Rochester City Council to Hear Benny’s R-Tic Appeal
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester City Council has agreed to hear an appeal of a recent decision made by the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission.The hearing before the Council on November 6th will be the first appeal under the city’s new Heritage Preservation Ordinance. It involves the commission’s 8-1 decision to remove the old Benny’s R-Tic Root Beer Stand building from a list of potential landmarks.
The tiny building at the corner of 1st Avenue and 6th Street Southwest is expected to be torn down, along with the nearby VFW Club, to clear the way for the sale of the property to the University of Minnesota-Rochester for a future campus.
The root beer stand was a popular hangout spot for generations of young people in Rochester. It was operated by Benny and Eloise Dresbach from 1947 until 1978 and remained open under different ownership into the 1980s.
With updates at the top and bottom of the hour, listen to Newstalk 1340 KROC-AM for the latest local and national news.