Olde Brick House Irish Pub and Restaurant brings authentic experience to downtown Rochester’s Heart of the City

Even with a great location in downtown Rochester, opening a restaurant during a pandemic comes with plenty of challenges. For the staff at Olde Brick House, 19 1st Ave SW, those challenges happened to include advanced furniture assembly and metric conversions.

Inside the newly opened restaurant, “Everything that a customer sees was built over in Dublin, Ireland,” says Paula Rathman, director of operations and general manager of Olde Brick House.

Winona State University Expands Presence in Downtown Rochester: Five Questions with Jeanine Gangeness, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Winona State University Graduate Studies recently announced it would be expanding its presence in downtown Rochester, signing a lease for additional office space in the campus building on South Broadway Avenue. Jeanine Gangeness, PhD, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs – Rochester and Dean for the School of Graduate Studies at Winona State University explains more about the university’s commitment to downtown Rochester.

DMC: How is Winona State University Graduate Studies utilizing its new space on the 2nd floor of the 400 S. Broadway Building?

Gangeness: The Winona State University Department of Graduate Nursing have moved their faculty offices into our expanded space on the second floor of the WSU-Rochester on Broadway campus space. 

E1 Network Connects and Supports Southeast Minnesota Entrepreneurs

Functioning like a two-way highway of support between Rochester and its surrounding communities, the Entrepreneurs First (E1) Network aims to leverage resources of member organizations to elevate and promote entrepreneurs at every level of their journey – a daunting, but necessary, task in a year rife with unpredictability.

The network launched this spring, with support from the statewide initiative, LaunchMN, just as COVID-19 was revealing how tightly technology and resiliency are now tied. Members include a conglomerate of startups, universities, and nonprofits across 11 counties.

The Conversations Continue: Celebrating Three Years of DMC’s Sustainability Series

Destination Medical Center celebrates a major milestone this month: three years of presentations and community conversations through its monthly Sustainability Series.

Kevin Bright, energy and sustainability director for DMC Economic Development Agency and City of Rochester, started the Sustainability Series in 2017 as a way to provide a platform for public discussion surrounding sustainability topics and to help bridge the gap between sustainability experts and community members who want to learn more.

Destination Medical Center’s 2020 Annual Program

DMC Economic Development Agency (EDA) Executive Director Lisa Clarke and Senior Director of Economic Development and Placemaking Patrick Seeb share highlights over the past five years, provide updates on current projects and discuss the impact of COVID-19 and planning for the future.

Additionally, DMC Corporation Board Chair R.T. Rybak, DMC EDA Board President Jeff Bolton, City of Rochester Mayor Kim Norton and University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor Dr. Lori Carrell share remarks. Developers leading current projects in downtown Rochester also offer updates.

Rochester band My Grandma’s Cardigan provides musical entertainment.

Special thanks to Media Core and Carpet Booth Studios for video and audio production.

VIDEO: Destination Medical Center Webinar: The Post-Pandemic City

In this webinar, recorded Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Minnesota Design Center Director Tom Fisher and Destination Medical Center’s Patrick Seeb discuss how cities could emerge from the disruption of COVID-19 with a stronger regional economy and a more equitable and sustainable built environment. The pandemic has accelerated changes in retail, work and mobility, and if we start now to think about what those changes might mean for Rochester, MN and begin steering them, the “new normal” could be a better outcome. Tom served for 19 years as a Dean at the University of Minnesota and became the Director of the Minnesota Design Center in 2015. His research has focused on sustainable architecture, design ethics, and community-based service design. He is a member of the DMC EDA Board of Directors. Patrick Seeb is the Director of Economic Development and Placemaking for the DMC EDA.

View all recent Destination Medical Center webinars related to the five-year update to the DMC 20-Year Development Plan here.

Local artists bring inspiration to Discovery Walk


Ayub HajiOmar, Zoe Cinel, and Sophia Chai

With a shared current hometown and life experiences spanning the globe, Sophia Chai, Zoe Cinel, and Ayub HajiOmar – the trio of artists creating installations for Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Walk – are poised to enrich Rochester pedestrian life in surprising ways.

Chai, Cinel and HajiOmar were selected after a call for Olmsted County artists to be a part of the Discovery Walk design team. The artists will help integrate art at a civic scale into the design of the planned linear parkway along 2nd Avenue SW that will connect Soldiers Field to Annenberg Plaza in downtown Rochester.