Biz Buzz: Knotty Pine Bakery, Chipotle move closer to opening

Lucio Bavelli works on the awning for the new Knotty Pine Bakery Tuesday, Oct. 1, in downtown Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Two much-anticipated business additions to the area took steps forward.

Knotty Pine Bakery expects to open next week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

“It’s really close,” said Bakery owner Marie Kirsch Friday, noting they were just waiting for some final elements to check off before opening day arrives.

Kirsch said the contractors were wrapping up work on the exterior. Already new windows and awnings are up, significantly changing the look of the former Iron Rail building now the Rumbly Hall building on Laurel Street.

Kirsch noted the work across the street as well to return the windows, which have long been boarded up, in the Bob and Fran’s furniture and appliance store on Laurel Street as additional effort to transform the downtown shopping area.


Kirsch was the winner of the 2018 Destination Downtown Business Challenge.

Over in Baxter, Chipotle was granted an on-sale Sunday liquor license from the city of Baxter with a start date of Nov. 1. Last week, construction crews were working -- inside and outside --.on the new building in front of Gander Outdoors.

The Verizon authorized retailer Wireless Zone recently moved into the new retail and food center, shifting just south of its former store site in front of The Light Depot on Edgewood Drive.

Chipotle is set to anchor the southern end of the building with the Five Guys restaurant on the north side. One retail space was still listed as available in the building.

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.
Renee Richardson can be reached at or by calling 218-855-5852 or follow her on Twitter @dispatchbizbuzz or Facebook.
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