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Duluth Culver’s opens May 24
Get ready for another new restaurant opening in Duluth.
The new Culver’s restaurant will open Monday, May 24, near Miller Hill Mall. It’s the latest in a series of new restaurants to open in recent months in the mall area, including Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse and Five Guys Burgers and Fries.
“We’re really excited for our location,” said owner Kyle Mehum who also owns the Culver’s in Superior and Two Harbors. “We’ve been waiting to get into Duluth, we've looking for the right site.”
They found it off Central Entrance, on Mall Drive, between the Miller Hill Mall and Home Depot, a site expected to draw shoppers, area workers and travelers.
Culver’s, a restaurant chain considered somewhere between fast food and casual dining, will have a drive-through. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Construction began in October on the $1.3 million, 4,700-square-foot restaurant. About 90 percent of it is complete inside. Outside, curbs, sidewalks and patio and landscaping still need to be installed and the parking lot blacktopped.
It’ll be the same high grade fast food and prices as the other Culver’s restaurants, but it’ll look nicer and more contemporary.
“Culver’s gives you choices,” Mehum explained. “We could have done the same white building.”
Instead, he went with with Culver’s new “metro prototype” design which has nicer finishes, inside and out. Outside, it has stucco stone and cement board siding. Inside, it has light and dark maple colors, classier tables and chairs with dark blue vinyl, dark gray slate tiles, a more spacious dining room and a more pleasant atmosphere.
“It probably fits in better up there,” Mehum said of the mall area. “Up there, there’s a nicer look with a lot more new buildings going up. I chose to make it more subtle and upscale. I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they walk in up there.”
With the opening approaches, he said Wednesday, “We’re ready to hire.”
That begins in earnest Saturday with a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the restaurant. About 80 positions will be filled, including management, cashiers, kitchen and maintenance positions, both full time and part time. Many jobs will start at minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, but experience also is a factor, he said.
He’s expecting a big turnout Saturday, perhaps up to 200 applicants, including many students looking for summer jobs. People can also apply online at www.culvers.com. Training will start the week of May 17.