Rochester restaurateurs are cooking up plans to introduce one of the Med City’s best-known brands to the Twin Cities market.
Dave and Mark Currie, the brothers behind Creative Cuisine and all of their Rochester restaurants, are bringing Newt’s to Apple Valley -- the first of what could be many Twin Cities locations serving up Marvin’s burgers and Mike D’s Fatty Melts.
A new commercial building is under construction in Apple Valley and the Newt’s build-out in the new center should start in February, said Dave Currie. That means a spring 2022 opening is expected for the Apple Valley location.
“We already have brand recognition there because of all the sports that come to Rochester. They can't wait for us to get there,” he said.
The four Newt’s in Rochester, along with the Creative Cuisine’s other local restaurants, remain consistently popular. Why look to the Twin Cities?
“We think this is a brand that we can really grow, continue to grow. It’s a great concept here and we have got it down,” said Currie. "If this one takes off like we're projecting, we’ll start looking immediately for another location, and another location to really grow with the people in our company.”
The last time that the Currie brothers launched a new Newt's was in 2015, when they opened Newt’s South in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center. Newt’s North opened in 2011. Newt’s Express opened downtown in 2009. All of them are based on the original Newt’s nestled upstairs above the Curries’ Hefe Rojo at 216 First Ave SW.
Creative Cuisine also owns the Redwood Room, City Market and the recently opened Purple Goat Kitchen and Bar.
Will expanding into the Twin Cities impact the Med City restaurants? Currie says no way.
"Everything will keep cooking here. This is home," he said.