ON THE MENU COL Dippin' Dots coming to the mall?

Ice cream lovers might get a new option at Apache Mall in Rochester as Dippin' Dots franchisee Dan Kapanke says he's making plans to open a kiosk there.

"I think eventually it will happen," Kapanke said. He stressed that he isn't ready to give a timeline for opening the kiosk, however.

Dippin' Dots ice cream is served not in scoops, but in servings of several BB-sized, frozen spheres. The idea behind the tiny ice cream spheres, according to the Dippin' Dots Web site, is enabling a quicker freezing process that results in a creamier, fresher product.

Kapanke said he's been in discussions with Apache Mall for a year. He said he still needs to get necessary permits for the possible kiosk and isn't sure how long that process will take because in the past he's done business in Wisconsin, where he lives.

Apache Mall's general manager, Kim Bradley, did not return a call seeking comment on Dippin' Dots.


European market changes locations

Una, a European foods market that's been in Rochester for three years, recently moved to a new location at 1716 37th St. N.W.

The market offers items such as Bosnian sausages, Bulgarian sheep's milk cheese, German chocolates, and Croatian coffee.

Una had a South Broadway location before more recently operating at 275 37th St. N.E., around a 11⁄2; miles east from where it is now.

Kahler offers catering across southeast Minnesota

The Kahler Grand Hotel is offering delivery of items from the menus at the International Hotel, the Lord Essex restaurant, the Grand Grill restaurant, and from a new menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and platters for large groups.

A 24-hour notice is preferred for deliveries, which are available to groups of 10 or more in the Rochester area and groups of 25 or more in southeast Minnesota outside the Rochester area, according to Kahler catering manager Sue Johnson. There is no delivery or service charges for catering deliveries, which are available for homes and businesses, Johnson said.

Catering delivery is available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, but hours may be extended into weekends and later at night, Johnson said.


Deliveries can be placed by calling 285-2713. Menus can be e-mailed or faxed to people who request that information, Johnson said.

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