What we know about the new restaurant coming to downtown Rochester

The plans have been many, but the name is known of the business that will replace Dolley’s Pub in downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

A short recap – Dooley’s closed several times during the pandemic lockdown, then finally for good. That’s when Joe Powers got involved.

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – Look for a new restaurant in downtown Rochester. Rochester City Council on Monday approved the sale of the former Dooley’s Pub. It is purchased by Powers Ventures for $1.4 million.

The city had requested applications for leased use of the downtown site after the previous lease was terminated earlier this year, but “received no interest.” Read more: Rochester City Council approves sale of Dooley’s pub property

According to building permits filed last week, construction is expected to begin soon on Dooley’s former location, transforming it into what the town council would have been a laid-back family spot.

The little girl does not want to have breakfast

Example of a family member. (Lisa5201)

And the only thing we know for sure is the name. The new venture, by Power’s Ventures, will be called Well. Looks like a place to drink, that’s for sure. But a promised family angle means it will have to be more than that.

Any idea what the full concept is?

No, but here are some ideas I just came up with. Obviously NONE of these are confirmed or even real outside of my head.

CONCEPT 1 – Kid!

Bring your kids and drop them off at The Well Fun and Games Room. When you’re ready to go, just tell your server and Lassie will “rescue” your children from the well.

CONCEPT 2 – Real wells!

The Realllly Old Fowler (Rabe) Family Farm Pump

The Realllly Old Fowler (Rabe) Family Farm Pump

Tired of waiting for the waiter to refill your water? Those days are over at The Well, Rochester’s new family bar and restaurant. When one of you or one of your children wants more water, simply pump up the 1900-style pump, conveniently located at each table. (See the pictured water pump, older than Minnesota, in action here).

CONCEPT 3 – The inkwell

Paper and quill pen on nice old wooden background


Sure, they’re messy, they’re likely to stain your clothes, but just think of the fun your kids will have playing with the real inkwells that come with every kids activity set. coloring books on parchment paper, old-fashioned ink pens and your child’s love of history come together for fun at The Well.

If The Well turns out to be one of those concepts, or something completely different, you’ll find out here. Keep our app handy and watch for updates.

Rochester Uncorked Event Details

Rochester Uncorked Event Details

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The Well won’t be open for Easter, but…

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Restaurants in Rochester serving brunch on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday! It’s one of the greatest days for families to go to church to celebrate the holidays and then head to a local restaurant for an amazing brunch. If you’re looking for brunch, you’re in luck! Below are some of the best Eastern Sunday brunches in the Rochester, Minnesota area that will serve up delicious food.

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