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New pub set to open in Rochester, but should the community support it?

New pub set to open in Rochester, but should the community support it?

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Minnesota restaurateur Paul Dzubnar likes to talk business — but only when it's convenient for him.

The CEO of Green Mill Restaurants recently announced plans to open a new restaurant under the name Crooked Pint Ale House in northwest Rochester. 

The establishment will be the third of its kind in Minnesota, and the first outside the Twin Cities metro area. He told the Med City Beat in an email Wednesday morning that the restaurant is scheduled to open April 21.

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It will be located at 2723 Commerce Drive NW, the same building that housed a Green Mill franchise for eight years. 

"Even though the Green Mill closed, we still think Rochester is a great restaurant market," Dzubnar told the Post-Bulletin on Tuesday. "We want to get right back out in front of the market."

But should the residents of Rochester support his latest venture given how he handled the closure of Green Mill?

According to media reports from the time, Dzubnar abruptly closed the restaurant without notifying any of the employees in advance. The general manager told KTTC-TV that workers were inside prepping food for the day when company officials walked in and told them to leave.

About 40 people in all lost their jobs that day.

But it wasn't as if Dzubnar, who personally owned the franchise, didn't see it coming: crews were on site the very next day taking down signs and removing furniture from the building.

Dzubnar refused to speak to the media at the time. And nearly three months later — as he touts the opening of a new establishment — he still won't comment on what happened. 

He declined to respond to multiple requests from the Med City Beat on Wednesday regarding his handling of Green Mill's closure or whether former workers will be given priority for employment at Crooked Pint.

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