Duluth Culver’s set to open May 24Get ready for another new restaurant opening in Duluth.
By: Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune
Get ready for another new restaurant opening in Duluth.
The new Culver’s restaurant will open 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 restaurants in Superior and Two Harbors. “We’ve been waiting to get into Duluth … looking for the right site.”
They found it off Central Entrance, on Mall Drive, between the Miller Hill Mall and Home Depot, a site that’s expected to draw shoppers, area workers and travelers.
Culver’s, a restaurant chain that’s 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. Curbs, sidewalks, patio and landscaping still need to be installed outside and the parking lot blacktopped.
The restaurant will have the same higher-grade fast food and same prices as the other Culver’s restaurants, but it will look nicer and more contemporary.
“Culver’s gives you choices,” Mehum explained. “We could have done the same white building.”
Instead, he went 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.”
The restaurant will hire about 80 positions, including management, cashiers, kitchen and maintenance jobs, both full-time and part-time. Many jobs will start at minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, but experienced workers will be paid more, Mehum said.