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MN State Fair names replacements for the Pet Center and Robbinsdale Dining Hall

70 tons of batter will be on full display.

Pronto Pups will be front-and-center more than ever at the Minnesota State Fair this year thanks to a new location. 

After 80 years as a State Fair staple, the Robbinsdale OEA Dining Hall sold its building back to the State Fair last week, and taking over the building is Pronto Pup retail. 


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State Fair officials say the front of the building will be another location to buy Pronto Pups, while the back of the building will be a production facility to supply the many Pronto Pup booths throughout the  fairgrounds. 

Fairgoers will also be able to look into the kitchen area of the building to see how Pronto Pup batter is prepared, and there's plenty of it – 70 tons of batter each year to be exact.

Pet Center makes way for new restaurant

It's not going away, but the Pet Center is moving across the street from its longtime location to a new pavilion area at the northwest corner of Underwood Street and Murphy Avenue. 

Moving into the building that housed the Pet Center is a new food and beverage site called "The Hangar," which will be operated by owners of the former Texas Steak Out.

The name is in tribute to the building's history as an aircraft history building at the State Fair in the early 1900s. 

Part of the building will also make room for live music and Minnesota craft beer, according to MPR

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