La Crescent got a new restaurant last week, with the opening of the Swing Bridge Pub.

Meanwhile, the Fat Porcupine noodle bar is expected to open by this fall in downtown La Crosse.

Bill and Tammy Schmitz opened their new Swing Bridge Pub on Tuesday in Suite 200 at 595 Veterans Parkway, in the same new building that also houses the La Crescent Area Event Center.

It’s across the street from the TimeOut Tavern, which the Schmitzes opened in 2014. But the menu is much different.

Bill Schmitz said he thinks some of the most popular items on the Swing Bridge Pub’s dinner menu will include steak sliders, pretzel sticks served with homemade smoked cheddar beer cheese and stone-ground mustard, avocado chicken salad, tequila lime chicken, walleye and steak Oscar. The menu also includes salads and homemade soups,

The lunch menu includes a salad bar, soups and several kinds of sandwiches — such as ham or turkey melt, chicken and fish — and chicken quesadillas.

“It’s a unique menu,” Schmitz said.

The pub is named after the historic Swing Bridge between La Crosse and La Crescent, and also offers beer, wine and cocktails. “We have a focus on Minnesota craft beers,” Schmitz said.

Swing Bridge Pub is open from 11 a.m. until close Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Monday, Schmitz said. He and his wife plan to hold a grand opening later in June. Austin Wieser is the pub’s general manager.

For more information, call 507-895-1110 or visit www.swingbridgepub.com or Facebook.

Next door to the La Crescent Area Event Center and Swing Bridge Pub, the new Best Western PLUS hotel at 509 N. Chestnut St. opened on May 31.

The hotel has 61 guest rooms, including 12 suites, said Sheila Connors, its general manager. It offers a complimentary breakfast, free wireless internet service and an indoor saline pool. “All rooms have microwaves and refrigerators,” Connors said.

The new La Crescent hotel also has a meeting room that can seat up to 30 people.

For more information, call 507-895-1001 or visit www.LaCrescentHotel.com.

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Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or 608-791-8441.


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