"Granite City Food & Brewery founder Steve Wagenheim has launched a new restaurant called Pub 42 in New Hope. The building, located at 7600 N. 42nd Ave., formerly was home to The Sunshine Factory, which had operated there for 37 years before recently relocating to Plymouth. Sunshine Factory closed Nov. 17 and Wagenheim opened Pub 42 the next day at 11 a.m. Pub 42 initially operated only in the bar portion of the restaurant, while making major renovations to the more formal dining room. The full 10,000-square-foot restaurant, which seats approximately 360 people, opened Friday. Wagenheim said he didn't want to risk alienating the restaurant's regular customers while converting to the new concept, so he catered in food for the first week while getting the kitchen up to speed. It introduced 10 menu items the following week, then added five more in each ensuing week, using customers to test new items. "Our focus was to never close," he said.
Pub 42 has ramped up to a staff of 65 people and an equal number of menu items, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and dinner entrees such as steaks, salmon, pork chops and pasta. All of the food is made from scratch, like at Granite City. Prices range from $6 for an appetizer to $28 for the filet mignon. The restaurant currently has 23 beers on tap and plans to add seven more in the coming weeks.
We wanted to keep this a fun, neighborhood place. It's a polished-casual menu at the right price point, and we have a large enough menu to give people a reason to come back in. - Steve Wagenheim, Founder
In addition to totally renovating the dining room, which Wagenheim referred to as a "tired supper club," Pub 42 also installed a wrap-around bar, a new sound system and some brick on the exterior of the building. It will make some upgrades to the large outdoor deck this spring." - John Vomhof Jr. 2014
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal. Granite City Founder Launches New Restaurant. Bizjournals.com. Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal, 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.
Pub 42's Vision Our No. 1 focus is to connect with all the regulars, the neighborhood, and the community throughout the holidays. We want to build lasting relationships to convert curious guests into Pub 42 advocates. How are we going to do this? With ownership presence, starting Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. We’re very excited to open up with the opening crew that we’ve been training over the last week. They get it. Our customers will be the beneficiaries of the Pub 42 culture that starts at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18. We, in a short period of time, have created a family.
We promise one thing: there will be a culinary culture to Pub 42 both from a food and beverage perspective. And we want you — as a guest — to be part of it! We’re going to be community-connected, food-driven, and are going to raise the bar. And we’re going to do this together. - The Founders of Pub 42
Pub 42 is open from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m daily, with a 2 a.m. extension on Friday & Saturday nights. For more information visit www.pub42.com.