Western saloon planned for Northern Attitudes site

Joe and Tama Holtz are excited to be Princeton’s newest “Neighbors.”
The Holtzs appeared before the Princeton City Council on Thursday, July 11 to inform councilmembers that they have a purchase agreement in place for the former Northern Attitudes bar and restaurant at 509 5th Ave N, Princeton.
The Holtzs own Neighbors Eatery and Saloon in Albertville and plan to open a Princeton version of that business at the former Northern Attitudes.
“It has a western theme. We want to bring the same concept to Princeton, Joe Holtz told members of the city council.
But the Holtzs’ proposal could come with a sticking point. The couple would like the city to close off Fifth Avenue N. at the restaurant to allow for an expansion of a patio and addition of volleyball courts, Holtz said.
Fifth Avenue N. veers off to the northeast from Rum River Drive towards North Elementary and Princeton Middle School.  Closing the street was proposed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation about three years ago when work began on planning the roundabout at Highway 95 and Rum River Drive.
The Holtzs said they were looking throughout the region for a property that had been foreclosed on in which to establish their second restaurant. The former Northern Attitudes fit the bill, they said.
Councilmember Victoria Hallin thanked the Holtzs for coming to the Princeton community.
“We’re excited,” said Joe Holtz, who noted its a busy time in the couple’s lives.
“We’re building a house and buying a second bar,” Holtz said. “It’s a crazy time, but we’re up to the challenge.
The Holtzs said they already had the OK from their bank and anticipated applying for city permits this week.