Dining Destination: Blackboard
[Chef Sara Watson & Terri Trickle]
Story by Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography
When childhood friends, Sara Watson and Terri Trickle noticed The Pickle Factory near Dent, Minn., was up for sale, they couldn't resist the challenge. Despite the odds of opening a restaurant during a pandemic, the two were determined to redesign the historic schoolhouse into a dining destination. Keeping it casual for the area's lake patrons, they worked together to create a bar and menu that would pay homage to the building's past, explore fresh fusions, and delight their guests with nostalgic offerings. If you're ready to get a higher education in culinary studies, raise your hand and find your seat at Blackboard.
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