Grand Opening for a Good Cause: Grand View Lodge Opens its Newest Dining Venue

The Lodge Dining Room will hold its grand opening, donating profits to nonprofit organization, Bridges of Hope

Nisswa, Minnesota-based Grand View Lodge Resort announced that its newest dining venue, the Lodge Dining Room, will hold its Grand Opening for a Good Cause, Friday, May 18th, 2012.  Donating proceeds of dinner and wine sales to Bridges of Hope foundation, a nonprofit organization that links families to community supports and resources, the event is open to both resort members and the general public.

Featuring a tasting menu of a variety of flavors including: Wild Acres Smoked Pheasant Salad, Star Prairie Rainbow Trout, Braised Bison ribs and Blue Gill Chips as well as dessert, the cost is $60 per couple.  Furthermore, a “wine pull” for $10 per cork will offer attendees the opportunity to win a variety of bottled wine ranging in prices.

The Lodge Dining Room went through an extensive remodel earlier this year.  Originally built in 1921, the dining room has been a lodge centerpiece and main eating area for guests. Careful not to disturb the historic integrity of the space, the remodel included designers and craftsman that could easily replicate and preserve the ambiance, seamlessly blending with the property’s nearly century old lodge. 

“Our history is such an important component of Grand View Lodge,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge. “When we created our vision for the remodel, we were certain that we maintained the rustic surroundings of the resort experience.”

Much like the area’s new décor and special details, including a fireplace and frames molded from alder sticks and birch bark, the new Lodge Dining Room menu features a unique variety of cuisine in what Executive Chef Michael Manders calls, “Classics to Comforts,” a collage of Grand View’s traditional dining favorites, with a spin-off unique Midwestern fare. The menu boasts the freshest local flavors and ingredients, which includes several classics such as the 8 ounce top sirloin with blue cheese crust or the famous Cote family walleye.  

“We’re making it a focus to enhance the overall dining experience,” said Manders. “We want to provide nostalgia for guests past while catering to the present and future Grand View visitors. We are providing a sense of familiarity, comfort and history, an overall experience we want our guests to feel when staying with us.”

If interested in celebrating the Lodge Dining Room’s Grand Opening for a Good Cause, please call 218-963-8756 for reservations. To keep up with all of Grand View Lodge’s latest culinary news, events and special promotions, please visit the resort on Facebook and become a fan.  For additional resort information or to find out about vacation and food and wine packages, visit or call 1-866-801-2951.

About Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge is a family, golf and spa resort located on Gull Lake in the Brainerd lakes area.  Founded in 1916, Grand View Lodge has provided guests vacation experiences with a wide variety of restaurants, seasonal activities and lodging options for over 90 years. Owned and operated by the Cote family, its roots grow deep in the history of the Brainerd Lakes area.  Selected in 1979 for the National Registry of Historic Places, Grand View Lodge’s Main Lodge offers one of the most well-preserved examples of early resort log construction in existence today.  For more information, please visit