Various Local Business Related Stories
Lagoon & Hennepin
Just four months after Pickled Parrot location opened its 1400 Lagoon Ave. location, the restaurant will close Jan. 25 for six weeks to be transformed into a Caribbean restaurant called Kokomo's.
Christian Eckert, the Uptown restaurant's general manager, said Famous Investments, a company co-owned by Famous Dave's owner Dave Anderson, bought all three Pickled Parrot locations in November and will transform them into Kokomo's.
Eckert said the Uptown location would serve as the training and hiring headquarters for the three restaurants during the six-week closing.
-- Robyn Repya
Lake & Dean Parkway
The Truelson family, which in October closed Nora's Restaurant, 3118 W. Lake St., will continue its legacy on the same site with a new, hipper restaurant called Tryg's.
The restaurant is named after Nora Truelson's son Tryg, who will build the new restaurant.
The Truelson family has been had a restaurant in Cedar-Isles-Dean for more than 40 years, originally a Porky's, then Nora's for the past 17 years, which was known for steaks and martinis. However, family members said, Nora's wasn't appealing to the area's new, younger crowd -- and they hope Tryg's will do the trick.
The Truelsons hired a marketing/design firm: Shea, Inc., for the restaurant project. Company owner David Shea, serving as the Truelsons' spokesperson, described the new restaurant as "upscale/casual," likening it to Campiello, 1320 W. Lake St. Shea also said the food will be American cuisine at a reasonable price.
The restaurant will be about the same size as Nora's, but the site plan leaves some empty space to the north, by the Midtown Greenway. Shea said although nothing is definite, the spare land is being considered for housing. He added that a pathway connection between the greenway and the restaurant is also being explored.
The development group and Truelson will go before neighborhood groups on variances for the future restaurant. Construction is expected to start as soon as possible, with a Sept. 1. target for opening.
-- Robyn Repya
50th & Ewing
Geek Squad, a computer repair company, opened a second Minneapolis location in December at 3724 W. 50th St. at the location that previously housed Mailboxes Etc.
The Minneapolis-based Geek Squad started in 1993. Its technicians make house calls to help individuals with their computer problems. Their work primarily consists of repairing operating systems and establishing networks in client's homes. Their minimum fee is $149. However, consumers should expect to pay $249 to get most of their computer problem solved.
"The reason we chose the location is because it is close to 50th and France, and it gives us high visibility in an upper-middle-class neighborhood," said Dan Ludwig, lead guidance engineer for the Geek Squad, which is owned by Best Buy.
For more information, see geeksquad.com or call 343-4335.
-- Bob Gilbert