Destination Restaurants


In today’s (January 15, 2006) Strib, there was an interesting series of articles about Lake Pepin in winter. In addition to discussing the surprisingly pleasant scenery during the “off-season”, there were many details about the delightful dining experiences throughout the area. In a sidebar article with anecdotes about the road trip around Lake Pepin, there was a fact that really grabbed my attention.

In Wabasha, Nosh (one of the featured restaurants) tracks its reservations by phone number. Chef/owner Greg Jaworski said that “about a third come from Rochester, a third from Winona, and about a third split up between Wabasha and the Twin Cities”.

It certainly demonstrates the potential regional economic development power of a destination restaurant.