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.
Our annual Partnership Celebration was a fun affair. Thanks to New Moon Trio and Area 51 for the great tunes. Thanks also to Board members who greeted folks at the door and sold raffle tickets. As always,Chuck Pryor and his staff at the Grand Event Center were excellent hosts.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle and congratulations to our winner, Jeff Johnson. No, not NDDC Board member Jeff Johnson, the OTHER Jeff Johnson! Thanks most of all to our NDDC volunteers, Partnership Campaign donors, and Taste of Northfield sponsors. Great downtowns don’t just happen!
NDDC Board members visited our local newspaper, the Northfield News, for the 12th monthly session of 2011. A bit of disclosure, Sam Gett, Publisher of the Northfield News, is a member of the NDDC board.
The owner of the News, Huckle Publishing, Inc. / Mainstream Publications, LLC, employs about 150 people in Minnesota. There are 15 to 20 people in the Northfield downtown office and 40 to 60 people at the Northfield uptown printing plant; there are a total of 10 to 15 full-time employees in Northfield.
Sam, on a personal level, is very satisfied with Northfield. The company has papers in Faribault, Owatonna, Waseca, Kenyon, Lonsdale, St. Peter, Le Sueur, and Le Center. He says Northfield is the regional standard for civic aspiration and that most of the people in other towns are envious of our vitality. He loves the location and loves being downtown. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits the Northfield News→
The NDDC’s most recent business visit was with Econofoods, specifically Area Store Director Carl Nass. Carl’s territory includes Red Wing, Farmington, and Cannon Falls, so he really brings a regional perspective to our community.
Carl says we’re fortunate to have such a vibrant downtown. With a relatively wide offering of products and services, there are good traffic levels to the store; people combine errands and destinations, such as the hardware store, car repair, the pharmacy, dry cleaning and the grocery store.
The NDDC Board…okay, the NDDC Board President, Greg Kneser…visited By All Means Graphics. Greg, Rob, and I had a wide-ranging and interesting discussion at the end of a Friday afternoon.
Owner Rob Schanilec started his business in St. Paul in 1985. Then he wanted a place to raise children and was attracted to Northfield’s river, historic downtown, and two colleges. He’s been here 12 years and says it’s terrific. Continue reading NDDC Board Visits By All Means→