Monday, July 25, 2011

Carroll's Cup -- Mix, Weigh, Pay!!

The future is now!  Self-serve frozen yogurt is now available in downtown Rochester in a big way.  An offshoot of the long-established and fantastic (yet still somewhat invisible) Carroll’s Corn in the Kahler Subway, Carroll’s Cup welcomes you to “Mix, Weigh and Pay.”

Featuring about ten classic and modern yogurt flavors, an abundance of buffet-style fruit, candy and other salty & sweet toppings, the set-up is simple: walk in, grab a cup & spoon, serve your own favorite yogurts from the dispensers on the wall (mixing in as many and whatever flavors you like), load up your toppings, drop your dish on the scale and hand over your sweet moo-la.

 Say "Hi" to John behind the counter.  Some Wednesdays, he may invite you to guess the price of your Fro-Yo (as it’s determined by per ounce pricing); if your guess is within 5 cents of the actual cost, your treat is free. 

I am partial to New York cheesecake on a bed of classic chocolate yogurt, topped with M&Ms, brownie chips, Reese’s chunks, and hot fudge.   Scott prefers plain vanilla, with cookie dough and Heath stuff.  Chris was a big fan of the Peanut Butter yogurt loaded with Butterfingers, Twix, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Heath bar. There’s a lot of fruit in the toppings buffet and it looks really fresh – we just aren’t very healthy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Professional Development: Starting a Business in Rochester

Our firm has collaborated with FUEL Rochester to host an event billed Professional Development: Starting a Business.  The event will take place at Studio 324 at Fagan Studios this Wednesday at 5:30.  Dan Berndt of Dunlap & Seeger will be presenting the five things every business owner should know about law.    

Here's the necessary information:

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Studio 324 at Fagan Studios
Cost: Free for Fuel or Chamber members; $15 for non-members
Registration required
Deadline to register: July 18
Have you ever thought about opening your own business or did you recently start one? Then don't miss this event that will cover the following:

** 5 things every new business owner (or future business owner) should know�according to a lawyer, an accountant, a banker, and an insurance agent.

** How to start and operate a successful new business in this new business climate

Presenters: Dan Berndt, Business Attorney, Dunlap & Seeger
Mark Hayford, Managing Partner & Commercial Insurance Agent, CO Brown
Greg Layton, Regional President, US Bank
Mike Malugani, JD/CPA, Principal at Smith Schafer

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rochester Area Economic Development Initiative, Inc Quarterly Report

For Rochester, MN business owners, business professionals, lawyers, accountants, etc, this is will serve as a useful post re the Rochester Area Economic Development Initiative, Inc. 

The Rochester Area Economic Development Initiative, Inc ("RAEDI") describes its purpose as follows:  

To attract, retain and assist the growth/expansion of base business within the Rochester Area. RAEDI's value proposition is the ability to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in securing the private and/or public resources needed to execute their business plans.

Financial Packaging
- Direct Investment Funding
- Fixed Asset Financing
- Export Financing
Business Planning 
- Cost Differential Comparisons
- Market Research & Analysis
- Community Data/Profiles
Site/Location Support 
- Provide Objective information on Sites, Facilities and Access to Support Services
- Develop Comparative Site Data
Business/Community Advocacy 
- Identify and Present Business Interests and Concerns to Government
- Support Area Social, Economic and Infrastructure Development


HERE, you can find their quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2010. The report details information including employment and unemployment data, home sales, goods produced, Rochester airport traffic, good and services produced, and building activity.

Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. is an investor in RAEDI. 

P.S.  This is still a Rochester food blog and we'll have some more food blog posts regarding Rochester cuisine coming your way soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Minnesota Bankruptcy Filing Statistics

The Minnesota Bankruptcy Court publishes bankruptcy filing statistics specific to our state.  You can see the dramatic increase in bankruptcy filings over the past five years.

Bankruptcy Basics

Bankruptcies are still booming.  Our federal courts have created a nice website (with videos) that explains the basics of bankruptcy law.  It's a useful website for anyone considering bankruptcy or a creditor who has been affected by a bankruptcy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Bump in Rochester Residential Real Estate Transactions?

The Post-Bulletin ran an article regarding an increase home sales in the Rochester area.  Historically, Rochester's economy has been protected by low unemployment thanks to Mayo and IBM.   Is Rochester's home sale increase an indicator of a continued national recovery?  Or is this rather a product of Rochester's protective bubble?

Furst on Best Fried Fish in Rochester and Southeast Minnesota

Here's a post by Jay Furst of the Rochester newspaper Post-Bulletin sharing his thoughts on the best fried fish in Rochester and southeast Minnesota.

