Pete Rifakes quickly learned that sitting in a cubicle at Northwest Airlines was not where he wanted to be, so he took his expertise in finance, and his love for craft beer, and created a chain of bars and restaurants known as Town Hall. There is Town Hall Brewery, Town Hall Tap, Town Hall Lanes, and his latest creation, Town Hall Station. It’s a Town Hall housed inside the old Walley’s Service Station on Valley View Road, and it’s a restaurant and bar just for Edina. Rifakes has poured his life into Town Hall, and it wasn’t always easy. In fact, there were times he wondered if the business would survive. But it has not only survived, it has blossomed into one of the Twin Cities most respected homes for award winning craft beer. Pete takes you on his 20 year journey that leads to Town Hall Station in Edina, a community he was grown to love. It’s all in episode 32 of the Edina-SW Minneapolis Advice Givers (r) Podcast.
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