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Heard on the Street: $1.5 million deal = More Forager parking

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Annie Henderson
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Forager Brewing Co.might have something new on the menu soon — more parking.

A pair of business owners on Rochester's short Sixth Street Northwest have purchased a collection of properties in the area, including the Forager complex, for $1.5 million.

Annie Henderson and Joe Peter, under the corporate name of Lucy Properties, bought the Forager complex plus a blue warehouse and small parking lot on the south side of Sixth Street Northwest. The deal with Rochester's Prow Co.closed on Jan. 12.

Henderson, who owns the Forager brewery and restaurant at 1005 Sixth St. NW, has leased the rambling 5,000-square-foot building from Prow since the business opened in 2015. Now, she's a co-owner of the building and a landlord to Forager.

Peter owns Joe's Auto Careat 923 Sixth St. NW. That's a sibling business to Joe's Auto and Tire, which has a shop nearby at 420 Civic Center Drive NW, as well as a location in Winona.

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The reasons behind the $1.5 million real estate buy are simple, Henderson said.

"The major drivers for us were to acquire more parking and to make our neighborhood a little bit better," she said. "We're excited about having more control."

The plan is to add parking next to the blue warehouse across from Joe's Auto Care as well as in a small lot next to the warehouse. Henderson also is asking the city for more on-street parking in the area.

"During the warm months, much of our clientele bikes or walks here, but parking gets more difficult in the winter," Henderson said.

The overall goal is to improve the oddly shaped area tucked behind Kwik Trip and across 11th Street Northwest from Barlow Plaza.

"We both care quite a bit for that pocket neighborhood," she said.

Biz buzz

The Boys and Girls Club of Rochesterannounced on social media this week that Chocolate Twist, its new downtown ice cream shop on South Broadway, will open its doors on Feb. 7.

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The ice cream shop at 311 S. Broadway in the Paine Furniture building also will feature a series of giant board games, such as chess, Connect Four and Minnesota Battle Boats, thanks to the Minnesota Children's Museum Rochester.

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Forager Brewery

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