Corktown Deli & Brews to open in Lincoln Park this spring

As soon as the Minnesota Health Department gives the green light, construction will begin on Lincoln Park’s newest eatery: Corktown Deli and Brew.

The industrious folks behind Duluth Grill & OMC are excited to bring fast-casual dining to Lincoln Park. Located at 1906 West Superior Street — just east of Frost River and the future Love Creamery — the deli will provide handcrafted sandwiches, spreads, soups and a variety of salads — from leaf to grain to pasta — all ready in minutes.

Plans have the kitchen wide open, so diners will be able to see chefs cooking all throughout the eatery. Food will be served via counter service with servers only tending bar in the taproom. There wine will be sold along with local craft beers from Lake Superior Brewery, Blacklist, Bent Paddle, Hoops, Earth Rider and Castle Danger.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into the menu,” said Jeff Petcoff, a long-time manager at Duluth Grill. “We ate our way through New York, taking notes to inspire our own versions of a New York Pastrami, a Pastrami Reuben and many other sandwiches and spreads.”

The deli concept was inspired by current food trends.

“People are looking for fast places to eat with quality ingredients, but want the lower costs associated with counter service. We think this will provide that in a comfortable spot in a neat part of Duluth,” says Tom Hanson, Duluth Grill owner.

What’s in a Name?

This pocket neighborhood in Duluth was once known as Corktown — a nod to visiting sailors who came to stay at the Seafarer’s Hotel and grab some local food & drink back in the day. Seamen were often called “corkies” because life vests before 1900 were made from cork.

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