracked the shell, leaving the exposed building looking dull and dusty in the shadow of Rochester's Apache Mall, but by this fall local diners will be seeing red there.
While it looks like a crustacean without its shell right now, the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill on the west side of the mall should be transformed into the new home of Rochester's Red Lobster by the end of October. The faux-stone facade has been torn off down to the plywood on the former restaurant that closed in 2008.
But that will soon change, says Tom Mikelson, the long-time general manager of the local Red Lobster.
"We are revamping the building, but you'll hardly recognize it when we're done," he says.