The former Famous Dave's restaurant between Brainerd and Crosslake is getting a substantial makeover to be turned into office space.
The transformation is expected to continue through mid-spring. Dan Whirley, who grew up in Brainerd, is moving offices into the building for his business, Rem-Whirl, an architectural, landscape and project management firm.
"I thought it was a cool location," Whirley said, adding it was an opportunity for an interesting remodel. "It's got great bones. It's a funny little building that has been there for awhile."
In an homage to its history, the barn-like building that once served ribs and cornbread before the restaurant moved to Baxter, remains visible via the roofline. Whirley said the goal is to have a building that will fit into the residential area while conveying its new purpose as home to the design firm.
The former Famous Dave's restaurant near Crosslake is being remade into an office setting for Rem-Whirl, which offers architectural services, landscape architecture and project management services. Work is expected to be finished this spring. Brainerd Dispatch/Renee Richardson
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Rem-Whirl was established in 2006 and has operated from temporary office space in Brainerd. Whirley has an architecture degree and graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. The business primarily provides services to high-end residential clients. Customers may be area builders or homeowners. While focusing in the Whitefish and Gull lake chains, the firm also works in the Pelican Lake area, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Park Rapids. Whirley said the firm hopes to grow and work with clients throughout the northern end of the state.
Rem-Whirl has an architect, a landscape architect and three levels of management personnel.
The Brainerd Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted senior travel writer Robert Montgomery from ESPN Bassmaster magazine. The lakes area is featured in an April issue. ESPN Bassmasters reaches about 541,000 anglers nationwide, the CVB reported.
Sundance Ridge Town Homes, with 10 two-bedroom town homes on Route 66 in Crosslake, are under new management by Whitefish Lodge & Suites of Crosslake. Sundance Ridge features town homes with views of Cross Lake, has a private indoor pool, hot tub, exercise room and sauna, swimming beach and dock slips.
Norlake Dock has a new owner in Jason Kitzman.
Kitzman purchased the business on Edna Lake Road in Nisswa from Roger Landers. Kitzman said Landers, who started the business in 1979, wanted to retire. Kitzman said Landers will be assisting him throughout the summer as he literally gets his feet wet in the business. Norlake Dock sells, installs and removes boat lifts and docks. The business has related accessories and expects to continue a working relationship with Bertha Boats. The business sale was finalized Tuesday. Norlake Dock has five employees.
"We are partners in Johnson Mini-Storage right now so I was looking for another business to get involved with and this came up and seemed a good deal," Kitzman said.
Currently Kitzman is getting ready and waiting for ice out. The business primarily serves the western part of the Whitefish Lake Chain with additional work on Pelican and Gull. Kitzman started Party World and later sold that business to his sister and brother-in-law. He is partners at Johnson Mini-Storage with his parents.
Montana Furniture Traders is now in business in the former Renneberg Woods building along Highway 371 North.
RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5852.
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