Biz briefs: Crooked Pint Ale House arrives in Apple Valley

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Crooked Pint Ale House, a pub-style restaurant that features more than 30 tap beers, was set to open Saturday in Apple Valley.

It’s the second location for the business, which already runs a restaurant on Washington Avenue S. in Minneapolis.

The 5,488-square-foot restaurant is in the Cobblestone Lake area at 157th Street and Pilot Knob Road. Cobblestone Lake is a 230,000-square-foot retail center developed by Ryan Companies and anchored by a SuperTarget. The new restaurant is adjacent to a Pizza Ranch, which opened in 2012.

Crooked Pint was launched as a restaurant concept in 2011 by Green Mill Restaurants. Paul Dzubnar, CEO of the St. Paul-based restaurant company, said last year that plans were underway for another Crooked Pint in Minneapolis.

Part of the restaurant in Apple Valley is in an enclosure with glass walls and a glass ceiling that can be retracted in warmer months for additional outdoor seating. It also has an outdoor patio and bocce ball court.

Concrete business to Rosemount

A business that operates under the umbrella of Mendota Heights-based Cemstone plans to relocate to an industrial building it recently purchased in Rosemount.

Akona Manufacturing Co. paid $1.575 million for the building at 15051 Biscayne Av., according to documents filed with the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Akona, which makes concrete repair materials, plans to move its operations from a facility it currently is leasing in Maple Plain, according to Brian Digrado, a vice president of Akona’s parent company, TCC Materials. TCC is a building products business that is part of Cemstone’s network of concrete companies.

Digrado said Akona will build an enclosed silo addition to the 75,000-square-foot building in Rosemount. When complete, the company will have about twice the production capacity of its facility in Maple Plain, he said.

New fitness club for Lakeville

Title Boxing Club, a fitness club that offers a total body workout through boxing and kickboxing classes, plans to open an outlet in Lakeville.

It will be the fourth club in the Twin Cities area for the Overland Park, Kan.-based chain. The others are in Edina, Woodbury and Arden Hills.

The new 5,100-square-foot facility will be in the Lakeville Crossing Shopping Center at 160th Street and Cedar Avenue. The build-out for the Lakeville facility is expected to begin in early spring, and the club will be open for business this summer.

In addition to its classes, each Title Boxing Club has personal training, cardio equipment and free weights available for members.

Send your Dakota County business news to susan.feyder@startribune.com.

Susan Feyder • 952-746-3282

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