The Barn, on Washington Street in Brainerd, is getting a fresh look this spring. The building's new look will include rock on the bottom and logs on top, but diners familiar with the restaurant's famed Maid-Rite burgers and numerous pies can rest assured the color still will be red.
Krispy Kremes for sale locally
OK, carb counters, beware: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are now a regular offering in several lakes area cities.
No, they are not building a bakery here -- at least not yet. But Krispy Kreme delivers fresh doughnuts each day to Little Duke's in Baxter and the two Holiday Station stores in Brainerd. Other area Holiday Stations that will receive the doughnuts include the stores in Baxter, Crosby, Pine River, Nisswa, Garrison and Crosslake.
Deliveries began last week. Purchases may be made in half-dozen and dozen boxes from a variety of flavors, including key lime pie.
Founded in 1937 in Winston-Salem, N.C., Krispy Kreme currently operates more than 365 stores in 44 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Ernst & Young, Minneapolis, selected three area business people as finalists for its annual entrepreneur of the year awards: Myron Kujawa, owner of Crystal-Pierz Marine, and Lynn and Paul Hunt, Pequot Lakes, Hunt Technologies, Hunt Utilities Group.
About 40 nominations were received. Those nominations were cut in half and about one-third will receive recognition as winners.
The winners will be announced June 10. Representatives from Ernst & Young were in the area late last week conducting interviews with the finalists and touring the businesses.
The Barn restaurant on Washington Street in Brainerd is getting a face-lift with a combination of rock and log siding. The parking lot will be resurfaced and owners Gary and Teri Kinney plan more improvements later. The Kinney family has owned The Barn since 1970. Gary and his wife, Teri, took over the restaurant in 1989.
Gary said once the exterior renovations started, regular customers had one main concern. They wanted to know what color the new siding would be. Kinney assured them -- The Barn's signature red color is here to stay.
An Assist to Sell office building by Hy-Tec Construction, Brainerd, was the reason for the tree clearing along Seventh Street Northwest near World on Wheels skate center last week.
Zard Dental Clinic is going up on Excelsior Road along Pine Meadows Golf Course, not far from Super One Foods. Nor-son is building the office space. The building permit listed a $350,000 value.
Reed's sporting goods store, currently under construction along Highway 371 near the Pine Beach Road intersection, is 70 percent complete. Nor-son is the builder. In a nearby development, Silver Creek Traders received a building permit valued at $80,000.
Mills Properties received a construction permit for its GM dealership on Dellwood Drive, Baxter, for an addition valued at $1,130,000.
Several businesses have signed leases for the Grizzly's Center strip mall next to the restaurant in Baxter.
Those businesses include Caribou Coffee; Farm Bureau Financial Services, owned by Jan Johnson; American Family Insurance Agent Dave Nichol; and Investment Mortgage Corp., owned by Steve Bauman. Caribou Coffee is expected to anchor the front of the building that runs parallel to Grizzly's restaurant, which is considered phase one of the strip mall. The second building farther back is phase two.
Steve Letnes, Grizzly's owner, said two more businesses are close to signing leases. He said those additions are new to the area and should be exciting. Letnes said the Grizzly's restaurant is doing well and is ahead of sales projections.
Kohl's Department Stores should gain more recognition soon. The business, under construction on Excelsior Road, was issued a permit for a sign with a value of $45,000.
RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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