Herald JournalHerald Journal, Dec. 15, 2003

Business is 'dream come true' for former Lester Prairie resident

By Jody Anderson

A lifelong dream was made a reality for Bryan Baumann when he opened his new restaurant B's on the River in Watertown last month.

Baumann is the son of Ron and Shirley Baumann of Lester Prairie.

"I'm doing exactly what I want to do," he confesses. "Even with the long hours, this is my dream."

The dream was made possible when he obtained the property formerly known as River's Edge Golf and Dining, in partnership with Cliff Otten of Long Lake.

"I've also had a lot of support from my wife and family," he added.

Baumann is a graduate of Culinary Arts from Hennepin County Technical College, and was involved in the inauguration of Mystic Lake's dining facilities.

He then worked at River's Edge as a cook, and later became head of the kitchen. He left the food service industry for a five-year period in a management company, only to be drawn back to his passion by the lure of owning his own restaurant.

Bryan's enthusiasm is reflected in an imaginative and diverse menu.

The following is a list of daily specials offered: Monday-sizzling salads; Tuesday-steak extravaganza; Wednesday-create your own pasta; Thursday-all you can eat ribs; Friday-catch of the day and prime rib; Saturday-prime rib; and Sunday-waffle and omelette bar brunch, and fried chicken dinner.

His specialty is "presentation" dishes, meaning that the entree is prepared in the presence of the guest.

The restaurant bakes its own bread, and Baumann also highly recommends his turkey wild rice soup.

He is also very excited about expanding into banquet services, on and offsite, and the re-inauguration of the bar with a new pool table. Baumann is eager to employ a personal touch to all aspects of the business.

B's on the River is located at 1455 County Road 27, two miles northeast of Watertown.

The restaurant winter hours are: Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday closed, Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The telephone is (952) 955-2223.

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