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A new look and a new name for Lanesboro restaurant


Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

Gil B’s Pizza and Sub Shoppe, owned by Kim Reimann, recently went through many changes, including a name change. Photo by Jade Sexton

By Jade Sexton

What was once Rhino’s Pizza and Sub Shoppe in Lanesboro, Minn., has recently become Gil B’s Pizza and Sandwich Shoppe, but the name isn’t the only change. Owner Kim Reimann, who opened the restaurant in 2005 as Rhino’s, described a lot of the remodeling that has been going on this spring.

“We have a new store front, a new kitchen, and a new dining room,” she said.

Reimann also explained the new name. “The building has been here since 1890, and the original owner was Gilbert B. Ellestad,” said Reimann. “Back then they named the buildings after their owners.” According to Reimann, Ellestad was a successful jeweler and a former mayor of Lanesboro.

The store front has been completely remodeled, and an awning installed. Business owners in Lanesboro must adhere to certain regulations to keep the area historically accurate. There cannot be any vinyl windows or siding, and colors and signs must be approved. Reimann fought to move the door so she could put in a to-go window. One of the most exciting additions to the business is soft-serve ice cream, and customers don’t have to enter the restaurant to get it.

“We are the only place in town that has soft-serve ice cream,” said Reimann.

A Heritage Preservation Grant helped pay for the remodeling, and Reimann put in her own money as well. The kitchen has been updated, and the layout of the dining area has been changed.

Gil B’s Pizza and Sandwich Shop normally has eight employees, but during the summer months it’s closer to 15 or 20. Tourist season keeps Reimann and the others busy, and Reimann loves it.

“I really enjoy the customers,” she shared. “There are a lot of local regulars, high school kids, and workers that come here for lunch.”

The variety of the menu has made for a popular restaurant for all ages. “There is no other place in town where you can just walk up to the counter, get food, and go,” said Reimann. They serve pizza, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and broasted chicken, as well as the ice cream.

An open house celebrating the remodeling and the improvements will be held on Friday, August 16 from 2-5 pm.

ReStore celebrates 10 years in Winona

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Winona has now been serving Winona and the surrounding communities for 10 years. The ReStore opened its doors on July 27, 2003, becoming the first ReStore to open in the state of Minnesota. The ..... 
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Capitol Farmers Market opens this Thursday, July 11

Tue, Jul 9th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

Market is open to state employees and the public every Thursday through Sept. 26 ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Capitol Farmers Market is set to open again this summer near the Minnesota State Capitol. The Capitol Farmers Market is a ..... 
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Star Tribune Again Names Olmsted Medical Center a ‘Top 100 Workplace’ in 2013

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

ROCHESTER, Minn. - For the second year in a row, Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) has been named one of Minnesota’s Top 100 Workplaces based on an employee-based survey from the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune Top Workplaces special section was publish ..... 
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TEC Announces Peak Energy Alert Again

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. — For the second day in a row Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) is issuing a peak energy alert to address the high demand for electricity in the regional power market. TEC asks members to help by reducing their electric use. ..... 
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Fourth annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston, Minn. - Semcac’s Fillmore County Food Shelf and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Fourth Annual $150,000 Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart will match donations to the Fillmore County Food Shelf during the ..... 
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Lanesboro Local opens grand new marketplace

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Business Announcements

On Saturday, July 6 from 1-4pm, Lanesboro Local will celebrate the opening of their bigger, better Marketplace at the historic corner of Parkway Avenue & Coffee Street in Lanesboro, Minn. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm will officially recognize th ..... 
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3rd Annual Rushford Days Silent Auction

Tue, Jun 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Grace Place is once again celebrating Rushford Days with their 3rd Annual Silent Auction. This year the location will be held at the Rushford Grace Place location, 110 W. Jessie Street. Store volunteers have been collecting items throughout the year ..... 
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Harmony Area Community Foundation

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

On May 31, 2012, a group of interested individuals first met to discuss the creation of a community fund through Southern MN Initiative Foundation (SMIF). By August of 2012, our SMIF agreement was finalized and the Harmony Area Community Foundatio ..... 
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