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Crooked Pint opens at Kenwood Village

Crooked Pint Ale House has opened in the corner of the mixed-use Kenwood Village at Kenwood Avenue and Arrowhead Road. Bob King /

The 32 taps are flowing at Crooked Pint Ale House as the new neighborhood restaurant and bar opened at Kenwood Village in Duluth this week.

"We worked a long time to get to this point, so I'm really excited about it," said owner Russell Smith.

The Twin Cities-based franchise anchors a corner of the new mixed-use development at Arrowhead Road and Kenwood Avenue, where businesses started opening and residents started moving in earlier this year.

"I thought for a long time this was an underserved area of Duluth, so when I got the opportunity to open at this location I was excited about it," said Smith, who also owns the Green Mill in Canal Park. "We have a really good menu — Juicy Lucys are our specialty, with pot pies, flatbreads, salads. We have 32 beers on tap with a focus on local craft beers."

Crooked Pint takes on an English pub feel, but has wide windows to let in natural light and street views.The place is family friendly and opens at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends, closing at midnight Sunday through Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

The pub opened Tuesday and is in a soft-opening period to work out any early kinks.

There is just one 2,500-square-foot commercial space remaining at Kenwood Village and several apartments still available for rent, said developer Rick McKelvey of United Properties.

"We think it offers a lot, from the wide variety on the menu, the pub atmosphere, it will be fun for the neighbors, for the residents," he said. "We think it brings an addition to the coffee and bagels at the other end, and you add that evening time activity to the corner."

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

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