WHEN I LAST PHOTOGRAPHED the marquee of the historic PIX Theater in downtown Sleepy Eye, I found the signage in need of repair. But I knew the future appeared bright for this once popular entertainment hub. Plans were underway by two local physicians to open a brewery and coffee shop in the old theater.
Today that business, Sleepy Eye Brewing & Coffee Company, is nearer to opening. The evidence shows in the restored marquee. Peering through windows, I observed laborers working inside to create a space that will showcase the bones of this building.
I look forward to stopping at the brewery in this small town just a short drive west of New Ulm along U.S. Highway 14. I expect this to become a popular stop, destination or local hang-out for those who appreciate craft beer. And for those who don’t, they can patronize the coffee shop—complete with soup, sandwiches, pastries and coffee during daytime hours.
Anytime a business opens in a rural community is reason to celebrate, but especially now with Del Monte’s announced closure of its Sleepy Eye food processing plant. The closure will affect 69 full-time employees and some 350 seasonal workers. This is a tremendous economic loss for this farming community. When I was in Sleepy Eye last week, Del Monte had not yet announced this devastating decision.
As I photographed the theater marquee, I delighted in its restored beauty and what this means to the good folks of Sleepy Eye. This historic building holds so many memories…with new ones yet to come.
Click here to view a story on KEYC-TV in Mankato about the brewery and coffee shop.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Beautiful captures 🙂 I love when innovation and creation restore something old into something new again. Plus it will attract craft beer enthusiasts, bean lovers and those that need a nosh. Like a triple threat in one place. Congrats and Cheers! Happy Day – Enjoy
I feel the same about repurposing, rather than destroying, historic places.
Cool addition to a small community.
Yes, I’m excited to get inside.
From the TV report it looks like it will be very nice. Did you ever go there when they were still running movies?
No, I don’t recall ever seeing a movie there.
What an interesting place to open a brewery and a great way to preserve local history
I agree on both.
Well this sounds like a fun stop….coffee for me! I bet that marquee looks beautiful lit up. Park Rapids had a fire in their theater Marquee a few years ago, it’s now been restored and looks so nice.
Oh, so good to hear that Park Rapids restored the marquee.