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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Look for a new restaurant in downtown Rochester.

The Rochester City Council Monday approved the sale of the former Dooley’s Pub. It is being purchased by Powers Ventures for $1.4-million.

The city had sought requests for leased use of the downtown site after the previous lease was terminated earlier this year but “received no interest.”

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According to the information reviewed by the council before the vote was taken, the space will be used “for a contemporary restaurant concept. Power Ventures owns and operates the Canadian Honker restaurant and other food and entertainment-related businesses.

Dooley’s was one of the hot spots in downtown Rochester for several years. Its most recent owner had a rough year during 2020 because of the pandemic shutdown. It also temporarily closed two times because of Covid outbreaks and a third time when its food and beverage license was suspended by the county health department.

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