Pickleball Pub Owner: ‘We Need to Figure Out a Way To Bring This to Maple Grove’
City leaders in Maple Grove celebrated a future facility to the delight of pickleball players. On Thursday, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place for Pints & Paddle.
The venue, described as a “premier pickleball facility,” will feature ten indoor courts similar to what professional pickleball players compete on. It will also have a self-serve taproom and a rapid-order, pick-up-style restaurant run by the operators of Malone’s Bar and Grill.
The owners, who live in the northwest suburbs, got the idea for Pints & Paddle through their love of pickleball and traveling the country.
“Pickleball is probably one of the fastest growing sports right now. My wife, Tammy, and I love to travel and we were playing pickleball and seeing pickleball across the U.S. and thought ‘we need to figure out a way to bring this to Maple Grove,” said Tim Skaja, one of the owners of Pints & Paddle.
The facility will have a second-level mezzanine that will allow guests to dine and watch pickleball games below. Skaja said the state-of-the-art taproom will have more than 70 different taps and will offer beer, seltzers, cocktails and wine.
Pints & Paddle is being built in The Grove shopping center next to Crunch Fitness.
Besides Skaja, other owners of the venture include A.J. and Lindsey Stevens, Eric and Christy Mesenburg and Nastar Motlagh. Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. is leading the development of the concept.
“As a Minnesota-based company, we’re proud to help bring a new, local entertainment complex to life,” said Patrick Daly, vice president of real estate development for Ryan Cos. “Pints & Paddle will have a positive, lasting impact on the community.”
The 40,000-square-foot complex is expected to open in the fall of 2023.