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Fitgers Brewhouse planning sister location in North Loop neighborhood

Soon, the well-known Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth may have a sister location in Minneapolis.

The nearly 20-year-old brewhouse’s co-owners, Rod Raymond and Tim Nelson, plan to bring the business to the space that the Trocaderos night club previously occupied in the downtown North Loop neighborhood, according to the Star Tribune.

The partners hope to make it a neighborhood hangout, according to the story.

“Raymond said to expect to see a 'warehouse/industrial' look replace the blandly suburban remnants of Trocaderos,” including outdoor and rooftop seating, the story states.

However, the place will take advantage of at least one prominent Trocaderos leftover: The brewery will be built around the stage, which is still intact, and live music will be scheduled at the venue, which will be re-imagined as a beer hall, the story explains.  

Also, the 1892 building’s historic ties to macaroni and the Creamette company name will be factored into the menu.  

Joanne Kaufman, who leads the Warehouse District Business Association, says that the reaction from the area’s business community to the brewhouse’s plans has been largely positive.

For one thing, “The Trocaderos space has been empty for quite some time,” she says. “We’re thrilled to see something go in there.”  

It helps that “We all know Fitger’s,” she says. “It’ll be fun to have a local outpost in the area.”

The brewhouse is a destination in Duluth, a traditon she says that she expects to carry on in the Warehouse District.

It’ll bring more foot traffic to the area, which helps other businesses, too. “I think it’ll be a great addition to the neighborhood.”

Source: Joanne Kaufman, Warehouse District Business Association
Writer: Anna Pratt
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