Notably, I think the list is missing the famous Byron, Minnesota Knights of Columbus fish fry offered during Lent.

Benefits of Bankruptcy

Here is an interesting snippet by a California bankruptcy attorney regarding the benefits of bankruptcy law.  Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. has an experienced and thriving bankruptcy practice, representing individuals, businesses, commercial creditors, and banks in all aspects of bankruptcy.  It a major part of my practice.

Monday, April 11, 2011

$10 Pescara Menu @ Top of Rochester's Best Lunch Options

A short list of Rochester, Minnesota's best lunch options absolutely includes Pescara, located in the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Rochester. Though Pescara's regular menu, loaded with fantastic fresh fish options remains available for lunch, one doesn't need to SHOULD NOT look further than the $10 lunch specials offered every day.

Old standby favorites from the $10 menu include the Ahi tuna burger (pictured above) and the steak sandwich.  The tuna burger is topped with fresh ginger and a wasabi aioli that will keep you coming back; the tender, MEGA steak sandwich will feed you for another meal or two, so long as you are able to overpower any temptation to eat the other half back in your office later the same afternoon.  You can't go wrong with the daily fish taco & soup combo either. 

Try any of these recommendations with sweet potato fries on the side...or, for an additional charge, order a side of lobster bisque, mushroom risotto or lobster mac & cheese.  And for you adventurous types, don't forget to request the house Bang Bang sauce on the side.

Added bonus to this affordable & delicious lunch is that the knolwedgeable, appropriately attentive service you'll receive from Pescara's friendly servers easily ranks among the best you'll encounter anywhere in Rochester.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rochester's Best Breakfast Sandwich?

For over two years, we've had the same weekly ritual: Friday Breakfast Sandwich at Salad Bros.

Located in the the Shops at University Square, Salad Bros is a staple and well-known name in Rochester, and fortunately for us, it's only a hop, skip, and jump from Dunlap & Seeger.   Salad Bros' fame has come as a result of their fresh baked buns, home-made soups, and delicious salads. Over the lunch hour, you'll see long (but swift moving) lines of customers waiting for a tasty lunch. The lunch specials are no secret.

A little-known secret is Salad Bros breakfast sandwiches.   Stop by in the mornings (they open at 8:00am) and you won't see any lines.  Instead you get a chance to see the brains by the operation (Jeff and Kathy).   Even better, if you play your cards right, one of the two might even personally make you a breakfast sandwich.

Their breakfast sandwiches have many variations between eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, peanut butter and different kinds of cheeses.  In our opinion, the best choice is the sausage and cheese (Swiss or American).

Ultimately, what makes the breakfast sandwich amazing is Salad Bros' world famous fresh cooked buns.  Indeed, their motto: "You'll love our buns!" holds true.  Between those delicious buns you'll enjoy the following:

- a fresh-cooked before-your-eyes egg overeasy sprinkled with pepper,
- a delicious sausage patty
- and your choice of cheese melted over the sausage patty.

As the pictures show, the sandwiches are placed in a plastic container.  This is key.   You must leave the sandwich in the container for at least four minutes.  This requires discipline and patience, but the rewards are great. The container traps the heat from the sausage and egg, thereby warming the buns to a perfect balance between doughy and firm.

The last step is the flip.  You must flip the container such that the top of the bun is on the bottom.  The top of the bun is generally more firm and rigid.  The flip allows the juices and moisture to seep into the top bun; thus completing your quest for perfect breakfast sandwich harmony.

The only catch to this heavenly creation:  You have to hear Jeff tell bad lawyers jokes before you get to enjoy.     If you're not a lawyer, then it only enhances the experience.

We're there almost every Friday at 8:15am or so.  Come say hi.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Welcome - We Are The Hungry Hungry Lawyers

We are The Hungry Hungry Lawyers.  We live in or around Rochester, Minnesota.  We know certain things really well.  In particular, we know the law, and we know food. Thus, our blog is focused on food and law in and around Rochester, Minnesota.

We work at Dunlap & Seeger P.A.  Our firm has a long history in Rochester.  We don't advertise much.  So you won't see us on billboards or with large spreads in the phone book.  With 23 attorneys, our firm's marketing strategy is pretty simple: get to know your community, and they'll get to know you.

One way to get to know your community is eating with them.  And with appetites like ours, we eat at least a few times a day.  We like to eat with our clients.  Our clients are individuals, businesses, non-profits and governments like you all across southern Minnesota.

As lawyers, our job is to speak the truth [hold the laughter].  We have come here to spread the truth about delectable gems gracing menus in our region and to introduce you to some of the area’s best kept food secrets….

We will also offer juicy nuggets of legal knowledge.

Contact us (Chris and/or John) for food or legal advice.