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Gluten-free menu options in downtown Rochester

Gluten free or not: that is the question. It can be difficult to know which restaurants offer gluten-free options. Look no further! This blog lists the gluten-free friendly downtown Rochester restaurants and each one's top menu item.

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Labor Day from downtown Rochester businesses

Labor Day signals the end of summer. Take advantage of these summer deals and promotions from downtown Rochester businesses before they end, too!

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How Quick Collaboration Led to Downtown Rochester’s Creative Outdoor Dining

If the COVID-19 pandemic has provided one life lesson, it has been to creatively adapt to changing situations, sometimes with the help from others. For those in the restaurant industry, this was the name of the game. Find out how local eateries reimagined dining with the help from design firms, local organizations, and government to creatively adapt to COVID-19.

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5 Ways to Extend Dining into Public Spaces

Before COVID-19 pushed Minnesota restaurants to quickly pivot to outdoor offerings, al fresco dining was already gaining popularity around the country. Take a look at these precedents from Minneapolis, Seattle, Boston, and elsewhere. 

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Make a Reservation at your Favorite Downtown Restaurant

Minnesota bars and restaurants are welcoming back patrons for outdoor dining. Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development requires reservations to be made in advance. When you're ready to dine downtown, here are bars and restaurants accepting outdoor dining reservations.

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Mother's Day specials from downtown Rochester

Ma. Mum. Mommy. Madre. However you refer to her, let your mother know you're thinking of her, even if you can't be with her in person. Celebrate your mom with these Mother's Day specials from downtown Rochester.

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Community Spotlight on Victoria's Ristorante

Victoria's Ristorante in downtown Rochester, Minnesota is perpetuating the good during COVID-19. Owner Natalie Victoria shares how their free meals for kids has grown and expanded to other community members in need.

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Community Spotlight on Grand Rounds Brewing Company

Grand Rounds Brewing Company in downtown Rochester, Minnesota has opened its doors to school-age kids in need of meals during this time of COVID-19. Grand Rounds' founder, Tessa Leung, shares the reasons behind her persevering in response to COVID-19.

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Sharing the Best-Kept Secrets…To Lunch Meeting Menus

Organizing agendas and documents for work lunch meetings can be stressful. Planning the meeting's lunch doesn't have to be, not when so many downtown Rochester restaurants have prepped great lunch meeting menu options like these!

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The Essential Guide to Downtown Rochester's Ladies' Night Out

Update as of March 12, 2020: For the safety and health of downtown business employees and attendees, the Rochester Downtown Alliance is postponing Ladies’ Night Out amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) concern. We make decisions like this with the utmost care and consider local, state, and national updates. We look forward to bringing you community events you love soon.

It's not just girls who wanna have fun: Ladies' Night Out March 26 presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance is a good time for everyone! With more activities and experiences for every age and gender, plan your night out with this essential guide to the upcoming Ladies' Night Out in downtown Rochester.

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The 29 Ladies' Night Out Participating Businesses

Update as of March 12, 2020: For the safety and health of downtown business employees and attendees, the Rochester Downtown Alliance is postponing Ladies’ Night Out amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) concern. We make decisions like this with the utmost care and consider local, state, and national updates. We look forward to bringing you community events you love soon.

Recharge in March with Ladies' Night Out March 26, whether that's through relaxation, empowerment, dining, or some retail therapy. These downtown Rochester businesses are ready to offer a fun time for all Ladies' Night Out attendees.

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Sharing the Best-Kept Secrets…To Weekend Brunch & Bevies

Rise and shine, weekenders! Everyone needs a good start to the day, and it all begins with a good breakfast! Below are some of the best places for brunch and bevies you’ll find in downtown Rochester on a Saturday, Sunday or both days!

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Half of Rochester's Favorite Restaurants are Downtown

Way to pick 'em, Rochester! Half of the Rochester Magazine's Favorite Restaurant winners are those that can be found in downtown Rochester. Find out how your favorite restaurant stacked up in this list.

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Feelin' the Love for Valentine's Day in Downtown Rochester

Can you feel the love (in downtown Rochester) tonight? Show your special someone how much they mean to you and plan a romantic evening in downtown Rochester with these Valentine's Day-related specials, gifts, and events.

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Sharing the Best-Kept Secrets…To The Top Happy Hours

Going out to celebrate some great news? Or need somewhere to unwind after a long day of work? Sip, sip, hooray, does downtown Rochester have plenty of happy hour hangouts! Plan a happy hour get-together with friends at some of the best in downtown Rochester!

