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Change has arrived at Northpoint Bar & Grill

Becky McCarty and Billy Bison are the new owners of Northpoint Bar and Grill in North Hudson. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl1 / 2
Now open for breakfast, Northpoint Bar and Grill is making everything from scratch, including entrees such as, clockwise from top left, TexMex breakfast, homemade popovers, Cajun breakfast and buttermilk pancakes (not pictured). Photo by Margaret Ontl2 / 2

Along with brand new owners, the longstanding North Hudson restaurant location is sporting a new menu, new hours and breakfast with a capital B.

Becky McCarty and Billy Bison purchased the Northpoint Bar and Grill Feb. 9 from Shane Benoy.

Neither of them are strangers to the restaurant business. McCarty is the onetime owner of the Uptowner Café on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and the Chit Chat Café in Minneapolis. Bison, who in addition to being a touring musician and a self-proclaimed motorcycle enthusiast, also has years of experience in the restaurant business, much of it breakfast-oriented.

"My specialty is breakfast," said McCarty, whose husband, Bodie, attended Hudson High School and is the baker, turning out from-scratch popovers for each meal and more.

Chef Brian Warwick joins newly hired general manager Abbie Testa to round out the team, which is turning out food and atmosphere to match an up-north experience close to home.

"We are keeping the popular items on the menu and adding new items to give the customers an awesome food experience," said Testa. "Brand new is that we are serving breakfast seven days a week."

Beginning at 5:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, Northpoint will offer a breakfast menu most people would drive to the Twin Cities for.

Generous portions of made-from-scratch breakfasts like the Cajun or TexMex join buttermilk pancakes along with other favorites on the menu.

The new owners plan to create a "Cheers" type atmosphere along with adding a stage, comedy night and deejays.

A new bar has been constructed upstairs and new flat screen televisions are on the way for the downstairs.

"We walked into a situation that had a strong community," said Bison. "It is just going to grow."

Along with new food items, Bison is planning special events, such as a Bert Munro birthday party on March 25. Munro was a New Zealand motorcycle racer who died in 1978 but whose land speed record still stands at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

So if you can't get to the cabin or your favorite northwoods haunt, Northpoint Bar and Grill may be an at-home substitute with food worth traveling for -- right at home.

"We are going to do what the customers want," said McCarty. "We are here to make the customer happy."

Breakfast is available from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except on Sunday); lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and dinner from 3 to 9 p.m. The current plan is to keep the bar open until 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Northpoint Bar and Grill is located at 501 Sixth St. N. For more information or to make a reservation for a large party, call (715) 386-9499. A Web site is currently under construction.