Greetings from Downtown Northfield! Thanks to everyone who came out to make our first ever Downtown Northfield Taste Tour food crawl such a big success! On Thursday, June 15, the sun was shining, the food was amazing and we sold more than 3000 tickets in just two hours. Eleven downtown restaurants participated in the inaugural event and the variety of offerings was terrific.
Everyone enjoyed the free Northfield Community Band concert afterwards in Bridge Square. Next year, we’re hoping to make the event longer and add the breweries to the tour. Save the date for June 14th, 2018!
242 Main Streets in 48 states were nominated for the title, and more than 300,000 votes were cast. Because of your votes, Downtown Northfield made it into the Top 25 main streets in the nation. It is the people that make our downtown the central heart of our community–thank you and stay tuned: they’ll do it again in 2018!!
The NDDC will host a food crawl event on Thursday, June 15th from 5-7 pm in Downtown Northfield. The walking Downtown Northfield Taste Tour features small servings of food and drinks at 12 downtown locations. Taste Tour tickets will be sold at Bridge Square starting at 4:45 pm for $1 each and most food samples are priced at 1-4 tickets.
Those who buy samples at four or more stops on the Taste Tour can enter in a drawing to win a two-night stay at The Archer House River Innin Downtown Northfield or The Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa. Several retail shops will have Third Thursday specials and the Community Band will give a free concert in Bridge Square at 7 pm.
This week I went along with a welcoming delegation from the NDDC to pay a visit to Downtown Northfield’s newest dining venue,Smoqehouse. Owners Andy and Heidi Kubes opened Smoqehouse on March 15th at 212 Division St. in the Archer House River Inn and have quickly generated a steady stream of daily patrons. Smoqehouse is a fast casual eatery featuring handcrafted sandwiches with smoked pork, chicken and beef, salads and soups. The café in Northfield is the second location for Smoqehouse. Andy and Heidi located their first restaurant in Faribault, Minnesota in the fall of 2015. Foodie magazine HeavyTable.com called their porchetta sandwich “one of the best sandwiches in the state.” Smoqehouse uses ingredients from local sources like Downtown Northfield’s own Brick Oven Bakery and Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars.
The restaurant occupies the Archer House space formerly used by Bittersweet Café. However, diners who are familiar with the previous tenant won’t recognize the space. Andy told us that they basically gutted the space and rebuilt it from a bare shell, doing much of the work themselves. They separated the kitchen and order counter from the seating areas and traffic seems to flow much more smoothly with the new floor plan. Future enhancements include craft beer and possibly wine in the coming months. Smoqehouse offers takeout catering and occasionally operates a food truck during the summer as well.
Smoqehouse is open Monday – Saturday from 11am-7pm. They’re closed on Sunday.