Proposal to develop Longbranch pitched to area joint powers board

At the Joint Powers legislative meeting, Winton mayor Kathy Brandau said the Longbranch was sold by the Rod and Gun Club to two Twin Cites men, Mike Brown and Bob Gerken.
“They have a plan in place, a three phase plan that is going to bring economic development to the city of Winton,” said Brandau. She said the city will assist in the redevelopment.
Brown told the audience at the Dec. 20 meeting of the plans for the property on the end of Fall Lake.
“The Travail collective consists of three owners, James Winberg, Bob Berken and myself,” said Brown. “We’ve been in business for about 11 years. We started on a shoestring budget in the city of Robbinsdale and never looked back.”
He said they chose Robbinsdale since it reminded them as a small town and that it is difficult to run a restaurant in Minneapolis. They now own and operate three restaurants.
Brown said the plan for the Longbranch is for phase one to start this spring to be fully open and operational for 2023.
“It is our goal to refurbish and possibly add a lodging level to the current Longbranch structure. Also, to work with the city engineer to add a sewer lift system to connect our property to the city’s sewer.”
He said phase one includes building two shower houses and one sleeper cabin and produce 40 spacious RV sites.
“Phase two takes 15-20 of the RV sites and turn them into sleeper cabins, housing two to six guests with a single bathroom. These would be perched up and looking over Fall Lake.”
Phase three in 2025 would add three to five full size cabins and possibly an event center.
Brown said they are looking for support from community leaders along with state loan programs and the IRRRB.
“We are looking forward to bettering our properties and working the communities of Winton and Morse township,” said Brown.
He added the property the purchased does not include the gun club or the public access.