Changes Coming to Maple Grove’s Rock Elm Tavern to Include New Name
A popular Maple Grove restaurant is undergoing changes that are expected to include a new name.
Rock Elm Tavern, which opened in 2018, now has a new owner. A significant portion of the changes is happening next door where the former Sugar and Spice Sweetery was located. The bakery closed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new owner, Paul Sarratori, says a wall has been taking down to combine the two venues. Sarratori says the extra space will feature interactive sport simulators.
“It’s going to add to the area with Pints and Paddle coming in late fall. It’s going to be a nice place for people to go. There’s going to be more traffic. We are going to more than likely change the name here in a few months,” said Sarratori.
Sarratori made the comments to the Maple Grove City Council, which voted this week to approve a new liquor license for Rock Elm Tavern. Approval is required whenever an establishment has an ownership change.
There’s no word yet on what the new name will be.
Sarratori, who also owns Optimal Performance Golf in Maple Grove, purchased the venue from Troy Reding. Reding will continue to own the Rock Elm Tavern in Plymouth.
“I’m glad Mr. Reding had a transition plan that included me,” said Sarratori. “He’s been very successful in the [restaurant] business for 35 years.”
The Maple Grove location will continue serving many of the same things, said Sarratori, but noted there will be changes including the installation of a pizza oven to serve individual pizzas. The simulators will feature a wide range of sports.
“It’s not just golf,” said Sarratori. “There’s 12 to 13 different sports on there, like football, baseball, Buckhunter.”
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