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Fair: Pronto Pups park at Robbinsdale Dining Hall, The Hangar taking over Pet Center

The Minnesota State Fair confirmed Wednesday some changes are coming to two well-known fair venues.
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Robbinsdale Dining Hall announced on its Facebook page that it will not return to the Minnesota State Fair this year.

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The popular Minnesota State Fair Pronto Pups will soon be available in another location.

The Minnesota State Fair confirmed Wednesday a purchase agreement has been approved by the fair board for the Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall at 1315 Underwood St. The building was purchased by the fair and sold to Gregg Karnis, the supplier for State Fair Pronto Pup concessions. The Robbinsdale Order of the Eastern Star Dining Hall announced last week it was closing its doors.

The Fair says the front of the building will be used as a Pronto Pup retail location, and the back of the building will be a production facility to supply other State Fair Pronto Pup vendors.

Pronto Pups debuted at the Minnesota State Fair in 1947, utilizing 70 tons of batter each year.

The Fair also announced Wednesday the Pet Center building will be repurposed into a new food and beverage destination called The Hangar, which will be operated by the owners of the former Texas Steak Out. The Fair says the name is a nod to the building’s early history as the home of the State Fair aircraft show in the early 1900s.

The new space will have offerings of food, Minnesota craft beer and live entertainment. The area west of the former Pet Center, at the northwest corner of Underwood Street and Murphy Avenue where The X-Zone was located, will house the new Pet Pavilions and demonstration area and will feature an open-air venue for pet exhibits and vendors.

The X-Zone will be moved two blocks to the east to the area between Cooper and Cosgrove streets on Murphy Avenue.

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