Biz Buzz: Brewery to open in Hackensack in 2020


Rendezvous Brewery announced it will open in the summer of 2020 at 112 S. First St. in Hackensack.

Owners are Sue and Doug Toth. The brewery is across the street from the Paul Bunyan State Trail, the city park and Paul Bunyan’s Sweetheart, Lucette. The Toths reported construction will begin soon.

They reported the name has a long history that goes back in Hackensack and in Sue Toth’s family, namely her grandparents Everett (Pat) and Laura Harrington, who operated the Rendezvous Restaurant in the early 1950s.

“Longtime Hackensack residents remember the restaurant fondly and recall gathering there with friends and neighbors,” the Toths reported in a news release. “Rumor has it the original Rendezvous brewed their own beer!”

“The name Rendezvous reflects the kind of business we want to create,” Sue Toth stated in the release. “A place to meet, gather and enjoy each other’s company, while enjoying local craft beer. We want to create a place for young and old to get together and have fun. We want to encourage people to come to the brewery for a good time, just like Hackensack residents used to at the original Rendezvous.”


The city license for the brewery was approved unanimously by the Hackensack City Council in August 2019, the Toths reported. “Construction will begin soon to prepare the building for the tap room and brewing operations. Updates on our grand opening celebration will be available as the project progresses.”

Cindy Moore, founder and past executive director at TheShop, the Brainerd Baxter Youth Center, introduced Erin Wilmot as the new executive director.

“Erin moved to Brainerd from the Duluth area in 2010, the same year TheShop was founded,” Moore noted in a news release. Wilmot has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Management and has 13 years of experience in the field of mental health with both adults and youths. “She worked within the Northern Pines Mental Health team based in the Brainerd High School, and is a familiar face to many youth we serve,” Moore stated. “Before making the leap to become Executive Director she served on the BBYC Board for several years. Working with youth, especially teens and young adults is one of her passions.”

“And while it’s crazy fun and challenging to walk the path of founder/executive director it seems equally crazy for me to continue walking this path. There are new ideas that need unwrapping. There are new relationships to develop. And there are new targets to challenge the status quo,” Moore stated.

Angel Tax Credits still available, but the deadline is Dec. 31. The Minnesota Angel Tax Credit provides a 25% tax credit to investors or investment funds that make equity investments in startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields. The state reported it also stimulates private investments in emerging Minnesota businesses to promote innovation and encourages high-paying job creation.

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Renee Richardson is managing editor at the Brainerd Dispatch. She joined the Brainerd Dispatch in 1996 after earning her bachelor's degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University.
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