Over the weekend some friends and I were out getting drinks when we noticed a new restaurant that appeared to be open for business. I also just learned that another new restaurant is opening in just a couple of days. They're both exciting additions to the downtown Rochester, Minnesota restaurant scene.

Do you remember the restaurant replacing Half Barrel? It's called 507 Public House and they did, in fact, secretly open!

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507 Public House

When we walked by this weekend we weren't positive that they were open but people were inside so we stopped in. Turns out they're in the middle of a soft opening.

Carly Ross, Townsquare Media Rochester
Carly Ross, Townsquare Media Rochester
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Let me give you the rundown of the restaurant from what we experienced.

When we were there we got to see the full menu but only the appetizers were available. I'm not sure if that's because we were there later at night or if that's all they have for their soft opening.

UPDATE: 507 Public House confirmed that only appetizers are available later at night. Here's the low down on the menu from them:

We offer our full menu 7 days a week until 9 pm. Apps until 11:30 on Friday / Saturday & 10:30 Sunday-Thurs. Happy Hour 3:30-6:00, Monday - Friday.

 

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Carly Ross, Townsquare Media Rochester
Carly Ross, Townsquare Media Rochester
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The French Croquettes were insanely good.

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Carly Ross, Townsquare Media Rochester
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They also have a good drink list with wines, beers, and some specialty cocktails.

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Carly Ross, Townsquare Media Rochester
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And the inside looks great. I went to the Half Barrel a couple of times and from my memory of the place, it looks like 507 Public House didn't change the layout too dramatically if at all.

Our Paladar

The other exciting restaurant coming soon: Our Paladar. They're opening on Thursday, August 17th in the former Porch location and I'm very excited to try their food.

Try Our Paladar For Half Price!

Our Paladar via Instagram
Our Paladar via Instagram
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Two new restaurants opening downtown back to back. Super exciting!

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