HEARD ON THE STREET COL ON A NEW COURSE: The bar at Bon's Mongolian Buffet is re-opening with a new look, a new staff and a new name -- The Brickyard.

The NASCAR and auto racing-themed bar at 1652 U.S. 52 North should re-open under the new name Tuesday, says manager John Haggard.

The Brickyard is the nickname of the Indianapolis Speedway, where the Indy 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400 races take place.

"It was time for a change and for a facelift," said Haggard. The bar has been extensively remodeled with a reworked dance and stage areas, new wall coverings and new ceiling tile.

The bar will show all the big car races, and Haggard hopes to eventually have wireless Internet service for customers to use to update fantasy NASCAR and fantasy football teams.

Besides the car racing, the bar will offer a pool table, darts, foosball and dome hockey table. Haggard also plans to have some live comedy and music. The bar will serve a menu with a lineup of American food.


Seating in the bar has also been restructured. It is set up for 60 to 70 people at tables and about 30 at the bar.

Haggard say he has 11 employees, eight of whom are new, to staff the bar.

The Brickyard is still owned by Eric Guo, who also owns the adjacent Bon's Buffet and The Westfire Grille.

LIFE CENTER: Mark Perkins opened Perkins Life Management Center in Rochester on May 23.

The center in Suite 111-G at 1500 First Ave. N.E. offers life coaching in areas including stress management, motivation, exercise-nutrition, personal financial management, career counseling and quitting tobacco use. Perkins staffs the enter by himself.

"This is not for the intensive market that needs therapy," he said. "This is change through self-empowerment."

Perkins, the former owner of Perkins Counseling Services in Rochester, has more than 21 years of experience in the behavior health field.

He also offers assessments on possible chemical dependency and problem gambling.


FERRELLGAS CHANGES: Propane dealer Ferrellgas in Rochester is closing its office at 1410 Seventh St. N.W. Tuesday and is merging that operation into its facility at 1908 Third Ave. S.E.

Overland Park, Kansas-based Ferrellgas bought the Seventh Street business, formerly Suburban Propane, in September, according to Ken Rinken of Ferrellgas.

That office has four on staff. Some of the employees will move to other Ferrellgas sites.

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