Food & Drink International - Fall 2017 - 44
>> Green Mill and Crooked Pint Ale House are focused on keeping their menus fresh and unique, while also offering local
favorites. Crooked Pint Ale House offers 32 craft beers on tap.
cations. Finally, in 2010, Dzubnar purchased the Green Mill Franchise Company from its founder.
In 2011, he created another concept,
Crooked Pint Ale House, an upscale pub
in Minneapolis, to expand the brand's
portfolio. Today, the parent company, Hightop Hospitality, operates and
franchises two brands, Crooked Pint
and Green Mill. Together, they have 33
restaurants in Minnesota, Wisconsin,
North Dakota and Kansas, along with
three catering companies and a frozen
Crooked Pint is an upscale pub with
the feel of a neighborhood restaurant.
It features 32 craft beers on tap, many
of them locally brewed. The restau-
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rants are known for their "Juicy Lucys,"
where ingredients are stuffed inside
the burger patty. Crooked Pint stuffs its
burgers with beer cheese, peanut butter and jalapenos, just to name a few.
Juicy Lucys are a regional favorite in
Minnesota and recently Crooked Pint
was voted the best in the state through a
2017 USA Today Reader's Choice poll.
"We were competing against brands
that have been known for Juicy Lucys
for years," Dzubnar noted. "We were
very excited and pleased to come out
As anyone who has lived in the Midwest will attest, people love to eat outside when the weather allows. In an
effort to take advantage of nice weather, Crooked Pint Ale Houses feature
patios, including a few where the roof
Green Mill's roots date back to 1935,
and it is still the oldest licensed pub in
St. Paul. In 1975, the owners went to
Chicago and fell in love with deep dish
pizza and added their version to the
menu. "We do a lot of our own scratch
cooking," Dzubnar notes. "We still
make our own pizza and pasta sauces
along with made-from-scratch dough
and bread daily. That's what makes us
different, along with a focus on quality
in our ingredients, food presentation,
service and overall ambiance."
For both brands, Dzubnar and his
team put a great deal of time and effort
into keeping the menus fresh, updated
and unique, while also ensuring local
favorites are the foundation of the diverse menus.
With a formula that clearly resonates
in Minnesota, Hightop Hospitality plans
to expand its footprint throughout the
upper Midwest. A Crooked Pint Ale
House is slated to open this fall, paired
with a full-service Holiday Inn hotel in
Sioux Falls, S.D. Another Crooked Pint