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Written by Jodi Schwan

Prairie Berry Winery is expanding to Sioux Falls with a restaurant, wine tasting, retail and event space in the historic Frank Transfer & Storage Building.

“We’re bringing the best of the winery out to Sioux Falls,” co-owner Matt Keck said. “We’re certainly excited about it.”

The Frank building at 322 and 324 E. Eighth St. added Queen City Bakery this summer. Hill City-based Prairie Berry, which is still finalizing a name for its Sioux Falls presence, will take the rest of the main level and part of the lower level.

“We’ll be doing wine tastings there,” Keck said. “We’ll sell on- and off-sale, and we’ll bring our Prairie Berry Kitchen, which is one of the top-rated kitchens in the Hills.”

He plans to focus on sandwich, soup and salad lunches and then appetizers and cheese trays in the early dinner hours. The kitchen specializes in seasonal and locally grown menu items.

“It just really has taken on a life of its own,” Keck said. “We’ll have a little more of a restaurant feel and a little less retail feel because Sioux Falls is very much about going out and being with friends … but we’ll bring the same merchandise and our wine to Sioux Falls.”

The winery in Hill City recently expanded, giving it the production capability to serve Sioux Falls, something Keck said he has wanted to do for years. He wasn’t planning to move this fast on a location, but as soon as he saw the renovated Frank building he said it clearly was the right fit.

“It was the amount of space we were looking for, it’s very historical and just the area of town we wanted to be.”

The plan is to open in the first half of 2014.