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Coon Rapids Business Council Meeting

Are you a business owner in Coon Rapids? If so, you are invited to the next Coon Rapids Business Council meeting. Learn about business topics and initiatives in Coon Rapids, including a State of the City presentation by Mayor Jerry Koch. The Business Council is a joint event among the City of Coon Rapids, MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, and Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce. No reservation required.

Tuesday, February 27
7:30 – 9 a.m. 
Bunker Hills Golf Club
12800 Bunker Prairie Road, Coon Rapids

Business Expansions and Growth

What's new for the Coon Rapids business community? Read about these new businesses and business expansions!
  • American Preclinical Services, a biotechnology company, is expanding. The company is building an addition at 8945 Evergreen Blvd. and remodeling a building at 9055 Evergreen Blvd.
  • MN Home Outlet has a new location at 20 Coon Rapids Blvd.
  • Magnum Freight, located at 8701 Evergreen Blvd., is constructing a 100,000 square foot warehouse next to its freight terminal.
  • Golden Corral has opened a new location at 3580 Main St.
  • Fraser, child psychology office and clinic, is remodeling office space at 9120 Springbrook Dr.
  • Mercy Hospital celebrated the opening of its new facility entrance in November. The enhanced entrance has a direct connection to the new parking ramp. The Mercy Hospital campus also has a newly expanded ICU and operating room, along with pre and post op areas.


Financial Resources for Businesses

The City of Coon Rapids offers a variety of financing options for projects that help achieve its development goals. These resources are administered both by the City and outside resources, including the Central Minnesota Development Company (CMDC), which is authorized to provide Small Business Administration loans, as well as the City of Coon Rapids’ commercial loan funds.

For more information visit or contact Mike Mulrooney at CMDC at 763-784-3337.

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Business Spotlight - Pappy's Cafe

Pappy’s Café might be newer to Coon Rapids, however, the roots of the family-owned restaurant have been planted in this community for decades.

Restaurant owner Rich Blood worked previously as an employee at the B.K. Family Restaurant on Martin Street since 1987. When the owner of B.K.’s was set to retire in July 2016, Rich took the opportunity to buy the business and make the restaurant his own, now called Pappy’s Café, named after Rich’s father.

Growing up in the area, Rich has seen Coon Rapids develop from dirt roads to highways, and vacant lots to packed shopping areas. Working side-by-side, Rich and his wife Jill have taken on this business together, along with Rich’s father. The trio has set out to bring a family atmosphere to their restaurant.

“Each person coming in isn’t just another customer, we try to get to know them and form a relationship” says owner, Rich Blood. Regular diners come in for breakfast, a joyful server greets them by name and verifies they want their “usual.”

Surrounded by many chain restaurants here in Coon Rapids, Rich takes pride in the fact that Pappy’s Café is different; small town personal service, great tasting food and low prices. This spring, Pappy’s Café will open a new segment of business: Pappy’s Tavern, located right next door. Pappy’s offers a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a Seniors menu. Here are just a few of Pappy’s menu items - and the restaurant is also known for the caramel rolls!

Business Liaison Matt Brown
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