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

The Eau Claire, Wisconsin-based company currently has around 20 Erbert & Gerbert locations in Minnesota, and about half are in the Twin Cities metro. The newest shop to open is located at 1909 S. Robert Street.

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

"The new location is one of the first to be designed to the brand's new look and layout," the company says. "A clean, modern, and bright end-cap location with a convenient drive-thru is how Erbert & Gerbert’s stores will continue to be built moving forward."

Not only does Erbert & Gerbert’s serve cold and hot sandwich options, hearty soups, and kid’s meals, along with sides, drinks, & 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 those children “grew up to become [the] founder. In tribute to his father, his family, and those stories, he named his sandwich shop Erbert & Gerbert’s, and then created all of the sandwiches on the menu to honor the characters in the stories.” I mean that is so sweet! And ever since 1988, Erbert & Gerbert’s has grown from Eau Claire Wisconsin to all over the Midwest.

The newest Erbert & Gerbert’s location features 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.”

While we don’t know the planned locations for the other 7 stores, it’s still very exciting! The nearest Erbert & Gerbert’s locations from Owatonna include the stores in Albert Lea, Rochester, Mankato, St. Peter, and North Mankato.

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

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation. Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive bar.

If you think a dive bar is all about sketchy clientele and the smell of the Devil’s lettuce and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive bar has a bad reputation.

Let’s determine 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 televisions tuned to a sporting event.
  • You might even find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.
  • The bartender knows everyone and all of the town’s gossip and they know what you drink.
  • Dive bars are known for their inexpensive heavy pours and happy hours.
  • Many dive bars don’t even serve food, except for the perpetual pickled eggs and maybe a pepperoni Tombstone.
  • Dive bars aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panel on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.
  • And, finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dive bars are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its 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 favorites. 

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