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Curtis Luettel to open ‘The Stirred Pot’

Curtis Luettel is remodeling the building that will be home to his new restaurant in downtown Albion.
Curtis Luettel is remodeling the building that will be home to his new restaurant in downtown Albion.
An unusual restaurant concept will be unveiled in Albion when The Stirred Pot begins serving customers at 432 West Main Street, Albion, in early March.
The proprietor is Curtis Luettel, 26, who grew up in rural Petersburg,
Curtis has extensively remodeled the building, which formerly housed The Gray Haired Trout and Theresa Landauer’s Used McParts Express.
Finish work was still in progress this week, but Curtis said his goal is to be open by March 1.
The restaurant will feature special accents like an exposed brick wall, barn wood, a tin ceiling in the south portion, new restrooms and handmade booths and benches. It will have a chalk wall where daily specials will be listed.
The most unusual part will be the kitchen. It’s all self-contained in a custom-built trailer that is backed up to the rear door of the building. Inside the trailer will be all of the equipment normally found in a restaurant kitchen — a range, grill, griddle, commercial range hood, refrigerator, prep stations and sinks.
Curtis has experience using a kitchen trailer. He worked at a hotel in Omaha where the kitchen was being remodeled, and the staff worked from a kitchen trailer for nearly six months.
The trailer, built by a company located in Georgia, is less expensive than an installed kitchen, and allows more mobility for the operation, he said.
Curtis, 26, grew up south of Petersburg, completed culinary training at Metro Community College, Omaha. He also gained practical experience while working at several restaurants and catering businesses while in Omaha.
Read the complete story in the Feb. 14 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.