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. They, along with business partners Jacob Ferris and Maria Olivares, purchased the business and building from Carl Ehlenz, who also owns Betty's Pies in Two Harbors.

“Our biggest worry was that if someone else bought it, we’d lose New London Cafe from the community, so we decided to take it on and keep it open as New London Cafe,” John Jenkins said.

The ownership transfer officially went through at the beginning of October. Some of the first changes have been cosmetic, including new tables made of repurposed wine barrel wood, new benches, a fresh coat of paint and a rebranded logo. Jenkins said the cafe has an explorer theme and a "Duluth rugged vibe."

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

Backpacker Wild Rice Burger from New London Cafe. The Duluth cafe is under new ownership.
Brianna Taggart / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune
Backpacker Wild Rice Burger from New London Cafe. The Duluth cafe is under new ownership. Brianna Taggart / 2019 file / Duluth News Tribune

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“It’s been an old staple for Lakeside, but Lakeside’s evolving and we’re definitely trying to evolve with it,” Jenkins said. "I can't reiterate all the help Carl has done for us. He helped so much with making this a smooth transaction and transition."

New London Cafe is open from 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, the Duluth property management company announced last week. The Lutsen Sea Villas are a collection of more than 50 townhomes that were previously part of the Lutsen Resort.

Guests can book the Lutsen Sea Villas through Odyssey Resorts beginning Nov. 15. The all-season townhomes each have a deck and wood-burning fireplace, plus access to an indoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and playground. Construction started on the Lutsen Sea Villas in 1969 with additional units built in 1972 and 1973. Jake Brown, former maintenance director at Lutsen Resort, has been named the general manager of the 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 temporarily closes
Tacos Tacos Tacos, in the old Coney Island location at 107 E. Superior St., Duluth, was serving a limited menu March 23, 2021. The taqueria has temporarily closed while it relocates.
Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune
Tacos Tacos Tacos, in the old Coney Island location at 107 E. Superior St., Duluth, was serving a limited menu March 23, 2021. The taqueria has temporarily closed while it relocates. Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune

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

In a Facebook post, the restaurant stated it will be closed as the owners focus on "projects like an exciting partnership and new locations that we will announce very soon." They will be moving from the location at 107 E. Superior St., but stated that 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 lbutterbrodt@duluthnews.com.