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Main Street Ale House in Nisswa is product of careful thought

Careful planning is often the predictor of success for a business, and if that's true, Main Street Ale House in Nisswa has a bright future. Owner Chris Foy prides himself on all of the work that went into planning the restaurant that was built at...

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Chris Foy prepares for the opening of Main Street Ale House in Nisswa, a business with very unique style. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Careful planning is often the predictor of success for a business, and if that's true, Main Street Ale House in Nisswa has a bright future.

Owner Chris Foy prides himself on all of the work that went into planning the restaurant that was built at the corner of Nisswa's Main Street and Nisswa Avenue, next to the post office. Planning for the menu that includes a dry, aged ribeye from a popular Chicago supplier, chosen specially by Chef Paul Fitzpatrick. Planning for the selection of 30 tap beers. Planning for the selection of wines based on successful restaurants in the city. Planning for everything down to the decor.

"We've been planning everything from what stools to use, what to hang on the walls and what wattage light bulbs to use," Foy said.

The end result is a restaurant with the charm of a familiar eatery. One look at the aged wood of the host podium or the rough cut barn beams in the ceiling screams history even though construction started in the summer of 2017 and finished just before the restaurant's recent opening. The result is a feast for the eyes.

"We feel once you step in you will appreciate all the aesthetics," Foy said. "It's all brand new, but we used a lot of repurposed woods and so forth inside. It doesn't feel like it's brand new. It's got that kind of interesting look. On top of the aesthetic features, we put a lot of thought into the menu and tap list."

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If planning isn't enough to guarantee success, then perhaps experience is. Foy has owned Ernie's on Gull for more than six years, and Fitzpatrick is not new to being a chef either.

"Our chef is really good. He's well known in the area," Foy said.

The Ale House is a result of a local boy grown up.

"I've grown up in the area my whole life and went to Nisswa Elementary School and felt there was an opportunity for a full-service restaurant on Main Street," Foy said. "The opportunity just presented itself and we just kind of jumped on it."

The new restaurant is bound to catch eyes outside because of its size alone. There is seating for just around 100 inside and 40 on the outdoor patio. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with selections ranging from classic grill foods, healthy choices, a kid's meal and higher end items. Foy seems to have thought of everything.

"I think there will be something for everyone here," Foy said.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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