Tavern 59 to open at FF golf coursePublished 11:24am Friday, November 16, 2012
The restaurant at Pebble Lake Golf Course will have a new name and a new manager.
Pebble Lake Golf Course board members on Thursday introduced new restaurant manager Robbyn Navatto to a well-attended crowd of members at the annual meeting, as well as the restaurant’s new name — Tavern 59.
“It really is a classic golf course bar and restaurant,” said golf course board member Wade Jyrkas. “We want a place that’s comfortable for everyone in Fergus Falls, not just golfers.”
Tavern 59 will replace Putter’s, which had been operating at the course for the past 11 years. Unlike Putter’s, Tavern 59 will be owned by the golf course, and Jyrkas said this will give PLGC an opportunity to offer more appealing specials.
“We could run something where you could get two cheese burgers, two drinks and two rounds of golf,” he said.
The restaurant area will not get a huge facelift, but several “budget neutral” changes will be made to give it a new look and feel, Jyrkas said.
“It’s a place people can get a reasonable meal, sit on the deck and enjoy themselves,” Jyrkas said. “But it’s nice enough to host weddings and larger events.”
Jyrkas said board members were impressed by Navatto’s experience and personality.
“Robbyn’s energy and business development experience will be a great addition to Pebble Lake Golf Course,” Jyrkas said.
Navatto said she is most excited to work with the private parties and make events fun for everybody.
Some of the new things Tavern 59 will offer include catering, breakfast and longer hours. The restaurant will be open for about six more weeks this year, and by 2014 or 2015, Navatto said she hopes to make Tavern 59 open year-round.
The first opportunity residents will have to visit Tavern 59 will be the Frozen Fairways Fundraiser Saturday, March 2. The restaurant will open for the summer a few weeks later.
• In other news, the Pebble Lake Golf Course membership elected Kevin Swenson and Tom Thormodson to serve on the board. Swenson had previously served one four-year term on the board. The term is for four years. Daryl Evavold elected not to run after serving two four-year terms.