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Must-Eat Seasonal Treats at Fall Fest

Now that it’s officially fall, bring on seasonal treats, apple sweets, and pumpkin spice everything! Cozy warm beverages and hearty fall eats are delicious features of Fall Fest food vendors. Here are the must-eat seasonal treats all Fall Fest presented by Altra Federal Credit Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 5!

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3 Food-Allergy-Friendly Eats at Thursdays Downtown

Living with a food allergy or a dietary restriction doesn't mean depriving yourself of mouthwatering fare. Whether you have a sensitivity to gluten or dairy or you are a vegetarian, delicious options complementary to your dietary needs can be found at Thursdays Downtown!

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Looking for Under 500 Calorie Foods at Thursdays Downtown?

Health-conscious Thursdays Downtown attendees, rejoice! It may be a struggle to find wholesome yet satisfying foods at a fair or festival. But this Thursdays Downtown cuisine offers delectable selections at 500 calories or less!

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New Food & Drinks at 2019 Thursdays Downtown

What's on the menu? Along with your favorites, partake in some fresh culinary creations at Thursdays Downtown. So go on: be adventurous and try something new! Here are the most recent eat-and-drink additions to Thursdays Downtown this year!

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Your Insider's Guide to 2019 Thursdays Downtown

After the winter we’ve endured, Thursdays Downtown provides the fun in the sun we’ve all earned! It’s time to head to downtown Rochester for arts, crafts, music, and food! Everyone at the Rochester Downtown Alliance, our partners, and vendors are gearing up for the first Thursdays Downtown! Here’s a look at everything you need to know to get your Thursdays Downtown attendance-planning into gear, too!

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Don’t Miss Out! A Year of Downtown Rochester Events

How does the common saying go: “So much time and so little to do”? Strike that and reverse it! In downtown Rochester, there is plenty to do and we’ll help you with the time factor, too! Here is a list of Rochester events worth traveling for in every season and year-round! Find more Events in downtown Rochester while attending the following!

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Restaurant Week

Grab your fork and get ready to eat your way through some of the amazing restaurants located in Downtown Rochester for FEAST! Restaurant Week. Eleven Downtown restaurants are working to promote foods from the region and to support local farms in preparation for this years FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace happening on December 1st from 10AM to 4PM at the Rochester Mayo Civic Center.

Restaurant week will take place from Monday, November 26th to Saturday, December 1st. Participating restaurants will offer food specials crafted using products from the growers and food makers, plus customers who order these specials will receive a $10 off voucher for an alcohol sampling wristband, regularly priced at $25 (more info here) for FEAST!. Without further ado, lets talk about the great participating businesses:

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#MyDowntownRochMN featuring Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria

In Lisha Leonard’s #MyDowntownRochMN blog, we learned about her favorite vegetarian and vegan spots Downtown. When she shared about Pasquale’s vegan cheese option, we knew we had to sit down with owner and chef, Pasquale Presa, to learn more!

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#MyDowntownRochMN featuring Potbelly Sandwich Shop

In Danae Gaio’s #MyDowntownRochMN interview she talked about how she loves going to Potbelly Sandwich Shop for a quick bite to eat with her daughter, Jayme, because of how close it is from her work. I chatted with Kirk, the General Manager of Potbelly Downtown, to find out more about their business.

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Featured Stakeholder Series with Will Forsman, Co-Owner of Cafe Steam

Cafe Steam has become a staple of our community and we know that is no easy feat. Will Forsman, co-owner of Cafe Steam sheds some light on how Cafe Steam has become much more than just your traditional coffee shop.

What is your favorite thing about Rochester?

Rochester is sort of a blank slate in the best of ways. We get to experience a lot of things for the first time that a lot of other cities are worn out on. And that joy you get from being a part of something organically happening in your city is something that can’t be replicated elsewhere. Rochester is changing - Whether its street fairs, pop-up shops, food trucks, ride sharing, start-ups, music events etc.. There are things happening in this town that it hasn’t experienced before and it’s finally becoming cool to be ‘involved’.

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Featured Stakeholder Series w/ Pasquale Presa

In just under a year Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria has sure created a buzz in Downtown Rochester. Providing a fresh take on traditional foods to provide a little piece of Italy, culture, and authenticity that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Our Marketing and Communications Manager, Samantha, sat down with Pasquale Presa and we have to tell you, we are very excited for what is in store for this up and coming downtown business. 

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