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April 01, 2016

MEP engineering to move to new Rochester office

A growing engineering firm is planning to move soon to a new, larger northwest Rochester office.

The Rochester office of Eau Claire, Wis.-based MEP Associates plans to move into the former Venture Computer Systems/ Marco Inc. complex at 3416 Lakeridge Place NW.

Ex-venturecomplex"The building is empty and we've already started construction," said Luke Johnson, a mechanical engineer and project manager at MEP. "We're going more than double our office space."

MEP is moving from 2900 43rd St. NW. MEP opened its Rochester location there in 2009. MEP hired the entire engineering team from the former Holabird & Root office, when Holabird closed up its Med City location.

Since MEP began operating in Rochester, this location has flourished and grown. It opened in 2009 with the nine ex-Holabird engineers. MEP, which handles a lot of projects for Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and Carleton College, now has 15 staffers in Rochester.

"With the new space, we'll have room to add 10 more people," said Johnson. "We're seeing a lot of construction of all kinds, mostly in the Rochester region. Two of our niches, building labs and campus utilities, are very active."

MEP is leasing the 9,794-square-foot Lakeridge complex from owner Jon Eckhoff.  Eckhoff originally built it 2005 for his company, Venture Computer Systems. Marco Inc. bought Venture in 2009 and leased the building from Eckhoff. 

Marco moved to a new Rochester office at 1014 Bel Air Lane NW in 2014.


April 19, 2012

Kiger goes Wild-ing at Bill's

04182012wildbillssignSo Wild Bill's will open the doors of its new Rochester place on Monday.

It will be interesting to see how this Western sports bar concept that has been successful in the Twin Cities plays here in the Med City.

Here's a clip of me rambling and squinting at the camera in Wild Bill's parking lot: 

January 26, 2012

The Nile is flowing in Rochester

Here's a little from my column in today's Post-Bulletin PLUS an on-the-scene video clip of me nattering on about it.

For the all of the details, check out the print edition of the Post-Bulletin.


Rochester fans of African cuisine have been asking me one question all of this tropical winter.  

When will the Nile Restaurant in northwest Rochester open? I now finally can answer that.

The Nile Restaurant started cooking Ethiopian dishes on Tuesday at 2711 Commerce Drive N.W., off of West Circle Drive. That's the former home of The Clay Oven restaurant, which closed last year.

It seats about 30. The staff is still fine-tuning the menu and other things, but it is open and serving recipes from the East African country.

The Nile also offers a full bar. The owner has not found a supplier for Ethiopian beer and wine yet, but he is working on it.

For those not familiar with Ethiopian cuisine, many of the dishes are variations of a spicy vegetable and meat stew called wat. Wat is usually served with a soft pancake-like bread called injera.

December 01, 2011

Teresa's restaurant closes, new place to open

Here's some from my column in today's print edition PLUS a little video of me rambling on about it.

Look for the full piece in print.

A Rochester restaurant closed for good Wednesday. However, the closure sets the stage for a new eatery to open nearby before the end of the year.  

The signs for Teresa's, the restaurant in the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center at 1517 16th St. S.W., came down, and construction crews began dismantling it.

The hotel, owned by the Dan and Terri Penz family, plans to expand its conference and banquet space into that area of the center.

While Teresa's is gone, don't expect executive chef Jim Nicholas to be idle. Nicholas is working with the Penzes to create a new restaurant in another part of the center.

November 17, 2011

Hot Fish Shop is cooking in Roch.

Batter up.

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.


October 06, 2011

South Roch. will see Red in early Nov. - Lobster is on the move


The new shell is almost ready, so look for the Red Lobster to 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.    

August 18, 2011

New store is for people who dig volleyball

Here's some from my today's column and well as a video clip about a new volleyball store.

By the way, I butcher the Prizlers name in the video. PRIZE-lers is the correct way to say it.

This is another good example of why I'm in print news rather than TV.


A Rochester family really digs volleyball, but they often hit a bump when shopping for gear.

So they made a game plan.

Today they are set to serve up a volleyball-centric store called Side Out.

Rachel and Lon Prizler hope to open the doors of their new sporty shop next week.

It is at 2571 Clare Lane N.E., almost in the shadow of Rochester's National Volleyball Center off of Viola Road.

 That's not a coincidence.

"We thought this would be a good opportunity with the volleyball center expanding," says Rachel Prizler. "It is a perfect location."

Now she is outfitting the about 2,000-square-foot shop with racks of volleyball clothing, shoes, pads, braces for ankles and knees, training equipment and, of course, volleyballs.

"We'll have the funky shirts and clothing that they like," she says.

It will also offer embroidery services for team jerseys and uniforms.

The Prizlers have a daughter who is a volleyball player, and that's what inspired them to create their own store.

"We started to notice the need to have quality volleyball equipment in town. Our daughter would get frustrated when looking for something," Prizler says.

Actually, they say the challenge for young female athletes reaches beyond just volleyball.

It is tough to find much of a selection of sports gear specifically for girls, the Prizlers say.

That is why after Side Out gets warmed up, the plan is to branch out into girls sporting gear for basketball, softball, soccer and whatever else local athletes are shopping for.

"We want to fill that niche," says the sports mom turned shop owner. "We want to be a fun place for younger female athletes."

July 14, 2011

And the retailer moving between Trader Joe's and Chuck E. is…

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.

Thanks for all of the good work, Ken.

July 07, 2011

Tooling along - Harbor Freight to open

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.

June 30, 2011

Cracked open, Red Lobster work scuttles along

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.