The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 16, 2013

Krohn: Bar gets new look, downtown cafe-bakery opens



For now, Chopps will have very limited food — frozen pizza and popcorn — but they plan to add more food offerings. While bars that received liquor licenses in the past decade need to have at least 60 percent of their sales from food, older liquor-license holders aren’t under those requirements.


Flour Power Bakers’ Cafe


The downtown Mankato Place mall again has a cafe — this one with homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and made-from-scratch baked goods.

Flour Power Bakers’ Cafe opened in the former Java Lava space, which closed in November.

Owner Kirsten Markiewicz is a veteran baker, having worked for years at the Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis and Swedish Bakery in Chicago. The St. Peter native also has worked at the St. Peter Food Co-op and has sold her baked goods at the Mankato Farmers’ Market in recent years. And both of her siblings have culinary degrees.

“This was something I always wanted to do and I took the plunge.”

She offers made-from-scratch soups, sandwiches, salads, vegan and vegetarian dishes and bread, scones and other baked goods.

“We’re truly making bread from scratch. All of our sandwiches have bread from scratch.”

The cafe also does boxed lunches for business meetings and makes wedding and birthday cakes to order.

The cafe is open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.

Phone 345-3721.


Tim Krohn is a Free Press staff writer and can be reached at or 344-6383.


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