Green Mill now a grown-up

An 18th birthday usually is a big bash for people. Why shouldn’t it be for a business?

Duluth’s Green Mill restaurant in Canal Park turns 18 this month, and owners Doug and Russ Smith figured it was time for a party.

“We’re 18 and all grown up now,” Doug Smith said in a news release.

Instead of buying lotto tickets like other newly minted 18-year-olds, Green Mill will celebrate all day Thursday, starting at 11:30 a.m., inside and outside the restaurant, 340 S. Lake Ave., by serving $1.18 pizza, $1.18 dishes of chicken wings and $1.18 draft beer, as well as half-price items from its new menu.

The family will share photos of the building from 1995 when it was a warehouse and before it was converted to a restaurant, as well as family photos showing what the owners looked like and the fashions they were wearing back in the mid-’90s.