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New management, new name coming to golf course restaurant

Wild Oaks Grille

“A completely new menu and atmosphere” are coming to the restaurant at Perham Lakeside Golf Course.

That’s according to Blake Minge, who will be taking over ownership of the restaurant after the New Year.

In a telephone interview Monday, Minge said the restaurant, currently called SteVelly’s, will be renamed Wild Oaks and will feature a new look and feel before opening later this winter.

Structurally, the building will remain the same as it is now, he said, but he’ll be redecorating it into more of an upscale sports bar again, similar to the way it used to look when it was Mulligan’s. Minge plans to bring in big-screen TVs and put Perham memorabilia up on the walls.

As of Monday, the menu was not yet finalized, but Minge said it would feature standards like burgers and wings along with some “fresh menu items” that aren’t seen every day in Perham. He also plans to offer drink specials, and would like to feature live music on the patio in the summers.

Minge is currently the managing partner at The Cactus restaurant in Perham, a role he will continue even after Wild Oaks opens. He said he and his mother, Brenda, and sister, Blossom, will all be involved with the concept and day-to-day operations of Wild Oaks.

“We’re all going to be putting in a few more hours,” he said. “We’re not abandoning The Cactus by any means. Both will be a priority.”

Patrons of The Cactus will notice other familiar faces at Wild Oaks, too, as some Cactus staff will be utilized at the new restaurant. Much of the SteVelly’s staff will stay on, as well.

Steve and Shelly Lund, who have been running SteVelly’s for the last year, will likely be moving back to their prior restaurant location in Battle Lake, according to a statement released by the Perham Lakeside Golf Board last week. SteVelly’s is expected to close around the first of the year.

A message left with the Lunds was not returned by press time.

In October, the golf board put out its annual advertisement for bids for the restaurant at the golf course. After some negotiations, Minge was awarded the 2014 bid.

“We are excited to further enhance the golf and dining experience at Perham Lakeside Golf Course,” wrote the golf board in its statement to the public. “We greatly appreciate your continued support of one of the local gems that make Perham…a great place to live.”

Minge said Wild Oaks will be opening in February or March, depending on licensing.

Events that are already booked at the restaurant will go on as planned.

For more information, see the Wild Oaks facebook page.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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