Lunds & Byerlys to open expanded store in Highland Park with 30 self-service beer taps – Twin Cities

After nearly 40 years in Highland Park, Lunds & Byerlys is launching.

No, it’s not closing – the local grocery chain is moving to a larger space next door in the new Highland Bridge development, where the store’s second level will feature a wall of self-service taps for beer, cider and other spirits. Congratulation to Frederick Melo, Pioneer Press reporter for following this story and finding this killer opening line.

The new store, at 2170 Ford Parkway, will officially open at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, following a half-hour 2:30 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony with St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, CEO of Lunds & Byerly and a representative of real estate company Ryan Cos. At 51,000 square feet, the new store is 20% larger than the neighboring existing location, which is expected to close as soon as the new one opens.

Along with the high-end grocery selection and wide range of prepared hot meals that Lunds & Byerlys stores are known for, the shining star of the new Highland Bridge location is “The Mezz”, the dining room and counter second floor sandwiches. Thirty self-service taps will offer a rotating selection of local beers, sodas and wines, the store said.

The new bar would be one of the few walls of self-service beer taps in the Twin Cities. Slightly larger self-pay operations are offered at Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul and Union 32 Craft House in Eagan, where customers can choose from, as you’d expect, 32 options. In Minneapolis, the Malcolm Yards market in Prospect Park; Tap Society in South Minneapolis; and First Draft Taproom and Kitchen in the North Loop also offer beer tap walls.

But in recent years, St. Paul’s other beer walls have gone to the tall pint glass in the sky. At the Lab, a beverage research and development center on Eustis Street, a tasting room inspired by the on-site test kitchen closed this summer. Taco Libre’s downtown location also offered a 24-tap wall of beer before closing earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic.

To allow Lunds & Byerlys to sell liquor in Highland Park, St. Paul City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the expansion of a “business development district” that currently covers a Chipotle location in the other side of the street. The motion won the support of Highland District Council and local community members, although some police skepticism remains about waiving a 45-day notice period to neighbours.

Specifically, the store seeks to operate with a full liquor-for-sale license, which not only allows customers to drink alcohol on-site, but also, theoretically, allows the bar to offer spirits and hard liquors. they wish. The store will be open every day until 10 p.m.

The Lunds & Byerlys is the first major retail opening in Highland Bridge, the 122-acre redevelopment project taking shape on the site of Ford Motor Co.’s former Twin Cities Assembly Plant.

Staff reporter Frederick Melo contributed to this report.