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New restaurant gets liquor license

The property that was the site of Bug-A-Boo Bay on North Nokomis is being remodeled into Lure of Alexandria. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

A new restaurant and bar — Lure of Alexandria — will soon be opening in the building that used to house Bug-A-Boo Bay at 2800 N. Nokomis Street.

The Alexandria City Council approved on-sale and Sunday liquor licenses for the business at its Monday night meeting.

The liquor license takes effect on Wednesday, May 1, according to the application.

Andrew MacDonald, operating partner of Lure, said the restaurant hopes to open in late May. "The snow is slowing everybody down," he said.

The inside of the restaurant is being completely renovated.

MacDonald told the council that Lure will reflect Minnesota lake life and have the feel of a coastal vacation. He said the food, for example, will include walleye, along with seafood options such as crab cakes and peel-and-eat shrimp.

"It will be a little higher-end than Bug-A-Boo," he said. "It will be done right and set a new standard of excellence."

Unlike Bug-A-Boo Bay, which closed in the winter months, Lure tentatively plans to be open year-round, MacDonald said.

Live music from the patio will be offered on weekends in the summer.

The president and CEO of Lure is Cole Hanson of Detroit Lakes, who is the CEO and owner of the Zorbaz restaurant across the street from Lure. Hanson is the oldest son of the late Tom Hanson, who founded the Zorbaz chain about 50 years ago.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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