The Memo: new owners take over the New London Cafe

When John Jenkins and his wife, Giselle, saw that Duluth’s New London Cafe was for sale, they wanted to make sure the local business stayed local. Together with their business partners Jacob Ferris and Maria Olivares, they bought the business and building from Carl Ehlenz, who also owns Betty’s Pies at Two Harbors.

“Our biggest concern was that if someone else bought it we would lose New London Cafe from the community, so we decided to accept it and keep it open as New London Cafe,” said John Jenkins.

The transfer of ownership officially took place in early October. Some of the early changes were cosmetic, including new repurposed wine barrel wood tables, new benches, a new coat of paint, and a renowned logo. Jenkins said the cafe had an explorer theme and a “rugged Duluth vibe.”

The coffee has teamed up with Underwood Coffee, which is roasted next door. They’ll be serving Underwood coffee and soon adding fresh new menu items like yogurt parfaits and fruit. Jenkins said they use locally sourced products as often as possible.

Backpacker Wild Rice Burger at the New London Cafe. Duluth Café is under a new owner. Brianna Taggart / Dossier 2019 / Duluth News Tribune

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“He’s an old Lakeside classic, but Lakeside is evolving and we’re definitely trying to evolve with it,” Jenkins said. “I can’t reiterate all the help Carl gave us. He was very helpful in making this transaction and transition a smooth one.”

The New London Cafe is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 4721 E. Superior St.

Odyssey Resorts acquires Lutsen Sea Villas

The Lutsen Sea Villas on Lake Superior are now managed by Odyssey Resorts, property management company Duluth announced last week. The Lutsen Sea Villas are a collection of over 50 townhouses that were previously part of the Lutsen Resort.

Guests can book Lutsen Sea Villas through Odyssey Resorts from November 15th. The all-season townhouses each have a patio and wood-burning fireplace, as well as access to an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub and playground. Construction of Lutsen Sea Villas began in 1969 with additional units built in 1972 and 1973. Jake Brown, former maintenance manager of Lutsen Resort, has been appointed general manager of Lutsen Sea Villas.

Odyssey Resorts now operates seven resorts along the North Shore, including the Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen; Grand Superior Lodge, Larsmont Cottages and Breezy Point Cabins on Lake Superior, all in Two Harbors; and Beacon Pointe Resort in Duluth.

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Tacos Tacos Tacos is closing temporarily
Tacos Tacos Tacos, in the former Coney Island location at 107 E. Superior St., Duluth, served a limited menu on March 23, 2021. The taqueria has temporarily closed its doors during its move.  Steve Kuchera / Dossier / Duluth News Tribune

Tacos Tacos Tacos, in the former Coney Island location at 107 E. Superior St., Duluth, served a limited menu on March 23, 2021. The taqueria has temporarily closed its doors during its move. Steve Kuchera / Dossier / Duluth News Tribune

Tacos Tacos Tacos in downtown Duluth announced last week that the restaurant will be closing temporarily as they seek a new location for Mexican street taqueria.

In a Facebook post, the restaurant said it will be closed as the owners focus on “projects like an exciting partnership and new locations that we will be announcing very soon.” They will be leaving the location at 107 E. Superior St., but have said they will stay in the area. The restaurant opened in March.

Laura Butterbrodt covers health and business for the Duluth News Tribune. Contact her at 218-723-5320 or [email protected]

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