The brand new proprietor of the institution, Brian Hagen, of Verndale, has been busily maintaining with reworking within the inside whereas a brand new fuel station has been added to the choices. Individuals can anticipate an identical restaurant and bar expertise however may even get pleasure from a comfort retailer and fuel station multi function. Verndale only recently welcomed again a fuel station on the former Carr’s Comfort retailer when Kim and Austen Rife bought and reopened the station in October. The Cenex branded fuel station on the Pirate’s Den consists of three gas islands with three gas sorts, Hagen stated.
“I’m excited and nervous all the identical time,” Hagen stated of the brand new enterprise.
On high of beginning this new enterprise, Hagen additionally owns Torco Energy Tools in Wadena, is in a partnership with Black Gap Ice Shack’s in Verndale and not too long ago maed a run for Wadena County Commissioner.
Maasconi’s Char & Bar has earned a status for nice meals. Jim and Kim Maas, of Wadena, bought the restaurant in 2016 when it was the Bullseye Bar & Grill. They previously owned The Uptown in Wadena.
Development work at Pirate’s Den entails bettering a preferred volleyball court docket space. Hagen stated the volleyball leagues are extremely popular there and he seems to proceed to supply that. The massive banquet space inside will turn out to be the comfort retailer. The principle parking space to the west of the restaurant is now the location of the fueling stations, which strikes the principle parking space to the north aspect of the constructing. That north aspect may even be the principle entrance for the restaurant and bar.
Hagen stated in a feasibility examine finished on the marketing strategy, he discovered that this enterprise was of great want for locals and people visiting the world, together with the abundance of tourists at R & J Horse Enviornment in Verndale.
With the added comfort retailer and gas, Hagen additionally plans to deliver a breakfast nook space the place individuals can get pleasure from breakfast meals out of the comfort retailer. Broasted hen is one meals merchandise he was particularly excited to see coming to the comfort retailer.
“The most effective broasted hen within the state,” Hagen stated. “Quite a lot of domestically made, freshly made merchandise to supply for our C-store prospects,” Hagen stated.
Whereas a lot will stay the identical within the restaurant space, Hagen additionally introduced some distinctive additions together with including storage doorways to the constructing so guests can simply transfer out and in throughout these few heat months of the yr. The present coated patio space must be an much more alluring spot as Hagen seems so as to add “hearth partitions.” This can function flames from a pure fuel insert to offer individuals some added heat and aesthetic worth whereas having fun with a meal exterior. Hagen sees this as a serious attraction.
Pirate’s Den workers members are many, however just a few on the forefront of the enterprise are supervisor Tamar Bettis (left), kitchen supervisor Kenny Schultz, Shari Mattson and Curtis Maas.
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The workers from Maasconi’s will keep on in accordance with new supervisor Tamar Bettis. Bettis stated with plans to increase hours and be open seven days every week, they’re additionally hiring for a number of positions. Hagen stated he plans to have the restaurant open seven days every week from 11 a.m. to midnight inside a pair weeks. The opening continues to fluctuate with the present COVID-19 restrictions positioned on some companies. They’re presently open for takeout choices and have expanded house for fish homes on the north aspect to serve individuals within the nice outdoor inside a heat fish home.
Eating out is taking up an entire new look with present restriction on indoor eating. A small fish home village has been introduced in on the rear of the Pirate’s Den to let individuals eat indoors whereas they’re outdoor.
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Kitchen supervisor Kenny Schultz has been working within the kitchen for 10 years and cooking for a complete of about 15 years. He stated the plan is to maintain a lot of the menu the identical for now, however they could regularly add in new choices. He is been on the enterprise via three homeowners and stated he simply enjoys the work and the closeness to his dwelling.
Hagen believes the enterprise will stay open through the phases of building. He hopes the C-store will open by the primary week of the yr. His purpose is to create a handy location that offers prospects every thing they want in a single place.
This complete challenge is a expensive endeavor estimated at $1.1 million to finish. Hagen has been permitted for tax increment financing with town, which can cut back a few of the burden of property taxes as he seeks to lift the worth of the property considerably.
Hagen stated Verndale has a giant asset in Hwy 10 and this is only one extra solution to make the most of the abundance of site visitors and supply a wanted service locally.