Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post that has made downtown Rochester its home for nearly 100 years is just weeks away from moving out.

A news release from VFW Post 1215 indicates the long-planned move to its new location in northwest Rochester will take place in May. The VFW hopes to be ready to stage a “soft opening” at the former Golden Corral Restaurant site in mid-May and hold a grand opening celebration on June 14th to coincide with Flag Day and the birthday of the United States Army.

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VFW Post 1215 earlier sold its downtown Rochester site to the University of Minnesota for use as a future campus for UMR. The almost $2.7 million purchase price allowed the veterans organization to purchase the Golden Corral location and spend about a million dollars renovating and remodeling the building into a bar and event hall. It will be the new home and meeting place for the VFW Post’s over 400 members, along with the 60 member VFW Auxiliary and a number of other smaller veterans-related organizations.

The current building, which has been used VFW Post 1215 for over 50 years, will be demolished in the near future and converted into green space until the U of M is ready to proceed with the construction of the new campus. The VFW property also includes the old Benny’s R-Tic Root Beer Stand building, and the plans currently also call for its demolition.

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