Joni’s Restaurant is not closing

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Joni’s Restaurant & Catering owner Joni Ahlness denied rumors that the restaurant, which has been part of the downtown business community for 16 years, is closing.

NEW ULM — Do not believe the rumors! Joni’s Restaurant & Catering is not closing.

Owner Joni Ahlness contacted the Journal Wednesday afternoon to assure the public her restaurant was still open for business.

Ahlness became concerned after rumors began to spread her restaurant was to close and wanted to set the record straight.

“I have no idea how these theories start,” she said.

Ahlness suggested the closing of other nearby businesses had created confusion with the public. Some people got their messages mixed over which restaurants were closing.

Adding to the confusion, Joni’s Restaurant had to take down its store front sign Wednesday afternoon for repairs. Ahlness said the sign was twisting in the wind and was likely to fall down if not removed. She was concerned the sign’s removal would add fuel to the rumors.

The sign above Joni’s Restaurant will be missing for the next two weeks. Ahlness gave assurances the restaurant was still open for business.

Joni’s Restaurant & Catering has been part of the downtown business community for 16 years and operates at 24 N. Minnesota St.

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