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SoMinn Food and Dining: Torey’s in Owatonna, It’s All the Buzz

July 22, 2019

Located in the heart of downtown Owatonna, Torey’s Restaurant & Bar remains one of the city’s favorite spots for great meals, affordable drinks, all in a cozy atmosphere. The highly-successful establishment is piloted by owners Bob and Bonnie Cole, Jason Maher, and managing/working partner, Torey Statlander (also head chef). Greg Matz is the day sous chef and Terry Hornstein handles the night sous chef duties. The good folks at Torey’s pride themselves in presenting comprehensive lunch and dinner menus. “Our lunch menu has tons of tasty salads, sandwiches, burgers and our famous tortilla roll-ups. For dinner, we suggest any of our beef, poultry, or seafood entrees. Our “Create Your Own Pasta” and other pasta dishes are also very popular,” explained Statlander. Torey’s Restaurant and Bar, after 17 years on West Bridge, opened its Cedar Avenue location in November 2018. Torey says that the new digs have a comparable floor space to the prior locale, with one big exception. “The big difference is the 350-seat banquet hall in our upstairs area. This place is awesome…we have our own space, we have room to accommodate big groups, and we can offer catering and service wedding receptions without leaving the building.”

Torey’s serves lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday; with a lunch buffet Monday thru Friday. On special occasions, brunch is offered (Easter, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve). Features on the lunch menu are: Monte Cristo, tortilla roll ups, Rueben/Rachel, fresh patted burgers, and an array of salads. The dinner menu boasts fresh-cut steaks: 16 oz. ribeye; 10 oz. filet mignon; and tenderloin medallions. Seafood choices include Atlantic salmon; walleye; and shrimp. Baby back BBQ pork ribs and 14 oz. bone-in tomahawk pork chop, round out the pork section. They offer fettuccini alfredo and pasta marinara, with a number of meat choices to go with them. Additionally, Torey’s highlights a number of nightly specials: a variety of fish plates, steaks, pork options, and pasta selections. “If I were to pick our signature items, I would say the list tops out with the 16 oz. ribeye, the salmon filet, and the BBQ pork ribs,” Chef Torey said. Roasted duck frequents the “specials” menu at Torey’s and it is a local favorite. The dish is flanked with a house-favorite fresh asparagus and roasted vegetables. It is also adorned with a serving of hollandaise sauce. Charcuterie is one of Torey’s favorite appetizers. Delivered on a charcuterie board, it features a variety of specialty cheeses and meats, as well as nuts and pickled vegetables. There is certainly something for everyone at the table.

Torey’s Restaurant & Bar offers a full-service bar, a unique wine list, a specialty martini menu, and a complete catering service in-house and on location. Torey’s is the perfect party place for weddings, graduations, family reunions, grooms’ dinners, office parties, birthdays, and more. Linens, dishes, flatware, and a wait staff are also available. Torey’s also offers custom menus and a large selection of delectable desserts from which to choose. The main entrance at Torey’s showcases a frosted glass “welcome” sign (repurposed from the old location) as well as the repurposed decorative tin sheets that were original to the upstairs portion of the building; all which were kept to decorate parts of the restaurant. The Banquet Room (upstairs) hosts larger-scale events, and the layout can be adjusted to the customer’s needs and wishes. Call 507-455-9260 for more information. (208 N. Cedar; Owatonna); Open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Mon. – Thur.; 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Fri. & Sat.; 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Sun.; Closed – (


By Pat Garry, Contributing Writer

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