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Popular Wisconsin-based sandwich shop opens 7+ stores in Minnesota

Famous sandwich chain Erbert & Gerbert’s plans to open eight more Minnesota locations as part of an expansion, with the first opening this week in West St. Paul!

The Eau Claire, Wis.-based company currently has about 20 Erbert & Gerbert locations in Minnesota, and about half are in the Twin Cities metro. The new store to be opened is located at 1909 S. Robert Street.

Bring Me The News shares more information about the expansion plan:

“The new location is one of the first to be designed according to the brand’s new look and layout,” the company said. “A clean, modern and bright end location with convenient drive-thru is how Erbert & Gerbert stores will continue to be built in the future.”

Not only does Erbert & Gerbert serve hot and cold sandwiches, hearty soups, and kids’ meals, as well as sides, drinks, and desserts, but the story behind the chain is quite heartwarming.

Erbert & Gerbert’s is a series of bedtime stories told by a father to his children. One of these children “grew up to be [the] founder. As a tribute to his father, his family, and those stories, he named his sandwich shop Erbert & Gerbert’s, then created every sandwich on the menu to honor the characters in the stories. I mean it’s so sweet! And since 1988, Erbert & Gerbert’s has expanded from Eau Claire Wisconsin to all of the Midwest.

Erbert & Gerbert’s newest location offers convenient ordering options for customers, including “dine-in, pickup, drive-thru, and delivery.” Easy online and app ordering is available for lunch and dinner, as well as catering options for meetings or occasions of any size.

Although we don’t know the planned locations for the other 7 stores, it’s still very exciting! Erbert & Gerbert locations closest to Owatonna include stores at Albert Lea, Rochester, Mankato, St. Peter and North Mankato.

All information is credited to bringmethenews.com and erbertandgerberts.com.

Worthwhile dives in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small town has a water point. This is where the locals go to chill out a few beers and strike up a conversation. Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the city itself. There may be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the cabin seats, but the vibe is still reminiscent of a good old dive bar.

If you think a dive bar is all about sketchy clientele and the smell of devil’s lettuce and stale grain belt, you’re wrong. Not each the dive bar has a bad reputation.

Let’s figure out what makes a bar a dive bar.

  • A dive bar has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.
  • There are usually only a few TVs tuned to a sporting event.
  • You might even find a pool table, a dart board and a few video lottery machines.
  • The bartender knows everyone and all the gossip in town and they know what you’re drinking.
  • Dive bars are known for their inexpensive heavy pours and happy hours.
  • Many dive bars don’t even serve food except for perpetual pickled eggs and maybe a pepperoni Tombstone.
  • Dive bars are not luxurious. You might see 70s-style wood paneling on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.
  • And, finally, the bathrooms. Bathrooms in dive bars are in a class of their own and could be a topic on their own.

There are several small town dive bars in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn and even really good food! We use the term “dive bar” in the most affectionate way. Here are some of our favorite picks.