New strength center’s name tells all … or a lot

Scott Safe has a game plan and it calls for lots of power. Safe is opening Safe Weightlifting and Athletic Strength Center in northwest Rochester in the KTTC complex on Bandel Road.

Is the name long enough?

"I know it is long," he says with a laugh. "But I want parents to understand what it is before they bring their kids in."

The 5,000-square-foot training facility is designed like a Division 1 strength center that "specializes in athletic power."

Members are analyzed as being at a specific class level, and then they work their way up to higher levels.


Safe has equipment and programs appropriate for middle-school students through adults.

A coaches’ open house is slated for next week, with the center opening in June.

La Quinta + food

Something’s cooking at La Quinta Inn on Rochester’s south Broadway.

Or at least it will be soon.

Eddie Ocampo plans to resurrect the kitchen, which has been unused for about 10 years. His plan is to open a restaurant, offer full-service catering and provide room service for the hotel.


"Hopefully, by the end of summer or early fall," he says.


Plans are not finalized, though the concept is to create a family restaurant during the day.

"Late at night, we’ll make it an upbeat and entertaining nightspot," Ocampo said.

The restaurant will seat 100 to 125.

New Energize owner

A new hand is at the switch at the two Rochester Energize Fitness 24-hour workout centers.

Bruce Anthony, who also owns the Executive Suites office center on 19th Street Northwest, bought the Energize centers on May 18 from Christopher Onken.

Why add fitness club owner to his resume?

"Health and fitness are increasingly on the public’s mind, especially as Baby Boomers age. I want to be in on that trend," he says. "If it works here, maybe I can take Chris’ visions nationally."


He plans to add tanning beds and more staff.

Anthony also is working on partnerships with other businesses to offer health-related classes and products.

Noodles South opens

Rochester’s second Noodles & Co. restaurant opened last week in the Shoppes on Maine development along U.S. 63 South.

It is next to women’s clothing store Catherine’s in a building in front of Target South.

NRB + St. Charles

A Winona-based custom metal fabrication business — NRB Metals — is steeling itself to build a new facility in St. Charles.

Why move?

"We needed more space. We wanted to build our own place, and we couldn’t afford to do that in Winona," says owner Nick Beyerstedt.

He is building NRB’s new home in the St. Charles industrial park.

More space will allow his company to handle larger castings, particularly to make replacement parts for steel mills.

NRB has a staff of eight.

Biz buzz

How about something to drink with those fresh vegetables and organic foods?

Ari Kolas of Apollo Liquor is joining forces with Dave Kruse, owner of Rochester Produce, to open an Apollo satellite within the Second Street Southwest grocery store.

"It will be a different kind of concept," says Kolas.

The Rochester City Council OK’d a liquor license for the project last week.

Details still are being worked out, though Kolas expects it will be geared heavily toward wine.

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