The restaurant formerly known as Monte’s has a new name from an old source.
Rebound Hospitality has announced the new names of the two dining establishments that will open at 31 Third St. NE in Faribault where Monte’s once was. The supper club is Alexander’s. The restaurant and bar in the basement will be called Pub 31.
A tentative opening date for both is planned in mid-May.
While Rebound management has determined the overall concept for the main level dining and bar area, the exact concept for Pub 31 is still being finalized.
Joe Amy, president of Rebound Faribault and also the co-owner of The Fireside Lounge and Supper Club in Dennison, also announced that Mike Parry will be the general manager overseeing day-to-day operations.
“Mike comes to us with years of experience in building teams and serving communities. He has an extensive background in marketing, motivation and customer service along with years of hospitality experience,” Amy said. “We are excited that Mike has joined our team.”
Parry is a former state senator for the former District 26B and has owned and managed radio stations in Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan. He owns and manages a marketing and motivation company, Sterling-Krystal LLC, and his family owns the Godfather’s Pizza franchise in Waseca. He has also spent time in the magazine and newsprint industry and is a former police officer, according to Parry’s LinkedIn page.
“Alexander’s is a modern day supper club. It’ll be a comfortable place,” Parry said. “Service will be key. Waiters and waitresses will be knowledgeable on food and wine pairings.”
Alexander’s is named for Alexander Faribault, the fur trader and entrepreneur who founded the city in 1852. Pub 31 is named for the address — 31 Third St. NE.
Parry said Alexander’s kept coming to the top of the list during numerous focus group meetings and hours of brainstorming and branding sessions.
“We’re going to do some historical things inside the supper club that I think people will enjoy,” he said.
Hiring for both establishments will begin in early March, with 18-20 full- and part-time positions available, including executive chef, cook and servers, Parry said.
“On Friday and Saturday, we’ll probably have 5-6 in the kitchen and 5-6 waiters and waitresses working,” said Parry.
Inadequate parking was an issue for Monte’s and will be addressed closer to opening, although Parry said Alexander’s will offer valet parking.
Various construction and remodeling projects are underway at the property in the restaurant area, lower pub level, and in the meeting and event space on the second and third floors.
“We haven’t come across any glitches yet,” Parry said. “The executive conference center is being taped and plastered now and will hopefully be painted next week. There’s a possibility that we could finish ahead of schedule, but time will tell as we move forward.
“We’re really excited to be able to open the properties again and to make Alexander’s and Pub 31 a destination location,” Parry said. “People have come to know Faribault as a place with great supper clubs — like the Lavender Inn and the Evergreen Knoll. I think there are a lot of communities within 50 miles that are accustomed to having that in Faribault.”
Amy, who now splits his time between Faribault and Dennison, said response so far has been great.
“We are so thankful for the local support and are looking forward to being part of the Faribault area,” he said. “We are looking forward to making Alexander’s Supper Club and Pub 31 a great hometown dining and entertainment option, as well as becoming a regional destination location, bringing many visitors to Faribault.”
Amy and Brett Reese and Jennifer Sawyer, principals of Rebound Hospitality of Northfield, announced in December that they would partner in the venture to bring the new restaurant and event center to Faribault. Rebound purchased the property the same month. Other Rebound properties in Minnesota include The Archer House Hotel & Suites in Northfield and Lost Lake Lodge near Nisswa.