New Restaurant Opens in Lincoln Park

Amy Adamle
Created: June 13, 2018 09:05 AM

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is no stranger to good food.  Now the family that started two restaurants in that area is adding another one to the list, Corktown Deli and Brews.  

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With a blend of smoked meats, farm fresh foods, and local brews, the owners of Duluth Grill and OMC Smokehouse decided to take on another adventure.

"It's kind of surrealistic that we've come this far," co-owner Tom Hanson, said about opening a third restaurant.

One of the managing partners, Jeff Petcoff, said it's an idea they've worked on for years. 

"We've thought about making a deli for a long time, before the OMC even opened up we were thinking deli," Petcoff said. 

They had to wait until the time was right. 

"We had a great opportunity to open the deli here with Chris Benson and Frost River here in the Lincoln Park craft district and we couldn't really turn it down," Petcoff said. 

They wanted to combine fresh foods and casual dining, and they've done their homework.

"We traveled to New York and studied up on sandwiches," Petcoff said.  "We learned a lot about what we liked about sandwiches and we learned a lot about what we didn't like, which is almost more important I think."

Even the restaurants name, Corktown, has a significant meaning pulling from the history of the area.

"Sailors would come off the ships wearing cork life vests, they'd be called 'Corkies,' would come to this part of town to eat, drink, relax, have fun and kind of rejuvenate the soul and would go back on the boats to their merry way," Petcoff said. 

The history even inspired the décor and feel of the restaurant too. 

"There's really going to be a vibe down here that we want to help fuel," Hanson said. 

With it's recent growth and revival, the Lincoln Park craft district was a great place for their third restaurant.

"We want to continue to build Lincoln Park too,  I think we've got a good thing going here," Petcoff said. 

"This neighborhood has everything to offer and more," Hanson said.  "It's really coming alive."

Now, with the finishing touches in place, they're ready to open for business.

"I've never met someone that doesn't like a sandwich, so hopefully there's something for everyone," Petcoff said. 


Amy Adamle

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