Laura Butterbrodt: The Memo: Restaurants opening, closing in Twin Ports

Laura Butterbrodt, Duluth News Tribune, Minn.
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Mar. 4—Welcome to March! Spring is quickly approaching, and there are plenty of places to go in the Twin Ports as we emerge from winter hibernation into the spring thaw. Here are just a few business happenings in the area.

Tavern 105 announces June closure

Superior's Tavern 105 announced last week that the building at 1811 Central Ave. has sold and will no longer function as a restaurant under its new ownership. The bar and restaurant in South Superior, known for its Willie's Wings and blue cheese recipes, operated for six years.

"I will be open until the middle of June. Until then I promise to provide the same quality and service as I always have," owner Shelly Nelson posted on the Tavern 105 Facebook page. "Thank you for all the years of support! I'm so thankful for all the amazing people along the way!"

The building sold as a turn-key restaurant and bar for $430,000 and is under contract with Kwik Trip. Representatives from Kwik Trip could give no further comment.

New food court option in Miller Hill Mall

El Burrito opened last weekend at the food court in the Miller Hill Mall.

The Mexican fast-food restaurant is owned by Semir Secic, who also owns and operates the Stir Fry Express in the food court. El Burrito, which opened in the former Taco John's food court space, offers burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads. Similar to Chipotle and Qdoba, El Burrito gives customers a choice of toppings for their orders in an assembly-line format.

"We know the customer base, we know the mall, and it made sense to do something," Secic said. "We let you have freedom of building what you like to eat, and we're here to make sure nobody leaves the mall hungry."

Historic art prints available

Zenith City Press is now offering artwork of historic and vintage images of Duluth and western Lake Superior.

Photos, maps, advertisements and other historic images are available to order from

. If one of the 64 available images isn't what you're looking for, Zenith City Press staff are able to create custom prints from archives and public domain images.

The designs can be printed on posters, canvas, T-shirts, puzzles, face masks and more. They also can print the art on less conventional materials, including pillows, phone cases and shower curtains. The images can also be found at

Laura Butterbrodt covers health and business for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact her at 218-723-5320 or

This story updated the link to order from the Zenith City Press at 1:45 p.m. March 3. It was originally posted at 8 a.m. March 3.