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Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop to open at Fortune Bay

Deb Pinski, manager of the new Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop at Fortune Bay Casino Resort near Tower, stands behind the counter of the nearly complete restaurant last week. The cafe opens Friday and its hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. (Photo courtesy of Fortune Bay)

It's a Canadian culinary institution. And now it's coming to the Northland.

A Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop is set to open Friday at Fortune Bay Resort Casino near Tower. It will be the first Minnesota location for the donut- and coffee-shop chain, which is ubiquitous in Canada with more than 3,400 locations, and has more than 800 outlets in the U.S.

"We are excited to partner with them and bring their quality products to Fortune Bay guests," said Kevin Leecy, chairman of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, which operates the resort.

Besides its coffee and "regular" donuts, the chain is perhaps best known for its bite-sized donut holes called "Timbits," offered in a variety of flavors.

The Fortune Bay Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop, located just past the resort's new Tamarack Buffet, will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to

8 p.m. Deb Pinski will be the cafe's manager.

There will be seating for 20, and diners will be able to watch the baking process for the cafe's donuts, bagels, croissants, muffins and other baked goods. In addition to coffee, the cafe will offer espresso-based beverages and specialty teas.

Tim Hortons takes its name from its founder, the late Tim Horton, a hockey player who spent more than 20 seasons in the NHL. Horton opened his first restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1964; he died in a car crash in 1974.