By Jon Tatting—
In its last meeting of the year, the Rush City Council on Dec. 27 learned about another new restaurant and bar plan that is nearing fruition.
The plan means a reorganization at Triple T’z Pub and Grub, 180 W. 5th Ave., a food and drink establishment that is being replaced with Creekside Pizza subleasing the restaurant part and the new Rush City Tavern occupying the bar side.
City Administrator Amy Mell informed councilors that Icon Management Group, owned by Bob Martin of Circle Pines, Minn., will lease the entire building while holding the proper restaurant and liquor licenses needed for both businesses.
After some discussion, the council approved a liquor license for Icon, contingent on Martin obtaining the appropriate licensing from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Martin attended the meeting with Meghan Rudnitski, of Stanchfield, who will be managing the Rush City Tavern.
He discussed in depth his background in scoping businesses — from local to the north metropolitan area — to help boost sales.
Martin said he has already spoke with some local businesses about what the tavern could do to attract their business. One business in town liked the idea of forming dart leagues, which could be a good team building activity for their workers, he explained.
In other news:
• City Administrator Mell noted Johnny Mold closed on the old liquor store site on Dec. 19. Demolition of the building is expected in January, and he’s still looking into turning the property into senior apartments or a senior living environment, Mell explained.
• Pine City-based Doenz Excavating has yet to demolish the city-owned St. Croix River Education District (SCRED) building, 425 Dana Ave., due to some interior work that needs attention. Also to be demolished is the neighboring structure that housed Creekside Pizza, which has since moved its business to the Triple T’z building, according to Mell.
• The council acknowledged the hiring of four new members on the Rush City Fire Department. They are Brad Carlson, Chris Bauer, Mark Jones and Dan Loerzel II.
• The Rush City Chamber’s Community Service Award Dinner is set for Jan. 28 at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge. The year’s award recipient is Mike Carroll.
• Councilors learned the fire department recently used about 40,000 gallons of water to make ice at the hockey rink. A family skating rink to the north will also be available this winter.
• The Rush City public library and the local Friends of the Library will kick off the second annual Community Read in February/March. This year’s book is Stanley Gordon West’s “Blind Your Ponies,” and the youth companion novel is “Last Shot: a Final Four Mystery” by John Feinstein.
In addition, book donations are requested for a used book sale during the discussion week. Books can be dropped off at the Rush City library. An author visit is also being planned.