Bena, Minnesota: Big Fish RestaurantStand inside the giant toothy jaws of the fish for a memorable snapshot.
The Big Fish: The Big Fish (formerly the Big Muskie Drive-In) appeared on the 2009 list of "Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places." [05/18/2009] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Big Fish Restaurant
Big Fish Supper Club. Located on Route 2, east of West Winnie Road, Winnie Lake.[Bud, 08/30/2013]
The Big Fish was notably featured on the 2009 list of Minnesota's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places, but it was subsequently rebuilt and restored and now looks as good as new.
I drove by the Big Fish this last weekend and it's looking pretty sharp! The structure has been repaired and it has a complete new paint job. A local resident provided the money to restore it and the Big Fish should provide many more years of roadside enjoyment.[John Miller, 05/18/2010]
An article in the Sept. 12, 2009 edition of the Minneapolis Star/Tribune says that the big fish will be repaired. Gary Kirt, owner of Minneapolis-based Bell Mortgage, who grew up in Bena, will be footing the bill for the restoration. The owners, Paul and Linda Reimers, along with his carpenter brother-in-law, have been doing the necessary carpentry work. Kirt is trying to find local painters from Red Lake to complete the job, expected to be finished in the next few weeks.[Mary Wilson, 09/14/2009]
The Big Fish Supper Club is still in business but it opens in the Middle of May (a sign attached to the door read "Opening May 11" when I visited there in 2006). My guess is it's only open during the late Spring/Summer/Fall season. The huge fish statue is still next to the supper club but it's not complete, with only the bottom teeth in and a blue tarp covering the top inside of its mouth, unless they add the top teeth when the restaurant is back in operation.[Joel Pokorny, 04/20/2006]