MN Presto Cuisine & Let’s Dish! Meal Prep Franchises Both Close

(  The Post-Bulletin reports that two of the three meal assembly kitchen (MAK) franchises have closed up in Rochester, MN.  Then there was one:

Presto Cuisine has went the way of Let’s Dish! in Rochester.

The meal preparation business shut off its stoves for good last week.

Presto, which opened in March of 2006, started out as a meal preparation operation. In November 2007, owner Cindy Stier folded the business into Rochester Produce. She changed the focus to making meals to be sold in the grocery store.

"I think the economy has a lot to do with it. However, these businesses go so well in other cities, but not in Rochester," she said when asked why her business and the recently closed Let’s Dish did not make it. "Why not here is anybody’s guess."

The first such business in the Rochester market — Dish It Up owned by Heather Tlougan — is the last one standing.


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